Pat Tallent wrapped up the revived Baltimore Country Club Invitational tournament with three successive front-nine birdies and finished with the only sub-par round of the two-day event over the East Course at Five Farms yesterday.
Tallent, from Congressional CC, and one-half of the winning team in last week's invitational at the Bethesda club, got one on his own this time, shooting 74-68142, four shots clear of runner-up Jerry Courville Jr., 74-72146, in the select 22-man field.
"I'm glad I got the first one," Tallent said of his name's going on the Maryland Cup, a tall, sterling silver trophy first played for in 1911. The tournament was dropped after the 1939 event, to be resuscitated this year through the efforts of several BCC members.
"Now, I don't have to worry about next year, when I'm sure a stronger field will be here to play this wonderful course." The 6,681-yard course plays to a par of 35-3570.
Tallent and Courville, who had waged a dramatic 20-hole struggle in last month's U.S. Mid-Amateur at Caves Valley GC, were paired for the second straight day, and, as it developed, gave Tallent a chance to get a firsthand look at one of his chief challengers.
"After those birdies, I thought I'd be close to the lead, at least," Tallent, 42, said. "I knew I had Jerry covered -- each time I made a bogey [two], he did, too -- but I didn't know where I stood with the rest."
The 418-yard 16th hole appeared to be key when Tallent hit a 4-iron shot from a downhill lie that carried to within 15 feet of the flagstick, and he made the putt.
Pat Tallent, Vienna, Va., 74-68142; Jerry Courville Jr., Norwalk, Conn., 74-72146; John Baldwin, Jericho, N.Y., 74-74148; Vince Zachetti, Greensburg, Pa., 73-75148; David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., 79-70149; Joe Sommers, Stamford, Conn., 75-74149; Kirk Lombardi, Rockville, 78-72150; Jay Blumenfeld, West Caldwell, N.J., 75-75150; Larry Storck, Towson, 74-76150; Richard Holland, Washington, 73-77150; Eric Kirsch, Steubenville, Ohio, 80-71151.
Bob Gaertner, Springfield, N.J., 77-75152; Dave Rasley, Rockville, 77-75 152; Marty West III, Rockville, 75-77152; Ben Brundred III, Chantilly, Va., 79 -75154; Robin McCool, Bethlehem, Pa., 77-77154; John Lewis, Jackson, N.J., 77-79156; Allan Small, South Orange, N.J., 78-79157; Bob Kaestner, Glyndon, 76-81157; Scott Inman, Springfield, Va., 76-81157; Claudio DeLuca, Washington, 77-81158; Joel Kaye, Owings Mills, 80-83163.