It was both a sad and happy day for Marty West as he teamed with Bill Boles for a final-round 72 yesterday for a 54-hole total of 199 and a two-shot victory over Bill Keim and Graham Cooke in the Fred McLeod Eastern Four Ball golf tournament.
West was happy because he won this tournament for the fifth time, the second time with Boles, his former golf teammate at the University of North Carolina.
But it marked the end of a 15-year run of the best-ball event at Columbia Country Club, West's home course. The tournament is in memory of Fred McLeod, West's first golf teacher, who won the 1908 U.S. Open and was pro at Columbia for more than half a century.
West, chairman of the tournament, reported that some of the membership objected to continuing the event, primarily because it deprived them of a weekend of golf. Other area clubs probably will be sounded out as possible hosts for future years.
"Giving up a course for a weekend is very difficult," said West, a former U.S. Walker Cup player and seven-time Maryland Amateur champion.
"There is a vocal group that wants the tournament and a vocal group who doesn't want it," West said. The club board of governors voted to drop the event.
Few thought West and Boles would lose the five-shot lead they built after putting superbly in opening rounds of 64 and 63. But former winners Keim, of Erie, Pa., and Cooke, from Montreal, closing with 69 -- 201, made it interesting. They pulled within three strokes on three occasions and finally within two at the par-3 No. 16, where West hit into water and Boles missed the green as both bogeyed. Keim and Cooke both made par.
Both teams parred the final two holes and the margin stood.
"I felt if we could make a birdie 3 at 17, it could have been interesting," said the long-hitting Keim. "But it was unrealistic that we could pick up two shots on 18. It was too much, as good as they are."
Pete Green and Stan Thompson of Birmingham, Mich., had the day's low round of 67 and tied for third at 203 with John Kyle of Bethesda and Chris Lange of Rosemont, Pa. (68). Henri deLozier of host Columbia and partner Buddy Marucci of Radnor, Pa., were fifth at 69 -- 205.