For a championship match where each player took turns struggling, it figured that one would run into trouble at the crucial hole. That was the case in the final of the 63rd Women's Metropolitan championship yesterday at Chartwell Country Club, as Andrea Kraus outlasted Cindy Peterka in 19 holes for a third consecutive title.
Each was over the back edge of the green in three at the par-5 first hole, facing a delicate chip shot to a pin that was about 10 feet from the rear of the green. Kraus' effort from 20 feet started out through the collar and turned down to the hole and almost dropped.
Peterka's club went under her ball and it barely reached the fringe. On her next shot, the ball broke away from the cup, she missed that putt, and conceded.
In winning for the third straight time, Kraus, from Woodholme CC, joins another Woodholme player, Evelyn Glick, as the only one to pull off such a dominant run in tournament history.
Glick won 10 times from 1946 to 1965; Kraus, who won first as a teen-ager in 1978, and Mary Ann Cooke (1954-67) have seven titles apiece.
Such was the spectrum of play in the latest championship match, that Kraus had the advantage on the front nine, and went 3-up with a birdie at No. 10, only to have Peterka capitalize on some lapses by her foe to win three of the next six holes and get even with a 15-foot par putt at No. 16.
Peterka, a Sparrows Point CC member seeking a fourth title, almost got it when her four-foot bid for a winning birdie at the 18th green caught the lower edge and stayed out. Later, with a sigh of disgust, she said, "I've been playing without a putter all week."