Metropolitan Amateur Round 1 Highlights

Toks Pedro and Joe Rice, IV, each carded 5-under-par 67 to share the early lead in on-site qualifying for the 100th Amateur championship of the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association at Old South Country Club in Lothian, August 2.

A mid-afternoon weather disturbance developed into pouring rain and a suspension of play from 3:07 to 6:31, and a resumption of the action. Darkness forced another break and the players still on the course will return tomorrow morning (August 3) to complete their rounds, followed by any playoff required to fill the 32-player draw, and the first round of match play.

Pedro, a recent Rutgers University graduate from Bowie, finished 35-32 in a tour that included six birdies, one bogey. he opened with a birdie putt from 15 feet, birdied the second, and bogeyed the ninth with three putts. His four back-nine birdies featured a 20-foot putt at the 15th, while his others, including one at 18 where he chipped to a foot, were from inside eight feet.

Moments later, Rice, 28, a member of the host club who lives in Annapolis, checked in with 33-34. He started eagle-birdie, and concluded with birdies at 14 and 18 for a bogey-free round. At the 485-yard opener, the event’s 2012 champion, went 2-iron, 6-iron to three feet to dip 2-under, then followed with an 8-foot putt for birdie. On No. 14, a 225-yard, par-3, his tee shot stopped 2 1/2 feet from the cup, and at the 549-yard, par-5 18th he was just off the green in two, and chipped to seven feet.

Charlie Winegardner, another member of the host club, shot 35-33–68, highlighting the round with an eagle-3 at the 18th, where he hit driver, 6-iron to six feet.

There were four at 69 — Evan Santa, the 2016 winner; Chris Navarro, Nicholas Mejia, and Mike Stackus — trailed by two at 71, Jackson Courtney and Rij Patel. Both Santa, a University of Maryland junior, and Chris Navarro, a Maryland senior, had three birdies and hit 16 greens, Mejia also began birdie-birdie and went on to finish with five birdies, two bogeys, while Stackus started with a drive out of bounds, but recovered to shoot 36-33, including holing a 30-foot putt at No. 6.

When the draw is made, defending champion Bart Mease, from Manor CC, will be seeded No. 1.