Zahringer's 3-under 68 leads field

Updated: September 21, 2002, 10:49 PM ET
Associated Press

GREENWICH, Conn. -- George Zahringer shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of qualifying for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

Zahringer, a member of The Stanwich Club, opened on the par-71 Round Hill Club course. He will shift Sunday to the par-72 The Stanwich Club, the site of the match-play competition.

''I feel like I'm putting very well,'' said Zahringer, the 49-year-old New Yorker who finished second last year.

''Putting is important at Round Hill the way the golf course is set up. Unless your short irons are really on, you can have some really tricky two putts because of the undulations.''

Bill Sharpe of Edmond, Okla., and Danny Green of Jackson, Tenn., shot 69s on the Round Hill course, and David Herzog of Palmdale, Calif., had a 69 at Stanwich.

Defending champion Tim Jackson of Germantown, Tenn., opened with a 71 at Round Hill.

''This course is a lot harder than what the scorecard shows, particularly the hole placements today,'' Jackson said. ''It was a good solid start.''

The low 64 players after the second round of qualifying will advance to match play in the tournament for players 25 and older.

Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press