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College try is the key at Amateur


Led by top-seeded Mike Mulieri, a parade of collegians marched into the quarterfinal round of the Maryland State Amateur men's tournament yesterday at the Elkridge Club.

All eight remaining players are either enrolled in college or, in the case of Jeff Castle, have recently graduated. Castle, who meets Loyola student Mulieri this morning in an intriguing matchup, finished at Towson University earlier this spring.

Play was again suspended yesterday because of thunderstorms and lightning - this time twice - and was prolonged into the early evening, partially due to a 24-hole match that Maryland student Zachary Lese wrapped up by escaping a hazard and parring the difficult No. 6 hole.

Mulieri, 19, earned the top seed Thursday by shooting a four-under 67 to tie for the low score with Moose Brown, then winning a playoff on the second extra hole.

He said the only other amateur event he has won was a college tournament, the Fort Lauderdale Invitational.

"I putted decently today and drove it really well," said the Silver Spring resident. "I didn't really play that well in my first match [a 1-up win over Chris Renninger], but I got it going towards the end of it and kept going."

The second-seeded Brown's misfortune continued when he was ousted in the first round by Kyle Stough, 3 and 1, and a former champion, Pat Tallent (2000 winner) went down in the second round to William & Mary player Doug Hurson.

Another former winner and a teammate of Mulieri's with the Greyhounds, Will Shriver (2003), wobbled a bit down the stretch of his second match but survived against Brian Woods, 1-up.

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