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Desimone weathers heat at Md. Publinx

July 27, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

On any given day, a 36-hole test of golf is more than enough to test the fortitude of any player under a baking sun making for a hot, summer day in the fifth Maryland Amateur Public Links Championship.

When the last putt dropped late Thursday afternoon to culminate a day that began at 7:30 Thursday morning, 22-year-old Nick Desimone, of Sykesville, Md., and Turf Valley Golf Club, had passed the test among 53 players as he registered rounds of 70 and 75 for a 1-over-par 145 over the 6,896-yard layout at Beaver Creek Country Club.

After the morning round, Desimone held a two-stroke lead over Beaver Creek member Ken Kasai, of Middletown, Md., both playing in the same group.

Kasai opened the day with a 38-34-72 and closed with a 37-37-74 for 146, good for a second-place tie with Blair Kennedy, of College Park, Md., and the University of Maryland Golf Club.

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"My putter was a little balky in the second round," said Kasai. "There was some breeze today and at times it was hard to figure out."

Kasai, who just turned 54, moved within one shot of Desimone with an eagle on the par-5 15th hole, making an 18-foot putt.

At the 18th, Kasai left his approach 6 feet above the hole while Desimone was 10 feet below, with Kasai needing to pick up a stroke. Desimone missed his putt and bogeyed but Kasai returned the favor with his own bogey.

"I missed three 3-footers in the opening round," said Kasai, who nonetheless was pleased. "My game is coming around, much better than it was in the spring."

Other Beaver Creek members taking the long trip around the course were Brian Crabtree and Greg Henry, who finished in a tie for seventh.

Henry had the second-best afternoon round in the field, carding an even-par 72 to go along with an opening 78 for 150. Crabtree matched it by shooting rounds of 74-76.

Ken Lampard was 10th with 74-78-152, Ty Border was 11th with 75-78-153, Steve Ligi was 15th with 77-78-155 and Tim Steiner was 24th with 81-77-158.

Jeff Thoreson, of Clustered Spires Golf Course in Frederick, shot an afternoon round of 71 and finished fourth at 147.

Desimone won a trophy, merchandise certificates and an exemption from qualifying for the 2008 Maryland Open and Amateur.

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