Rick Sovero made five of his team's six front-nine birdies and partner Andy Pataki made the one that counted the most, as they combined for a 7-under-par 64 and a record-tying 36-hole total 132 in the 11th annual two-man team championship of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation yesterday.
Pataki's 20-foot birdie putt at No. 12, the team's only back-nine deviation from par at Mount Pleasant Golf Course, turned out to be the winner. Jim Winner-Drew DeVan used the second-low round of the rainy afternoon for 68-65 - 133, where they were tied by Steve Thomas-Jason Raivel, 67-66 - 133.
Prior to Pataki's long putt, all of the winners' birdie putts were from inside 10 feet. The 30 set a tournament nine-hole record, and the 132 equaled the mark set by Joe Records-Larry Storck, who shot 63-69 in 1998.
Winner, who split the six birdies with DeVan, 4-2, said they had given away some holes in Saturday's first round that eventually made the difference.
Thomas-Raivel, also a runner-up three years ago, drew even with the leaders at 10-under-par for 13 holes after their sixth birdie of the day. Bogeys at Nos. 14 and 15 dropped them back, but Raivel got them within one with a birdie at the 16th.
First-round leaders Phil Misey-Mike Manley got to 10-under through 10 holes, bogeyed the 11th and slipped away to 71-136. A home-course pairing of Bob Lentz-Ross Ellberg, a shot back at the start of the round, finished with 69-135.
Such was the strength of the 102-team field for the record $6,950 event, that the cutoff for prizes was 140, which the winning score four years ago.
Rick Sovero-Andy Pataki 68-64 - 132; Steve Thomas-Jason Raivel 67-66 - 133; Jim Winner-Drew DeVan 68-65 - 133; Bob Lentz-Ross Ellberg 66-69 - 135; Charles McClaskey-Mike McKee 67-68 - 135; James Castaga-Adrian Druzgala 67-69 - 136; Chuck Freedman-Phil Fairbanks 69-67 - 136; Joel Kaye-Henry Blue 68-68 - 136; Donald Meyer-Tim Meinhardt 68-68 - 136; Phil Misey-Mike Manley 65-71 - 136; A. J. Bachmann-Tim Osgood 68-69 - 137; Tim Dilli-George Marin 58-69 - 137; Drew Forrester-Greg Ruark 67-70 - 137; Jeff Dwyer-Kurt Klebrowski 67-71 - 138; Bob Kaestner-Bob Lee 71-67 - 138; Bob Przybylski-Tom Giampaolo 69-69 - 138; Joe Records-Van Strakes 69-69 - 138; Chris Baloga-Jim Pappas 72-67 - 139; Steve-Tom Grem 70-69 - 139; Bryan Healy-Brian Bangs 71-68 - 139; Tim-Michael O'Neill 69-70 - 139; Bob Stark-Mark Cusic 69-70 - 139; John Vollmer-Greg Tilton 69-70 - 139.