Former Frederick, Md., pro Donnie Hammond, who bogeyed the final hole when he selected the wrong club and hit his approach shot over the green, is among the Kemper Open leaders with 69.
"He hit a five-iron and he should have hit a six-iron," said Hammond's father, who caddied for him. "All I did was carry his bag and keep my mouth shut."
Hammond, who now plays out of Daytona Beach, Fla., had his sizable Frederick-based gallery roaring when when he finished the front nine with three straight birdies for 33. His 15-foot par putt on the 15th hole hesitated on the lip of the cup for a second, and then dropped, to more hoots and hollers. He then birdied the 17th hole and crushed his drive down the 18th fairway.
"That was probably one of my biggest thrills on the tour," said third-year pro Hammond.
Hammond sometimes played 36 to 45 holes a day as a youth at Frederick's VFW course. He originally took up golf as a youngster at a small course in Westminster, Md.
Woody FitzHugh, last year's Middle Atlantic PGA player of the year, shot 72.
Marty West, seven-time Maryland Amateur champion from Columbia Country Club, was one under par at one point, and finished at one-over-par 73.
"Seventy-three's not bad for a working guy," said the Rockville banker. "I'm hitting it very well. I hope to make some putts tomorrow and forget about the ones I missed today." West said he had makable birdie putts on his final three holes.
Tony DeLuca of Vienna, a late Tuesday night entry into the Kemper, was on the leader board at two under par after 10 holes, and also finished at 73. DeLuca, 25, undecided recently about pursuing golf, said he will now totally immerse himself in the sport for the next three or four years.
Scores of other area golfers: Tony Milam 75, Buddy Peoples 76, Wayne DeFrancesco 76, George Graefe 78, Gary Marlowe 79, Lon Kinney 82, Mike Ahrnsbrak 85.