Marty West of Columbia Country Club added the 61st Maryland Amateur title to his array of area golf championships with a come-from-behind, 1-up victory over Crofton's Buddy Peoples yesterday at Woodmont's North Course.
West, a 32-year-old mortgage banker who lives near the third fairway, won his first of five Maryland Amateur titles here in 1973.
"It was tough," said West, who also has won four Middle Atlantic Amateurs, two Maryland Opens and one District Amateur. "I thought I had everything under control until he chipped into the cup on the fifth hole. There I had a chance to go two up, but he wins that hole and then the next, and all of a sudden I'm one down."
Peoples had a horrible opening hole. His tee shot landed under a tree, and he whiffed on the bad lie. He then took a one-stroke penalty for an unplayable lie, and hit his next shot into heavy rough, losing the ball.
"I never won a first hole anyway," said the 31-year-old computer technician who beat defending champion Gary Marlowe in a Saturday quarter-final. "I conceded the hole and said, 'Let's go.' I played some good golf after that."
Peoples drew even with West with a birdie on his chip shot from bare dirt on the fifth hole. Peoples won the sixth hole with a 20-foot birdie putt and went two up at seven when West bogeyed. At the lunch break after the morning 18 holes, West was three down and in trouble.
But West is nothing if not determined. After falling four holes down with a bogey on the second hole of the afternoon round, the two-time Walker Cup player started working his way back. He parred the third hole to pull within three, and won the seventh when he practically willed his way to a par.
At the seventh, West pulled his tee shot into the dreaded eight-inch Woodmont rough. West grunted loudly when he dug deep to scrape his second shot out, but the ball still came up 40 yards short of the green. He pitched 12 feet past the hole, and when he drilled the putt into the cup for the winning par, he exclaimed: "Yes, sir!" The charge was on.
West finally tied the match at the 14th with par when Peoples took bogey from a greenside sand trap.
At the par-5 15th, West rolled in a 10-foot downhill putt to take the lead for the first time since the morning fourth hole. It was his only birdie of the afternoon.