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Caron rolls to lead in Black Rock tournament

June 15, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

The sirens that halted play with an early afternoon thunderstorm should have signaled an incredible round of golf was about to be posted.

Putting out for par on the 18th hole just as play was halted for nearly 90 minutes, Steve Caron finished off a 7-under par 65 to take a commanding lead in the Fourth Annual Black Rock Championship on Saturday.

His nearest competitor when the final round tees off today at 7 a.m. is Kevin Reiber, who survived the rain delay to post a 69, which included a 3-under par 33 on the back nine. Kirk Lombardi had a 2-under 70, also posting a 33 on the back side.

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Those three, along with Rod Steiner (72), will be in the final group teeing off at 12:06 in the Championship Flight. The winner picks up $400, while the First Flight winner gets $300; Second Flight earns $275 and Third Flight gets $250.

All told, 10 of the 96 players shot par 72 or better. As a result of yesterday's scores, golfers were placed in one of four flights that will compete for prize money today.

"This round was the best ball-striking I've done," Caron said.

The 20-year old from Waynesboro, who works at Yingling's Golf Center, had 30 putts and hit 17 greens in regulation.

From the opening hole, he set himself up for a big front nine when he eagled the 487-yard, par-5 first.

"I hit a 9-iron about 150 to about two feet of the cup," Caron said. "The greens were receptive all day."

Caron picked up a birdie on the fourth hole and made the turn in 33, then posted four birdies on the back nine including a run with three in four holes on 13, 14 and 16, the latter two both par 5s.

Caron had an early challenge on the front nine from Brandon Hendrickson of Clear Spring, who also carded a 33 and started the back with three straight pars before he suffered a double bogey on 13.

"That hole just took me out of my game," Hendrickson said, ending the back nine with a 39 for a par 72 final.

Others shooting par were Marty Miller (35-37), Seth Moul (34-38) and Tim Reeves (35-37), all of whom will tee of with Hendrickson at 11:54. Par shooters Findley Benjamin (36-36) and Brian Crabtree (34-38) tee off at 11:42 with Dick Roulette and Creed Wack.

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