With a course record final round of 65, Havre de Grace native and club professional David Hutsell won the 90th Maryland Open Championship on Wednesday at Maryland Golf and Country Clubs near Bel Air.
Hutsell finished the three-day, 54-hole tourney with a score of 207, one stroke better than that of amateur Sean Bosdosh, a sophomore golf team member at the University of Maryland.
Hutsell's final round included a run from hole three to six that went birdie, eagle, eagle and birdie. That jumped Hutsell's score from 2-under to 8-under. Two clutch par putts on the first two holes kept Hutsell at his starting 36-hole score of minus-2.
"I got off to a good start, I felt really comfortable with the putter," Hutsell said after receiving a silver cup and a monetary award for his effort. "To come back here to Harford County where I grew up is pretty cool."
Hutsell's only blemish came on the seventh hole when he pushed his second shot right of the green, chipped short onto the fringe and then two putted for bogey.
Hutsell added back to back birdies at holes 10 and 11 and then shot par the rest of the way to finish 9-under for the tournament.
Hutsell is the club pro at the Elkridge Club in Baltimore. He won the 2011 PGA Professional National Championship last month in Pennsylvania and is headed to the PGA Championship in Georgia Aug. 8.
Bosdosh, who also opened the final round at 2-under, made a charge with a number of birdies. Bosdosh birdied holes four and five and then reeled off five straight from seven through 11. Another birdie at hole 14 pulled him even with Hutsell at minus-9.
The tie stayed that way until the 18th hole, a 470-yard par 4. Bosdosh lost his tee shot right among the trees, forcing a punch out second shot. Bosdosh's third shot gave him a decent look at a crucial par, but his putt from 12 feet stayed left, resulting in a bogey and a round of 66.
Two-day leaders Jim Estes and John O'Leary each began the day at 4-under, but Estes was even in the final round to finish third at 212 and O'Leary shot 73 to tie for fourth at 213.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun