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Woodholme's Fader Takes City Am

October 23, 2007

By John Stewart

Michael Fader shot the low round of the 53rd City Amateur championship, a 2-over par 74 over his home course, Woodholme Country Club, and finished with 78-74--152 for a two-stroke victory in the weekend event, Oct. 20-21.

Duke University freshman Michael Fader (right) defeated Phil Fairbanks (left) with a 78-74--152 at Woodholme Country Club.
(Ben Kaestner)

The current Woodholme champion, Fader had an up-and-down final round over the well-groomed 6,965-yard Pikesville course that included six bogeys (three each side) and four birdies (two each side). Birdies at the 16th and 18th holes lifted him clear of runner-up Phil Fairbanks, from Hobbit's Glen Golf Club, 79-75--154.

Fader, who cited sloppy putting as responsible for most of his bogeys, declared Saturday's round in windy conditions "the hardest I've ever played in, and while we still had the slick greens, it wasn't as windy [for the second round]."

Course knowledge played a key part in the triumph by the Duke University freshman and solid iron play on approach shots led to all his birdies, which were from inside 4 feet on the treacherous surfaces.

Fairbanks, a 1994 playoff loser to Bob Kaestner in his only other appearance in the tournament, had no birdies in two days, but had three bogeys in the second round, each a three-putt.

Brad Foxwell, winner of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation's Fall Publinx last month, climbed to third with 79-77--156. Second-day birdies at Nos. 10-11 got him to even par for the round, and he ended with an up-and-down birdie at the 18th, but in between were four bogeys and a double-bogey.

Foxwell pointed to the high scores, "This is the type of course that will make every flaw a player has come to light, " he said.

The 2008 championship will be held at the Elkridge Club, with this year's top 15 finishers among those who will be eligible to play.

Suh Wins MSGA Women's Open

Jenny Suh from Fairfax, Va., who recently turned professional, posted a 2-over par 72 for a 36-hole total of 140, and won the ninth annual MSGA-WD Women's Open championship at the Chevy Chase Club on Oct. 16.

Suh, 22, won by two shots when none of her closest pursuers could gain any ground. Patricia Frohna-Post, women's golf coach at Georgetown University, also shot a 72 to come in second with a 142 in the 68-player field.

For Frohna-Post, it was once again a case of close but no title. In seven consecutive appearances, she has finished second twice, and third, fourth, fifth, and two sevenths. This time, she bogeyed the first and third holes, then had a birdie and a bogey on the back nine. Putting led to the three bogeys and, at the three finishing holes, she had "reasonable" putts for birdies and made none of them.

"At least I gave myself an opportunity," she said.

Amateur Jane Fitzgerald, from Kensington, making her first major competitive appearance since 2001, finished third. Six years ago she quit on top of her game (she won the Middle Atlantic Amateur and this event in 2001) to concentrate on her family. But with a daughter in college and a son in high school, and given the course, this seemed the right time to come back and play.

"I wouldn't use the layoff for an excuse, regardless of what happened," she said. "I've been so competitive for so long that you never lose it. Still, today was harder than yesterday. I had to figure out what I was doing wrong, and fortunately, I did in the middle of the round.”

Fitzgerald birdied the first hole for the second day in a row, then bogeyed the third and fifth holes. On the back nine, she had two bogeys, two birdies, including one at No. 18.

Issue 2.43: October 25, 2007