MacKenzie tops qualifying for Senior Amateur Green Spring Valley golfer has only round under par


Clark MacKenzie, from Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, registered the only below-par round with a 2-under 34-3468 at the Country Club of Maryland yesterday, and won the medal by three shots in sectional qualifying for the U.S. Senior Amateur championship.

With five places available, the other spots went to Frank Bart, Hillendale CC, 34-3771; Jack Vardaman, Congressional CC, 35-3671; Jay Cullen, Elkridge Club, 37-3572; and Paul Loveless, Shepherdstown, W. Va., 36-3672. Pat O'Malley of Baltimore CC also had 72, but lost to two pars in a three-for-two playoff.

At Woodholme CC, Clark Topping of Columbia and Tim Walko of Hunt Valley were among the four U.S. Amateur qualifiers who survived a rain-delayed double round.

Troy Matteson, 18, whose family just moved from Texas to Vienna, Va., took the medal with 72-74146, followed by Topping, 77-70147; Dan Riskam, 70-78148; and Walko, 72-76148.

Topping, 21, knocked seven strokes off his front nine from morning (41) to afternoon (34) in getting the low second-round score. Walko bogeyed his first playoff hole (No. 17), then got the final spot with a two-putt par in near-darkness to outlast Mark Cusic. Riskam, 20, had made it with a par at the 17th.

(Scores, 5D)

Pub Date: 8/11/98

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