Joey Chuasiriporn thwarted the bid of Brendan McKinney, 2 up, and Kristin Dollenberg rode three back-nine birdies to a 4-and-3 conquest of Stacey Pusin yesterday in the feature matches of the 57th annual Jimmy Flattery tournament at Hunt Valley Golf Club.
Chuasiriporn, who turns 17 today, won the boys 15-17 title with a winning par at the 18th hole, after having McKinney dormie with three holes to play.
Dollenberg, 17, a Dulaney graduate headed for James Madison University, also had an experience edge on Pusin, 17, a Suburban Club member and a Park School senior in their girls 15-17 match. Even at the turn, Dollenberg, from Baltimore CC, took charge with birdies (36 feet and 10 feet) at the two par 3s on the back, then closed out with a winning 15-foot birdie putt at No. 15.
Long-hitting Jason Sibley, 14, a solidly built 6-footer from Clifton, Va., defeated Chad Hill, 13, of Easton, and Talbot CC, a physical opposite (5-1, 90 pounds) with a fine short game, 1 up, for the boys 13-14 title; and Bart DeLuca, 12, won the boys 11-12 division, beating Chad Perman, 4 and 3, in a scheduled 9-hole match.
In the Chuasiriporn-McKinney pairing, only four holes were halved on the well-conditioned layout, but the more experienced Chuasiriporn, a Loyola High School senior and current Maryland Scholastic Association champion, was in command much of the way.
The best golf occurred during the first five holes of the second nine, when four of them were won with birdies (two apiece).
McKinney, 16, the Baltimore County high school titlist from Dulaney, where he is a junior, made his best run in the middle of the round. A largely self-taught public parks player in what amounts to his first competitive season, he won four holes in a five-hole stretch.
A first-time Flattery entrant, he won the seventh and eighth holes with pars to draw even, and after losing the ninth to a par, won the 10th (a 6-iron shot to eight inches at the 200-yard downhill hole) and 11th (bunker shot to one foot) with birdies to gain his only lead.
Chuasiriporn, a Hunt Valley member, got even with a 12-foot birdie putt at the 124-yard 12th, starting him on a winning string of four holes. This stretch was characteristic of much of McKinney's round. "I didn't make any long putts this time," he said. "Normally, I'll run in one or two."
Despite a difference in size -- at 6 feet 1, Chuasiriporn is nearly a head taller -- both are big hitters. Where Chuasiriporn appeared to have control of the match, McKinney, with a grinding effort, carried it to the limit.