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Wash. Co. Amateur sees two in a tie

September 12, 1998|By LARRY YANOS

Fountain Head Country Club members Wayne Ridenour and Dick Roulette fired identical rounds of 71 Saturday to share the opening round lead of the ninth annual Washington County Amateur Golf Championship held at the Black Rock Golf Course.

Don VanReenan shot a 77 to lead the Seniors Division.

The 36-hole tournament, restricted to Washington County residents, concludes today with 15 golfers within five strokes of the lead.

The first group tees off at 7 a.m., and the final championship flight group of Ridenour, Roulette, Harry Kendig and Marty Miller will tee off at 1:10 p.m.

Five golfers are at 73 (Harry Kendig, Marty Miller, Ken Lampard, Ed Cook and Randy Barnes) and five more stand at 74 (Chris Henry, Chuck Ingram, Randy Cree, Rod Steiner and Tracy Piper).

The 47-year-old Ridenour, who won the the tournament in 1994, fired a 36 on the front nine and followed with a 35 on the back nine. He birdied the third, seventh, 12th and 17th holes and bogeyed the eighth, ninth and 10th.

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Ridenour says a 7:30 a.m. tee time didn't affect his play.

"I'm comfortable playing early, some guys like the later tee times but I always ask for an early tee time," Ridenour said. "I also had a good group with me, three good players and three good people (Richard Behan, Mike McCormack and Chuck Ingram) and that helped a lot."

The 50-year-old Roulette started the day with an eagle on the first hole and finished with a birdie on 17 with bogeys on 7 and 16. He had splits of 36 and 35 for the 18 holes.

"I played a solid round, I was happy," Roulette said. "The eagle on one was a big boost. If I made a few makeable putts later, the score would have even been better.

"I hit 15 greens in regulation and I'm satisfied," Roulette said. "I haven't been playing that well lately."

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