ROCKVILLE - James Jew, a member of a longtime Norbeck Country Club family, continued a streak of playing well on his home course, as he posted a 2-under-par 69 to win the medal in on-site qualifying for the 84th men's amateur championship of the Maryland State Golf Association yesterday.
Two-time titlist Dave Rasley, from Four Streams, was the only other player among the 126 starters to break par, as he shot 35-35-70 against a par of 35-36 for the 6,802-yard course.
Jew, 38, an insurance claims adjuster, started on No. 10 and ended 33-36. He was even on the back with two birdies and two bogeys. On the front, he birdied the fifth from 12 feet, then closed out the tour by rolling in a 30-foot birdie putt on his last hole.
A former club champion, Jew had made the quarterfinals of this event in 1994, the last time it was here, and had been a losing finalist here in the 2001 Washington Metropolitan Amateur.
"I've been hitting the ball better the last couple of weeks," he said. "I got a new driver from my brother [Walter, also a past club champion, who shot 74, and also advanced to match play]. It's helped my game a lot."
Rasley, who won titles in 1992 and 1995, also started on No. 10. and promptly birdied his first two holes. He gave them back in the middle of the round, then birdied the 17th to turn 1-under par. One birdie and one bogey took care of the front nine in par fashion.
Will Shriver, a Loyola College junior who plays from Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, and who won this championship two years ago, was joined at even par by Ray Sheedy, Wakefield Valley GC; Randy Sroka, Crofton CC; and Michael Perlmutter, Redgate GC.
A late afternoon thunderstorm forced one suspension of play, and when play resumed, the final four groups were able to finish. Following another delay, there was an 11-man playoff at 75 for three places. Chase Brannon birdied the first playoff hole (No. 8); Phil Fairbanks birdied the fourth extra hole (No. 9). Jared Goslee and Jason Occi will play off this morning for the final spot.
Last year's champion, Billy Wingerd, from Baltimore and Mount Pleasant GC, passed up defense of his title when he turned professional last month.
First-round pairings, with qualifying scores in parentheses: 7:30 a.m. - Peter McGill (72) vs. Joe Scheffres (74); 7:39 - Will Shriver (71) vs. Ryan Kimble (74); 7:48 - Ben Pellicani (73) vs. Peter Betzold (73); 7:57 - Evan Hileman (72) vs. Chad Westby 74); 8:06 -Ki Moon (72) vs. Grayson Hanes (74); 8:15 - Brendan McKinney (73) vs. Michael Kelly (73); 8:24 - James Winner (72) vs. Mike Mtchell 73); 8:33 - Randy Sroka (71) vs. Moose Brown (74); 8:42 - Kelly Manders (73) vs. Vance Welch (73); 8:51 - Ray Sheedy (71) vs. Mike Cavanaugh (74); 9:00 -Chris Connolly (72) vs. Matt Sughrue (74); 9:09 - Skip Clasper (72) vs. Walter Jew (74); 9:18 - Stefan Buitron (73) vs. Tim Kane (73); 9:27 - James Jew (69) vs. TBA; 9:36 - Dave Rasley (70) vs. Phil Fairbanks (75); 9:45 - Michael Perlmutter (71) vs. Chase Brannon (75).