DeFrancesco defeats Winters in playoff, wins Maryland Open


BETHESDA -- Wayne DeFrancesco, a teaching professional at Woodholme Country Club, parred the second extra hole to defeat Dennis Winters, an Eisenhower GC assistant pro, and win the 73rd Maryland Open championship at Congressional CC yesterday.

DeFrancesco, who tied for eighth last year, and Winters, a runner-up for the second time in the past four years, each shot a closing-round 1-under-par 71 and finished at 217 for 54 holes over the Blue Course, which played at 7,000 yards.

In the playoff, both parred the first hole, and DeFrancesco won it at the par-3 second when he reached the green and two-putted for par.

Winters was in a front bunker, blasted over the green, then ran his par chip shot about six feet past the hole.

The winner, who picked up a first-place check of $4,500 from the $25,000 purse (both records for the Maryland State Golf Association fixture), and a sponsor's exemption into next year's Kemper Open at neighboring TPC-Avenel, trailed Winters for most of the round after the latter birdied the first hole and turned in 35 to his playing partner's 36.

Winters, 34, held the edge until DeFrancesco, 36, forged the tie with three good shots and a three-foot birdie putt at the par-5 16th.

DeFrancesco, Winters and two-time champion Larry Ringer started the round at 146, two back of amateur leader Evan Hileman of Ocean City, and one behind amateurs Shane Patterson and Randy Morris.

While the three amateurs were falling away, Ringer charged into the lead with birdies at the seventh and eighth holes. The CC Woodmore head pro kept it together until posting double bogeys at 16 and 18 to finish 74 -- 220.

Justin Klein, 20, a Duke University junior from Baltimore CC, earned the Harry Pitt Trophy as low amateur after posting a 1-under-par 71 for a 218 total, solo third overall.

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