Mike Panos and Wendell Haight of Hobbit's Glen combined for an 8-under-par 33-30--63 and won the annual Maryland State Senior Two-Man Team Championship at Beechtree Golf Club in Aberdeen, May 19. The rolling 6,467 yard layout played to a par of 36-35-71.
Panos, 55, who had not seen the course before, and Haight, 56, made their first appearance in the event. Tied for the lead after 15 holes, Panos birdied the 16th from seven feet and Haight eagled the par-5 18th with a 20-yard chip shot from the collar to provide the margin or victory.
It was a noteworthy triumph for Panos, who was at Johns Hopkins Hospital for a heart procedure on Monday and as late as Wednesday night was uncertain as to whether he would be able to play. In addition to eagle, the pair ended with three birdies apiece.
The first two of the 54 teams to finish had scores of 67 and 66 and it was not until four and a half hours later that their final positions were determined. Charles Bender and John Pfister from Winter's Run GC in Bel Air, wound up second with 33-33--66.
Donald Meyer and Marvin Guerra (35-32--67) of Hunter's Oak tied for third with Richard Thoms and Dave Rasley (34-33--67) of Four Streams.
Bert Pinheiro registered his fourth hole-in-one when he hit a 7-iron shot at the par-3 second hole. He and Rolling Road partner Terry Scerba finished with 72.