Chuasiriporn takes MSA title

May 18, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

A combination of consistent golf and some misfortune on the part of a teammate helped Loyola junior Joey Chuasiriporn claim top honors in yesterday's final round of the Maryland Scholastic Association Individual Golf Championships at Pine Ridge Golf Course.

Chuasiriporn's 2-over-par 74 gave him a three-round total of 226, nipping teammate Tim Walko by a stroke for the prestigious Lumsden Award.

Walko, also a junior, finished the day with a 76, which included a two-stroke penalty for touching his ball in the sand trap on the par-5 12th hole.

"All week, we were playing where you could rake the bunker and place your ball and obviously they weren't playing that way today," said Walko, who led heading into the final round after turning in scores of 73 and 78 at Mount Pleasant and Forest Park golf courses. "I don't understand why they weren't allowing us to rake it in the bunkers today since they've been allowing it the whole tournament. But Joey was playing pretty solid today and I think he deserved to win."

After opening the round with a birdie on No. 1 -- a 421-yard par 4 -- Chuasiriporn mixed a bogey and a double-bogey with six pars and finished the front nine with a 38.

On the back side, Chuasiriporn was a model of consistency as he parred every hole to remain at 2-over.

Walko had an opportunity to tie his teammate on the last hole, but his eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole stopped a turn short and Walko had to settle for birdie.

"I was hitting the ball pretty solid but my driver wasn't that great so I hit my 4-wood off the tee most of the time," said Chuasiriporn, who used his driver only once on the back nine. "I just played it safe."

Senior Jerry Lee of Gilman, the tournament's defending champion, finished third with a 79 and Miguel Rivera of John Carroll and John Farrell of Gibbons tied for fourth at 235.

Brian Luskey and Bryan Bryson of Calvert Hall put a pair of average rounds behind them and each shot 75 yesterday to finish at 245 and 246, respectively.

"Tim and Joey both played really well," said Loyola coach Marty Stewart. "They've been playing No. 1 and No. 2 all year long. They're both really good and they both take the pressure off of one another.

"It was unfortunate what happened to Tim, but rules are rules. It was good learning experience for him."

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