Newsom, Madsen advance to final in MAGPA Match Play Championship


October 10, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

David Newsom struck a 75-yard sand wedge shot to 18 inches and tapped in the birdie putt to edge Mark Evenson, 1-up, in a see-saw semifinal of the Match Play Championship of the Middle Atlantic PGA at Baltimore Country Club yesterday.

Today, in a scheduled 36-hole final, he will oppose Steve Madsen, who never trailed in holding off David Hutsell, 2 and 1.

Newsom, assistant professional at the River Creek Club in Leesburg, Va., and Evenson, teaching professional at the Suburban Club, each led on three occasions.

Evenson's two-putt par at the treacherously sloped par-3 17th enabled him to square the match and set up the climactic finish.

However, his birdie putt from 18 feet slowed and just turned out of the hole on the closing green.

Against Hutsell, a Towson resident and assistant professional at Columbia CC, Madsen, head professional at Lakewood CC in Rockville, and reigning Maryland Open champion, forged a 2-up lead three times, the last at the 603-yard 14th, where he coaxed in an eight-foot birdie putt.

Each parred the remaining holes to finish even par for their last eight holes.

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