Teddy Pugh and Miller Baber laughed when their answers kept coming out the same: 17 years old; living in Roanoke; been playing golf against each other for six years.
Only minutes earlier Pugh had defeated his friend and high school rival Baber, 2 and 1, to win the boys 16-17 division of the Bobby Bowers Memorial Junior tournament at Springfield Country Club yesterday.
Finally, one answer did not echo the other.
"He usually beats me," said Pugh.
"Yeah, I've won most of our matches this year, anyway," said Baber.
Until yesterday, that is. Pugh, of Cave Spring High School, built a two-hole lead on Baber, of Patrick Henry, through the front nine. Then, on the par-3 13th, Baber hit his tee shot within inches of the hole. Pugh hit his 25 feet away.
"I told him, 'You better not make this on me,' but I knew he would," said Baber.
Pugh did, indeed, sink the shot and maintain his 2-up lead, deflating his friend's hopes. The two exchanged the 14th and the 16th, but when Baber's second shot on the par-4 17th flew over the green, the match was secured and the friendship resumed.
"I just hit the ball super today," said Pugh.
Blake Cleary of Vienna also hit the ball well yesterday, routing Rockville's Mike Watson, 6 and 5, to take the boys 14-15 division. Fred Widicus of Annandale won the boys 13-and-under division, 2 up, over Todd Gleaton of Hope Mills.
Sandy Persinger of Baltimore captured the lone girls' division, edging Clare Dolan of Gaithersburg, 1 up.
But the largest gallery of the day, in a tournament with players from throughout the East, gathered around two golfers who live less than 10 minutes from each other.
Pugh and Baber are both entering their senior years in high school. Last year Baber's Patrick Henry beat Pugh's Cave Spring.
"But they've gotten a lot better this year," said Baber.
Neither team, however, won the Roanoke section championship last year; that title belonged to Salem.
But did Salem have a better No. 1 golfer than either of the other schools?
Again, Pugh and Baber looked at each other and laughed, glad, for the time being, to be friends, not rivals. The rivalry would resume soon enough.
"No way," they said in unison. "Their overall team is just better." Offterdinger Has 69
Ed Offterdinger of Bethesda shot a 69 to win the medal yesterday in the qualifying round of the District Amateur golf tournament at Argyle Country Club.
Randy Morris of Washingtonian shot a 70 to finish second and Terry Burke of Congressional came in third with 71.