Michael McCarthy, of Bethesda, Md., carded a 1-under-par 70 and took a one-stroke lead over former champion Tim Vigotsky, of Centreville, Va., in the first round of the 74th Seniors championship of the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association at Argyle Country Club in Silver Spring, Md., October 23.
McCarthy, 60, who has previously qualified for two U.S. Senior Amateur championships, most recently earlier this year, produced three birdies, two bogeys on the front nine, then reeled off nine successive pars on the back for 34-36. Vigotsky, the 2016 WMGA Seniors titlist, offset two birdies on the first nine with two bogeys on the second for 34-37.
Rob Menefee, Potomac, Md., shot 70 to top the Pre-Senior (45-54) division, while two players at opposite ends of the starting field, James Foster, Silver Spring, and George Kapetanakis, McLean, Va., shared the Super Senior lead at 74.
Menefee ended with three birdies and a double-bogey (No. 10) for 34-36, heading off Ron Thomas, Lothian, Md., who returned 34-37–71. Foster, in the second threesome of the day, posted 37-37–74, while Kapetanakis, in the last group, joined him with 39-35, a round that included two back-nine birdies.
September’s rains created major problems for the Argyle course and also a postponement of the Seniors’ event. In the makeup, hole No. 5 putting green was still closed, so all players were given a par-3 for that hole to allow the digital scoring to function.
There is no cut in this event so all players will return for the second round, September 24. The restart drew 39 entries from an original field of 55 players and 35 returned a score.
On-Line scoring and Start Times ⇒ HERE
Round 2 Start Times in PDF ⇒ HERE
Round 1 Results in PDF ⇒ Round 1 Results