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Waynesboro pair shares WACO lead

August 10, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

A pair of Waynesboro golfers were scheduled as part of a foursome Saturday at Beaver Creek. What they knew might not happen, did - they'll both be playing together again today when the final round of the 20th WACO Open at Beaver Creek Country Club unfolds.

Defending champion Kenny Smith and Waynesboro teenager Kevin Reiber tee off today at 2:10 p.m., sharing the lead after going circuitous routes to post 4-under-par 68s over the 6,400-yard layout.

Smith and Reiber will be joined in the championship flight final threesome by Bob Lentz, who opened with a 33 on the front nine and carded a 3-under 69.

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The 16-year old Reiber set a WACO record with nine birdies in his round, including seven over a nine-hole stretch from the fourth through 12th holes. His score was astounding after starting with a four-putt double bogey on the first hole and finishing with a pair of bogeys on two of the final four holes.

A 28-year-old who plays out of Penn National, Smith took a more consistent route with five birdies and bogeys on only the first hole of each nine.

Smith and Reiber chatted together after their round, and Smith chuckled, "I've helped him learn to play golf the last five years. But I was really in awe of his birdie blitz today."

Both took advantage of their driving on the par 5's as Reiber hit a birdie sombrero and Smith a birdie hat trick.

"I played consistent and solid golf," Smith said. "I can't go out (Sunday) and concentrate on what Reiber or anyone else is doing. I've just got to go out and play the course."

Reiber, who will be a junior at Waynesboro High School, has been playing well in recent days and is out to prove to people in the home area that he can play competitive golf.

"People here know I can play, but they don't back home and I want to prove to them I really can," Reiber said. "I drove the ball good today and had a lot of wedges that got me close to the pin."

Reiber's round, with four on the first hole, included 26 putts.

Smith set the tournament record last year with a 7-under-par 137. Reiber's round was his best in his third year of playing in the WACO.

Six golfers - Billy Harper, Greg Klus, Bob Huffman, Rich Stolarski, Dick Wetzel and Keith Shindle - are tied in Flight 2 after carding 79s.

In Flight 3, seven players - Jeff Chaney, Buddy Summerville, Jim Hart, Jack Miller, Gary Skovron, Steve Stitely and Dave Bartles - each had 85 to share the top.

Larry Ambrose posted a 91 and holds a one-stroke lead over five other players in Flight 4.

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