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Maryland (MSGA) Public Links Championship

WHEATON, MD (August 14, 2005) -- In the final match of the 3rd annual Maryland State Amateur Public Links Championship, Jarrod Page defeated Ki Moon, the 2004 runner-up, 3&1. In an up-and-down match that was all square through 14 holes, Page then birdied 15, 16 and 17 to overwhelm the steady Moon.

In the Sunday morning semi-final matches, Jarrod Page defeated Vance Welch 5&4 while Ki Moon overcame Nick DeSimone by the same tally of 5&4. After six holes of deadlock play, Page won holes 8, 9, 11, 13 and 14, the last hole with a two-foot eagle putt. Moon showed a more relentlessly steady performance by winning the first two holes, grinding to a 3 up lead at the 9-hole turn, and then winning holes 10 and 13 before hole 14 was halved with birdies to bring the match to a close.

Jarrod Page, Vance Welch, Ki Moon, and Nick DeSimone advanced to the semifinals of the 3rd Annual Maryland State Amateur Public Links Championships with victories in the quarter-final matches at Northwest Park on Saturday afternoon, August 13th.

In the morning matches, Page edged Sean Mulgrew 3&2 in the opening morning round and then dispatched veteran Chad Westby in the afternoon round 5&4. Page plays for the Kent State University Team and Westby has just been named to represent the District of Columbia in the USGA State Team Championships at Berkeley Hall Golf Club in late September. Westby had beaten Eric Welch in the morning 1 up. Vance Welch defeated John Scholtz in the mornign 4&3 and then took David Lingeman 5&4 after Lingeman edged another DC Team designee, Matt Finger, who had a very strong 2004 campaign, including a top 10 finish in the Middle Atlantic Amateur as well as a semi-final showin ging in the Maryland APL.

In the lower bracket, Ki Moon nipped Brendan McKinney in the morning 1 up and then took Chris Hass 2&1 in the afternoon, where the play was sizzling, with Moon 6 under par and Hass four under. Hass had taken a 2&1 victory over Jeff Farrall in the morning session. Meanwhile, Nick DeSimone defeated Lee Flemister in the AM 4&3 and then waited almost three hours to meet Chase Brannon after Brannon finally birdied the 24th hole to overcome Brent Davis. In a bizasrre series of holes, DeSimone reached dormie with four holes remaining only to have Brannon take three successive holes, including 16 and 17 with birdies. Then DeSimone was on the verge of losing a fourth hole only to make a 10-footer on Number 18 to finally win the match.

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