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Grimes takes lead at Chrysler Open

Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2000

A hard, dry and fast Kenai Golf Course kept the pros on their toes during the first day of play in the Kenai Chrysler Open golf tournament.

After setting the course record during Friday's Pro-Am with a three-under par 69, Tony Grimes of Phoenix, Ariz., via the Palmer Golf Course where he teaches, could only manage a two-over 74 on Saturday. Two players, Jim Hennessy and Norm Jarvis are one stroke back.

"I was playing damage control all day," Grimes said. "I didn't want to give away anything."

Grimes said while there was no real pressure on him to repeat his 69 and the weather and pin placement was good, his iron shots gave him a little trouble Saturday.

"I'm going to practice my troubled swing," he said after his round. "I'm going to work on full shots with my irons. I got caught halfway a lot today."

Holes 3 and 15 were his toughest, Grimes said.

"No. 3 is challenging. It's just a tough hole," he said of the 332-yard, par 4 hole. "You've really got to pick the right club."

He said he lost a stroke on the 368-yard par 4 No. 15 during last year's inaugural Kenai Chrysler Open and wasn't able to keep the pressure on eventual winner John McBride, so he was careful on it this year.

"This course will stand up and bite you on the butt," Grimes said. "It's hard. The greens roll true, but are challenging."

Hennessy agreed.

"Basically, you have 18 holes with no let up. You can't breathe anywhere. Any errant shot will cost you," he said.

Hennessy, who flew up from Chandler, Ariz., to play in the tourney and do a little fishing, compared the Kenai course to one of the toughest in the world.

"It's almost like playing the British Open with trees. Everything is so firm," he said. "Relative to Eagleglen in Anchorage, it's very firm and it's hard to stop, so you wind up short a lot."

Tied for second at one shot back, Hennessy wasn't too unhappy with his game.

"My round could have been better, but it could have been worse. I got some breaks," he said. "I just tried not to beat myself."

He said today's round should be interesting, though he said he's not going to try to do anything different than Saturday.

Six other players broke 80: John McBride, Tom Farris and Billy Bomar at 78; and Bryan Anderson, Bill Engbert and Mark Matarrese at 79. Sixteen players were in the 80s, with two carding 90s.

The pros are playing for $15,000 in prizes, three times as much as last year. At $6,000, the winner will actually pocket more than the 1999 purse of $5,000. Second place will take home $3,000, with $2,100 going to third, $1,500 for fourth, $1,050 for fifth, $600 for sixth, $450 for seventh, and $300 for eighth.

Friday's Pro-Am had a purse of $1,480, with $592 for the winner, $296 for second and $207 for third and the rest of it spread out among the next five players.

There were five amateur flights Saturday. In the women's division Rita Botelho carded an 86, with 70 as a net score adjusted for her handicap. Pam Martinez hit a 93, and tied for first with a 70 after her handicap was factored in.

In the men's first flight, Rene Alvarez leads after the first day with a 79 gross, and a 68 adjusted score. In the men's second flight, Doug Haralson scored an 82, with an adjusted score of 68. In the men's third flight, Richard Martin leads with an 82 and 65. In the fourth flight, Charles Rehder is in front with a 95 and 70.

Tee-off times today are between 10 and 11 a.m., with the first amateurs expected in before 2 p.m. and the first pros not long after 3 p.m. if conditions are anything like Saturday, which featured alternating cool cloudiness and warm sunshine.

Kenai Chrysler Open

First round

Saturday

Open Division

Tony Grimes -- 74

Jim Hennessy -- 75

Norm Jarvis -- 75

John McBride -- 78

Tom Farris -- 78

Billy Bomar -- 78

Bryan Anderson -- 79

Bill Engberg -- 79

Mark Matarrese -- 79

James Contreros -- 80

Mark Dolejsi -- 81

Rich Sayers -- 81

Ken Liedes -- 83

Chris Wright -- 83

Todd Smith -- 83

Tim Walsh -- 84

Billy Applewhite -- 84

Tom Walsh -- 84

Eldon Harvey -- 85

Johnny Rieger -- 86

Frank Perschetti -- 87

Jeff Barnhart -- 87

Ken Doty -- 87

Nick Chaisson -- 88

Doug Jung -- 89

Gordon Griffin -- 90

Don Moock -- 91

Women's Flight

Rita Botelho -- 86

Pam Martinez -- 93

Paula Crowley -- 96

Ann Frawner -- 104

Karen Morris -- 111

Opal Harvey -- 115

Alice Ambruz -- 122

Debbie Dunagan -- 125

Diana Zirul -- 145

Lynne Reynolds -- W

Men's First Flight

Rene' Alvarez -- 79

Dave Kerkvliet -- 81

Tom Reese -- 81

Mark Azzarra -- 83

Jim Kimball -- 84

Jeff Sinz -- 84

Lorne Smagge -- 85

Tom Carver -- 86

Nick Martinez -- 86

Paul Buxton -- 86

Dan Kirsch -- 86

Steve McMains -- 86

Felix Martinez -- 87

Bob Bird -- 88

Jim Evans -- 89

John Dahlgren -- 90

Barry Brewer -- 91

Curtis Smith -- 92

Jeff Cocker -- 97

Bob Sizemore -- W

Mens Second Flight

Doug Haralson -- 82

Bill Burtram -- 86

Spence DeVito -- 87

David Ramsey -- 88

Rich Ewards -- 89

Tom Allison -- 89

Robert Speakman -- 89

David Litchfield -- 89

Jesse Wade -- 92

Bill Fletcher -- 93

Rex Rambo -- 94

Tom Wagoner -- 96

Noel Widmayer -- 97

Gerald Norris -- 102

Jack Evans -- 116

Ken Lipski -- n/a

Dan Young -- n/a

Mens Third Flight

Richard Martin -- 82

Mike Navarre -- 86

Butch Anderson -- 86

Buzz Rome -- 88

Bill Stamps -- 89

Pete Niemi -- 93

Dan Cabrera -- 94

Mike Munger -- 94

Eddie Sibolboro -- 95

Danny Brewer -- 96

Mike Koskinas -- 98

Mike Woltering -- 98

Kirk Hyman -- 99

Joe Deveaux -- 99

Mike Rasmussen -- 100

Robert Liftee -- 107

Chuck Ruppenthal -- n/a

Men's Fourth flight

Don Schreiner -- 92

Earl Frawner -- 95

Charles Rehder -- 95

Andy Anderson -- 96

Ron Rozak -- 98

Jerry Maddox -- 99

Bruce Galloway -- 99

Gary Ambruz -- 101

Ed Marsh -- 101

Paul Samora -- 101

Mike Kebschull -- 102

Greg Henderson -- 103

George Navarre -- 104

Rod Cason -- 106

Tom Vincent -- 107

Robert Stamer -- 110

John Randy Cler -- 110

Harold Flood -- 116

Jim Zirul -- 116

Ray Measles -- 123

Dick Morgan -- 129

John Baxter -- 139

Roy Anyan -- W

W = Withdrew; n/a = Not available



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