Marty West, in quest of his sixth Maryland Amateur golf title, won quarterfinal and semifinal matches today at Rolling Road Country Club to advance to the 36-hole final Sunday at 9 a.m.
West, 33, of Columbia Country Club, will play John Kyle of Congressional in an all-Washington-area final.
West scored three straight birdies and defeated Bob Lee of the host club, 4 and 2, in his morning round. This afternoon, without the benefit of a birdie, he eliminated Bethesda's Eddie Offterdinger, 4 and 3.
Kyle won his morning match against Bob Morrison of Hunt Valley with par on the second extra hole. He pulled his drive to the left on the par-4 hole, but the ball bounced off a cart path and came to rest on a nearby tee. He hit his second shot onto the green and won with a conceded par after Morrison drove into the trees and failed to reach the green in three shots.
Kyle defeated Chuck Ebner of the Country Club of Maryland on the 18th hole in his afternoon semifinal. Ebner's drive on the par-4 hole landed among maintenance vehicles. He took a free drop, but still had a downhill lie and topped his second shot. Kyle hit the green in two shots and two-putted to win the match.
West's toughest match was against Lee. The key hole was the par-3 10th, only 99 yards long. West, holding a one-hole advantage, hit a wedge shot over the green but chipped his second shot into the hole for a 2-up lead. It was the second of three straight birdies by West.
Against Offterdinger, West kept the pressure on from the outset and was 3 up after shooting par-35 on the front nine. West took his first bogey at the par-5 12th when he missed a four-foot putt, but Offterdinger could manage just a bogey himself.
West closed out Offterdinger with a regulation par on the 15th hole after Offterdinger fell short of the green with his tee shot, chipped too strongly and missed a 20-foot putt.
Offterdinger parred his last three holes to defeat Webb Heintzelman of Washingtonian, 3 and 2, in his morning match. Ebner beat Kevin Allis of Rolling Road, 2 and 1 in his first match.