PHOENIX, AZ (September 14, 2016) -- Tom Grem, of
Hunt Valley Country Club, showed two sides of his solid
golf game during the two days of the 88th Maryland
Senior Amateur championship of the Maryland State
Golf Association at his home course.
He had four three-putts in struggling to a 3-over-
par 75 in the opening round, then came back with what
he called, "My best putting since I was kid," in
producing a 71, a 36-hole total of 146, and a one-stroke
victory over George Mavrikes, Congressional CC, 77-70-
-147. The 70 was the low round of the tournament on a
course played at 6,459 yards, As it turned out, the top
five scorers all improved on first-round scores by three
to seven strokes.
Although successful over the years in club events --
he is currently the club champion and Senior club
champion -- this marked Grem's first major title. He
was thrilled with the outcome but admitted winning the
Maryland State and Middle Atlantic Father-Son
championships with sons Doug and Jimmy, respectively,
earlier in the summer gave him more satisfaction.
Knowing the Seniors event was at Hunt Valley,
however, provided added incentive. "I don't play a lot of
outside events and I'm not as good as some of the
players, so I felt this was going to be my best chance to
win if I could just kind of hold it together," the
Actually, the 75 was not as bad as it might have
been in some years as the leader shot 74, and the
second round could turn into a horse race. There were
11 players within three shots of the lead and another
nine four back.
At the end, Grem and Mavrikes were followed by
Tim Dilli, Baltimore CC, 77-71--148; Lee Flemister, last
year's runner-up from the University of Maryland GC,
76-73--149, and Larry Storck, third a year ago, from
Sparrows Point CC, 77-73--150. This marked the 10th
time in tournament history the champion came from the
host club and the first since Frank Burns, Fountain Head
CC, in 1988.
"I had been putting pretty well coming in, but the
greens were faster than we've played all year. It was
my home course, but it didn't feel like it, " Grem
For the second round, Grem was right on target
from the start, birdieing the opening hole from 12-feet.
He fell back to even after missing the 5th green, then
left an eagle putt on the lip at the par-5 7th. Grem
scrambled to a bogey at the 10th after his tee shot at
the 173-yard hole almost went out of bounds and he
wound up making a 15-foot putt.
He got his eagle at the 492-yard 11th when his
hybrid shot from 220 yards stopped pin-high and nine
feet from the cup. Grem dipped to 2-under for the nine
with a birdie at the 13th, but slipped back to even with
bogeys at the 14th (a ball-search was successful with
three seconds left of allotted time) and 18th. For the
round, he had 28 putts, including three at the last. His
best previous finish in the event was a second to Mike
Occi at Manor CC three years ago.
Michael Weiner, Hayfields CC, won the Super Senior
division (65-over) with 78-77--155, edging Tom Lynn,
Mountain Branch GC, by a single stroke, 79-77--156.
The 2017 championship will be held at Worthington
Manor GC in Urbana.
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