Mike Richter of Hog Neck was content with his round of golf yesterday and Woody FitzHugh of Great Falls was madder than a hornet at his, although both golfers shot one-under-par 71 to share the first-round lead in the Maryland Open at Crofton Country Club.
FitzHugh, who divides his time between doing well in pro-am tournaments and trying to open a driving range near Dransville, Va., eagled the second hole but suffered a dispiriting bogey, bogey finish.
FitzHugh was in position late in the day to open a lead on the rest of the field after parring the 16th hole. Then he "rushed" his swing with a four-iron on the par-3 17th hole, putting the ball on the green but a good 60 feet from the hole. He three-putted for a bogey.
On the par-4 finisher, FitzHugh hit his seven-iron approach shot into a greenside sand trap, blasted out 10 feet past the hole, and bogeyed.
"I am very upset. It makes me so mad to let a good round slip away," said FitzHugh, who last year played the PGA tour. "I have got two more days to make those strokes up."
Richter, who played for the University of Maryland before turning pro in May, also spiced his round with an eagle. Richter, who won the 1978 Belle Haven Four Ball with the late Steve Fellinger, hit a nine-iron shot into the cup on the par-5 11th hole for his eagle.
That enabled him to make up for a mediocre opening nine of 37. Richter used a one-iron off the tee on all par-4 and 5 holes except two and took advantage of Crofton's hard fairways to obtain added distance.
"That round could have been a 77," Richter said.
Rick Hughs of Suburban was one stroke back, 72. Gary Marlowe of Woodmont, the 1978 champion, was among a group at 73.
Two-time Maryland Open winner Marty West of Columbia visited the trees on the second hole and took triple-bogey 8. West opened with bogey, triple bogey, bogey for a dismal front-nine 41, then came back with 34 on the back nine for 75.