3 area amateurs reach state quarterfinals today

June 11, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

ROCKVILLE -- A pair of standout veteran Baltimore golfers, Joel Kaye and Adrian Druzgala, joined a recent college graduate, Phil Fairbanks, in storming through two rounds of match play yesterday, and will be part of this morning's quarterfinals in the 73rd annual Maryland State Amateur championship at Norbeck Country Club.

Fairbanks (Hobbit's Glen), 23, a Radford University graduate, had the easiest path, knocking out Walter Jew in the morning, 4 and 3. Then he beat Tom Winegardner in the afternoon, 7 and 6.

Tommy Mensing, 23, a University of Maryland graduate, playing in the event for the first time, also reached the quarterfinals, defeating Dick Smith, 2 and 1, and Matt Fitzgerald, 2-up.

Kaye (Caves Valley) did not have to go past the 16th green in stopping Claudio DeLuca and Jason Rodenhaver, while Druzgala (Hobbit's Glen) had the toughest day, beating championship-flight regulars, Jim Castagna and Buddy Peoples, the 1986 champion.

Druzgala had played in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Woodmont CC Monday and cited the experience as a key factor in his 2 and 1 afternoon triumph.

"I played with Tommy Armour and Mike Reid, and watched their course management. Armour shot 63 in the morning and 73 in the afternoon. And the way I played, it was a lesson in how to handle the situation, and not get caught up in what they were doing," Druzgala said.

"Against Buddy, I was 3-up after nine, but he got even with an eagle at 11, a birdie at 12, and a par at 13. I just kept playing the course, concentrating on my game."

DeLuca had Kaye shaking his head in the morning. Kaye, despite shooting a 4-under-32, was only 1-up at the turn. The leader cooled off a bit on the back, but stayed in control for a 3 and 2 victory, playing the last seven holes in even par. Against Rodenhaver, Kaye finished at par, going 1-under on the front and 1-over on the back. "I turned 4-up, and held on," he said.

Fairbanks also had 32 on the front against Winegardner, but he was 6-up at that point. Pat Tallent had the best run, putting up five successive threes on holes 12 through 16 against Rolling Road's Rick Sovero, and turning a two-hole deficit into an eventual 2 and 1 victory.

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