Maltbie Birdies Last Hole to Share Lead With Burns
Roger Maltbie sank a five-foot birdie putt on the final hole and tied George Burns for the lead Saturday in the third round of the $500,000 Westchester golf tournament at Harrison, N.Y.
Maltbie, seeking his first victory in eight years, needed only a round of one-over-par 72 in the occasional drizzle to catch the front-running Burns, who has led or shared the lead all the way.
Burns did not make a birdie in his round of 73.
Burns and Maltbie completed three trips over the rain-slick hills of the Westchester Country Club in 205, eight under par.
“What we did, basically, was let a lot of other guys back in the golf tournament,” Maltbie said. “Some people who weren’t very close now are in pretty good position, and that’s nobody’s fault but George and me.”
Clarence Rose, playing with Burns and Maltbie in the final threesome, was one shot off the lead at 206 after a 70.
Joey Sindelar, winner of the Greensboro Open this season, pitched in from about 90 yards for an eagle on his way to a 66 that lifted him to 207.
Alice Miller shot her third straight four-under-par 68 to take a five-stroke lead in the $400,000 LPGA McDonald’s championship over the White Manor Country Club at Malvern, Pa.
The Marysville, Calif., native has a total of 204, four strokes better than the tournament’s 54-hole record.
Miller, looking for her third tour victory this season, equaled the course record of five-under-par 31 on the front nine in light rain. She birdied the first three holes.
Beth Daniel, Nancy Lopez and Myra Blackwelder share second place at 209.
Winds quieted over the Wildcreek Golf Course, allowing Jim Ferree to shoot a course-record 66 and forge a two-stroke lead after 36 holes of the $200,000 PGA Seniors Champions tournament at Sparks, Nev.
Ferree, in search of his first seniors title, had a 138 total, two shots better than Peter Thomson, who had a 72.
First-round leader Ken Towns had a 75 and was at 142.
Garth McGimpsey of Northern Ireland defeated England’s Graham Homewood, 9 and 7, to win the 36-hole British Amateur championship at Dornoch, Scotland. The victory gave McGimpsey, 29, places in the British Open, U.S. Masters and World Series of Golf later this year as well as a virtual lock on a berth in the Walker Cup competition with the United States in August.
Roger Chapman and Mike McLean, a pair of English players, shared the second-round lead with 138s in the $250,000 British Masters tournament.
Spain’s Severiano Ballesteros was just one shot back going into today’s double round at Woburn, England.
Ballesteros, looking for his first European victory of 1985, carded a 68. Chapman also shot a 68, despite a double-bogey six on the final hole, while McLean had a 70.