Although Dennis Winters had laser eye surgery last month, it was his amateur partner, Dan DeRisio, who zeroed in from 40 feet for a winning birdie putt on the second extra hole to give the Columbia Country Club pair a second successive Maryland State Pro-Am championship at Maryland Golf and Country Club yesterday.
The winners posted 32-3264, a mark later equaled by the CC at Woodmore team of Larry Ringer-Joe Hoffman, 34-3064. In each instance, the pro made six birdies and the amateur three; there was nary a bogey on either card.
FOR THE RECORD - Joey Crenshaw, winner of the 10-11 boys category in the annual Baltimore Municipal Golf junior event, was incorrectly identified in a recent article. The Sun regrets the error.
After a wait of about four hours, Winters coaxed in an 18-foot uphill birdie putt at the first extra hole, while both Woodmore players had one-foot putts for birdies. Ringer, whose wait was about half as long, took care of it after his 50-foot chip from behind the green hit the stick.
On the second green, DeRisio was the last to putt, and his hole-high, long-range attempt hit the center of the cup.
In regulation, Winters, who said he is seeing better than 20/20 since his surgery, birdied the first hole, the only one of the five par-5s they were able to dent, while their playoff opponents birdied four of them.
DeRisio birdied the 16th to get his side to 9-under, then made par at the closing hole to seal it. For the round, the pair hit 17 greens and took 27 putts.
Three-under par after nine, head pro Ringer, who had not touched a club since his streak of superb play in the U.S. Senior Open and the Maryland Open ended last Wednesday, sank a 30-foot putt at the 10th. It began a string of three birds in a row.
Hoffman collected two of the other three, at Nos. 15-17, as they duplicated the earlier run. Ringer saved par at the last hole to preserve the tie.
They reached 16 greens in regulation and used 26 putts.
Dirk Schultz-Tim Armstrong, from Beaver Creek CC in Hagerstown, shot 33-33--66 for third place in the 86-team field.
Fran Rhoads, teaching professional at TPC-Avenel, made the second hole-in-one of his career, striking a 4-iron shot at the 193-yard 12th. He and partner Danny Riskam were joined at 67 by John Miller-Jim Winner, from the host club, and Lyle Williams-Steve Block, from Woodmont CC.
Leaders: Dennis Winters-Dan DeRisio, Columbia, 32-3264; Larry Ringer-Joe Hoffman, Woodmore, 34-3064 (Winters-DeRisio won playoff on second extra hole); Dirk Schultz-Tim Armstrong, Beaver Creek, 66; John Miller-Jim Winner, Maryland Golf, 67; Lyle Williams-Steve Block, Woodmont, 67; Fran Rhoads-Danny Riskam, TPC-Avenel, 67; Steve Madsen-Mike Watson, Lakewood, 68; Buddy Sass-Evan Hileman, Ocean City, 69; Steve Papanek-Greg Bremer, Kenwood, 69; Tom Lewandowski-Steve Seoane, Naval Academy, 69; Butch Butler-Doug Conkey, Cedar Point, 69; Mark Evenson-Mickey Abrams, Suburban, 69; Michael Wah-Doug Haymans, Prospect Bay, 69; Mike Norton-Bob Przybylski, Sparrows Point, 69; Ricky Touma-Somsak Chivavibul, Norbeck, 69.
Billy Wingerd shot 68 at Clifton Park Golf Course to win the annual event sponsored and conducted by the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation. Chris Bologa had 70 and Jon Schap 72. Katie Elliott won the girls title with 92.
Boys: 16-17: Billy Wingerd, 68; Chris Bologa, 70; Jon Schap, 72; Greg Samuels, 74; Kristopher Gooding, 77. 14-15: Andrew Vetter, 76; Patrick Higgins, 82; James Chagetas, 85; Gregory Bramble, 89. 12-13: Brian Carneal, 78; Mark Lorenzo, 81; Carl Grund, 85; Paul Hughes, 86. 10-11 (nine holes): Jerry Crenshaw, 55. 9-under (five holes): James Davis, 33.
Girls: Katie Elliott, 92; Theresa Hall, 105.
Pub Date: 7/20/99