HAGERSTOWN, MD., JULY 6 -- Webb Heintzelman of Montgomery Village and Brad Schiefelbein of Patuxent Greens in Laurel each shot 2-under-par 69 to share the first round lead of the 54-hole Maryland Open today at Fountain Head Country Club.
Washington-area players fared well. Defending champion Marty West, an amateur from Columbia Country Club, was next at 71 along with two-time winner Gary Marlowe of Woodmont, 1983 winner Fred Funk of University of Maryland, Frank Abbott of Lakewood, Pete Malphrus of Montgomery Village and Jim Nees of Argyle.
Ricky Touma of Olney and Norbeck Country Club made a hole-in-one on the 16th hole and is tied at 72 with fellow amateur Joe Hoffman of Robin Dale and Mike McGinnis of Holly Hills.
Touma drove out of bounds and had to sink a 20-footer for double-bogey 6 on the 15th hole. He then hit a 7-iron tee shot on the 165-yard 16th into the cup.
Heintzelman, 25, who lives in Bethesda and is a teaching pro at Montgomery Village, won 13 events last year, including the Templeton Oldsmobile Classic, and was named Middle Atlantic PGA player of the year. He has yet to win this season.
"Maybe this is my week," Heintzelman said. "I played solid today."
Heintzelman attributed his improved play to his putting. He made four birdies on the front nine and was out in 3-under-par 33. The fourth came at the par-4 ninth, where he almost holed his sand wedge approach shot.
Schiefelbein, 44, was the Middle Atlantic PGA section champion in 1970. He shot 33 on the back nine, considered the harder of the two nines, and birdied three of his last four holes, 15, 17 and 18.
West, three-time winner of this tournament, started off well, as he did last year when he opened with 65 and scored a wire-to-wire win at Lakewood in Rockville. He was 3 under par after five holes today before falling back.