Marty West of Columbia County Club, recharged after an exhausting weekend of competitive golf in which he won the Anderson Team Cup in New York with clubmate Jerry Nye, cranked out a four-under-par 69 to take possession of first place in the Maryland Open championship at the Maryland Golf and Country Club today.
West's fine round gave him a two-under-par total of 144 for 36 holes, a stroke better than Doug Ballenger of Worthington Valley, the first day's comedalist. Ballenger equaled par 73 today. Gary Mankulish, who shared the 18-hole lead with Ballenger, slipped to a 81 today but make the cut, which came at 156.
The 36 surviving players will tee off in the final round Wednesday starting at 8:45 a.m.
West was one of only three players to better par on this rolling, narrow monster of 7,041 yards. David Jimenez of Wintergreen shot 72 and Mike McGinnis of Holly Hills had a 71.
Henri deLozier, of Columbia, a two-time Master's participant, had a 76 today for 151. Mark Diely, an assistant pro at the University of Maryland, appeared to have missed the cut when he made the turn in 43, but he finished with a 34 for 77 and a 151 total.
Ben Brundred III, the Congressional amateur who was the runner-up to Mankulish in last month's Maryland Amateru championship, posted 75 today for 154.
West was out in 36. He made a 30-foot putt for a birdie on the second hole and a six-footer for bird on the fourth. He bogeyed the long ninth when he drove into the trees.
He caught fire on the back nine with a 33. He just missed an eagle on the 538-yard 10th when he wedge third shot missed the hole by inches. He birdied the 11th from 15 feet and the 17th from 12 feet.