Despite hitting the ball "all over the place," John Screen of Springfield won both his matches yesterday and advanced to the semifinals for the third consecutive year in the Bobby Bowers Juniors Golf Championship at Springfield.
Screen, who has never reached the finals, defeated Matt Woods of Phoenix, Md., 5 and 4, in the morning and beat Joe Hoffman of Clinton, 3 and 2, in the afternoon. Screen will meet Doug Trevor of Dumfries, Va., in the semifinals today at 7:30 a.m. Bruce Willette of Roanoke will play Brian Grimes of Stillwater, Okla., in the other semifinal at 7:35.
The finals will begin today at 1:30 p.m.
"I played well in the morning, but in the afternoon we both played bad," said Screen. "The wind kicked up in the afternoon, and the course really started to play long. But I've been to the semifinals the past two years, and I don't plan on losing again.
"There's been a jinx against Springfield golfers because none of them has ever won it," said Screen. "I'm trying to break the jinx."
Willette defeated Park Ashley of Great Falls in the morning, 1 up, but needed a playoff before beating Michael Wing of Salem, Va., on the 20th hole in the afternoon.
"I've only been playing good enough to win," said Willette, whose only other playoff win this year came aginst Wing, a close friend. "They say John (Screen) hasn't been hitting that good lately, but this is his home course. He's got to be favored."
In the boys 14-15 division, Mike Watson of Rockville will play Chris Turner of Annandale today at 7:40 and Matt Mankin of Five Castle, Va., will meet Andrew Pitts of Hildebrand, N.C., at 7:45.
In the 13 and under division, Alan Myers of Annapolis and Jeff Greenberg of Midlothian, Va., will play at 8, and Tom Iredell of Rockville and Chris DeBusk of Severn will tee off at 8:05.
In the girls division, Tina Barret of Baltimore will play Clare Dolan of Gaithersburg at 7:50 and Margaret Platt of Elmsford, N.Y., will face Susan Slaughter of Floyd, Va., at 7:55.