Jim O'Malley, one of the top amateurs in the area and perennial club champion at Washington, led 235 golfers in with a five-under par 65 at All View today.
The first two days of the 54-hole tournament are being played at two courses. The first-day leader at Hobbits Glen, the other site, was Jim Thorpe, unattached pro from falls Church, one of the few blacks on the national tour until he lost his playing care two weeks ago. He carded a three-under-par 69.
O'Malley and his club pro, Jack Dozer also led the way in the two-man championship, played entirely at All View, with 62. Today's format called for a better ball score in the team play. Tuesday at Hobbit Glen, the scratch 18-hole total of each partner will be added to the first day's score.
O'Malley, director of finances for the American Federation of State and County Municipal Employes, had eagle threes on the third and 17th.He put a four-wood, his second shot, 15 feet from the pin on the third and made good. On the 17th, he hit a fouriron within 12 feet and made his second eagle.
He bogeyed the sixth, missing the green, and the 16th by three-putting. But he made birdies on the ninth from four feet, the 12th from five feet and the 14th from five feet.
Thorpe, who went to Morgan State on a football scholarship, was 35-34 at the longer and tougher Hobbits Geln course. he birdied the first hole from 10 feet. His only bogey came on the 12th. His hit a five-iron over the green, chipped to six feet and missed. But he birdied the 14th from three feet, the 13th from four feet and the 17th from two feet.
Barry Fuhrman, who also played at All View, had 68. He missed birdie putts within five feet on the 17th adn 18th holes. He made the turn at par 36 despite a double-bogey five on the fourth hole.
On the back nine, he parred on the 10th and 11th and birdie four of the next five holes and barely missed birdies on the last two holes.
Bruce Lehnhard of Evergreen also came in with 68, despite missing five putts within five feet. He three-putted the 15th for 5 and his only bogey.
Tuesday the field shifts sites. Under format the 100 low pros and 30 amateurs play the final round at Hobbit's Glen on Wednesday. Only 17 amateurs are in the field.