Jack Skilling 16, one of the top junior golfers in his area, fired one-under-par 70 to take the lead in the cross division of the seventh annual [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Amateur tournament for the benefit of Children's Hospital at Montgomery Village yesterday.
New leader with 56 was Jerry Smith, the Redskin right end, who carries a 40 handicup and shot 96. This was after Smith whiffed three straight attempting to drive on the first hole.
Smith shot 139 last year.
Because of the unprecedented entry list of 430 players, this years tournament was split in two days. Approximately 232 teed off yesterday and the remainder will fee up today with only 18-hole, scores counting. Some players not in contention, were caught in the dark because of a delay through an evening thunderstorm and will be permitted to fight their rounds at 8 a.m. today.
The leader in women's division gross was Sharon Briggs of Montgomery Village, who took 82, three strokes better than Jayne Abrino of Army Navy and [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Thurner of Congressional.
The net leader among the women was Jean DeYoe, also of the host club, 98-31-67.
Three strokes back of Skilling were Charles Coe Sr. of Montgomery Village and Tom Cahill of Shanron Green. Cahill carries a 14 handicap and the 73 was his career round.
Ian Noel, also of Montgomery Village, a 17-year-old from Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, had 35 going out but slumped to 41 coming back.
Skilling, who has won several junior titles in this area, was out in 34 and home in 36. he bogeyed the second hole when he three-putted but birdied the fifth, a par-five, when he got on the green in two and two-putted; the sixth when he made a 12-footer, and the eight when he rolled in a 35-footer. He birdied the 12th, also a par-five, bogeyed the 15th when he missed a 10-footer but birdied the 16th from the same distance. He hit 12 greens.
Many past and present Redskins participated in addition to Smith, including Joe Theismann, Larry Brown, Bryant Salter, Sam Huff, Ray Schoenke and Chris Hanburger.High score of the day was 81 for nine holes by Channel 7 weatherman Barry Ze Van. He withdrew after nine holes, leaving him one of the low scores of the day.