Bob Harcharik and his guest, Lee Bardelman of Argyle, won the annual member-guest event at Congressional yesterday but they both considered it an anticlimax after surviving a virtually impossible situation in the first round of the tournament Friday.
Harcharik and Bardelman defeated Max Micklitsch and his guest, Dick Dillard of the Country Club of Fairfax, 3 and 2, in the final match. But the big story for the winners occurred in the first round Friday when Ben Brundred III, who won the title last year with Lawson Abinanti, and his new partner, Ron Rhodes of Kenwood, were 4 up with four to go. Harcharik and Bardelman threw four straight birdies at the Brundred team and then Bardelman won the match on the first extra hole.
Yesterday, the little-known twosome who had never before made the championship division, was 2 up at the turn over Micklitsch and Dillard, who never were in the lead. Harcharick and Bartelman went together in this handicap event like "ham and eggs," according to their opponents.
Harcharik recalled the thrill of Friday's victory: "We were on the 15th tee, 4 down already. Everybody had started to shake hands. We sure thought we lost it and Rhodes and Brundred told us what a fine fight we had given them. But we won and we went all the way."
Harcharik won the first hole yesterday with a par, but Micklitsch tied the match on the third with a bogey. That was the last time the match was even. Harcharik was up and down out of the sand for a net birdie on the fourth to go 1 up. Bartelman made a 10-foot birdie without the stroke on the eigth to put his team 2 up.
Micklitsch sank a 40-footer for a gross birdie 4 on the ninth but Bardelman made a net birdie to halve the hole.
Bardelman won the 10th with a par to put his team 3 up. There was some confusion on the 11th when Harcharik reported his ball had moved when he was about to chip from off the green. He told Micklitsch, who was on the green, to go ahead and putt. Bob Benning, the Congressional pro and referee of the match, ruled Harcharik had lost the hole (Bardelman was out of contention). But Bardelman won the 13th with a par 5 and the margin held up when the next three holes were halved.
In the championship consolation, Ed Burke and Mike Difato, of Bethesda, defeated Ernie Mannino and Larry Kindred, Crofton, 2 and 1. Don Murphy sank a 50-foot putt on the 19th to give him and his partner, Henri deLozier of Columbia Country Club, a 1-up victory over Norman Manders and Sol Dimaio, Manor, in the first flight. [TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE]
Ralph Guglielmi, former quarterback for the Redskins and New York Giants teamed with former Giant football coach Alex Webster to win the first flight consolation over Brundred and Rhodes.