Pusin streaks to first win in Metro play, tops Keeney

Victor's eight-hole run in 1-under proves decisive


Sharon Pusin, even through four holes, played the next eight in 1-under par, winning seven, for a 7-and-6 conquest of Shirley Keeney in the championship match of the Women's Metropolitan tournament at the Suburban Club yesterday.

It was the first Metro final for both, although Pusin, a former Middle Atlantic Women's Amateur champion and the reigning Maryland State Women's Senior titlist, had been a medalist.

Pusin started slowly, halving those first four holes with three bogeys and a par, but at the par-5, uphill fifth, she knocked her third shot 3 feet for birdie. She hit the sixth green, won the hole with a par, and never let up.

In the eight-hole stretch, Nos. 5-12, the nine-time Suburban Club champion had two birdies, five pars, and halved the 10th with a bogey.

MSGA Amateur: Rick Riddle, a Sparrows Point Country Club member, qualified for the match-play portion of the State Amateur championship three of the last four years but until yesterday had not won a match.

He changed that when he recovered from losing the 16th and 17th holes to beat Charles Solomon on the first extra hole at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, then was either even or 1-up on nine-time title-holder Marty West. Riddle won 14 and 15 and halved 16 for a 3-and-2 victory.

The Baltimorean will play medalist Kenny Doerrer this morning. Others in the quarterfinals include 1994 winner Chuck Freedman and Clark Topping from Hobbit's Glen Golf Club; recent Naval Academy graduate Michael Albus; Easton's Brad Hastings, a 1998 semifinalist; Hagerstown's Chuck Ingram, and Silver Spring's Stu Strang. (Scores, 4D)

MSGA-Women's Division Handicap: Prospect Bay Country Club's Paula Sovero and Mary Thompson combined for a better-ball 42-4082, and won the second Maryland State Women's Division Mid-Handicap tournament by three strokes in a 48-team field at Bethesda's Kenwood Golf & Country Club. (Scores, 4D)

State Farm Senior Classic: Allen Doyle and Bruce Fleisher, the Senior PGA Tour's top-ranked money leaders, and former U.S. Open champion David Graham have committed to play in the State Farm Senior Classic at Hobbit's Glen June 28-July 4.

Doyle, a Senior Tour rookie, has won three times this year, including the PGA Seniors Championship in April. He ranks No. 1 on the money list with $1,036,364. Fleisher, the first player in Senior Tour history to win his first two events, now has three tour victories this year and $894,592 in winnings.

Graham, who joined the Senior Tour in 1996, has earned nearly $2.5 million. In last year's State Farm Classic, he was tied for the lead after 36 holes but finished tied for fourth.

Gates will open at 7 a.m. for tournament play on July 2, 3 and 4, and tickets are available (410-964-0900).

Pub Date: 6/12/99

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