Ricky Touma, 19, of Olney took a 5-up lead after seven holes and went on to a 2-and-1 victory over Montgomery College-Rockville classmate Blaine Coblentz for the championship of the 32nd Worsham Memorial golf tournament yesterday at Bethesda Country Club.
Touma missed the first two days of computer science classes in winning his second title in less than a week. Sunday he won the Montgomery Country Club championship.
"It took a lot of practice this summer to win this. This is my course, I always seem to play well here," said Touma, who lost in the quarterfinals last year.
Touma hit only seven greens in regulation, but said scrambling golf is his norm.
Touma drove far to the right on the opening hole, but lofted his second shot over trees onto the green and won with par. Beyond the green in two shots at the par-4 third hole, Touma sank a 10-foot par putt to remain 1 up. Touma moved to 3 up with winning pars on the fourth and fifth holes.
At the par-4 sixth hole, Touma hit his drive into trees and had to punch his second shot back to the fairway. No problem. He hit his wedge third shot 15 feet from the hole and sank the putt: 4 up.
Coblentz, who had putting difficulties the entire match, three-putted the seventh hole and fell 5 down.
Coblentz rallied to pull within two holes with with winning pars at the eighth, 11th and 12 holes.
Then came the par-3 13th hole, which Touma said was integral to his success. Coblentz, who plays and works at Redgate in Rockville, hit an eight-iron shot that stopped one foot from the cup. Touma's seven-iron shot stopped three feet from the hole. Touma matched birdies with Coblentz and remained 2 up.
Coblentz again was frustrated on the following hole, the par-4 14th. Both missed the green to the right with their second shots. Coblentz chipped his third shot to the lip of the hole, but the ball did not drop. Touma matched Coblentz's par.
Coblentz fell three holes down again when he missed a four-foot par putt at the 15th hole. Coblentz then pulled within two by winning 16, after Touma double-bogeyed, three-putting from 15 feet.
The match ended on the par-3 17th, where Coblentz missed a seven-foot par putt and Touma matched his bogey.