Diane Rankin eagled the 11th hole and birdied the final one to win her semifinal match and earned the dubious pleasure of facing heavily favored Sally Voss in today's final of the Women's District Golf Association championships at Congressional.
Voss, 20, intimate with par all week, methodically eliminated the game but overmatched Congressional clubmate Pat Thurner, 6 and 5.
Rankin, 23, laying her fifth WDGA championship, knocked a 155-yard five wood second shot into the cup on the par four 11th hole for an eagle duece and curled in a 35-foot birdie putt on the final green to send Lisa Abood to the sideline.
Abood birdied the par five 14th hole for a 1 up lead. The University of Maryland women's basketball player from Kenwood appeared to be in control when she reached the long par four 16th hole in two shots and Rankin was short in two.
However, Abood three putted from 20 feet above the hole and Rankin remained 1 down when she halved the hole in bogey.
Abood pushed one of her long tee shots into trees lining the right side of the 17th hole, chipped back to the fairway and reached the par four green in three shots.
Rankin, who receives pointers from husband Howard, a teaching pro at Montgomery Village, hit her tee shot down the middle and hit a fine fairway wood second shot on the green and 2 putted for a winning par to even the match.
Both found the finishing par three with their tee shots. Rankin stroked her 35-foot putt perfectly, into the cup. A shaken Abood missed her 10 foot birdie putt and lost, 1 down.
For Voss, women's college All American at Standford playing in her first WDGA, it was another walk in the park. She has not been extended beyond the 15th hole since she won the qualifying medal by seven shots with 73 Monday.
She won the first two holes with par for a 2 up lead over reigning club champ Thurner. After she birdied the uphill par three seventh hole and won the eighth in regulation par Voss was 5 up.
Still, Voss was upset with herself after pushing her tee shot on the 11th hole behind some trees which forced her to play to the left of the par from green with her approach shot. She got the ball down for par and went 6 up. Thurner parred the next two holes, good only for halves, and the match came to a merciful close on the 13th green.
In the first flight semifinals former Virginia Women's champion Nancy Hollenback of Army Navy defeated Congressional's Pam Smyth, 6 and 5, while Cloey Hardesty of Argyle edged Shellie Levine of Indian Spring, 2 and 1.