Doerrer's 70 grabs medal in Md. Amateur qualifying

Hudak is one stroke back

Keeney, Pusin gain final

June 11, 1999|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ROCKVILLE -- Kenny Doerrer, who had failed to advance in two previous tries, wrested three birdies from Woodmont Country Club's unforgiving North Course and turned a solid round into a medal-winning, 36-34--70 in qualifying for the Maryland State Amateur yesterday.

Doerrer was one stroke better than Michael Hudak of Eagle's Nest, 36-35--71, followed by former champion Kirk Lombardi of Norbeck, 36-37--73, and Wes Gribas of Redgate, 35-38--73.

With 121 players vying for 31 spots in the match-play field, 15 at 77 played off for the last 10 places. Defending champion Justin Klein of Baltimore CC was exempt.

Doerrer, 19, a junior at Winthrop College, reached two of the par-5s in two to set up birdies, and he hit a 9-iron shot to four feet at the 18th for his other one. His only bogey was at the ninth.

Hudak, three-time champ at his Timonium club, birdied two par-3s and knocked in a 12-foot putt at the 15th for his other one. He had two bogeys, including at No. 17, one of the two fairways he missed.

Women's Metropolitan: The string of close matches continued in the championship yesterday, as the semifinals went to the 18th green.

Both finalists won a third straight 1-up decision, Shirley Keeney edging Joanne Smith and Sharon Pusin overtaking Young Ja Kim.

No more than one hole separated Keeney and Smith during a back-and-forth last nine after Keeney turned 1 up against a 1-under-par effort by Smith. Keeney forged her winning margin with a par at the 17th.

At the par-3 18th, Smith found a right greenside bunker, came out to 15 feet above the hole, then curled in the putt to apply some pressure. Keeney's iron shot stopped 22 feet past the cup, from where she came up three feet short, and coaxed in the putt to halve the hole.

"That's the best golf I've played and my best match," said Keeney, a Baltimore City police officer who plays out of Forest Park GC and is in the final for the first time. "I really putted very well."

Pusin won the 17th with a par and the 18th with a birdie to sidetrack Kim. It marked the third successive 1-up win for Pusin, a multi-time Suburban Club champion and former Middle Atlantic Women's Amateur winner.

Kim won the 14th with a conceded par, and the two halved the next two holes to set up the finish.

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