King edges Sanger for Seniors title

He becomes first to sweep MSGA amateur crowns

August 28, 1999|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EASTON -- Dave King became the first to make a sweep of the men's amateur championships of the Maryland State Golf Association when he won the 71st Seniors title, beating Mike Sanger in a playoff at Talbot Country Club yesterday.

King, who holed a 40-foot chip for par on No. 18 to force a playoff, sank an 18-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole for the victory.

The 172-yard 18th was used for the playoff, and both made par the first time, Sanger hitting a superb first putt from 45 feet to a foot. Sanger was in the collar with his tee shot the second time, and had pitched to the green ahead of the winning putt.

Ron Scornavacca, of Baltimore CC, the leader for much of the day, finished third, with a 73, followed by Frank Neff, of Sparrows Point CC, who shot 74.

King hit many greens during his 37-35 tour of a 6,475-yard course that played much longer because of the recent rains, then included a 12-foot putt for his only birdie, and a 20-footer for a par. Sanger was never in trouble in also posting a one-birdie, one-bogey total.

King, a two-time winner of the Amateur, and winner of the inaugural Mid-Am event (also in a playoff), came into this tournament having played in the Virginia Seniors earlier in the week, winning the medal and going three rounds before losing in the semifinals. Sanger also had been active during the week, leading the North-South Seniors after two rounds before slipping back.

Champion: Dave King, Bethesda, 37-3572. Runner-up: Mike Sanger, Green Spring, 36-3672. 55-59: Ron Scornavacca, Baltimore CC, 37-3673; Clark MacKenzie, Green Spting, 37-3875. 60-64: Frank Neff, Sparrows Point, 38-3674; Andy Miller, Manor, 40-3676; Perky Cullinane, Columbia, 40-3676. 65-69: Edward Lipski, Maryland Golf, 39-3675; Dick Stearns, Tantallon, 39-3877. 70-over: Myron Gerber, Norbeck, 39-3776.

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