Two area players with collegiate eligibility remaining will battle through a scheduled two rounds today at the Elkridge Club for the Maryland State Amateur men's championship.
Jarrod Page of Pylesville and Jeff Castle of Ellicott City will strive to succeed Mike Mitchell as the titlist after persevering through the quarterfinals and semifinals with extra-hole victories.
Castle, a rising senior at Towson who plays out of Turf Valley, completed the twosome with a 1-up, 20-hole victory over Greg Rodgers.
He faces another grueling day in a tournament that requires seven rounds (including qualifying) to win. "You're grinding it out in that second one because you've already played 30 holes and you're tired mentally and physically."
Castle dispatched medalist Mike Mulieri of Loyola College by playing 3-under-par over 16 holes before outlasting Rodgers, who struggled to hit fairways but stayed alive with solid second shots.
Page had a tough go with Doug Hurson, winning at the 19th hole, then breezed in the second round, 5 and 4, over Joseph Scheffres, who won just one hole.
"I haven't been down all week," said Page, who plays out of Geneva Farm and will be a junior at Kent State. "But it was interesting in that morning match."