Losers were also linked to some great memories


Before the area tournament golf scene completely winds down, memories should be sharpened beyond those names who made the winner's circle.

For example there was the father-son team of Charles and Chris Cantone of Cumberland who came to the final hole of the State NTC Two-Man Team Championship at Beaver Creek needing a par to win and a bogey to tie. Both players double-bogeyed.

Then there was the bizarre ending to the State Amateur final at Bethesda CC between Shane Patterson of Norbeck and Steve Thomas of Crofton.

After both players reached the green near the end of the match, Patterson was shocked to find his putter missing. He had left it back on the tee, causing temporary confusion about how the match should proceed. Prompted by a sporting gesture from Thomas, a delay was allowed for Patterson to retrieve his putter. He returned to sink a 40-foot putt, setting up a victory.

* Beyond the impressive winning effort of newcomer Jon Stanley (an assistant pro at Burning Tree), this year's Maryland Open, staged at Prospect Bay, will be remembered for the heavy rain and electrical storms that forced repeated delays.

When play finally resumed, some players chose to complete their rounds in near total darkness, rather than make the drive back to the Eastern Shore the next day. The final group came off the last hole at 9:15 p.m.

* It wasn't so much who won the Women's State Championship at Rolling Road, but how she played in the semifinal.

Congressional's Shannon Hanley, while paired against Woodholme's Andrea Kraus, started her round with five straight 3s. They included birdie, birdie, par, par, birdie.

Shannon went on to win 3 and 2. Since stopping Joan Lins in the final, Shannon has turned professional.

* And how about the rare cases of Mallory Crosland and Ralph Bogart, both of Chevy Chase Club.

Crosland, competing in the 10-13 age class of the Middle Atlantic Junior Girls tournament at Argyle, posted a 79 and beat the entire girls field.

It was a similar situation for Bogart in the Middle Atlantic Seniors at Willow Oaks. Bogart, competing in the over-70 age class, carded a 73, the best score of the entire tournament.

Of course, this was just one of the highlights for Bogart, 72, this season. He also qualified for the USGA Senior Open and the USGA Senior Amateur.

* The 1991 season produced two repeat team champions. They were Jerry Watts and Bob Leake of the Naval Academy Golf Club and Richard and Justin Klein of Hunt Valley.

Watts and Leake won the Middle Atlantic Four-Ball title for the second straight time, topping the field at Elkridge. The Kleins defended their State Father-Son crown at Woodmont.

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