DENTON -- April Hardisty completed a rare grand slam when she parred the first extra hole to defeat Jane Fitzgerald for the 75th amateur championship of the women's division of the Maryland State Golf Association yesterday.
The outcome of the event that had its strongest championship field in years gave Hardisty, 21, a sweep of the medal and title on her home course. She is the youngest champion of this event since Sarah LeBrun, 20, won it in 1986.
No more than one hole separated Hardisty and Fitzgerald throughout their scheduled 18-hole match. Hardisty took the 16th and 17th holes with pars when her opponent three-putted.
Fitzgerald, a six-time finalist, with four titles, forced the overtime when she made her only long putt, a 30-footer. Otherwise, the greens were her enemy. Though she hit 17 greens in regulation (at least 26 feet from the pin on most of them), she needed 39 putts.
"I was nervous at the start [losing two of the first three holes], but I tried to stay patient and consistent," said Hardisty, a Penn State junior.
"My iron play has been steady and that helped."
Championship: April Hardisty, Caroline CC, d. Jane Fitzgerald, Norbeck CC, 19 holes. First flight: Connie Pifer, Hunt Valley GC, d. Sally Casey, Baltimore CC, 19 holes. Second: Lenore Martinez, Columbia CC, d. Janet Larson, Prospect Bay CC, 20 holes. Third: Deb Pearson, Indian Spring CC, d. Connie Hillman, Green Hill Y&CC, 2 and 1. Fourth: Joan Lins, Cattail Creek CC, won over Cindy Peterka, Sparrows Point CC, by default. Fifth: Margie McClure, Sparrows Point CC, d. Janice Calomiris, Congressional CC, 2 and 1. Sixth: Karen Boldyga, Queenstown Harbor GL, d. Martha Crosland, Chevy Chase Club, 4 and 3.
Pub Date: 7/20/96