Darren Veitch, traded from the Washington Capitals to the Detroit Red Wings in March, shot 3-under-par 67 to tie for the first-round lead with two-time winner Brian Staveley in the 36-hole Templeton Oldsmobile Open today at the Prince William course.
Veitch, playing as an amateur out of Prince Georges Country Club in Mitchellville, Md., made four birdies, and his only bogey came at the ninth hole during a rain shower. Veitch is a two-time Saskatchewan Amateur champion and finished 30th in the Canadian Amateur Open last year. He is a defenseman in the National Hockey League.
Staveley, a two-time winner of this event when it was known as the Middle Atlantic Open, eagled the 13th hole with a drive, a long iron to within one foot of the hole and a putt.
Six golfers are one stroke back heading into Tuesday's final round, with the winner to receive $2,500.
Woody FitzHugh of Great Falls, Va., last year's Middle Atlantic PGA Player of the Year, struggled to 75 along with another strong player, Ron Terry. Patterson, Wood Lead Juniors
David Patterson of Lutherville, Md., and Alan Wood of Irving, Tex., each shot 76 to share the first-round lead of the 54-hole 17th annual South Atlantic Junior yesterday at Crofton.
Tara Hipp of Gaithersburg, the Maryland state high school girls champion, had a 77 to share the lead in the girls division with Sherri Atchison of Duncan, Okla.