Newcomers pull upsets in Amateur Danser, Hobbs advance

medalist Hatcher falls

July 23, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

A pair of 22-year-olds new to the area golf scene produced 18th-hole victories over proven champions yesterday to enliven the opening round of the 77th annual Maryland Women's Amateur championship at Woodholme Country Club.

Deborah Danser, in her first year as a nurse at Washington's Georgetown University Hospital following graduation from Penn State, withstood a rally by former titlist Andrea Kraus (birdie-eagle at 14-15 to get even) to win the 16th and hold on for the upset.

Gemma Hobbs, an Australian who came to this country two years ago and attended Charleston Southern University, also had to fight off a late bid. Tinker Sanger, a past Metropolitan winner, won the 17th to be one down, then lost the 18th to a par.

Medalist Renee Hatcher, who qualified with 77, was a casualty. She fought off dormie situations with wins at the 16th and 17th holes, but Sally McKenzie recovered to close the match with a par at No. 18.

Leigh Farrell won the day's longest match, going 22 holes to outlast Cindy Peterka with a par on the decisive hole. Farrell was 1-over for the front nine and Peterka 1-over for the back nine.

Bonnie Fry never led until gaining a l-up advantage with a 16th-hole birdie against Christine Kefauver, lost 17 to a birdie, then won 18 and the match with a par.

Last year's finalists also advanced. Defender Mallory Crosland defeated Kristin Dollenberg, 2 and 1, and Leland Beckel was 1-under par in stopping Jane Curtin, 6 and 4.

Crosland was 1-under par and 4 up at the turn, but that margin was sliced in half when Dollenberg won 13 and 14 with pars.

Pub Date: 7/23/98

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