Owings Mills' Ingram advances to Women's Amateur final

August 14, 1993|By From Staff Reports

CHULA VISTA, CALIF — CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Sarah Ingram of Owings Mills and Nashville, Tenn., and Jill McGill each won two matches yesterday to advance to today's 36-hole final at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at San Diego Country Club.

Ingram, 27, built a 2-up lead through 15 holes and held on for a 1-up win over Wendy Ward, 20, of San Antonio, in her semifinal match.

"Making it to the finals here is one of the highlights of my golf career," said Ingram, a nine-time Amateur qualifier. "This and being named to the Curtis Cup and World Amateur Teams last year."

The long-driving McGill, 21, of Denver, Colo., won six consecutive holes for a 5-up lead through seven holes and coasted to 5 and 4 over Brittany Schaff, 21, of Billings, Mont., in the other semifinal.

"I've been working a lot on my game, and I've gotten more confident that I now can hit the shot I need to hit," said McGill, a three-time Amateur qualifier who failed to reach match play at last year's tourney.

In her morning match, Ingram rallied to win five of the last six holes in defeating Spain's top amateur Estefania Knuth, 20, of Barcelona, 3 and 1.

Ingram was two holes down through the first eight holes before picking up her game and finishing the last 11 holes in 2-under-par. She closed out the match with a conceded birdie 3 on the 17th hole.

McGill built a 4-up lead through 12 holes and wound up a 4 and 2 winner over Kelly Pittman, 23, of Statesboro, Ga.

Ward advanced to the semifinals with a 1-up win over Debbi Koyama, 24, of Westlake Village, Calif. While Schaff won the first two holes of her quarterfinal match and then held on for a 3 and 2 win over Pernille Pedersen, 28, of Denmark.

Quarterfinals

Wendy Ward (155), San Antonio, Texas, def. Debbi Koyama (153), Westlake Village, Calif., 1 up. Sarah Ingram (150), Nashville, Tenn., and Owings Mills, def. Estefania Knuth (154), Spain, 3 and 1. Brittany Schaff (160), Billings, Mont., def. Pernille Pedersen (153), Denmark, 3 and 2. Jill McGill (150), Denver, Colo., def. Kelly Pittman (152), Statesboro, Ga., 4 and 2.

Semifinals

Ingram def. Ward, 1 up. McGill def. Schaff, 5 and 4.

MSGA Father-Son

CHEVY CHASE -- The pairing of Ralph and Bruce Bogart picked up two shots on three-time defenders Richard and Justin Klein in the last three holes, and won their fifth title in the 55th Maryland State Golf Association event with a 3-over-par 73 at Columbia Country Club.

Ralph hit a bunker shot to six feet at No. 18, and after Justin had missed a curling downhill 10-foot putt, Bruce rolled in his side's par putt for the victory.

Gross leaders

Ralph-Bruce Bogart, Chevy Chase, 37-36--73; Richard-Justin Klein, Baltimore CC, 38-36--74; Joe-Mike Difatp, Bethesda, 36-38--74.

Net leaders

Ed Jr.-III Maxwell, Maryland Golf, 78-14-64; Dan-Tim Crowley, CC Woodmore, 80-14-66; Ed-Mike Weal, Turf Valley, 92-23-69; Al-Blair Gardner, Beaver Creek, 77-8-69; Bob Cahill Sr.-Jr., CC Maryland, 82-13-69.

Junior Publinx

Pine Ridge won the second of a scheduled four rounds of play, and took over first place in the Baltimore Municipal Junior Inter-Club tournament, easily out-distancing the other three teams at Pine Ridge GC.

Team scores

Pine Ridge 117 points (12-13--Ben Hoyle-Jon Ewertz, 30; 14-15--Sean Howard- Larry Yocum, 46; 16-17--Jon Wood-Phil Bull, 41). Forest Park 77 points (12-13-- Kevin Witcher-Steven DeBoy, 13; 14-15--Carlos Fenwick-Charles James, 31; 16-17-- Chris Porter-Tim Watts 33).

Rocky Point 75 points (12-13--Sam Insley-James Stanofski, 37; 14-15--Brian Coats-no partner 11; 16-17--Jason Smith-no partner, 27). Mount Pleasant 34 points (12-13--Bryce Dobry-Brian Knight 15; 14-15--Eddie Landon-Robert Refido, 19; 16-17 --no team).

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