Drama-filled matches open Md. Amateur

Two go to extra holes, seven decided on No. 18

June 17, 2000|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAGERSTOWN - Bart DeLuca of Catonsville and Kenny Doerrer of Mitchellville won in extra holes and seven other matches went to the 18th green as play moved through the first round of the annual Maryland State Amateur championship at Fountain Head Country Club yesterday.

DeLuca outlasted Miguel Rivera of Bel Air with a 15-foot birdie putt at the fourth hole, and Doerrer stopped medalist Keith Unikel by pitching to within a foot to set up a birdie at the second hole.

Doerrer had been 3 up with four to play, but Unikel rallied to win three of them, including the 18th, to force overtime. Among those who went 18 holes to win were defender Brad Hastings, Joe Records, nine-time winner Marty West and Pat Tallent.

Hastings beat Stu Strang, the last playoff qualifier, 2 up; Records outlasted Charles Solomon, 1 up; West held off Kirk Lombardi from the 12th hole on, finally two-putting for a winning par and a 2-up decision in a battle of past champions, and in a close struggle between two former finalists, Tallent won the 18th with a bogey to edge Ben Brundred, 1 up.

Earlier, 43 players posted scores to complete the qualifying round after it had been suspended by a Thursday afternoon thunderstorm.

The cut came at 76, and 10 played off for seven places in the 32-man draw. It went five extra holes before Strang, of Silver Spring, birdied the 18th to grab the last spot from Dick Roulette of Hagerstown, who plays from the host club.

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