Andrea Kraus put the cap on an outstanding amateur season yesterday, firing a 2-over-par 74 for a 36-hole total of 154, and a three-stroke victory in the first Maryland State Women's Open at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace.
Kammy Maxfeldt, head professional at Salem (N.Y.) Golf Club, a two-time Women's Metropolitan Open champion, shot the best round by a pro, 75, and finished at 157. Baltimore CC pro Kori Johns, the first-day leader, had a second straight 79 for 158.
Kraus, a Woodholme CC member who won her second Maryland State Women's Amateur title earlier in the summer and went to the third round of the recent U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur championship, had a much better putting round than on the opening day.
This time, she capitalized on her superb ball-striking, hitting 15 greens and rolling in some clutch putts on the back nine, particularly a pair of 4-footers at Nos. 15-16. This time, her relatively new cross-handed style led to only one three-putt, compared to six during Monday's wind-blown round.
The 4-foot putt at the 422-yard 15th resulted in her only birdie to go with three bogeys over the rolling, 5,809-yard course. Although cool and overcast, conditions were much better without a wind.
Leland Beckel, from Bethesda and Columbia CC, was the second low amateur with 79161, followed by Jennifer Thompson, a Chestnut Ridge CC member, 77169.
Leaders: a-Andrea Kraus 80-74154; Kammy Maxfeldt 82-75157; Kori Johns 79-79158; Lisa Abood 82-78160; Mary Alice Canney 81-80161; a-Leland Beckel 82-79161; Linda Nevatt 82-80162; Sharon Noletti 81-84165; Joy Bonhurst 86-81167; Diane Rama 83-84167; Troy Beck 87-81168; Holly Anderson 84-84168; a-Jennifer Thompson 92-77169.
Also: a-Sally Casey 90-83173; a-Natalie McNicholas 89-87176; a-Connie Pifer 93-84177; a-Nancy Jones 90-88178; a-Leigh Farrell 87-91178; Libby Pancake 91-88179; a-Janice Misey 95-84179; a-Bonnie Fry 99-80179. a-denotes amateur