ISSUE -- What had been a six-stroke lead after the first hole was down to one when Barry McCarty restored order to the 92nd annual Middle Atlantic Amateur championship yesterday.
McCarty, who said Saturday he had been having trouble finishing off events when he was in contention, dispatched that problem with birdies at the 14th and 15th holes of what turned out to be a four-stroke victory over four-time champion Marty West III.
At the finish, McCarty, of Alexandria, Va., had a 2-over-par 74, and a 72-hole total of even-par 288 to complete a tournament in which he led at the end of every round.
West, who shared the day's low round of 70 with Joe Records of Hunt Valley, wound up 70292. The rest of the field was no closer than eight shots behind over a course that played much tougher than its 6,500 yards.
McCarty made the turn in 2-over 38, and four ahead of West, of Rockville. The Maryland Amateur champion had chopped into an eight-stroke deficit with an outgoing 34.
The gap was down to one after McCarty bogeyed the 10th and 11th holes, and West birdied the 10th.
"That's why the 12th hole was critical," McCarty said of his two-putt par at the par-3 hole. "I got it from 40 feet down to three feet, and that halted the bogey run."
He made it from 12 feet at the 14th, and from 10 feet at the 15th,
and the margin was back to four when West could not get up and down from a bunker at the 16th.