Webb Heintzelman of Whitman High School showed he was comfortable "roughing it" yesterday in defeating Annandale's Jamie Childs, 2 and 1, for the Metropolitan Schoolboy golf title.
Heintzelman should feel at home when he travels to Ocean City this weekend because he spent much of yesterday morning in the sand around the greens on the Bretton Woods Recreation Center Course. The 18-year-old, headed for the University of South Carolina on a golf scholarship in the fall, continually dashed Childs' hopes by maneuvering out of the traps that seemed to snare him on every approach shot.
While Childs was lipping three putts during a steady but unspectacular front nine, Heintzelman found himself "roughing it" five times, but each time he produced a spectacular shot to get close to the cup to compensate for an errant approach.
"I really enjoy playing out of the bunkers and I work on it a lot," Heintzelman said. "It's a pretty fair part of my game. I've been playing for six years and now I'm at the point where I can work on a few trick shots."
Heintzelman trailed by one hole at the turn after missing a short putt for par on the ninth, ending a birdie-less front nine. Heintzelman was reunited with his putter on the 13th when a 33-foot birdie dropped, evening the match.
Childs' usually steady game shattered, giving Heintzelman the trophy he lost on the 18th hole of the final in this tournament last year.
"On the 13th, I told my caddy I lost the tournament last year, but there was no way I was going to lose it this time," Heintzelman said.