Sandy Bunting, at 5 feet, 4 inches, stood tall on the second day of the Ocean Pines Golf Club Women's Championship, particularly on the first nine of that final day.
After the first round, defending champion Nancy Hunter had a five-stroke lead over Bunting (84 to 89) and the reputation of being the champion the last three years. Then Bunting fired a two-over-par 39 to begin day two, and Hunter came a bit unglued, eventually falling to a one-stroke Bunting victory.
Asked if she was discouraged at being five strokes in arrears, Bunting said, "A little, but I decided to try to stay with Nancy and get one back at a time and that's how it went."
The final five holes were critical to the outcome. Bunting chipped in from 50 feet for a birdie on No. 14 to go two strokes up, and after both bogied the 15th, she got a par on No. 16 to move three ahead.
Hunter rallied with a par on the 17th hole, as her opponent's double bogey cut her lead to only one stroke. Ironically, both of these players double bogied the final hole and the result read Bunting, 89-85 -- 174, and Hunter, 84-91 -- 175.
In other flight action, Eleanor Lees won First Flight honors with a 184 total, with Second Flight laurels to Carol Miller at 214. In the third group, it was Emma Favazza with 213 and the Fourth Flight went to Mary Boteler at 219.
The men of Ocean Pines also held their club championship played at match play. John Rosinski, who was seeded next to last in the Championship Flight, hung in for match after match and finally won the whole thing, 1-up on the 36th hole over Mike Byrne, who also had been seeded well down in the first group.
In their penultimate matches, Rosinski had defeated Pete Farina, and Byrne took the measure of Fred Kerstetter, both in close matches.
In the finale, in which the 36 holes were all played in one day, Byrne was four-up at the first turn. On the home side, the margin fell to just 2-up, as Byrne began to pick up some bogies and Rosinski steadied down.
Rosinski then won the first three holes of the afternoon 18 holes to go 1-up. Byrne got hot again and went 2-up at the final turn and a seemingly decisive 3-up with just six holes to go. But Rosinski rallied and took four of the last six holes and halved the other two for the thrilling finish.
In the First Flight, Jim Clendening defeated Dean Heinzman, 3 and 1, while the Second went to Jerry Marshall over Jim Walker in a 1-up result. The Third Flight was taken by Tom Collins, as he topped Bob Arnold by 3 and 1.
The Fourth Flight was captured by Jack McAllister, 4 and 3, over Dick Franke, and the Fifth went to Steve Stack over Fred Timbol by that same 4 and 3 margin. John Schaffer won the Sixth uncontested.
Still in Ocean Pines, the Ladies Golf Association-9 Holers had a Low Gross and Net event with "A" honors to Dean Bennett with 49 and Helen McAllister at 36. In "B" it was Lois Hall and Jean Skaggs tied at 51 and Jeri Martin, Kay Jones and Virginia Mayo tied at 37. The "C" leaders were Bev Smitley with 59 and Doris Culbertson at 35. And "D" laurels went to Billie O'Rourke with 39.
Rick Kraeuter of Baltimore had a hole-in-one on the 173-yard 11th hole at the Beach Club Golf Links in Berlin. He used a 3-iron and the shot was witnessed by his son.
The successful team from the Beach Club in the nation-wide Old Scramble came in at a sparkling 12-under-par. Evan Hileman, Tony Mileo, Bob Abbott and Richard Jarboe Sr. will next play at Wakefield Valley Country Club in the Sectional Scramble that leads to the finals in Orlando, Fla., in October.
Terry White fashioned a two-day total of 147 with near-par rounds of 73 and 74 to take the Nassawango Country Club Championship by three strokes and the Net champion was John Boston at 140. Don Grant won the First Flight gross with 162 and, in the Second Flight, it was Mike Levengood with 165 and net tops by Roger Blaine with 139.
Third Flight gross went to Ray Dryden at 175 and net to Phil Tilghman with 147, and Fourth Flight winners were Bob Phillips at 186 gross and Jim Warren with 140 net.