Linda Hickman, a 10-handicap golfer from Chartwell Country Club, did a better job than her opponent of getting an erratic game under control on the back nine, and upset medalist Carol Davies of Argyle CC, 3 and 1, in the first round of the 71st Maryland State Women's Amateur championship at Rolling Road Golf Club yesterday.
Davies, who carries a 4 handicap, erased a 2-hole deficit early on the back nine, but Hickman rallied to win three holes and halve another in building her winning margin.
"At least I parred the last three holes," she said, choosing not to reflect on earlier problems. As for Davies, she said, "I played awful."
Hickman had gained the championship in a playoff Tuesday, surviving when when she hit a choked-down 5-wood shot from the ninth fairway to the first green and made a birdie putt.
Two matches ended in 1-up decisions. Joan Lins of Turf Valley outlasted Sheila Dagucon of Montgomery CC on the 19th hole, and Cheri Cooper of Hobbit's Glen won with an 8-foot par putt at the 18th green, after Leigh Farrell of the CC of Maryland had missed her par bid from 9 feet.
Lins won her match with a bogey-5 at the first extra hole. She had squared the match at the 15th, and halved the next three to force the overtime. Lins reached the first green in two, then three-putted from five feet for the win when Dagucon, one-time Women's District Amateur champion, needed three to get to the green, then three-putted from four feet.
Three-time champion Joan Winchester made a hole-in-one at the 136-yard 15th, hitting a 6-iron shot that bounced once and rolled into the cup. It was the third competitive ace for the Rolling Road member, the second at that hole.
NOTES: Shannon Hanley, a losing finalist last year, lost only 1 hole while playing even par for 12 holes in beating Carole Ratcliffe. . . . Metropolitan champion Andrea Kraus turned 2 up on 2-time titlist Jane Mason, then was even par in winning 3 of the first 4 holes on the back. . . . Bonnie Fry had 8 pars and a birdie and was 5 up on Cami Berher at the turn.
Linda Hickman, Chartwell, def. Carol Davies, Argyle, 3 and 1; Kanya Chintrisna, Rolling Road, def. Lisa Skaggs, VFW-Frederick, 5 and 4; Pam Soliman, Eagle's Nest, def. Shirley Williams, Mount Pleasant, 6 and 5; Joan Lins, Turf Valley, def. Sheila Dagucon, Montgomery, 19 holes; Shannon Hanley, Congressional, def. Carole Ratcliffe, Chartwell, 7 and 6; Cheri Cooper, Hobbit's Glen, def. Leigh Farrell, CC Maryland, 1 up; Andrea Kraus, Woodholme, def. Jane Mason, Nassawango, 5 and 4; Bonnie Fry, Maryland Golf, def. Cami Berher, Montgomery Village, 5 and 4.
Joan Winchester, Roling Road, def. Sharon Pusin, Suburban, 3 and 1; Cindy Peterka, Sparrows Point, def. Katie O'Neil, CC Maryland, 2 up; Becky Sun, Prospect Bay, def. Connie Pifer, Hunt Valley, 3 and 2; Beth Plecker, Manor, def. Anne Bailey, Robin Dale, 22 holes.
Marion Mariscal, Suburban, def. Terry Abrams, Chestnut Ridge, 5 and 4; Jenny Chuasiriporn, Hunt Valley, def. Marie Driessen, 3 and 2; Tricia Gates, Columbia, def. Judy Myers, Laytonsville, 6 and 5; Pat Bolte, Elk's Club, def. Lindy Crismer, Rolling Road, 2 and 1.
Marty King, Chartwell, def. Karen Smith, U. Maryland, 5 and 4; Lynne Hunter, Turf Valley, def. Bobby Farr, Elkridge, 6 and 5; Carlee Jones, Beaver Creek, def. Lucinda Garde, WestWinds, 6 and 5; Stephanie Kell, CC Maryland, def. Young Ja Kim, Hobbit's Glen, 19 holes.
Pressie Hoffman, Chevy Chase, def. Ethel Davis, Chartwell, 6 and 4; Susan Schuh, Hunt Valley, def. Deborah Rhodes, Piney Branch, 7 and 6; Carolyn Hudson, Bowie, def. Stacey Blackburn, Swan Creek, 3 and 2; Glena Wirtanen, Hunt Valley, def. Jean Opeka, Prince George's, 20 holes.
Betsy Morgan, Elkridge, def. Erica Overholser, Hobbit's Glen, 5 and 3.