ROCKVILLE -- Jane Fitzgerald, unattached, and Bonnie Fry, from Maryland Golf & Country Club, both won two matches yesterday at Norbeck Country Club to move into today's championship match in the Maryland State Golf Association Women's Amateur championship.
Fitzgerald, the top seed, had to scramble to beat Stephanie Kell of Country Club of Maryland, 2 and 1, in the morning quarterfinals. In the semifinals she dispatched Katie O'Neill, also from CC of Maryland, 6 and 5.
Fry, who is 7 1/2 months pregnant, edged Sharon Pusin of Suburban, 2 and 1, in the quarterfinals and beat Pam Soliman, a sophomore at Duke who plays out of Towson Golf & Country Club, 4 and 3.
The tournament concludes today, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The championship match is scheduled to tee off at 9:18 a.m.
In the semifinal, O'Neill went 1-up after two holes. Fitzgerald chipped in from just off the fringe of the green to eagle the par-5, 445-yard eighth hole to go one up. Both birdied the ninth and then Fitzgerald won five holes in a row to win the match. Fitzgerald had five birdies plus her eagle during the match.
"I three-putted the 11th hole and then everything went sour," O'Neill said. "I just fell apart. I hit the ball well, but I made a couple of mistakes. The putting did me in."
Fry and Soliman made the turn even, and then Fry, who is in her third amateur championship final, pulled away on the back nine. After halving the 10th and 11th, Fry parred the par-3, 132-yard 12th hole to go 1-up. She also parred the 13th and 14th to go 3-up and closed out Soliman on the 15th with another par as Soliman struggled with a bad fourth shot and chipped eight feet past the cup.
"I putted poorly on the front nine and let her [Soliman] get back in the match," Fry said. "I got my putting touch back on the back nine. I felt I hit the ball well, and I'm thrilled to be in the final."
"She was 3-up with four to go and I came back and won the next two holes," said Pusin, who lost to Fry in the quarterfinals.