Columbia's Winters tops Toyota field


Dennis Winters, assistant professional at Columbia Country Club, shot a 1-under-par 70, the best round among the top five last-day starters, and his 54-hole total of 214 won the first Toyota Invitational and its record $50,000 first-place prize yesterday at Four Streams Golf Club in Beallsville.

Wayne DeFrancesco, teaching pro at Woodholme CC, rode the day's low round, 69, into second at 216, and earned $14,000 from the $100,000 purse. Rick Schuller (71) and Don Slebodnik (72) tied for third at 217 over the 7,022-yard Montgomery County course.

Winters, 39, birdied two of the first three holes and turned even, one behind Dirk Schultz, and one ahead of second-round leader Jack Skilling.

Kirk Lombardi was the low amateur at 79-230, followed by Vance Welch, 77-231, and Sheldon Kalish of Woodholme CC, 81-237. (Scores, 6D)

Congressional Fourball: Pat Tallent had three birdies and Jerry Courville seven in a bogey-free round of 62, and their 194 won by nine strokes over Terry Burke-Matt Sughrue, 68-203, in the 37-team field. (Scores, 6D)

Pub Date: 10/18/99

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