By John Stewart, MSGA
Terry Burke from Burning Tree Country Club backed his opening-round 64 with a cautious 2-over par 72 to claim the 23rd Mid-Amateur championship of the Maryland State Golf Association on Aug. 18 at Chestnut Ridge Country Club in Lutherville. Burke, who won the event in 2000 and 2007, became the first three-time champion.
Burke's 136 equaled the tournament record set by Moose Brown (68-68) in 2003
The 36-hole total of 136 was three shots clear of runner-up Brian Woods (Baltimore Country Club), who applied some late pressure and finished at 71-139. John Howson (Towson Golf and Country Club), a recent U.S. Senior Open qualifier, came in third with a 142, followed by past champions Bob Kaestner (1997) and Greg Killian (2005), who each shot 70-73--143.
"I hit it pretty well, I just didn't make any putts," Burke said.
Burke three-putted the 15th, and Woods perked up with birdies at 16 and 17. Woods was plus-3 for the day, plus-1 for the tournament after No. 11, and was still there going to 16.
"That was a ticklish one from four feet above the hole and the one on 17 was from 20 feet," Woods said.
Burke responded with what he considered his best shot of the tournament -- a wedge out of the right rough from 120 yards that stopped eight feet from the cup. Two putts finished the job.
"The thing I'm most proud of is to win this for the third time," Burke said. "No one had done that in the past." In face, before Burke only Dave Rasley had won it twice, in 1990 and 1996.
Russell Pies (Bethesda Country Club) had the low second-day score, 70, and finished sixth, 74-70--144. He had five birdies and was 4-under-par for the round through 13, but offset that run with double-bogeys at 17 and 18.
Chris Connolly (Chevy Chase) finished 73-72, and Bill Jenner (Breton Bay) shot 70-75 to share seventh place at 145.
Posted Aug. 20, 2009