Gary Marlowe, who knows his home Woodmont North course like the handle of his putter, survived two tough matched yesterday and gained today's quarterfinals of the 61st Maryland Amateur golf championship.
Marlowe will play Buddy Peoples of Crofton, a Marlowe house guest during the tournament, in this morning's first at 8:30.
Marlowe had to rally from a one-hole deficit to defeat Tom Loveless of Argyle, 1 up, and then turned back a challenge by a tired but game Nick Aquilino of Crofton, 2 up.
"Those middle holes, 8, 9, 10 and 11, I was dead tired," said 43-year-old patent attorney Aquilino. Marlowe, 22, who plays 36 holes a day at Woodmont North regularly, said after his grueling matches, "I feel like I could go 18 more."
Against Loveless, Marlowe evened the match with a birdie at the par-3 16th hole and went ahead with another birdie at 17. Both parred 18.
"That was the best match I played since I beat Marty (West) in last year's semifinal," Marlowe said.
In the afternoon, Marlowe lost the first two holes to Aquilino but then got plugged in. He hit the par-5 third hole in two shots and two-putted for birdie. On the par-4 fourth hole, he struck the shot of the day, a 140-yard nine-iron second shot for eagle 2 to even the match. Marlowe continued the blitz when he hit the par-5 fifth hole in two shots and two-putted for another bird and a 1-up lead.
Aquilino picked up strength on the back nine. He drew even with Marlowe with a long drive and five-wood second shot onto the green at the par-5 15th hole and two-putted for birdie.
Aquilino met his Waterloo on 17. He drove left into heavy rough and had to play a second shot short of the water which guards the green on the par-4 hole. Marlowe, meanwhile, thumped a drive and hit a fine long iron second shot onto the green. Aquilino dumped his third shot into the water and lost the hole with double-bogey 6. Marlowe secured the match with par on 18.
Four-time champion Marty West of Columbia was four under par for the day. He defeated Matt Nichols of Maryland Golf and Country Club, 7 and 5, in the morning and Terry Burke of Congressional, 5 and 4, in the afternoon.
Medalist Tom Walsh of Montgomery Village, eliminated Chuck Hardie of Argyle, 2 and 1, and Fred Von Bargen of Columbia, 3 and 2.
Brad Pritchard of Congressional eliminated Henri deLozier of Columbia, 1 up, in a second-round match.