Greg Carpousis made five birdies and, despite a penalty stroke and eventual bogey at the par-5 13th hole, finished with 69 for the first-round lead in the 54-hole Washington Area Amateur Champions golf tournament yesterday at Marlboro Country Club.
Carpousis, 23, who played on the American University golf team that went to the recent NCAA tournament, hit his second shot on the 13th hole into a creek, 50 yards short of the green. Carpousis took a penalty stroke, hit his fourth shot onto the green, and two-putted for a bogey 6. He birdied the next hole and made his fifth birdie of the day at the tough par-5 17th. His nines were 33, 36.
Glen Barrett of Penderbrook hit 16 greens in regulation on the watery, woodlined course and shot 70.
Dan McAndrews of Columbia, Suitland High School teacher Walter Clarke of Newbridge and University of Alabama golfer Dan DeRisio of Springfield were next at 71.
Defending champion Dave King of Bethesda and Prince Georges shot even-par 72. King said he had a weird round that included five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey on the 13th. King birdied four of the par 5s, but the 13th, another par 5, punished him.
The two-time Maryland Amateur champion hit his third shot into a green-side bunker there and the ball was buried in the sand. He blasted out of the sand, 25 feet from the hole, and three-putted.
"It's a very severe course," said King. "You really pay a price for bad shots. "
Doug Monroe of Bethesda did not escape without trouble from the par-5 17th hole, 520 yards with water bordering the left side of the fairway. Monroe had moved to three under par with a birdie at 16, but took quadruple bogey 9 at 17 and finished at 74. Monroe hit his second shot into the water and then finished the hole by three-putting.
Wes Lacey of Hobbit's Glen knocked a sand wedge second shot into the hole for eagle 2 on the par 4, 325-yard 11th hole to finish at 73.