Two-time champion Tim Vigotsky, from Centreville, Va., and Mark Boedicker, from Great Falls, Va., carded opening-round 71’s to share the lead in the annual Seniors championship of the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association at Montgomery Country Club, September 23.
Vigotsky had three front-nine birdies followed by a bogey at the eighth, and one back-nine birdie followed by bogeys at Nos.15-17 for 34-37 against a par of 36-36 on a superbly conditioned course of 6,460 yards. When asked about his age he demurred, stating emphatically that he was indeed old enough to play in the senior division.
Boedicker, a losing finalist in the recent Virginia Senior Amateur, admitted he had been struggling with his golf game because of outside concerns, but with those behind him, he said, “Something clicked.” As a result, he produced a solid ball-striking round and putted “well enough,” with three birdies, two bogeys on greens that drew rave notices from many, although, per usual, they were fast for some, slow for others.
Larry Martone, Washington, D.C., was a stroke behind the pace-setters with 72, backed by Mike McCarthy, of Bethesda, 73, and Tom Grem, Hunt Valley, 74.
Skip Tendall, from North Potomac, still recovering from recent left-wrist surgery, unveiled the low round of the day, a 2-under 34-36–70, to take charge in the Super Senior division. The 65-over set played the course at 6,188 yards. Tendall, who holed a winning putt to give Congressional CC the victory in the final of the Maryland State Senior Team Matches on September 21, had an up-and-down effort.
He had two birdies on the front, included a double-bogey and a three-putt bogey early on the back, then offset them with birdies at Nos. 13-14-18. Mike Panos, from Columbia, trailed Tendall with 74, followed by Peter Jacobi, Arlington, Va., 75.
Ron Thomas, from Lothian, posted 73 to lead the Pre-Senior (50-54) division, followed by William Shifflett, from Baltimore, with 74. Hot on their heels is Carlos Aranda, Alexandria, with 75.
Eligibility for the event was expanded to include members of MSGA and VSGA clubs that are located outside of the WMGA territory. It was a positive change, as some of the top senior amateurs from the Baltimore area are playing. The championship wraps up Tuesday with round two.