Ponchock holds off pros to take Maryland Open

July 16, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

MITCHELLVILLE -- Amateur Del Ponchock rolled in a six-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to defeat pros Larry Ringer and Glen Barrett in a sudden-death playoff for the 72nd Maryland Open championship at Prince George's Country Club yesterday.

At the playoff hole, No. 10, a 384-yard par-4, Ringer drove into the left rough, where he had a lie on bare dirt. From there, he managed to get a shot on the far right fringe of the green, but with the pin way left, he had 80 feet for birdie.

The other two were in the fairway, Barrett winding up eight feet below the flagstick, and Ponchock six feet to the right of it. Ringer's shot fell off at the end and stopped a foot away. Barrett narrowly missed on the right side, and then Ponchock ended it.

Ponchock, 21, a University of Maryland senior, earned the championship trophy and the Harry Pitt Trophy as low amateur. The two pros each collected $3,250 from the $20,000 purse.

Playing in the group ahead of Ringer, Barrett was 1-under and knew he had to birdie the 18th.

At the 540-yard finishing hole, he hit a 240-yard 3-wood second shot that stopped on the front fringe of the green. His 25-foot chip shot needed another turn of the ball, as it stopped three inches from the cup.

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