Defending champions Charlie Harris-Jackie Rites of the Country Club of Maryland birdied four holes in the middle of their rounds and romped to a four-stroke victory in the annual two-man team championship of the Maryland State Golf Association at Bonnie View Country Club yesterday. They finished 32-3365, 7-under for the Baltimore course.
The victors had eight birdies and a bogey, with Rites getting five of the birdies. Such was the accuracy of the pair on shots to the greens, that Rites had the team's longest birdie, a 25-foot putt (all the others were inside six feet), and Harris birdied twice from eight feet, once from 12, and had a ball three feet on a hole where Rites made it from six.
The Washington Golf & CC pairing of Henry Kerfoot-Tom Williams shot 35-3469 and placed second among the 33 teams. The two combined for five birdies and two bogeys.
Harris-Rites, who had won last year when Harris birdied the first extra hole after tying at 69 at Kenwood CC, became the third team to win two years in row, joining John Allen-Rennie Kelly of Burning Tree (1975-1976-1977) and Bob Leake-Jerry Watts of the Naval Academy (1990-1991). The CC Maryland entry of Bill Dornbusch-Lou Sleater (tied for fifth this time) won twice, but not in succession (1984, 1988).