Mike Hoss, 17-year-old James Madison High School junior, managed to win both his matches despite going 19 over par through two rounds yesterday as he opened his defense of the Bobby Bowers Memorial Junior Golf tournament at Evergreen.
In the first round, Hoss sank an 18-foot birdie putt on the last green to finish the match 13 over par and edged out Ralph Firebaugh of Roanoke, 1 up.
Down one hole after the front nine on the second round, Hoss charged through the back nine to beat Vic Makela from Springfield, 2 and 1.
"I didn't hit a good shot all day," Hoss lamented. "I was lucky to win."
Ed Lupton, 17, of Richmond, had better luck with his clubs but not with his opponents. In the first round Lupton was three over par in defeating Tim Hanstad, 1 up. In the second round Lupton was one under par and beat Robbie Philips, 4 and 3.
In what was almost the upset of the day, Paul Banks from Gorman, Maine, defeated Sam Wallace, Richmond, 1 up, in the second round when Wallace, 17-year-old-son of former Virginia amateur champion Sam Wallace, missed a three-foot putt on the last green that would have sent the match into extra holes.