Reported from Green Spring by John Stewart
OWINGS MILL, MD (August 19, 2005) -- Marty West birdied the 18th hole at the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club twice within 45 minutes during the annual Seniors championship of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association, Aug. 17. The first one created a tie, forcing a playoff with Dave Rasley; the second won the title for the Rockville resident in his first try at the event.
West finished 73-71--144, and Rasley, 72-72--144. Joe Records, who had tied Rasley for the rainy first-round lead, placed third, 72-74--146. Par for the suburban Baltimore course, which was played at 6,520 yards, is 35-37--72.
Rasley created much of the excitement on the back nine when he ran home four birdies in a six-hole span, Nos. 12-17. West had a three-shot lead through the 11th, but a couple of three-putts, along with Rasley's play left them tied after 16 holes.
At the par-5 17th, West dropped a 20-foot putt to save par, only to have Rasley put a 15-footer on top of that for birdie to gain a one-stroke lead. At 18, after Rasley's 15-foot bid for birdie slid by the edge of the cup, West made his birdie putt to send them extra holes.
In the play-off, at the par-3 first hole, Rasley had to get up and down from the left bunker with a 10-foot putt saving his par. At the 18th (the second play-offhole), Rasley was just outside of West with a five-foot putt. When he missed and West made, it was over.
Records, a two-time Maryland State Seniors champion, was even with West through 14 holes, then dropped back with a bogey at the 15th.
With the second-day field cut to low 24 and ties, there were 28 starters at 80 or better. By the finish, in addition to the top three, only John Casstevens (74-73--147) and Pat O'Malley (77-72--149) broke 150.
The three-man team prize went to Four Streams, with West (73), Rasley (72) , and Sheldon Kalish (76) producing the low three-man total of 221.
The 2006 Middle Atlantic Senior is slated for Springfield Golf & Country Club, while the 2007 edition, which will expand to 54 holes of competition, well be held at the Baltimore Country Club – Five Farms. The 2008 venue is to be determined while the 2009 location will be Fountain Head Country Club.
For complete results, click on the tournament link above (amateurgolf.com membership requested).