Williams scrambles, faces Lewis for Md. Women's Amateur title


July 18, 2002|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHEVY CHASE -- Deborah Williams won the second extra hole with a conceded birdie to sidetrack defending champion Mallory Crosland and reach the final of the 81st Maryland State Women's Amateur championship at Columbia Country Club yesterday.

Medalist Jessica Lewis of the host club dominated the middle of her round with Andrea Kraus and posted a 5 and 3 victory.

Williams, 26, a nurse from Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, had two nail-biting matches yesterday.

She rallied to win the final hole for a 1-up decision over Jennifer Thompson, from Timonium and Chestnut Ridge Country Club, in the morning, then went 1-up on Crosland at the 17th, only to see the defender save par and win the 18th with a 20-foot putt.

Williams got up and down from a bunker at the first extra hole, then won it at the second after Crosland needed four to reach the green and then conceded.

Championship: Quarterfinals: Mallory Crosland d. Lesley Stracks, 5 and 3; Deborah Williams d. Jennifer Thompson, 1 up; Jessica Lewis d. Erin Clasper, 5 and 4; Andrea Kraus d. Kristin Dubinski, 5 and 3. Semifinals: Williams d. Crosland 20 holes; Lewis d. Kraus 5 & 3.

First flight quarterfinals: Ashley Grier d. Corrie Tayman 1 up; Katie Rodeker d. Melinda Morgan, 2 and 1; Laura Terebey d. Anita Venner 1 up; Carol Davies d. Joan Winchester 7 and 6. Semifinals: Grier d. Rodeker, 1 up; Terebey d. Davies 19 holes.

U.S. Publinx: Australian Geoff Lound defeated the University of Maryland's Tim Kane, 1-up, in the first round of match play at the Orchards Golf Club outside of Detroit. Medalist Isaac Jimison, Orangevale, Calif., and defending champ Chez Reavie, Phoenix, were among first-day winners.

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