Lewis shoots 69, wins medal in women's amateur qualifying

July 16, 2002|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Jessica Lewis toured her home Columbia Country Club course in 5-under-par 34-35-69 yesterday to win the qualifying medal in the Maryland State Women's Amateur by four shots over Andrea Kraus of Woodholme CC.

Lewis, a 21-year-old senior at James Madison University, had an eagle (20-yard wedge on the par-5 12th) and three birdies through No. 14, then followed successive bogeys with two closing birdies, the last on a 25-foot putt.

Kraus had two early eagles, but had putting woes on the back nine. She and Lewis were the only players to break par of 37-37-74 on the 5,720-yard course in Chevy Chase.

U.S. Publinx: Tim Elliott of Glen Arm, who plays out of Pine Ridge, led area entries with a par-matching 72 in the first round of on-site qualifying for the championship at The Orchards GC in suburban Detroit.

The others were Derek Ausherman, BMGC Spring Publinx winner from Middletown, 74; Billy Wingerd, Baltimore, 78, and local qualifying medalist Ross McIntosh, Lorton, Va., 80.

First-round pairings (qualifying scores in parentheses): Mallory Crosland (defender-automatic) vs. Corrie Tayman (80); Lesley Stracks (78) vs. Ashley Grier (78); Jennifer Thompson (76) vs. Katie Rodeker (79); Deborah Wiliams (76) vs. Melinda Morgan (79); Jessica Lewis (69) vs. Anita Venner (80); Laura Terebey (78) vs. Erin Clasper (78); Andrea Kraus (73) vs. Joan Winchester (79); Carol Davies-Lilli (77) vs. Kristin Dubinski (79).

BMGC Juniors: Julia Huh (77) and James Chagetas (77) were the overall girls and boys champions in the annual event sponsored by the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation at Forest Park Golf Club.

16-17: James Chagetas, 77; Mark Lorenzo, 78; Stephanie Stamas, 83.

14-15: Julia Huh, 77; Frank Olszewski, 79; Andrew Todd, 84.

12-13: Jack Marra, 92; Jack Rutka, 122; Stephen Geis, 129. 10-11 (9 holes): Matthew Wohlfort, 50; David Arnold, 53; Austin Amerhein, 54.

8-9 (5 holes): Colin Peet, 37; Given Arnold, 37 (Peet won playoff, third extra hole).

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