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Three Share Top Mid-Amateur Honors

September 23, 2002

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GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) _ George Zahringer, Pat Carter and Bill Sharpe shared medalist honors Sunday in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at The Stanwich Club.

Zahringer, 49, of New York, shot a 74 on The Stanwich Club course to match Carter and Sharpe, who both work for the insurance firm Woodman of the World Life, at 1-under 142.

Sharpe, 33, of Edmond, Okla., shot a 73 on The Stanwich course, site of the match-play competition. Carter, 34, of Lesage, W.Va., had a 1-under 70 on the Round Hill Club course.

In 22 previous Mid-Amateurs, the medalist has never won the championship for players 25 and older.

``I think I can win and I have won before so that’s not a new step or an additional evolution of my competitive golf game,″ said Zahringer, a Stanwich member who finished second last year.

``It’s really staying focused and composed. Sometimes in a match, it’s making fewer mistakes than your opponent, sometime it’s playing better than him. There’s still a lot of golf left.″

Danny Green, 45, of Jackson, Tenn., the 1999 winner, was three strokes back along with Brad Hardin of Martinsville, Ind.; Kyle Coody of Plano, Texas; and Dave Yarnes of Corvallis, Ore.

The final seven spots in the 64-player match-play field were to be determined in a 12-man playoff Monday morning.

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