Robert Black rallied from four holes down with six to play to beat Gary Marlowe, 1 up, and Wayne DeFrancesco wore down veteran Perky Cullinance, 4 and 3 in yesterday's semifinals of the District of Columbia Gold Association Amateur Championship at Kenwood.

Black of Vienna and University of Florida and DeFrancesco of McLean and Louisiana State meet in today's scheduled 36-hole final at 9 a.m.

Black, 19, who plays at Army Navy, appeared doomed after he drove onto Goldsboro Road to lose the eighth hole and fall three down.

"He's confident he can come back," said Black's caddie Tom Gooch after that hole. The words had a hollow ring, especially after the tall blond lost the 10th to Marlowe's 10-foot birdie.

Black crept back into the match with pars on the par-3 13th and the par-4 14th holes. Marlowe's tee shots found sand the trees.

Marlowe, 19, recent Maryland Open champ from Woodmont, still appeared in control at 2 up with a halving par on the par-3 15th.

The lean, long hitter yanked his drive to the left on the 16th and lost the hole to Black's par.

On the 17th, the wheels came off from Marlowe. He pulled his drive out of bounds and Black squared the match with a conceded birdie.

On the long par-4 finisher, Black drove perfectly, Marlowe was again left, in the adjoining first fairway. Black's approach shot stopped inches from the green and Marlowe hit his too strongly, into the rear trap. Marlowe took three to get down for bogey and Black won the match, chipping within a foot for a tap-in par.

Black beat Charlie Jurgonis of Fairfax, 5 and 4, in his morning quarterfinal and Marlowe bounced Ed Offterdinger, Bethesda, 2 and 1.

DeFrancesco, former Metro Schoolboy champ who qualified for the Maryland and Virginia amateurs this season, was even with Cullinane at the turn.

DeFrancesco, 20, birdied the 10th hole and went 2 up when Cullinane, 43, three-putted the following hole.

DeFrancesco, 20, birdied the 10th hole and went 2 up when Cullinane, 43, three-putted the following hole.

DeFrancesco got his chip "up and down" on the 12th hole, hit a two-iron four feet from the hole on the 13th and sank the birdie putt for a 4-up advantage. They halved the next two holes.

In his morning quarterfinal, DeFrancesco sidelined comedalist Jim Millar of Washington, 5 and 4, and Cullinane, two time winner of this championship, eliminated John Vardaman of Congressional, 3 and 2.