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Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2007 12:00 am

McALLEN — Miguel Del Angel Jr. began play with a birdie and led with two-time champion Ron Kilby at the end of the first round of the championship flight of the two-day 2007 IBC McAllen Amateur Golf Tournament at Palm View Golf Course.

Del Angel, who was last year’s runner-up, carded six birdies during the round. He recorded birdies on hole Nos. 1 and 7 — the longest hole of the tournament at 577 yards — and bogeyed the sixth and ninth holes for an even-par front nine.

He made a run on the back nine, bookending a four-birdie effort with birdies on the 10th and 18th holes and bogeying Nos. 16 and 17 on his way to 2 under par.

“I just wanted to stay in position and not shoot myself in the foot,” Del Angel said. “I just wanted to give myself a chance for (today). It all comes down to making putts. Whoever makes the putts (today) will probably be our champion.”

Kilby, who won in 2003 and 2005, was 1 over on the front nine after two bogies and a birdie on No. 4, but he birdied No. 10 and the last two holes for his 2 under.

“I feel like I played a really solid round of golf,” he said. “I hit a lot of fairways and greens, and controlled my distances really well going into the greens, because with the pins you had to try to stay below the hole all day. You couldn’t get above the hole, and I felt like I controlled my distances all day with all the greens.

“Ultimately, I want to get my third ring. I think it would be a special win to win for the third time.”

Kyle Marburger, the 2006 champion, and Ross Ledesma the 2004 champion, rounded out the top four. Marburger struggled early, taking bogey on the second, fourth and fifth holes with a birdie on No. 3 and standing at 2 over after nine. But he came back with birdies on Nos. 12 and 17 for a 72.

“The greens were so treacherous that I just got off to a slow start with a couple of bogies in the first four and five holes,” Marburger said. “I made a couple of birdies on the back side to get even, so I got behind just a little bit on the day right of the gate. (Today) I’m going to try to hit fairways and greens and make a few putts. That is what it really comes down to.”

Ledesma probably was the most consistent player of the four, playing solid golf through the first eight holes. He posted a bogey on No. 9 to sit at 1 over, but came back with birdies on No. 13 and 18 to tie Marburger for second at even par.

The tournament’s final round is today. The only golfer in the top 4 without a championship said today’s round will mean a little more.

“After being out competition for so long, you get used to playing at a certain level and it’s fun to be in that position again,” Del Angel said. “You get your juices flowing and your mind thinking the right way. It is a really good feeling as a competitor golfer.”

2007 McAllen Amateur Golf Championship

At Palm View Golf Course, McAllen

Yardage: 6,771; Par: 72

First Round

Championship Flight

Miguel Del Angel, Jr. 70

Ron Kilby 70

Kyle Marburger 72

Ross Ledesma 72

Chris Wicker 73

Don Crowe 74

Viviano Villarreal 75

L.D. Clopton 77

Bruce Burger 78

Roel Gomez 79

Luis Noriega 79

Javier Vargas 80

Marin Espinosa 80

Noe Martinez 81

Brett Beaudoin 82

Joel Garza 82

Robert Chavana 83

First Flight

Charlie Hernandez 76

Dino James 77

Homer Guerra 79

Ronald C. Coleman 80

Thomas Lee 80

Jerry Farias 80

Lars Tamen 81

Rock Riley 81

Dan Nelson 82

Eddie Villarreal 82

Tony Anderson 83

Karl Drefke 85

Javier Garcia 85

Lupe Garcia 85

Gabriel Flores 86

Rene Palacios 88

John Booth 89

Richie Arrioja 89

Second Flight

Gabe Bustamante 81

Miguel Del Angel, Sr. 82

Pete Ledezma 82

Jim Sandifer 82

Julian Ybarra 82

Rudy Rivas 83

Peppi Pizzano 83

Jim Ketter 83

Abel Galvan 84

Art Diaz 84

Don Hill 85

Oscar Santiago 85

Jose L. Alvarado 86

Matt Gideon 87

Victor Aguilar 88

Isidro Martinez 89

Jose Chapparro 90

R.D. Imel 90

Art Pena 91

Joe Martinez 94

Phillip Corzine 95

Charlie Elizondo 105

Third Flight

Yildirim Durak 79

Joel Villarreal 79

Daniel Salinas 79

Joseph Rosales 80

Charlie Garcia 81

Chuck Gomez 82

Victor Garza 82

Rafael Chavez 83

Edward Johnson 83

Martin Flores 84

Harry Jacobsen 85

Raul Vergara 85

Jack Bowers 86

John Bernal 86

Ken Bookout 87

Bobby Pulido 87

Roland St. Louis 88

Rene Lopez 88

Roger Calandres 88

Cayetano Gamboa 89

Rick Solis 89

David Lopez 90

Balde Morin 91

Victor Garcia 92

Pablo Tagle 93

Louie Eyeington 93

Jesse Naranjo 94

Renato Cortez 94

Jack Arnold 95

Pete Gamboa 96

Fourth Flight

Ernie Gonzalez 81

Daniel Hernandez 82

Jeff Brechler 82

Ramon Garcia 82

Jose L. Galdeano 83

Javier Perez 83

Sam Garcia 83

Eddie Monroy 84

Roy Arterbury 86

William Doffing 87

Fidel Mendoza 87

Amador Villarreal 87

Alejo Garza 87

Andy Arcaute 88

Andy Garcia 88

Javier Gutierrez 88

Jorge Tavitas 88

Jorge Perez 88

Herminio Nevarez 89

Jose L. Romero 89

Isaac Martinez 90

Felipe Cavazos 91

Jim Hollifield 91

Rick Gonzalez 91

Bobby Casso 91

Art Gonzalez 91

Abel Reyes 91

Charlie Quintanilla 91

Hector Marquez 92

Leo Montalvo 92

Kevin Griffin 92

Kalani Jaime 94

Juan Reyes 94

Adelaido Villarreal 94

Tony Saenz 94

Manuel Escamilla 95

David Borowitz 95

Jaime Gonzalez 95

Cesar Aguirre 95

Chris Polanco 95

Hector Flores 96

Chuy Negrete 96

Manuel Garza 96

Jimmy Salazar 96

Juan Flores 97

Miguel Pineiro 97

Carlos Gomez 99

John Cardenas 100

Alfredo Torres Abrego 101

Hector Gonzalez 102

Chris Gill 103

Temo Gomez 103

Apolinar Perez 103

Juan Guati-Rojo 107

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