Inman-DeRisio tandem weathers conditions to take Maryland Cup

October 27, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Scott Inman and Dan DeRisio, who started the round with a three-stroke lead, protected enough of it in a steady cold rain to win the annual Maryland Cup at Baltimore Country Club yesterday.

The Springfield (Va.) Country Club pair did not make a birdie in struggling to a 3-over-par 73. But after opening with a 63 Saturday, it was good for 136, and a one-stroke edge on Pat Tallent-Bill Musto, from Lowes Island Club in Sterling, Va., 66-71--137.

Steve Thomas-Dan Hoffman of Crofton Country Club had the day's low round in the championship division with a 69 and finished third, 70-69--139.

"We were just trying to survive," Inman said of the wet, 40-degree weather. "After three holes my hands were freezing. It was a case of hitting greens and making pars."

For DeRisio, winning on Five Farms' East Course for the third time after two successful visits with Columbia CC in the Maryland State team matches, his play of the ninth hole turned out to be instrumental in the triumph.

He chipped in for birdie Saturday and chipped in for par yesterday. There was actually a putt in there, but it was a 15-footer downhill that rolled off the surface of the treacherous green with its undulations and ridges that slope back to front.

Saturday, Inman and DeRisio had doubled up on birdies once in a round that saw them make four each. In the seven-hole stretch from No. 4 through No. 10, the two combined for six birdies.

Middle Atlantic Amateur champion Tallent, part of the winning team in a Congressional two-ball tourney last week, and Musto combined for two birdies and three bogeys in making a run at the leaders.

Pub Date: 10/27/97

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