Irreno upends Elliott to win amateur event in Va.

August 12, 2002|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Jairo Irreno Jr. of Potomac caught Tim Elliott on the front nine, then held him off down the stretch yesterday to win the annual Amateur at International tournament in Fairfax, Va.

The outcome ended a streak of five consecutive titles by Kirk Lombardi of Montgomery Village G&CC, who finished sixth.

Irreno, from TPC-Avenel and a sophomore at James Madison University, finished with a par 71 for a 54-hole total of 214. Elliott, from Glen Arm and Pine Ridge GC, ended with 74 and 215.

Chris Baloga, from Baltimore and Mount Pleasant GC, recovered from an opening 78 to shoot 71-69 and wind up in third place at 218. His 69, which included four birdies and a double bogey, earned a share of the day's low round.

Irreno, who had three birdies and a double bogey going out, made up a two-stroke deficit. Neither player had a back-nine birdie, and Irreno led by two going to No. 18. Elliott had a run at a birdie, but his 12-foot downhill putt rimmed out. Irreno, knowing he could two-putt and win, slid a 5-footer by the cup, then tapped in.

A portion of the field was split into two flights based on 36-hole scores, with final places decided by the last round. Billy Wingerd of Baltimore shot 71 and lost second on a match of cards. Towson University senior Kane Wengerd, from Fairfax, Va., won the second flight with 74.

Junior Team Match: A team from the Carolinas defeated an entry from Maryland and Virginia, 9-7, in their weekend match at the Independence Golf Club in suburban Richmond, Va.

Kaitlyn Johnston of Bel Air got a half-point in Saturday's foursome round and lost in better-ball and singles, while Stephanie Connelly of Pasadena lost all three of her matches.

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