Marty West and Jerry Nye, of Columbia Country Club, shot a five-under-par 65 at Century XXI yesterday to win the Maryland State Golf Association two man championship by a stroke, Weldon Mathis and Ned Pugh, of Bethesda, came in with a 66.
Defending champions Henri deLozier and Tony Ciconte, also of Columbia, which had six of the 26 teams entered, had 68, a stroke back of Tim Sughrue and Mike Difato, of Bethesda.
The back nine proved to be the difference, where only three teams managed to break par 36, the winning and runner-up teams, who had 34's and Tim Smialek and Skip Majka, of Tantallon, who came in with a 35. Par on the front is 34.
West had some consolation for missing out in the local qualifying trial for the U.S. Open at Washington Monday. The former Walker Cup and nationally ranked amateur, who had participated in three Masters, now has either shared or won by himself 11 area titles, including the District, Middle Atlantic, Maryland State and Maryland Open.
The West-Nye team was the first one off, with veterans Ralph Bogart and Bobby Brownell, who between them have accounted for more than 40 titles in this area. Bogart and Brownell had a better-ball of 70.
West and Nye had three birdies on the front for a 31 and two more in the back for their 65. Nye birdied the first hole from six feet and both birdied the sixth and seventh. On the 10th Nye rolled in a 30-footer for a birdie and both made birdies on the 16th.
They did not have a bogey on the round.
Both are former Columbia Country Club champions.