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Birdie binge leads cunningham to win

August 30, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

FREDERICK, Md. - Jimmy Cunningham put on a dazzling display of putting that led to nine birdies Sunday for a 7-under-par 65 and successful defense of his title in the 12th annual City of Frederick Amateur Championship at Clustered Spires Golf Course.

Cunningham, one shot behind Waynesboro, Pa.'s Kevin Reiber after the first round, ended with a two-day total of 8-under-par 136, which was nine shots better than Reiber and Matt Barger, of Charles Town, W.Va.

Reiber shot a 75 after an opening-round 70 and Barger followed with a 1-under-par after an opening 74 on the 6,800-yard, par-72 layout.

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"Putting was clearly the difference today," said Cunningham, of Frederick, who leaves Wednesday for Denver University where he begins classes on Wednesday. "I'm usually confident with my putting game, and today I was making them from 10-to-15 feet."

The 22-year-old Cunningham, playing in the same group with Reiber, set the tone with birdies on holes 3 through 6 for a front-nine 33 and then capped off the victory with a 20-foot putt from the fringe on the 18th hole for a 32 on the back nine.

"I got outplayed today. ... (Cunningham) is a heck of a player," Reiber said. "He was making miles of putts. You could only stand by, watch and cheer."

Other area golfers in the championship flight included Brian Crabtree, 76-150; Ken Lampard, 73-150; Greg Henry, 80-154; Ken Kasai, 81-156; Josh Williford, 82-163 and Mark Hammond, 81-160.

Frederick High School's Christopher Clipp won the first flight with a 75-71-146; Bill Clusman won the second flight with 75-80-155 and Don Ditullo won the third flight with 79-77-156.

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