By John Stewart
When Chad Hanes, 25, and Ryan Tendall, 39, won the 18th annual Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation's Two-man Team Championship at Mount Pleasant Golf Course, May 19-20, it was Tendall, a last-minute replacement for Hanes' brother, Grayson, who provided the winning edge with a birdie at the 18th hole for a closing round of 69 and a 36-hole total of 136.
A 20-foot putt at the last hole avoided a playoff; it dropped Brent Davis and Chris Laydon (70-67) and first-round leaders Jason Cage and Zach Lese (65-72) into a tie for second place in the 87-team field.
It made little difference that the victors, from Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, had not seen the course before Saturday's opening round. They had five birdies in their under-par 67 over the 6,726-yard city course, then came back with four birdies and two bogeys in shooting their 69.
"We played smart golf... hitting the right club," said Tendall of a closing round that included two tap-ins and an eight-foot putt for the other birdies. The two bogeys were the result of a three-putt at the second and a missed green at the 12th hole.
While Davis-Laydon climbed into contention with five birdies, Cage-Lese struggled early with two bogeys, got it going before the turn, then lapsed back in the middle of the back nine.
As it developed, a birdie at the last hole could not make up for bogeys at the 15th and 17th.
Lese accounted for three birdies when he drove it over the trees at the dogleg eigthth to reach the green of the 367-yard hole, holed a 30-foot putt at the treacherous 14th (one of only two birds at the hole all day), then drove it onto the green at the 364-yard 18th and two-putted from 15 feet.
Cage had played in the event before, but it was Lese's first appearance.
The first-round leaders were followed by Jim Renner and Carlos Sera and replacement David Sterritt and William Sachse.
The first round, played on a`cool, overcast day, had no eagles, but there were four during the second round, on a day that began overcast with a threat of rain, but cleared up for a sunny, mild afternoon. Three eagles came from Bel Air residents Kevin Hentz, Kevin Tehan and Chuck Brueggemann. Tim Kirkey had the other one, a 93-yard shot at the 414-yard fifth.
Don Jeanes and Lynn Wessman, a pair of Northern Virginia residents, had success in their first year as a team, but their best performance came in the 33rd annual Middle Atlantic Golf Association Senior Four-Ball championship (May 17). They brought home the title at Washington Golf & Country Club in Arlington, Va.
Wessman clinched the title when he rolled in an uphill putt with a big left-to-right break on the sixth green (their final hole in the shotgun start for 37 teams) to wrap up a 4-under-par round of 33-33--66. John Price and Dave LeClere finished second, 34-33--67, followed by Ron Scornavacca and Bob Lee, 35-33--68.
Jeanes birdied the two par-3s on the back nine (Nos. 11, 14), then birdied the first. They gave it back at the third when both encountered tree trouble and Wessman failed to save par from six feet. Jeanes bounced back with a birdie at the fourth to set the stage for the climactic finish.
Starting from No. 1, LeClere birdied the fourth, and Price, a past president of the MAGA, helped boost them into contention with birdies at the last two holes from 15 feet and five feet, respectively.
Scornavacca and Lee started at No. 4 and were 2 over par by the turn before Scornavacca got them even with birdies at Nos. 13-14. He capped the round with two more birds, at the first and third holes.
Three teams posted 34-35--69, and it took a match of cards to sort out the places. Peter Jacobi, a 2001 champion, and Bill Engel wound up fourth, trailed by brothers Steve and Len Isaacs, both past MAGA presidents, and Taylor Jennings and Jeff Balfore. The Jennings-Balfore team, however, won the Super Seniors (65 and over) division.
Three other teams matched par: Dick Thoms-John Stock, 37-33--70; Fielding Yost-Frank DiLodovico, 33-37--70, and Dave Rasley-Bill Stout, 34-36--70.
Issue 2.21: May 24, 2007