Sheedy, last from Baltimore area left, makes Md. Men's Amateur quarterfinals

June 11, 2005|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ROCKVILLE - Two consistent rounds earned Carroll County resident Ray Sheedy two wins yesterday and a spot in today's quarterfinals of the 84th annual Maryland Men's Amateur Golf Championship at Norbeck Country Club.

Sheedy, who lives in Keymar and plays out of Wakefield Valley Golf and Conference Center, shot two over par in putting out Sparrows Point Country Club's Mike Cavanaugh in the morning, 3 and 2, in the Maryland State Golf Association tournament.

Sheedy's even-par afternoon round eliminated Beltsville's Vance Welch, a former finalist, 1 up, and left him the last Baltimore-area golfer in the tournament.

Against Cavanaugh, Sheedy recovered from bogeys at the first two holes to run off 14 straight pars. Against Welch, he took charge on the back nine.

Two-time champion Dave Rasley from Four Streams Golf Club in Darnestown, thwarted Hobbit's Glen's Phil Fairbanks, a Thursday playoff winner, with a 20-foot putt, 3 and 2, then never trailed in beating Sparrows Point's Mike Kelly, 4 and 3.

Chris Connolly, from the Chevy Chase Club dipped three under par in stopping Matt Sughrue of Bethesda Country Club and Walter Jew of Norbeck.

Michael Perlmutter from Redgate Golf Club in Rockville, at 18 the youngest quarterfinalist, had to play 37 holes to advance. He edged Glenn Dale Golf Club's Chase Brannon, another who had earned a spot with a playoff birdie Thursday night, on the first extra hole, then held off Pete Betzold of Winters Run Golf Club in Bel Air.

Perlmutter, a rising senior at Landon School, and a first-team All-Metro player in Washington, jumped ahead early and was 3 up through the 11th. Betzold bore down to win three straight holes with pars to get even. Perlmutter won the 414-yard 15th with a par-4 after his opponent needed four to reach the green.

NOTES: Jason Occi defeated Jared Goslee for the final spot in the draw, then stopped medalist James Jew, 3 and 1, before losing to Tim Kane. ... Mike Mitchell finished 4-under par in wins over Jim Winner and Moose Brown. ... Two rounds today will determine the players for tomorrow's scheduled 36-hole final.

(Scores, 6c)

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