Wingerd upends Elliott for title in Match Play


Billy Wingerd wrapped up the annual Match Play championship of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation, hitting fairways and greens en route to a solid 5-and-3 victory over Tim Elliott in a scheduled 18-hole final at Mount Pleasant Golf Course yesterday. This was the third straight final for Elliott, the defending champion, in this event.

The winner, the first to hold the Maryland Amateur Stroke Play and Match Play titles in the same year, did not come close to making a bogey, and never really gave his opponent a chance. Wingerd missed only one green in regulation (a saving par was good enough to win the 14th hole), turned 1 up on an Elliott three-putt, then birdied the 10th and 12th holes for a commanding margin.

The defender, who had made a fine par-save with an 18-foot putt at the ninth, had a chance to maintain some momentum when he had the ball eight feet for a matching birdie, but missed. Elliott summed up the morning when he said, "Pars won't get it done against him."

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