15-year-old's run ends in amateur semifinals


BETHESDA -- After a qualifying round and three victories in the 71st Maryland State Golf Association men's amateur championship, the dream ended for Chris York yesterday.

York, 15, a member at Bethesda Country Club, shot 71 to qualify He then defeated Britt Sloan, Henry Blue and seven-time champion Marty West III to reach the semifinals.

York's bubble burst after a 4-and-3 victory over West in th morning. Shane Patterson, 20, of Norbeck CC, won the first two holes of the afternoon match, took three of the first four and never looked back in posting a 3-and-2 victory over York at the Bethesda Country Club.

This morning, Patterson will play Steve Thomas of Crofton CC, 6-and-4 winner over Jimmy Sutton of Lakewood CC, for the championship.

In a battle of first-time Amateur qualifiers, York, four down afte 12 and on the verge of being routed,rallied to win the 13th with a birdie, halve the 14th and win the 15th, but Patterson ended the match with a winning par at No. 16.

Thomas, 34, an insurance broker, lost the first three holes t Sutton, then won nine and halved two of the next 11 in cruising into the final.

"I was 1-over in the morning [when he lost the 18th to Cla Fitzgerald, then won with a birdie at the first extra hole], and even in the afternoon after the third," said Thomas, who had not made it past the second round in his previous Amateur appearances.

"I had good drives on the first three holes, but missed the green with two wedges and a 9-iron, three-putted the fourth and then started thinking about it," Sutton said. "The mental part of the game got to me."

Shane Patterson, Norbeck, def. Harry Cain, Bethesda, 20 holes; Chris York, Bethesda, def. Marty West, III, Columbia, 4 and 3; Jimmy Sutton, Lakewood, def. Bill Murphy, Congressional, 4 and 2; Steve Thomas, Crofton, def. Clay Fitzgerald, Congressional, 19 holes.


Patterson def. York, 3 and 2; Thomas def. Sutton, 6 and 4.

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