MITCHELLVILLE — MITCHELLVILLE -- As children, most are taught to be good hosts, but with the 83rd Maryland Open being played at the Country Club at Woodmore, host professional David Long is taking full advantage of his guests.
After yesterday's second round, Long sits tied with Fair Oaks Golf Park professional Bill Rislove at 2-under par 140.
"There's certain course knowledge that definitely helps out here," Long said, "but for the most part, everything's right in front of you. ... Getting to see these greens day in and day out helps, no doubt about it."
In his fourth Maryland Open since 1989, Long will be making his first appearance in the final round today. The closest he has come to playing on the last day was last year, when he missed the cut by one stroke.
If not for some slips on the back nine in the first two rounds, Long could've had a large lead. He double-bogeyed No. 18 yesterday and bogeyed three holes in a five-hole stretch Monday.
"I'm not going to say I'm happy to be here, but I'm happy to be here," Long said.
Rislove scooted into a first-place tie with a 3-under 68, the second-best score yesterday. Rislove said his play is "getting sharper" as he recovers from a broken arm he suffered before last year's Maryland Open.
"This is where I wanted to be: in the hunt," said Rislove, who finished third in the 2002 Maryland Open.
Rislove's comeback is a feat, but the recovery of the year may go to 18-year-old Jared Goslee. Goslee, of Salisbury, was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago and subsequently spent a month in the hospital.
He goes in for checkups every month, but refuses to use the illness, which has reduced the vision to 20/40 in his left eye and 20/100 in his right, as an excuse for bad play.
Goslee, a member of two-time high school golf state champion James M. Bennett, sits five strokes behind the leaders at 145 after shooting a 5-over 76. His only birdie of the day was on the par-3 14the hole.
"It's pretty bad when you only have one birdie," Goslee said.
Mark Evenson turned in the day's low round, improving nine shots from Monday's 76 with a 4-under 67. He said he focused on his mental game to trim his score.
"I cared but didn't take as much time to shoot," said Evenson, whose goal was to simply aim and shoot. "If I do that, I don't get bogged down [mentally] and have a pretty good chance to play well."
Evenson, the teaching professional at Suburban Club, had the milestone of his career two weeks ago when he qualified to play in the PGA Championship by finishing 11th in the National Club Professional Championship.
Towson University's Jeff Castle had a rollercoaster day. After making birdies on Nos. 3 and 4, Castle shot an 8 on the par-5 eighth hole. The sophomore hit the ball out of bounds off the tee, and then, from 240 yards, hit his 2-iron into a pond as he went for the green.
Castle finished with a 5-over 76 and sits nine strokes back.
Second round, par 71
David Long 70-70--140 Bill Rislove 72-68--140 Moose Brown 69-72--141 Russ Nielsen 69-73--142 Mark Evenson 76-67--143 Chuck Freedman 73-70--143 Dan Hoffman 72-72--144 Rick Sovero 73-71--144 Chip Sullivan 73-71--144 Wayne DeFrancesco 73-72--145 Jared Goslee 69-76--145 Gary Mankulish Jr. 72-73--145 Timothy Moylan 71-74--145 Jeffrey Thomas 76-69--145