Regan O'Rourke took the scenic route yesterday afternoon to the final of the 45th Annual Schoolboy golf championships at Potomac Valley County Club.
Churchill Senior O'Rourke repeatedly found himself in sand traps and among the course's sparse trees and shrubbery, but disposed of Good Counsel's Tom Loveless, 3 and 1, in the semifinals. He will try to make his final junior tournament a success against Bowie's Greg McCullock, a 7 and 5 victor over Good Counsel's Dennis McCarthy, in today's 8 a.m. championship match.
"I always seem to take the long way around," O'Rourke said. "I've seen just about every part of this place possible."
O'Rourke, who eliminated last weekend's Maryland amateur runner-up, Jack Skilling of St. Albans, 3 and 2, in yesterday morning's quarterfinal round, won the first two holes of his match with Loveless with par and birdie. O'Rourke never trailed.
The turning point came on e ninth and 10th holes, Loveless failing to pick up ground. O'Rourke led by three after seven holes. Loveless connected on a 12-foot putt for a birdie 2 on the eighth hole to cut his deficit.
On the ninth, Loveless let himself a much easier and shorter approach shot to the green of the par 4 hole. He sent his chip sailing over the green and settled for par. O'Rourke halved the hole with an eight-foot putt.
On 10, Loveless sent his second shot within four feet of the cup but needed two putts to find the hole. O'Rourke blasted out of a bunker to within six feet of the hole and jammed home his putt for par 4.
O'Rourke picked up another hole when Loveless bogeyed the par 4 12th and had little difficulty after that.
Mike Hoss of Osbourn defeated Gaithersburg's Mark Tucker, 2 and 1, for the 14-15 Division title at Georgetown Prep.