Thomas' 2-over par wins Mid-Amateur

August 25, 1993|By From Staff Reports

WILLIAMSBURG, VA. — Steve Thomas forged a one-stroke lead with a four-foot birdie putt on the sloping ninth green, and went on to capture the seventh annual Mid-Amateur championship of the Maryland State Golf Association with a 2-over-par total of 70-72142 at Baltimore Country Club yesterday.

Defending champion and first-round leader Buddy Peoples finished 69-74143, but said, "Steve played exceptionally well on a difficult golf course. Beforehand, I felt 143 would win, but it

turned out not to be good enough." The round became a battle of the Crofton CC members after their closest challengers slipped back.

Thomas, 36, had three birdies, with putts of 15 feet at No. 6, and 20 feet at No. 12, in addition to the one at No. 9. The insurance agent went two shots in front when Peoples missed the green and bogeyed the 14th, but it was the next hole that he called pivotal.

"He bogeyed and I had it 25 feet, only to three-putt for bogey," Peoples said. "If I could have got back to within one there, then anything might have happened." It did, as it developed, but Peoples could get only one back with a par at the last hole.

There, Peoples had a 6-foot birdie putt, but the ball took off, went through the break, and lipped out. "When he missed, I still thought I needed my short putt," Thomas said. He missed the par putt, but it made no difference.

Dan Walko of Hunt Valley GC had the day's low round, a 1-over-par 71, and tied Terry Mayer of Woodholme CC at 145.

The leaders: Steve Thomas, Crofton, 70-72142; Buddy Peoples, Crofton, 69-74143; Dan Walko, Hunt Valley, 74-71145; Terry Mayer, Woodholme, 72-73145; Larry Storck, CC Maryland, 72-75147; Chuck Freedman, Crofton, 71-76147; Joel Kaye, Woodholme, 74-74148; Bobby Crane, Old South, 76-73149; John Boston, Nassawango, 78-72150; Dave Bannister, Caves Valley, 74-76150; Joe Brown, III, R.T. Jones GC, 76-75151; Mike Klein, Talbot, 78-73151; Joe Records, Hunt Valley, 78-73151; Matt Margolies, Hillendale, 75-76151; Gary Moore, Crofton, 71-80151; Jerry Iorizzo, Crofton, 76-76152; Adrian Druzgala, Hobbit's Glen, 77-75152; Bob Lang, CC Maryland, 73-79152.

Sheldon Kalish, Woodholme, 78-75153; Jim Castagna, Norbeck, 74-79153; Ben Brundred, III, Congressional, 73-81154; Joe LeFavor, Naval Academy, 74-80154; Marty Naugle, Nassawango, 75-79154; Peter Martin, Green Spring, 78-76154; Lee Moyer, Hobbit's Glen, 77-77154; Dick Stearns, Port of America, 78-76154; Doug Wilson, Hobbit's Glen, 77-77154.

MAPGA Championship

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Skeeter Heath and Webb Heintzelman, best known for their play on the professional tours, shot 5-under-par 67s at Two Rivers Country Club and took over the top two places after two of the scheduled three rounds in the 66th event. Heath, from Williamsburg, stood at 68-67135, and Heintzelman, back in the shop at Glenn Dale GC, had 70-67137.

Larry Ringer, head pro at the CC of Woodmore, and seeking to be the first to win this title in three different decades, stayed in contention at 70-69139.

The leaders: Skeeter Heath 68-67135; Webb Heintzelman 70-67137; Larry Ringer 70-69139; Jack Skilling 69-70139; Don Slebodnik 68-72140; David Quelland 69-72141; Richard White 68-73141; Glen Barrett 70-72142; Bob Dolan 73-70143; Woody FitzHugh 72-71143. Other selected scorers included defender Mike West, 75-71146; John McNaney 72-74146; Frank Herrelko 77-70147; Coleman Plecker 78-69147; Mike McGinnis 72-75147; Bill Molloy 73-74147; Fran Rhoads 77-71148; Mark Helffrich 77-72149; Jon Stanley 76-73149; Dick Canney 74-75149; Bob Bowes 74-75149; Jamie Childs 74-75149; Pat Owen 76-74150; John McCloskey 75-76151; Mark Spolarich 73-78151; Barry Fuhrman 73-80153; Mike Welsh 78-76154.

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