CHEVY CHASE -- There was a wholesale onslaught by players relatively new to the Maryland State Amateur championship, as play in the 76th event moved through two rounds at Columbia Country Club.
Although defender Bobby Bilbo, past champion Marty West III and Phil Fairbanks are still in contention, gone are medalist and former titlist Chuck Freedman; Virginia star Barry McCarty; former Washington District champion Richard Holland, and Joey Chuasiriporn, medalist in recent local U.S. Open qualifying.
Fairbanks, from Hobbit's Glen GC, made the biggest noise, dispatching Keith Unikel, 1 up, and Columbia CC's Holland, 6 and 5.
Two rounds today will determine the two finalists for tomorrow's scheduled 36-hole test.
First round: Bobby Bilbo d. Ben Brundred III, 3 and 2; Steve Thomas d. Rick Sovero, 3 and 2; Marty West III d. Joel Kaye, 4 and 3; Bob Kaestner d. Kris Niemi, 19 holes; Phil Fairbanks d. Keith Unikel, 1 up; Richard Holland d. Barry McCarty, 3 and 2; Jeff McKnight d. Colyn Keller, 3 and 2; Tim Dilli d. Sam Corden, 3 and 2; Chuck Freedman d. Jamie Geilenkirchen, 1 up; Vance Welch d. Kirk Lombardi, 1 up; J. R. Shasteen d. Blair Laubach, 2 and 1; Joey Chuasiriporn d. Mike Brenneman, 5 and 4; Derrick Foster d. Dan McAndrews, 4 and 2; Dan Riskam d. Charles Soloman, 5 and 3; Marvin Guerra d. Stephen Sieber, 3 and 2; Jeff Graf d. Dave Rasley, 1 up.
Second round: Bilbo d. Thomas, 4 and 2; West d. Kaestner, 1 up; Fairbanks d. Holland, 6 and 5; McKnight d. Dilli, 4 and 3; Welch d. Freedman, 19 holes; Shasteen d. Chuasiriporn, 4 and 3; Riskam d. Foster, 5 and 4; Graf d. Guerra, 6 and 5.
Pub Date: 6/14/97