Maryland State Golf Association
Ken Lampard and Kenny Smith finished off an exciting round of golf last Sunday, for a four-stroke victory at the 19th annual Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation Two-Man Team Championship at Mount Pleasent Golf Course.
In the day's final pairing, Lampard-Smith and Castagna-Groenendaal each sank 10 consecutive pars. On the 11th, Lampard rolled in a birdie from 20 feet out and followed it up with one from 10 feet on the 12th to move into a tie for the lead.
The team of Castagna-Groenendaal could not duplicate the efforts of their opponents and dropped two strokes off the lead after missing the greens and bogeying holes 14 and 15.
After Smith hit a 15-foot birdie putt on 16, it was all but over. Lampard-Smith had a three-stroke lead with just two to play. On the final hole, Smith sealed it with a 3-foot birdie putt.
The eventual winners began the day just two strokes off the record pace of 62, set the previous day by Castagna-Groenendaal. Lampard-Smith finished the day with a 4-under-par 67 for a 36-hole total of 131.
Though Castagna and Groenendaal were able to set a record Saturday, they were not able to sink a second-round birdie and ended with 73 for a two-day total of 135. At the end of play, there proceeded a three-team playoff for second place consisting of Castagna-Groendenhall, Serge Hogg-Rusty McCready (66-69) and the eventual second-place finishers, Brad Foxwell-Neil Shannon (68-67).
Kevin Tehan, a recent Towson University graduate, and partner Robert Dedrich, a TU student, put a stranglehold on fifth place with terrific play in the final 28 holes. They shot Sunday's top round at 66 but, combined with a poor opening eight holes on Saturday, ended with a 136 total.
The 86-team field was pitted against a 6,756-yard course with a par 36-35--71. Though lightning forced a rain delay, play was able to continue after an 75 minutes of suspension.
Lampard, a Maryland native, was a state Mid-Am champion out of Hagerstown. He was no rookie coming into this event but did bring with him something new, a different partner. Smith, out of Chambersburg, Pa., turned out to be a 300-yard driver with plenty of finesse around the greens.
Kalish, Weiner Triumph
Sheldon Kalish and Michael Weiner, from Hayfields Country Club, took home the prize in the 34th annual Middle Atlantic Golf Association Senior 4-ball championship with a combined 7-under-par 33-30--63.
The tournament, held at the Suburban Club in Pikesville, featured a 7,168-yard course that played to a par 35-35--70.
The pair finished with a two-stroke margin over Bill Stout of Washington Golf and Dave Rasley of Four Streams. Third place was controlled by the Northern Virginia team of Walt Martin of Army Navy and Tom Grady of Heritage Hunt, who shot a 34-33--67.
The crowds were witness to a shot of brilliance in the last group as John Price, a former MAGA president from International, struck a 5-iron shot at the 185-yard, 13th that hit in front of the cup and rolled out of sight. Price and partner Dave LeCelere, runners-up a year ago, finished with 70.
Though Kalish and Weiner play a lot of rounds together, this match was their competitive debut.
Issue 3.21: May 22, 2008