Jamie Childs of the Naval Academy course eliminated medalist Mike Del Rocco, 3 and 2, in the first round and then staved off a back-nine comeback by Kenny Siegfried to win by the same score in the afternoon and gain the semifinals of the Bobby Gorin Memorial junior golf tournament at Woodmont's South course.
Childs will play Joe Wittkopf of Lynchburg, Va., in this morning's first semifinal at 8 a.m. followed by a matchup of two sluggers from Severna Park, Md. -- Mark Kim of Chartwell and Steve Hull of Crofton. The final will be this afternoon.
The slim bespectacled Childs, a 16-year-old senior-to-be at St. Mary's High School in Annapolis, won the ninth hole of his morning match for a 1-up lead over Del Rocco, of Chantilly. Childs won the next two holes with par and went on to close out Del Rocco on the par-5 16th hole.
Childs appeared to be making short work of Siegfried, of Belle Haven, in the afternoon. Siegfried lost his ball on the par-4 ninth hole to fall seven holes down. Childs shot the front nine in one-under 5.
Siegfried then took the golf shoes of his blistered feet and mounted a charge in socks. He won the 10 hole with par and Nos. 13, 14 and 15 with pars when Childs hit into bunkers on each hole. Siegfried pulled to within three down with three holes to play.
However, Childs won the match on the 16th hole when he and Siegfried both made regulation par 5.
"I think I just lost my concentration," said Childs, relieved to win. "I was playing well and, on the 13th hole, I hit a great drive, but then I knocked an eight-iron into the trap and that started a chain reaction of bogeys."
Bowers finalist Kim edged Sam Wallace of Williamsburg, Va., on the 18th hole in an afternoon quarterfinal. The match was even going into the final hole and Kim won it with two bazooka shots that reached the putting surface of the par-5 hole. Kim two-putted for a birdie and the match.