Barry McCarty, this year's District Amateur champion, said it for the rest of the field yesterday in the Middle Atlantic Amateur golf championship at Congressional, which Marty West won by 10 shots with a 289.
"There should be two tournaments," said McCarty. "One for West and one for the rest of us."
West has been a member of three Walker Cup teams and has played in four Masters. He shot a closing 75 yesterday in winning his fourth Middle Atlantic Amateur.
West previously won in 1975, 1976 and 1978.
Gary Marlowe, the opening-day leader with a 69, saw his game fall apart when he took a 49 on the back nine after cutting a stroke off West's lead with a 38 on the front. Marlowe finished far back with 306, while Paul Ryan of Congressional sneaked through to take second place with a final 76 that gave him a 299 total for the 72 holes of medal play.
West came closest to par 288 over the demanding blue course at Congressional, one of the top championship tests in the country.
West was generous to his two playing partners, Ryan and Marlowe. "Both are fine young players," he said. "I was lucky that I know the course and have played it quite a bit this year. Gary had rotten luck (Marlowe had two triple and three double bogeys on the second nine.)"
West was out in 39 and back in 36.He bogeyed the second hole when he three-putted and took a double bogey on the fourth when he put his drive in the trees, chipped out, missed the green on his third shot, got into a trap on his fourth, was out in five and oneputted. He parred in the rest of the way.