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Roulette wheels way to Amateur title

September 11, 2000

Roulette wheels way to Amateur title



By LARRY YANOS / Mail Sports Editor


Dick Roulette fired a 72 to capture the 10th annual Washington County Amateur Championship Sunday at the Black Rock Golf Course.

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The Fountain Head Country Club member, enjoying a three-shot advantage entering the final 18 holes, was pressured by Ken Lampard early Sunday but finally took command on the 14th hole and coasted to the victory.

It was the second time Roulette the title in three years.

Roulette finished with a two-day total of 140 defeating Chuck Ingram by five strokes and Lampard and Tim Steiner by seven.

Steven Miles carded 158 to win the First Flight while Joe Mills took the Second Flight by shooting 168. Bud DeBow claimed the Senior Division championship, shooting a 151, finishing ahead of Ron Harshman at 157 and Roy 'Tubby' Stotler and Charlie Hawkins at 160.

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"I started out a little shaky but then I got comfortable on the fourth hole," Roulette said.

The opposite could be said for Lampard.

He eagled the first hole, parred No. 2, and birdied No. 3. The early effort was good enough to pull into a tie with Roulette.

Chuck Ingram and Lampard stayed within range of Roulette until the 14th hole.

"I think the turning point was the 14th," Roulette said of the par-5 hole. "I hit the green in two and 2-putted for a birdie. I also birdied 16."

Roulette's round included birdies on holes 1, 7, 14 and 16 and bogeys on 3, 4, 13 and 18.

"I never lost the lead after the fourth hole but the birdie on 14 definitely helped," Roulette said.

Any difference between Saturday's opening-round 68 and Sunday's 72?

"Everything was about the same except trouble off the tee cost me the four bogeys," Roulette said.

The tournament was restricted to Washington County residents.

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