Lowden-Kaplan finish with 69 to win Cup by 1

November 03, 2003|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In the four-year history of the Baltimore Cup, the one constant has been the final score. The streak continued yesterday on a beautiful fall day, as John Lowden coaxed home a curling 6-foot putt on the 18th green to break a tie and provide the Lowden-David Kaplan team with a 3-under-par 69, and a 36-hole better-ball total of 139 at Hayfields Country Club,

Drew DeVan-Jim Winner jumped out of the pack to claim second in the 18-team field, a stroke back, after riding six birdies to the day's low round, a 68. Larry Storck-Henry Blue, on their way to a share of second, highlighted by a two-day total of 10 birdies before a last-hole collapse, ended on 144.

The winners, Hayfield members, bogeyed the first hole, then made two birdies apiece in a seven-hole span midway through the round to take the lead. They dropped back to a tie with DeVan-Winner, from Maryland Golf and Country Club, after a bogey at the par-5 16th.

Storck, from Hayfields, and Blue, from Caves Valley, shot 4-under 32 on the front nine. A bogey at 17, and a triple-bogey-eight on the 18th, dropped them out of contention.

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