Jack Skilling, an assistant professional at Columbia Country Club, locked up the Middle Atlantic PGA's Player of the Year honor when he defeated Jon Stanley of the Burning Tree Club, 3 and 1, yesterday to reach the final of the organization's annual match play championship at Rolling Road Golf Club in Catonsville.
In this morning's scheduled 36-hole final, Skilling will meet Glenn Dale Golf Club's Glen Barrett, a 19th-hole winner over Mike McGinnis of Holly Hills Golf Club.
Skilling had a 34-point lead going into this final event, and with a difference of only 20 points between those awarded to the winner and runner-up, his title is secure. Skilling, who had birdied the first extra hole to thwart two-time finalist Jimmy Hayes in the morning, took command after former Maryland Open champion Stanley had birdied the 14th to get even.
Skilling put the match away when he won the next three holes.
The other match produced the better golf of the two afternoon matches played in raw, rainy weather. Both players were even with par for the match (McGinnis shot the back nine in 3-under 32), enabling Barrett to be 4 under for the day, and McGinnis to complete his four matches with efforts of par or better.
McGinnis, 53, was 4-down after six holes against Barrett. The margin was two holes by the turn, but Barrett appeared safe when he birdied the par-3 15th to go 2-up.
McGinnis birdied the 16th, halved the 17th and rolled in a 22-foot putt on the last green to force overtime. At the 315-yard No. 1, Barrett chipped to eight feet and made his birdie putt after McGinnis had missed his birdie bid.
Despite the loss, McGinnis picked up enough points to get past David Jimenez and become the MAPGA's senior of the year.
Jack Skilling def. Jimmy Hayes, 19 holes; Jon Stanley def. Brian Lehnhard, 3 and 2; Glen Barrett def. Phil Henry, 2 and 1; Mike McGinnis def. Mike Farewell, 20 holes.
Skilling def. Stanley, 3 and 1; Barrett def. McGinnis, 19 holes.