Steve Hull of Crofton lost the first few holes, then got his power golf game untracked and went on to beat Joey Wittkopf of Lynchburg, Va., 4 and 2, for the championship of the Bobby Gorin Memorial junior tournament yesterday at Woodmont Country Club.
The south course changed from pussycat to tiger when the tees were set farther back for the championship match after a morning rain. That made the course play to every bit of its 6,641-yard length. That and the fact that the finalists played two rounds Tuesday and yesterday, produced anything but classic golf in the final. Hull was six over par for the afternoon and Wittkopf would not have broken 80.
"The tees were in totally different positiions," said the strapping, 6-1 Hull, a 17-year-old senior at Severna Park High School and runner-up in the recent Maryland State Junior. "I finally got one," Hull said, referring to his biggest victory.
Wittkopf, a senior at Lynchburg's E.C. Glass High School, who plays out of Boonsboro Country Club, took a 2-up lead with pars on the first two holes, then scored a halving par on the third hole. Then the steadiness he had displayed all week deserted him.
Wittkopf lost his ball in a cluster of trees on the sixth hole and shanked an approach shot on the 10th, alloing big-hitter Hull to take a 3-up advantage.
Wittkopf, who eliminated a strong player, Jamie Childs of the Naval Academy, 4 and 2, in a morning semifinal, pulled within two down on the par-3 12th hole when Hull plugged his tee ball into lakeside mud and took double bogey.
They halved the next three holes and when Wittkopf missed a four-foot birdie putt at the par-5 16th hole, he conceded Hull his three-foot birdie putt and the match.
"I felt pretty confident going into the final," said Hull, who learned the finer points of his game under Chartwell pro George Jakovics.
In a morning semifinal, Hull was one over par and bombed Severna Park classmate Mark Kim of Chartwell, 7 and 6. Kim, a finalist in the recent Bobby Bowers tournament, fell three holes down when he three-putted the fourth, fifth and sixth holes. "I kind of lost everything after that," Kim said. "I kind of fell apart." Kim then caddied for Hull.
Hull and Kim will play in the USGA junior tourney starting Tuesday in Michigan.
In the 14-15 final, Tom Riley of Belle Haven defeated Brian Lehnhard of Evergreen, 4 and 2.
In the 13-and-under final, Todd Donlick of Smyrna, Del., beat Matt Golbeski, 1 up.