Rich Gunderson of Fort Hunt took the lead with a par on the 16th hole and went on to upset Eric Egloff of Good Counsel, 2 up, to win the 50th Frank Emmet Schoolboy golf tournament yesterday at Manor Country Club.
Gunderson, 18, who putts crosshanded and used a three-wood off most tees yesterday, weathered Egloff's long tee shots on the more-open back nine.
With the match even at the 431-yard, par-4 16th hole, Egloff hooked his tee shot and Gunderson drove into a fairway trap on the left.
Egloff, playing on his home course, hit his second shot over high trees but into a green-side trap. Gunderson hit a four-iron out of the bunker and the ball sailed 160 yards and onto the green. He two-putted for his winning par.
"In an earlier match, I had a similar shot in the trap and hooked it. This time, I opened the blade a little more and it worked," said Gunderson, who lives in Mount Vernon and will attend William and Mary, where he hopes to play his way into a golf scholarship.
"I never played in front of that big a crowd," he said. "My nerves steadied around the sixth or seventh hole. I got out to an early lead, which I wanted."
Egloff, who used back-nine power to overcome two opponents Wednesday, appeared ready to do it again when he won the 11th and 13th holes with pars to square the match.
Egloff, headed for the University of Richmond this fall, took his first lead at the 14th hole when Gunderson missed a three-foot putt and took double bogey.
But Gunderson won the par-5 15th with par to pull even, and made no mistakes on the finishing holes for his biggest victory.