Lampard takes lesson to heart

June 16, 2002|by DAN SPEARS

A well-used 10 minutes have made all the difference for Ken Lampard.

With his golf game giving him fits one month ago, the Hagerstown resident got a quick lesson - and has been showing area competitors the results.

Saturday, Lampard continued his strong play this spring in the first round of the Black Rock Championship, carding a 1-under 71 to lead a crowded field into today's final round.

"Dave Grier is just a super teacher," Lampard said. "I went to him just before the Dick Kelly (on May 24) and since then I've played pretty good.


"All he needed was 10 minutes to help me out."

Lampard righted his own ship on Saturday though, for a one-stroke lead over a crowded leaderboard.

At 2-under after a birdie on 12, Lampard struggled on Black Rock's signature 13th hole. His double bogey knocked him back to even, but a birdie on the course's final par-3, No. 17, gave him the day's only score under par.

"I don't know what it is about (No. 13)," said Lampard, who also double-bogeyed the hole last September when he won the Washington County Amateur. "It's a good hole, but it shouldn't be that tough."

But it, and most of the holes on Black Rock's longer inward nine proved more difficult as the day progressed and the wind picked up. Fifteen players shot par or better on the front nine; only three pulled the trick on the back.

"The wind kicked up, and it was about a club difference," Lampard said. "But I got a little lucky and played with some good guys. We were all relaxed and that made it fun."

Lampard's quest for a third straight title on the Black Rock course - he and partner Greg Henry won the Dick Kelly Memorial team tournament - will require him to go through a tight field at the top.

-- Tim Steiner is the only player at 72. He balanced three bogeys, including one on the 13th, against three birdies.

-- Four players are a 1-over 73. Greg McNaney, Dick Roulette and Henry had three birdies and four bogeys each; Roulette and Henry birdied the 16th and bogeyed No. 18 to finish in black numbers. In a wild finish, Gary Dingle stood even through 14, then closed double-bogey, birdie, bogey, birdie.

-- Three more players, Chuck Ingram, Steve Caron and Ken Winfield, finished at 74. Winfield was even through 16 before closing with back-to-back bogeys. A ball in the water on the par-3 15th cost Caron his two shots.

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