A familiar name and face in Maryland golf captured the Maryland State Golf Association's 95th Maryland State Open Championship Wednesday at the Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre de Grace.
Sean Bosdosh, a 24-year old professional from Holly Hills Country Club in Ijamsville, put together rounds of 69 and 65, Monday and Tuesday, respectively, and another 69 Wednesday to finish 13-under and win his second Open title in five years.
Bosdosh started the day with a two-stroke lead over fellow pro, Connor Tendall of North Potomac, and after nine holes had the lead up to four.
Bosdosh, the 2012 Open champ as an amateur, was six under (-16 total) in Wednesday's final round through 14 holes, but gave back a few strokes coming in as a missed tee shot/lost ball on hole 15 and rain on his final hole hampered his play.
"I felt like the golf course set up for me pretty well," Bosdosh said. "There are some tough holes out there, but for the most part, I felt like the tough holes worked my way. I hit a draw and a lot of them kind of moved a little left, so it made it easy for me to hit the fairway and once I hit the fairway, I felt confident with my short game, so it didn't matter where I hit it."
His final round included two double bogeys, the first in all three rounds, but also seven birdies, five in the first nine holes.
"I didn't feel like I was hitting it that well, but my miss hits were exactly where I wanted them," Bosdosh said. "I always missed on the side of the pin that I needed to. The first two days I struck the ball, actually pretty well. My good shots were really good, put me within six feet, so it made it really easy on my putter and then today, I didn't hit it that close, but I made everything on the front nine."
Tendall, the runner-up at nine-under, shot 69 Monday and 67 Tuesday. He had a bogey free round on Wednesday through 14 holes, but a bogey at 15 and double at 16 led a to a finish of 71.
Pro Brad Miller (-8) shot 70-70-68 to place third and pro Charlie Winegardner shot the low round of the event, 64 on Wednesday, to finish fourth at three-under.
Rounding out the top five, amateur Davis Lamb of Bethesda took low amateur honors, shooting 75, 73 and 66 for a two-under total.
"My first two rounds weren't anywhere where I wanted them at all," Lamb said. "I was hitting the ball well, I knew there was potential, but I couldn't make any putts. I came out today with a little more of an aggressive mentality. Read my putts closer, focused more on the green and a lot more went in today and as they went in, confidence went up and I played a really solid round today."
Havre de Grace native David Hutsell, a pro at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville, was the Open champion the last time the championship was played in Harford County. Hutsell shot nine-under to win at Bel Air's Maryland Golf and Country Clubs in 2011. Bosdosh, a stroke back, was runner-up.
Hutsell (one over) finished Wednesday's round with a 71, after posting 73 in both the first two rounds. He tied for eighth to lead all players with a Harford County connection.
"Today was definitely a little better ball striking day. The first two days, kind of scattered it around, didn't putt too well the first two days, 33 putts the first round, somewhere close to that the second round," Hutsell said. "Today, had a lot more opportunities, missed a couple shorter birdie putts in the 7-8 foot range. Frustrating to miss a couple of those. Anything, maybe just struggled with the speed a little bit this week. Get yourself on the wrong side of the hole on some of these with any length and you're putting over some hills or through some swales. The course was in great shape and it's always fun to come home."
Former C. Milton Wright student and golfer Matt Fry was also in action, shooting rounds of 70, 75 and 76. The five-over total tied him for 21st.
"I had rough front nine, a few bad shots off the tee put me in trouble. Other than that it was a good day," Fry said about Wednesday's round. "I was able to scramble on the back nine and put together a decent back nine and come in with 76. It's one of those courses where one bad swing here or there is going to put you in a lot of trouble and you may be making a big number, so you gotta be on your guard the whole way and, if not, it's going to penalize you."
Fry, 24, spends five or more months living in Florida, which is where he spent his senior of high school, attending the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy. Fry plays the Moonlight (OGA) Tour in Orlando and Swing Thought Tour.
"It was nice to come home and be able to play a Maryland Open right down the road from where I grew up and playing conference's here in high school, cause it brings back the memories," Fry said. "It was a good experience, little disappointed in the way I played the last two days. You want to put yourself in a position to win going into today and yesterday, didn't do that on my back nine, but overall it was good. Nice to finish, maybe I crack the top 20 or so, but it's a good finish and be back next year playing in it. Look forward to that."
Two other Harford County players also played Wednesday. Amateur Ryan Richardson (71-74-80) was nine-over, tied for 34th and David Harget (75-72-80) was 11-over, tied for 38th.
Other players with Harford ties who missed the cut were amateur Evan Kilchenstein, plus 7; pro Patrick Coyner, plus 10; pro Brian Meyer, plus 15; pro Matt Summers, plus 16; pro Patrick Hinch, plus 16; amateur James Winner, plus 19; and Peter Bollman, plus 27.