Bruce Lehnhard of Lake of the Woods near Fredericksburg, Va., and Dave Quelland of Cedar Point in St. Mary's County, Md., each shot 70 to share the first-round lead of the 54-hole USAir/Middle Atlantic PGA Championship today at Golden Horseshoe.
Defending champion and host pro Del Snyder, Rick Miller of Prince William, Mike Moyers of Greene Hills near Charlottesville, and Herb Hooper of Petersburg, Va., were next with even-par 71s.
Tony Milam of Montclair did his imitation of T.C. Chen (in the U.S. Open) by double-hitting his chip shot at the 12th hole and took double bogey. Milam, who has won two MAPGA pro-ams singly this year and tied for first in four others, tied for seventh at 72 with Tommy Wine of Richmond's Brandermill.
Lehnhard and Quelland broke par although burned by double bogeys on the demanding Robert Trent Jones-designed layout.
Lehnhard, after chipping into the cup on the second hole for the first of his three front-nine birdies, came to the par-3 No. 12 hole three under par. There, his seven-iron tee shot fell into the lake guarding the green, and he ended up taking 5.
"I thought it was a good shot," Lehnhard said of the shot that got caught in a headwind and hit the base of a wooden bulkhead just a few feet short of clearing the water. Lehnhard, 42, the 1973 Virginia Open champion and 1981 MAPGA match-play titlist who now plays in the Virginia chapter of MAPGA, parred his remaining holes.
Quelland, 30, made four birdies for a four-under-par front nine of 32. He three-putted the 10th hole for his first bogey and faltered on his finishing hole.
After driving well all day, he pulled his tee shot on the par-4 No. 18 into woods on the left. He chipped back to the fairway and had a relatively easy half-wedge third shot to the green, but hit too firmly, over the green. He rimmed out a six-foot putt and took 6.
Quelland nevertheless won two tickets to fly anywhere in the sponsoring airline's system in a match of cards with Lehnhard for low round of the day.
Snyder, 52, owned a two-shot lead over Paul Mosca of Heritage Harbour (near Annapolis) for low senior.
Woody FitzHugh, last year's MAPGA player of the year and this season's leading money winner, missed a short par putt on his final hole and finished with 75.