Shane Patterson and Paul Haviland, the two youngest players ever to win the Maryland State Amateur Golf Championship, offer an interesting contrast.
Outside the fact that both Patterson and Haviland were 20 years old at the time of their triumphs, there is little else to share in their roads to victory.
Patterson, who won the title earlier this week while turning back Steve Thomas 3-2 in a 36-hole final at Bethesda Country Club, entered the event following two years as a member of the Louisiana State University golf team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Just before the State Amateur, Patterson, a member of Norbeck CC, engaged in a series of private golf lessons from famed veteran professional Paul Runyon at Avenel, scene of the Kemper Open.
Patterson's preparations paid off as he displayed outstanding talent throughout the State Amateur. Particularly impressive was his comeback late in the match after dropping five consecutive holes.
Haviland had a different warmup for winning the State Amateur 41 years ago at Baltimore Country Club's Five Farms course.
He was a member of the BCC greens crew at the time the 1950 State Amateur was scheduled and he never passed up his duties for grooming the course, even though he was a contestant.
"I even remember raking the traps and mowing some greens before I teed off in a couple of matches," said Haviland. "There was little time to practice because there was pressure to get the course in the best shape possible for the tournament."
There was no doubt the effort met Haviland's approval as he litterly swapped a rake for a set of clubs each morning and went on to defeat Col. Jim Wilson, 2-1, in a 36-hole final.
Haviland joined the pro ranks shortly thereafter and dominated golf in this area in the mid-1960s. In addition to winning the State Amateur, Haviland captured the State Open, Trick shot artist Wedgy Winchester will be featured at the The new 27-hole Queenstown Harbor Golf Links will open July ESPN will continue with live coverage of the U.S. Open from The Towson State Tiger Club's annual golf outing will be held Monday at Hunt Valley. Phone 830-3284.