Vigotsky edges McCarthy to win Washington Metro Senior Am
Tim Vigotsky (WMGA photo)
Tim Vigotsky (WMGA photo)

SILVER SPRING, Md. (Oct. 24, 2018) – Tim Vigotsky, from Centreville, Va., made up three strokes on the front nine to overtake first-round leader Michael McCarthy and win the Washington Metropolitan Senior Amateur at Argyle Country Club.

The one-shot difference came at the closing hole, where Vigotsky two-putted from 30 feet and McCarthy failed to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker, narrowly missing from 12 feet.

“Thirty feet — and I somehow managed to two-putt,” the winner declared later.

Vigotsky, who had started the second round one shot behind McCarthy, of Bethesda, Md., moved ahead with a front-nine 1-over 37 as the former leader struggled to a 40. A McCarthy birdie at the 11th tightened matters and the two were tied going to No. 17. Both bogeyed to set the stage for the tough finish.

This was Vigotsky’s first win of the year, but the former Middle Atlantic Golf Association president had previously won this event two years ago when he finished with a three-stroke margin at Norbeck CC. This was the second strong showing by McCarthy this season as he had earlier qualified for his second U.S. Senior Amateur championship, trailing medalist Tom Winegardner by a stroke at the Elkridge Club.

The other two divisions were won by Ron Thomas, Lothian, Md., in Pre-Senior (45-54) with 146, and by George Kapetanakis, McLean, Va., in Super Senior with 143.

Thomas, 48, self-employed as a medical equipment broker, had one birdie in posting a second-round 75. Although a tournament veteran, this marked his first victory since the 2004 Maryland State Public Links, when he defeated Ki Moon at Mountain Branch GC. He called the highlight of his Senior triumph not making a double-bogey in 36 holes. Paul McCabe, of Bethesda, winner (with Keegan Boone) of the WMGA Four-Ball last week, used a share of the tournament’s low round, a 69, to jump into a second-place tie with Rob Menefee at 148.

Where this marked the first time for Thomas in this event, Kapetanakis had played in it before, although not as successfully. This time, his tour included four birdies with one at the first hole coming on a 50-foot putt to get him going. The 65-year-old carded 74-69 to claim his share of the low round. Earlier, this year, he placed fifth in the Virginia State Seniors. James Foster, from Silver Spring, Md., and an Argyle CC member, was second.

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