McKinney takes Amateur title by two strokes


July 05, 2005|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Brendan McKinney of Timonium answered persistent challenger Kirk Lombardi shot for shot in the last round of the Maryland Amateur Stroke Play Championship yesterday at Mount Pleasant Golf Course and earned the biggest victory of his career.

Starting with a one-stroke advantage, McKinney, 28, shot 4-under-par 67 to finish at 206. Lombardi ended with a 68-208.

Lombardi, 40, of Gaithersburg, who opened with a 67 Saturday, started as though he were headed in that direction again with birdies at the first two holes. After nine holes, McKinney had two birdies and Lombardi had three. McKinney birdied two of the first three holes on the back nine and never gave up his lead, as Lombardi had nine straight pars.

Chris Baloga (70-210) and Phil Fairbanks (70-211) gave the event four players with under-par totals for the first time in its 38-year history.

Ray Sheedy IV was the only other player to shoot at least par as he finished at 68-213.

Joe Records won his second Seniors title in the past four years with 76-220.

Final leaders: Brendan McKinney 69-70-67-206; Kirk Lombardi 67-73-68-208; Chris Baloga 69-71-70-210; Phil Fairbanks 72-69-70-211; Ray Sheedy IV 74-71-68-213; Moose Brown 70-72-72 - 214; Larry Storck 70-73-73-216; Bob Przybylski 72-74-70-216; Michael Chambers 74-72-70-216; Ki Moon 70-72-75 - 217; Vance Welch 73-73-71-217; Ira Cohen 73-72-74-219; Henry Blue 69-75-76-220; Joe Records 70-74-76-220; Robert Dedrich 75-72-73-220; Ken Lampard 72-80-68-220; Brian Woods 74-69-78-221; Brent Davis 71-77-73-221; Mickey Abrams 73-75-73-221.

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