Cindy Davis of Mitchellville and Prince Georges Country Club played her best golf of the week as she turned back Deirdre Anderson of Baltimore's Worthington Valley, 1 up, to win her second consecutive Maryland Women's Amateur today at Hillendale.
Davis, who is 21 and an all-America at Furman, sank a 13-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole for a 1-up lead, but could not clinch victory over Anderson, a Wake Forest student, until she hit her second shot on the par-5 finishing hole out of the woods and onto the fairway, and eventually matched Anderson's par.
Davis, who shot par 71, became the seventh player in the 63-year history of this event to win at least two straight titles.
Few gave Anderson much of a chance against the steady Davis, who had also won the Women's District and two Middle Atlantic titles. Anderson had become unsettled in the final holes of her Thursday semifinal against 16-year-old Clare Dolan, needing a 20-foot par putt on the 19th hole to win after being four holes up with four to play.
Today, Anderson, 20, matched Davis shot for shot and led, 1 up, after a one-under-par 35 on the front nine.
"I kept up with her," said Anderson. "It was a good match. You don't mind losing to someone who plays as well as she does."
"I played the best I have all week," said Davis, who will try to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open later this month. "On this golf course and these greens, shooting even par is like being under par. I didn't worry about winning or losing. I just concentrated on each shot. Emotions can get the better of you."
Davis evened the match with a par at the 10th hole and went one hole up when she ran in a 17-foot birdie putt from the fringe at the 12th hole. Anderson won the par-4 13th with par to square the match. There, Davis hit her approach shot over the green and her chip from heavy grass caught the downslope of the green and rolled 40 feet past the cup, and she took bogey. The players halved the next two holes and Davis went ahead to stay at the par-4 16th.
Bonnie Johnson of Worthington Valley beat Sarah LeBrun of Green Spring, 4 and 3, to win the championship consolation. Other flights: 2, Karen Smith, University of Maryland, def. Judy Koenick, Washingtonian, 2 and 1; 3, Terry Abrams, Chestnut Ridge, def. Eleanor Appling, Towson, 5 and 4; 4, Lamar Slocum, Fountain Head, def. Joan Marconi, Towson, 1 up.