Justin Klein, the new Maryland Stroke Play champion, plans t take full advantage of his youth and concentrate the balance of the 1991 golf season in the junior ranks.
Klein, 17, who won the state Stroke Play title at Mount Pleasant yesterday, admitted that it may be his only adult tournament start of the year. He will tee up in two national junior qualifying trials this week -- today at Argyle and tomorrow at Green Spring Valley. He will enter his senior year at Gilman in the fall.
It was a successful 4-foot pressure putt on the 54th hole that supplied victory for Klein, a member at Hunt Valley. Holder of the MSA golf championship, Klein came to the last hole at Mount Pleasant guarding a one-stroke lead over Joel Kaye of Woodholme.
Both contestants left themselves long putts on the par-4 closing hole.Kaye managed to hole his 4-foot second putt for a 217 total,forcing Klein to make from the same distance to clinch the victory.klein's rounds were 67-76-73-216.
Klein had closer follower besides Kaye.Michael kuntz had 218,Buddy Peoples 219,Jim Debusk 220,Don bachtel 220, joe franz 221, Britt Sloan 222,Matt Shiley 222 and Scott seymour 222.
Elsewhere in area golf:
Piney Branch -- Wayne Gailey became a double titleholder when he captured the club's Stroke Play championship by defeating his brother by a stroke.
Wayne, who already holds the Match Play crown, and his brother, Carroll, came to the 36th hole tied. However, on the home hole, Wayne scored a winning par against Carroll's bogey.
The winner had rounds of 77 and 73 for 150. Carroll carded 74-77--151. Charles Palmer was third with 77-75--152.
In the first flight, Frank Blais edged Brian McGuire in a playoff after they tied with 157 totals. Joe Valentini won the second flight with 167 and Wayne Smith won the third flight with 180. Connie Henderson won the women's championship scoring 172, one stroke better than Debbie Rhodes. Gloria Barry won the first flight with 187.
* Wakefield -- Leading scores in the two-man team competition ** were: Russ Faulkner and Mike Fastner 62, Jim Imhoff and Walter Zupitz 63, Mike Myers and Nick Delia 63, Dick Blanchard and Dennis Helm 63, Mike Lynch and Lonnie Ritzer 63 and Steve Harry and Gary Owens 63.
In a special "shoot-out" competition, the Championship flight was won by Darrin Schildt. Jim Larimer won the first flight and Gary Myers took the second flight. Bill McGarvey scored a hole-in-one on the fifth hole of the green course.
* C.C. of Md. -- Chuck Ebner won the President's Cup tournament, scoring a gross score of 71-71--142. Joe Lance, competing in Class C, was the overall net winner with 127. Stu Dunn won Class A with a net 135 and Dick Anderson won Class B with 132.
* Chartwell -- In first-round play of the Governor's Cup, Earl Hamilton led gross scores with 71 and Jack Underwood paced net scores with 62. Al Gast recorded a hole-in-one on the 12th hole.
* Crofton -- The foursome of Eric Kazmierczak, E. Kazmierczak, Christian Smith and E.J. Smith dipped 9-under-par to win the Superball tournament.
* Md. Golf -- Low net leaders in the Holiday tourney were Charles Boarman 66, Jack Summer 67 and Don Sweeny 67.
* Rolling Road -- Mike Andrew was overall winner of the Bill King tournament, scoring 76-13--63. Ed McIninch with 77-11--66 won Class A, Jim Harrington won Class B with 79-15--64 and Charles Gailunas won Class C with 83-19--64. Low gross was shared by Rick Sovero Jr. and Andy Pataki, each scoring 71.
The club's 54-hole Stroke Play Championship was won by Rick (( Sovero Jr. with a 218 total. Other leaders were Ron Appler 221 and John Souder 223. Flag tourney leaders were Craig Baader and Bill Seeburger.
* Woodholme -- In a double holiday tourney, the foursome of Steve Blum, Art Adler, Andy Billig and Michael Baylin won low gross in the first round, scoring 68. The leading net team, with a score of 50, included Shelly Kravitz, Howard Janet, Larry Rosenthal and Ted Offit. In the two-man team play on the second round, Steve Blum and Art Adler won low gross with 70 and the teams of Fred Mackler and Mike Hoffman and Andy Billig and Steve Weinstein shared low net with 62s.
* Longview -- George Burton captured the club's match play championship, defeating Greg Lawson 2-1 in the final. In the semifinals, Burton defeated Marvin Bordenski and Lawson defeated John Kogler.
* Pine Ridge -- Age division winners in the senior men's tourney were: (ages 65-69)-Dick Davidson with 74, (70-72)-Mose Webb with 85, (73-75)-George Ritchie with 77 and (76-85)-Bill Woolston with 82. Net leaders included Bob Stanton, Jack Wiser, Lew Welsch, Robbie Robinson and Charles Skidgell.
* Bonnie View -- Randy Savier won the President's Cup, edging Ron Attman on the third playoff hole. They originally tied with 36-hole net scores of 135. Dave Berman was at 137. Savier sparked his round with an eagle on the 14th hole.