Had it been a fight, it would have been stopped.
Steve Fellinger and Mike Richter of the University of Maryland golf team birdied five of the first six holes, never looked back and thumped Jack Skilling of Chevy Chase and Matt Sughrue of Bethesda, 7 and 6, to win the championship of the 30th Belle Haven Four Ball golf tournament yesterday.
Fellinger, 21 a lean left-hander from Niagara Falls, Ontario, got four birdies, Richter three.
Fellinger, using the putter every Belle Haven participant received as a gift, sank his third straight 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 fifth hole to put the Maryland team two holes up.
Richter, 20, of Hollywood, Md., in St. Mary's County, canned a six-foot downhill birdie putt on the par 3 sixth hole.
I was the next hole, the par-4 seventh, that Skilling said dashed any hopes of a comeback. Both he and Sughrue hit good tee shots, but their iron shots sailed over the green. Fellinger and Richter paired and went five holes up.
"I putted better today and I'm driving the ball well," said Fallinger. "That makes the game esier. We wanted to get them down and keep the pressure on. Sometimes before, we had the lead and let up."
Not yesterday. Fellinger made par-3 on the 10th hole to put his team six up, then sank a 20-foot birdie on the 11th hole. The match was brought to a merciful close on the 12th hole when Fellinger and Richter uncharacteristically missed makeable birdie putts but still halved the hole in par.
"That was buzz-saw city," said Skilling, in good humor despite the defeat. "I think we made it a little easier for them." The 17-year-old was the metropolitan-area junior golfer of the year in 1977. Sughrue, 18, plays on the University of North Carolina golf team.
In the rainy morning semifinals, Skilling and Sughrue ousted qualifying medalists Jim Castagna and Mike Toomey of Crofton, 4 and 3. Fellinger and Richter staved off the last charge of Rick Gould of the host club and Dave Anthony for a 1-up victory.
In the morning, Skilling was one under par on his own ball and one-putted seven times.
In their semifinal, Fellinger and Richter were three holes up after 14. Then Gould birdied the 15th and ASnthony the 16th. After halving the 17th, Anthony and Gould both slid birdie putts by the final holes to miss tying the match.
Marty West and Jerry Nye of Columbia were four under par on their better ball and beat Dave Allen of Woodlawn and John Long of Evergreen, 5 and 4, in the first flight.