Lee pulls out first-round match win in playoff Martinez's comeback stalls in Municipal championship

August 09, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Young Lee, who had lost a 2-up margin in the last two holes, won the first playoff hole to edge Jacen Martinez in yesterday's ++ conclusion of the first round in the inaugural match play championship of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation.

Martinez, who had shot 73 to Lee's 77 in the qualifier at Clifton Park Golf Course two weeks ago, had rallied down the stretch yesterday at Forest Park GC with a par and a birdie to get even, then needed four shots to reach the back of the green at the 338-yard opening hole and eventually yielded to a bogey.

Louis Wright and Jonathan Ziegler each protected a 1-up lead with a half at the 18th hole in the only other matches that reached the last green among the nine contested in the wrap-up session.

Blair Laubach made the best comeback of the day for a 2-and-1 victory as he won six times in an eight-hole stretch after being four down against Brendan Shea in a matchup of No. 3 against No. 30.

Jason Raivel, runner-up in the spring publinx, advanced when he birdied the 16th and 17th for a 2-and-1 decision over Greg Ruark. Drew Forrester produced some of the best golf of the day, as he birdied Nos. 2-3-4, and was one under par in beating Jeff Yates, 5 and 4.

Second-round matches at Clifton Park must be completed by Saturday.

Publinx Seniors

James Townley had three birdies and three bogeys in shooting a par-matching 36-35--71, and won the annual Seniors championship of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation at Forest Park GC.

Townley, the spring Publinx winner and a first-round winner in the current match-play championship, finished with a flourish, birdieing the 17th with a tap-in putt and the 18th with a putt from 15 feet.

John Rivera was two strokes back with 37-36--73, followed by George Brooks Jr., 75, in the 62-player field.

Pub Date: 8/09/98

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