Storck, West take different routes to amateur final

June 20, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

ROCKVILLE -- Larry Storck and Marty West III, two players with vastly different levels of success in the Maryland State Amateur Championship, battled their way into the 73rd final at Manor Country Club yesterday.

In the afternoon semifinals, Storck, who never had gotten past the quarterfinals, held off a late rally by 1970 titlist Bob Morris for a 2-and-1 triumph. West, a seven-time champion from Columbia Country Club, birdied the second extra hole to thwart an upset bid by Justin Klein.

The two were to meet in the 36-hole final beginning this morning.

West, 44, used his experience -- he won the first of his Amateurs in 1973 -- and course management to keep the pressure on Klein, 19, even though the Baltimore CC member held a 2-up lead as late as the 16th tee.

Klein, 1-up at the turn, went 2-up at the 12th, where his par beat West's three-putt bogey.

Klein bogeyed the 16th when he missed the green and could not convert a 25-foot putt, then lost the 18th

after he airmailed a bunker shot 20 yards over the green. West made six straight pars coming down the stretch.

They halved the first extra hole, then West hit a 1-iron shot into the rough at the 375-yard second, spun a pitching wedge shot to four feet below the cup and made it. Klein had missed his birdie attempt when the 30-foot putt stopped just short.

Storck, from the CC of Maryland, was 3-under par and had a 5-up lead after 11 holes in the afternoon, before the veteran Morris took charge.

There was a winning par after playing a shot from under a tree at the 12th; halves in par at the next two, before staving off two dormie situations. Morris birdied the 15th and won the 16th with par to be 2 down with two to go, but it ended on the next green when both made par.

Storck, 35, whose mixed bag includes a 7-wood and a 9-wood that he worked well, shot 1-under par for the tight, 6,382-yard, par-70 course.

Klein had rallied against Chris York in the morning, winning the 17th and 18th holes to get even, then getting a winning birdie at the first extra hole for a second straight match. He was unable to work the same play against West.

West, 2-down against Tim Carr early, turned even, then forged a 4-and-3 victory when Carr's driving accuracy deserted him.

Morris, 46, who had won the qualifying medal in a playoff Thursday, was 1-under par in putting out Bob Crane in the morning, 2 and 1.

Quarterfinals

Justin Klein, Baltimore CC, def. Chris York, Bethesda, 19 holes; Marty West III, Columbia, def. Tim Carr, Turf Valley, 4 and 3; Bob Morris, Congressional, def. Bob Crane, Old South, 2 and 1; Larry Storck, CC Maryland, def. Bob Kaestner, Baltimore CC, 1 up.

Semifinals

G; West def. Klein, 20 holes; Storck def. Morris, 2 and 1.

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