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Hogg takes state crown by stroke at Mt. Pleasant Towson State junior makes late birdie pay off


Serge Hogg, who had an outstanding summer without a title to show for it, made up for the emptiness when he won the 28th Maryland Amateur Stroke Play championship by one shot at Mount Pleasant Golf Course yesterday.

Hogg, 21, gained the margin of victory when he hit a 2-iron shot to within 10 feet of the hole and made a birdie putt at the 200-yard 17th. He finished with a 54-hole total of 215, 2 over par for three rounds.

It was basically a three-man chase over the last six holes, with Hogg outlasting Phil Fairbanks, who used the day's best round, a 67, to get to 216, and Kirk Lombardi, 74-220.

Danny Rose, not out of the lead for the first two rounds, bogeyed three holes on the front nine and ended 76-221.

Fairbanks (No. 1, sand wedge), Lombardi (No. 8, 8-iron) and Wayne Wright (No. 4, 6-iron) each spiced his round with an eagle. At one point on the back nine, Hogg, Fairbanks and Lombardi were tied for the lead at 3 over par.

Lombardi, a former Maryland State Amateur champion from Norbeck Country Club in Rockville, took the lead briefly at 2-over par, but it lasted only as long as it took him to make a 16-foot birdie putt at the 12th, then miss a five-foot par putt at the 13th.

Playing behind Hogg, Lombardi watched the Towson State junior, who plays from Mount Pleasant, roll in the key birdie putt on 17. The challenger proceeded to drop back with a double-bogey, bogey finish.

Fairbanks, who swings right-handed but putts left, bogeyed the 14th, then birdied the 16th to get back within one. He stayed there with a par-par windup.

"It was a very steady round. I made no big mistakes and capitalized where I could," said Hogg, who could savor the moment more than most because he nurtured his golf through the junior programs and tournaments sponsored and conducted by the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation.

"This tournament means everything to me," he said. "Of those other years, I think my best was a 12th or 13th. Glenn Watts, my caddy, deserves credit, for this one, too. I'm most comfortable with him and every time he caddies for me, I play well."

Earlier in the season, Hogg and Charlie Narciso finished tied for second in the BMGC two-man team championship. Hogg was second to Narciso in the Spring Publinx, and tied for third behind winner Rose in the Fall Publinx.

* Scores on Page 12C

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