Two-time titlist Jane Mason, the only former champion in the field of 43 starters, shot 37-3875 to win the qualifying medal in the 73rd Maryland State Golf Association Women's Amateur at Eagle's Nest yesterday.
Mason, from Green Hill Yacht and Country Club, included an eagle in her 3-over-par round that lifted her past Stephanie Kell of the Country Club of Maryland and Metropolitan champ Andrea Kraus of Woodholme Country Club, both of whom had 76s.
The medalist, whose most recent of five final-round appearances came in 1989 when she lost to Jane Fitzgerald at the Elkridge Club, eagled the 330-yard 11th hole when her 160-yard, 3-iron second shot rolled into the cup.
"I was looking to just break 80 and get in the championship flight," Mason said. "The course was playing so long [after an overnight storm]."
She was even with par for the first seven holes of the back nine, 1-over for the round, before she bogeyed the final two holes.
The Eastern Shore resident, who has had a distinguished golf career for the past 35 years, including State titles in 1965 and 1974, is enjoying another banner season. Included in her efforts are victories in the Women's Pepsi invitation at Green Hill and the women's invitation tournament at Cumberland Country Club.
It took a playoff at 85 to complete the championship flight, and Joanne Salerno of Eagle's Nest defeated Connie Pifer of Hunt Valley Golf Club on the second extra hole.