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Hanczaryk up at Black Rock

June 28, 1998|By LARRY YANOS

A couple of Brians lead the way in the first Black Rock Golf Championship.

Brian Hanczaryk of Crofton, Md., fired a 68 Saturday at the Black Rock Golf Course - including a blistering 31 on the back nine - while Brian Crabtree of Fairfield, Pa., led the chase group with a 71.

The two Brians are followed by Randy Cree and Tim Reeves at 73, and Eric Meredith, Creed Wack, Larry Mackereth and Bill Calhoun at 74.

The 115 golfers will be grouped into four flights for today's 18-hole second round, with the championship flight teeing off at 11:50 a.m. The first-round leaders (Hanczaryk, Crabtree, Cree and Reeves) will tee off at 12:50 p.m.

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The 19-year-old Hanczaryk, a member of the Winthrop (S.C.) University golf team and the Green Dale Country Club in Crofton, opened with a 37, then birdied five holes on back to secure the lead.

"I played solid. I hit 16 greens, including every one on the back nine," Hanczaryk said. "The wind picked up on the 11th hole but I birdied 11, 12 and 13 and then 16 and 17."

Hanczaryk had never even seen the course until his Friday practice round.

"I like the course; it's similar to Green Dale," Hanczaryk said. "The short par 5s are reachable, and you can get away with an errant drive."

Hanczaryk has no special strategy today.

"I'll try to do exactly what I did today," Hanczaryk said. "Try to hit every green in regulation and roll in the putts. I didn't get discouraged with the 37 on the front nine, I just went ahead and played solid."

The 35-year-old Crabtree took an opposite voyage to the leader's board.

He fired a 33 on the front nine, then striggled with a 38 on the back nine.

"The wind started to pick up on the back nine and I didn't play as well," Crabtree said.

A tournament championship today would cap off an exciting weekend for Crabtree.

After his round, he attended the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame dinner, where his father-in-law, Bill Wills, was among the class of 1998 inductees.

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