GREENWICH, Conn. - David Nocar was seemingly on his way to an early exit after falling 3-down through six holes of his third-round match in the 22nd U.S. Mid-Amateur championship at The Stanwich Club yesterday.
But Nocar hung in until Terrence Miskell of New Braunfels, Texas, birdied the 17th hole to finally put him away, 3 and 1. For Nocar, from Severna Park and Chartwell Country Club, the key was the 14th and 15th holes after he'd cut the margin to one hole.
At the par-5 14th, Nocar hit a 300-yard drive over trees, leaving himself about 165 yards across a water hazard to an elevated green.
He carried the hazard, but the ball rolled into the back edge of a bunker. Nocar was only able to squirt the ball out at a bad angle before chipping down close to the hole. Miskell hit a 3-wood tee shot into some trees, ran the ball down the fairway, hit a 9-iron 12 feet below the hole and made the birdie putt.
Miskell was 2-up.
At 15, Miskell's tee shot hit a tree limb and dropped down, from where he put his ball into the right bunker. Nocar was in the fairway and on the green about 15 feet away for birdie. But Miskell skimmed his bunker shot out and the ball rolled down to within six inches of the cup. When Nocar missed his putt, the gap was still 2.
U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur: Lesley Stracks of Washington, D.C., who upset medalist Taffy Brower of Boynton Beach, Fla., 2 and 1, in the second round, lost to Kathy Hartwinger of Birmingham, Ala., in the third, 5 and 3, at the Eugene (Ore.) Country Club.
Sally Voss Krueger of San Francisco, a former Maryland State and Middle Atlantic champion, defeated Gail Flanagan of Rye, N.Y., 2-up, in the second round.