It made little difference to Mike Reese when the tees were moved back for yesterday's semifinals and final of the Bobby Gorin Memorial junior golf tournament, making Woodmont South play to its maximum length. He still broke par and won the 22nd annual even with ease.
The strong, quietly determined 17-year-old from Congressional cut through Jim Estes in the semifinals, 8 and 6, and Keith Abbott in the championship, 7 and 5, like a wedge through fluffy sand.
Reese sent his four opponents home early this week; no golfer extended him beyond the 15th hole. The 6-foot Good Counsel senior, who plays 36 holes almost every day, made the practice pay off with 14 birdies in five rounds.
"It feels great to win my first one," said Reese, whose previous best showing was the semifinals of the District Junior. "Just recently, I started to hit the ball well. I'm hitting my driver long and straight."
Abbott, the medalist from Lakewood who beat Doug Monroe of Bethesda, 3 and 2, in his morning semifinal, visited the trees often against Reese.
After winning the fifth and sixth holes with par to pull within two, Abbott drove under a cedar tree to lose the seventh hole, lost the eighth when his chip shot hit a branch and dropped straight down, lost the 11th when his backswing was restricted by a tree, and lost the match at 13 when his second shot brushed two trees.
Metro Schoolboy champ Estes, who plays out of Manor, also crumbled against the confident Reese in a morning semifinal. Estes hit only three greens in regulation while Reese cruised around in two under par. Estes never got to see the 13th hole.
In the 14-15 final, Tom Hearn of Fort Pierce, Fla., defeated Matt Goldbeski of Bensolem, Pa., 3 and 2. In the 13-and-under championship, Dave Woliner of Bricktown, N.J., defeated Fred Widicus of Army Navy by the same score.