Jane Mason and Jane Fitzgerald, multiple champions from different eras, worked their way through two rounds yesterday and will meet this morning for the 74th annual Women's Amateur championship of the Maryland State Golf Association at the Suburban Club.
Mason, at 56 the oldest finalist in this event in more than 30 years, and a winner in 1965 and 1974, parred the first extra hole to edge Bonnie Fry, 1 up, in the morning, then jumped ahead early against defending champion Andrea Kraus, and won their afternoon match, 3 and 1.
Fitzgerald, 33, has three titles in the last six years. This time, she put out Ronda Henderson in the morning, 4 and 3, then rallied from 2-down with some precise shotmaking to defeat Joan Peddicord, 5 and 3.
"A miracle," Mason, from Nassawango Country Club in Snow Hill, said of her afternoon victory. "I thought I'd get slaughtered."
Actually, it was experience coupled with a wonderful swing that was the difference. Also, the Eastern Shore resident was able to capitalize on some errant play by Kraus, who had been under par in winning two earlier matches. "Like a different person," the Woodholme CC member said of her afternoon play.
Peddicord built a 2-up margin on Fitzgerald through eight holes. Then experience took charge, as Fitzgerald, from Norbeck CC, put her game into high gear. She won the ninth, and played six holes on the back nine in 2 under par.