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Roulette wheels to amatuer lead

September 09, 2000

Roulette wheels to amatuer lead



By LARRY YANOS / Daily Mail Sports Editor


Dick Roulette hit all 18 greens Saturday at the Black Rock Golf Course en route to a 68 and the opening round lead of the Washington County Amateur Golf Championship.

Roulette's impressive opening round of the tournament restricted to Washington County residents included seven birdies as well as three three-putts.

The Fountain Head Country Club member is followed in the Championship Flight by Chuck Ingram (71), Ken Lampard (72) Randy Barnes and Greg McNaney (74).

Tim Steiner, Wayne Ridenour, Mike McCormack Sr., Tim Reeves and Randy Cree are just behind at 75.

Ron Harshman leads the Senior Division with a 76. He is followed by Bud DeBow (78), Charlie Hawkins (79), Roy 'Tubby' Stotler (82) and Bob Nichols (83).

Black Rock Golf Course professional Darrell Whittington flighted the golfers after Saturday's round.

The second flight tees off today at 7 a.m. in the final round of the 36-hole tournament while the championship flight tees off at 11:20. The final foursome - Barnes, Lampard, Ingram and Roulette - start play at 12:40 p.m.

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"I can't remember the last time I had seven birdies on a round of golf," Roulette said. "Tee to green, I hit the ball very well. I'm a little surprised because I haven't been putting that well lately."

Roulette started the round with a birdie on the first hole and proceeded to birdie Nos. 4, 6, 11, 14, 16 and 17. He bogeyed Nos. 5, 8 and 13.

Roulette, who won the Washington County Open Golf Championship in 1998, fired a 35 on the front nine and a 33 on the back nine to take the tournament lead.

"The course is in good shape," Roulette said. "The greens were smooth and fast."

Earlier this June, Roulette and Ingram battled into a playoff in the Black Rock Open Championship before Ingram claimed the title.

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