Kalish goes extra hole for Amateur Survives playoff with Swartz for title

July 26, 1993|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

If Howard Swartz couldn't give Sheldon Kalish a run for his money, he at least gave him a run for the most merchandise in the Bonnie View Country Club pro shop.

Four strokes behind entering the back nine yesterday, Swartz rallied to tie, only to lose to Kalish on the first playoff hole in the 39th Baltimore City Amateur Championship.

For Kalish, a 44-year-old certified public accountant who plays out of Woodholme Country Club, it was his second Baltimore City Amateur title, the other achieved in 1980.

First prize is a replica of the sterling silver bowl that is on permanent display at the Maryland State Golf Association headquarters in Baltimore and $500 worth of merchandise from the pro shop. Swartz got a smaller bowl and $400 in merchandise.

Kalish and Swartz, who played against each other many times dating to their high school days (Kalish, City College; Swartz, Forest Park), finished regulation in 2-over-par 144.

Swartz had three birdies and six pars on the back nine to catch Kalish. But Kalish knew he was in for a battle after the 11th hole.

"He chipped in and I three-putted," Kalish said. "That left him one shot back. I told myself to just keep making pars."

On the playoff hole, Swartz hit a tree with his drive. Kalish's drive whistled 165 yards down the middle of the fairway.

"He played the hole perfect," Swartz said, referring to Kalish's par 4. "He two-putted from 15 feet and I three-putted from 50 for a bogey."

Kalish, twice the runner-up in this tournament in addition to his 1980 victory, and Swartz both shot 72s yesterday, but Kalish was less than thrilled with his round.

"A little ragged," he said. "I scrambled, but kept it in play."

The first-round co-leaders at 70, Matt Margolis and Adrian Druzgala, dropped out of contention. Margolis shot an 83, Druzgala a 78.

In a tie for third at 147 were defending champion Bob Kaestner, Dave Kaplan of host Bonnie View and Jeff Fick, perhaps the longest driver in the area.

For Kaestner, holes No. 6 and No. 12 were wretched.

"On No. 6 I hit a tree with my drive and the ball fell in a stream," Kaestner said. "That was a double bogey. On No. 13 I four-putted. That took me from possibly winning to third."

The beefy Fick, 5-foot-11 and 280 pounds, competed in the National Long Driving Championship for 10 years, making the finals eight times and finishing second in 1981.

But driving was not a strong part of his game yesterday.

"I didn't drive well, didn't hit as well as the 71 suggests," said Fick.

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