Tony DeLuca, an amateur from Chantilly, and Billy King, the pro at Blue Hills in Roanoke, bested windy conditions at Westwood Country Club in Vienna to tie for the lead at 144 after two rounds of the 24th Virginia State Open golf championship.
The top 20 amateurs and professionals, and golfers whose scores are within eight strokes of 20th place, will return this morning for the third round of the 54 hole tournament.
Quinlan Sullivan, who shot the best round of the day, a three-under-par 69, would have been among the leaders at 146 but was disqualified. Sullivan, the head professional at Springfield Country Club, had inadvertently handed in a wrong score after Friday's round.
DeLuca, who finished fourth in this tournament last year, shot 71. Frank Del Rocco, an amateur from Chantilly who shot 78 Friday, had the official low round, 70, to fall in with the lead pack at 148.
King started the day tied for the lead at 70 with Frank Ferguson, an amateur from International Town and Country Club, and Mike Wynn of Evergreen. Four birdies kept King ahead of everyone but DeLuca.
Wynn (77-75 -- 145) was one stroke behind the leaders and Wintergeen Pro David Jimenez (74-72 -- 146) two back. DeLuca, 21, who plays for the Florida State University team, had three birdies and a bogey. "It felt like every stroke was in the wind. I missed two fairways and hit 16 greens. I had to hit really well," DeLuca said.
Two amateurs, David Tolley of Countryside, and Robert Friend of Oak Hill, shot 73 and 72, respectively, for 147.
At 148 are amateurs Del Rocco and Scott Inman of Springfield, and professionals Paul Gooden of Stanton, defending champion Clem King of Farmington and Herb Hooper of Lee Park, a former PGA tour player whose last touring year was 1972.
Chandler Harper, a former PGA champion of the early 1950s was , at 67, the oldest player on the links. Harper qualified for the cut with 78s both days. Bethesda Victorious ---
Bethesda won four of six team matches and halved another in defeating Columbia, 13-5, in the final of the District Golf Association A team matches.
Bethesda won two matches at each course in the home-and-home format. Brett Stentson and Mike Toomey of Bethesda and Joe DiFato and Howard Gunsten of Bethesda won by 3-0 margins at home.