BETHESDA -- The medalist, defending champion, previous medalists and previous champions were among the casualties, as two rounds of the 71st men's amateur championship of the Maryland State Golf Association yesterday reduced the field to eight at Bethesda Country Club.
Two-time medalist Sheldon Kalish, defending champion Charlie Harris, former medalist and champion Clark MacKenzie and two-time finalist Henry Blue went home earlier than planned. Two past winners remained in contention, however, 1965 winner Harry Cain of Bethesda CC and seven-time titlist Marty West III of Columbia CC.
Bethesda member Chris York, 15, eagled the sixth hole and birdied the 10th and 11th for two wins and a half in getting the upper hand on Blue in the afternoon, and, at the same time, MacKenzie, who had wiped out one two-hole deficit, could only take care of half of another one, losing an uphill struggle to Steve Thomas of Crofton CC.
Kalish also made it to the afternoon round but couldn't get anything going, as Bill Murphy of Congressional CC won the second hole and never trailed thereafter.