Keith Abbott of Lakewood parred the first hole of a playoff against Art Locke of International to win the qualifying medal in the 22nd Gorin Memorial junior golf tournament yesterday at Woodmont's south course. Both golfers shot two-under-par 70 to force the playoff and Abbott won when Locke three-putted from 30 feet to take bogey.
When Abbott arrived at the course yesterday morning, he opened the trunk of his car, and his clubs were missing. He hurried home to Durwood, Md., grabbed his clubs, sped back to the course and shot his career best.
"Yeah, that was my career round," said Abbott, 16, who stands 5 feet 5. "I usually don't get that many birdies, but today I had five, and a lot of dumb bogeys (three)."
Abbott, who is transferring to Wootton High School from Magruder, said: "I wanted a 69." He was 10 feet from the par-5 18th hole in two shots but hit his wedge ship shot well short of the hole and settled for 70.
Long-hitter Locke eagled the 460-yard seventh hole and added three birdies.
Doug Monroe of Bethesda, runner-up in the Metro Schoolboy, and Tom Riley, the new Belle Haven men's club champion, were next at 71.
Schoolboy titlist Jim Estes of Manor qualified easily for today's start of match play with 74. A record 185 players in three age categories participated, including 108 in the 16-17 bracket.