Crofton's Hoffman, Thomas top Five Farms Fourball Hyland, Slonis capture playoff for second place

October 26, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Dan Hoffman took charge with three back-nine birdies and he and Crofton Country Club partner Steve Thomas shot 4-under-par 33-3366 for a 36-hole East Course total of 133, and won the second Five Farms Fourball tournament by one shot at Baltimore Country Club's East Course yesterday.

Twelve of the 28 teams were under par for the second round and 13 for the two-day event. Play was over 6,600 yards, which included some treacherously fast greens, in unseasonably mild weather.

Michael Hyland, who had birdied the 18th to give him and Jamie Slonis a tie for second, rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to defeat Joe Wood and Somsak Chivavibul for possession of the crystal. Hyland and Slonis, from Marlton, N.J., finished 68-66134; Wood and Chivavibul, of Norbeck CC, came in at 69-65134.

Jackie Rites and Charles Harris, of the CC of Maryland, who had shot 64 Saturday, highlighted by a stretch of eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie on Nos. 8-11, came back with a more routine 69, and easily won the Seniors division (6,400 yards) with 133. Bob Lee and Ron Scornavacca, of Baltimore CC, followed with 69-68137.

"After the 12th hole, we both had birdie putts on every hole," Thomas said, "so that we were not in too much danger of giving any strokes away." The pair, third a year ago, got their final birdie at the 16th, and parred in for the triumph.

"On 18, we knew the group ahead of us was 5-under for the tournament and they made birdie, so we knew we could make par and win," Thomas added.

Earlier, Hoffman had birdied the sixth and Thomas the seventh, to turn 2-under for the day, 5-under for the tournament. Hoffman birdied the 10th, they had a three-putt bogey at the 12th, and Hoffman birdied the 13th to set the stage for their solid finish.

Of the two teams at 134, Hyland had five birdies on his own ball, a number matched by Chivavibul. Where the New Jersey pair had two bogeys to go with six birdies, for their 66, Wood and Chivavibul had a bogey-free round of 65, and made only one bogey in 36 holes.

Results, 12D

Pub Date: 10/26/98

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