Storck, Records capture title after 3-team playoff

September 26, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Larry Storck ran in a 15-foot birdie putt on the fifth extra hole and he and Joe Records pushed their record in two-man team competition to 5-0, capturing the third annual team title of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation at Mount Pleasant Golf Club yesterday.

The putt thwarted the efforts of Shane Patterson-Kirk Lombardi, who seemed on the verge of winning on two earlier playoff holes. A third team in the overtime session, Dave Rasley-Mike Watson, had gone out at the third hole.

The teams had tied at 5-under-par 137 after two rounds. A playoff rotation of Nos. 13, 16, 17 and 18 followed. The superbly conditioned course, which drew players' compliments, was equaled by the quality of the playoff players. Lombardi, Patterson and Rasley are former State Amateur champions, and Storck and Records are former finalists. The fourth-place team of Buddy Peoples-Chuck Freedman, who finished a stroke out of the playoff at 69-69138, also have won State Amateur titles.

All three playoff teams parred No. 13, and after Lombardi, a former professional who got his amateur status back two weeks ago, hit it a foot at the 16th and tapped in for birdie, Records made an 18-foot putt from the collar, and Watson made a 15-footer. None hit the green at the par-3 17th, and the Rasley-Watson side dropped out when Rasley needed three shots to reach the green and Watson had a 6-foot par putt break away at the end.

At the 18th, Lombardi, the last to putt for birdie, had a 10-footer slide by the cup. Returning to the 13th, the first three to putt wound up with routine pars, leaving Storck with a chance to win it. "Mike had had a putt on the same line earlier, and I knew it was straight in," Storck said of a putt he knew was so good he had his arms raised in jubilation when the ball was three feet from the hole.

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