Slow-starting Quackenbush wins amateur

October 08, 2001|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHEVY CHASE - As far as Brian Quackenbush was concerned, the final round of the 75th annual Middle Atlantic Amateur championship at Columbia Country Club yesterday did not begin until the 11th hole.

That's when the third-round co-leader trailed comeback artist Pat Tallent by three strokes. But when play ended on a sunny day marked by gusty, swirling winds that sent may scores soaring, Quackenbush had a two-stroke victory. The International CC member from Fairfax, Va., shot the back nine in 2-under-par 33 for a 71 and a 72-hole total of 284.

Tallent, from Congressional CC and Vienna, Va., who started the day one stroke off the pace, shot the front nine in 35 - three strokes better than Quackenbush - then went on to finish 72-286. Richard Holland, the 1990 champion from Columbia CC, a co-leader for two rounds, ended 75-288, followed by five-time titlist Marty West, Columbia CC, 73-289.

Through the first three rounds, there were five scores in the 60s and 13 at par-70 or better. For the last round, the low score was 72, and Guy Phelan of Baltimore CC was one of three at that number.

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