Tom Jandel of Dayton, Ohio needed only 25 putts to shoot a 69 Sat
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ Tom Jandel of Dayton, Ohio needed only 25 putts to shoot a 69 Saturday, moving into a three-way tie for the lead in qualifying for the 8th U.S. Mid- Amateur golf championship Saturday.
Also shooting a 69 at the Prairie Dunes Country Club were Bob Lewis, Jr., of Warren, Ohio, a two-time Mid-Amateur runner-up, and Randy Sonnier of The Woodlands, Texas.
Jandel, playing in his first national championship, had nines of 36-33. Lewis had a 32-37. Sonnier, a two-time medalist and one-time runner-up, shot 35-34.
The trio held a one-shot lead over six players going into Sunday’s second round of qualifying. Sixty-four players will begin match play Monday on the 6,615-yard layout.
Three past Mid-Amateur champions in the field tied with 73s, including Jay Sigel of Berwyn, Pa., who won titles in 1983, 1985 and 1987. He suffered a quadruple-bogey nine on the seventh hole when he took two unplayable lies, but recovered for a 3e-over-par effort. Jim Holtgrieve of St. Louis, Mo, the 1981 champion, and Mike Podolak of Hickson, N.D., the 1984 winner, also shot 73s.