Hobbit's wins team match

April 25, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Hobbit's Glen Golf Club completed an emotional six-round run when it defeated Crofton CC, 12 1/2 -5 1/2 , for the 65th annual team-match championship of the Maryland State Golf Association yesterday. Not only was it the first title for the Columbia club, but it only had been as far as the fourth round once before.

The winners used a pair of 3-0 wins at home, sparked by the play of the two youngest members of the 12-man squad, to build 7 1/2 -1 1/2 margin. Hobbit's won two of the three pairings at Crofton for a 5-4 edge.

Phil Fairbanks, 23, shot 3 under par for the second straight day, as he and Monty James won the back nine, 1 up, to complete a sweep, and Alec Sutton, 20, and Doug Wilson won the second hole and never lost the advantage. They were 2 up at the turn and wins at Nos. 15-16 clinched the back nine.

Professional Gene Ward and amateur Adrian Druzgala were on their way to getting trounced, falling 3 down after six holes, but Druzgala won the seventh with a birdie and Ward chipped in for birdie at the eighth to gain some momentum. Gary Carpenter Jr., the youngest Crofton team member at 20, birdied the 18th hole to enable himself and pro Mark Spolarich to get a split on the match.

At Crofton, Tim McCready of Hobbit's Glen provided the highlight when he had a hole-in-one at No. 12. He and Fran Lynch went on to collect two points.

Hobbit's Glen's path to the final was an indication of how narrow the margin can be between winning and losing. The Howard County team got by Indian Spring in the first round, 9 1/2 -8 1/2 (the last pairing got the needed 2 1/2 points to clinch it), and in the second, shocked Congressional CC, a nine-time champion, including four times in the past 10 years. Druzgala birdied the fourth extra playoff hole for the victory after the sides had tied at 9.

"Getting by Congressional, that was the springboard," Fairbanks said. Hobbit's also upended defending champion Columbia CC in the Washington area final, 11-7. "We had a little success in the early rounds, and that gave the team a lot of confidence," Ward said. "Then, they all thought they could play well."

Gene Ward-Adrian Druzgala split with Mark Spolarich-Gary Carpenter Jr., 1 1/2 -1 1/2 ; Phil Fairbanks-Monty James def. Bill Calhoun-Peter Lewitus, 3-0; Doug Wilson-Alec Sutton def. Dan Dodd-Van Husson, 3-0. Len Moyer-Mike Panos lost to Chuck Freedman-Gary Moore, 1-2; Jay Stotsz-Ben Clements def. Buddy Peoples-Joe Hoffman, 2-1; Tim McCready-Fran Lynch def. Steve Thomas-Jim Renner, 2-1.

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