The Butch and Buddy Show prevailed for the third time in four years in the Belle Haven Four Ball golf championship yesterday.
Buddy Peoples of Crofton, with the help of a 145-yard eagle he made from the second fairway, teamed with Butch Mielke of Robin Dale to defeat George Andre of Belle Haven and Gray Tuttle of Albemarle, N.C., 2 and 1 in match play, in the final of this 37th annual tournament.
Peoples and Mielke also won this event in 1982 and 1983.
Pivotal was the turnaround on the par-5 16th hole. Andre, a commercial airline pilot, had a 10-foot birdie putt that could have evened the match.
But he slid his first putt 18 inches past the hole and missed coming back, sending Mielke-Peoples two holes up with two remaining.
"I can't believe it," said a relieved Peoples. "You never think he's going to three-putt from there."
"I thought the match would go down to the wire," added former pro Peoples, 35, who owns a printing company. Mielke, 34, leases automobiles.
Peoples-Mielke were ahead, 3 up, after eight holes, but Tuttle-Andre fought back with victories on Nos. 9 and 11. Then Tuttle hit a great mid-iron approach three feet from the cup and birdied the par-4 13th to even the match.
But on the next hole, Mielke sank a 15-foot birdie putt from just off the green to send the winners ahead for good.
After Andre's mistake on 16, People closed out the match by sinking a five-foot par putt on 17.
In an exciting morning semifinal, Mielke-Peoples shot four-under-par 32 on the final nine holes as they eliminated medalists Marty West of Columbia and Gill FitzHugh of Army Navy, 1 up.
In the other semifinal, Andre-Tuttle beat Dick Bowen of Evergreen and Ralph Boccarrosse of Hidden Creek, 2 and 1. Bowen lost in the finals last year with Brian Lehnhard as partner.
Mielke's putting stroke was deadly accurate, especially in the see-saw semifinal, in which his work on the greens helped overcome a two-hole deficit.
Mielke sank a 30-foot birdie putt at the 14th hole to send his team 1 up. West, seven-time Maryland Amateur champion and winner here in 1972 with Bill Mallon, evened the match at the 15th hole with a 20-foot birdie.
At 16, Mielke made a 15-foot birdie putt, but FitzHugh equaled it to halve the hole. Mielke curled in a 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to send the duo to the final.
In the first flight, Tim Krouse and Dave Oakley of Westwood defeated Tom Flory and Gary Moore of Robin Dale, 3 and 2. Ernie Turner and Pete Stassi of Reston South beat Don Jenkins of Evergreen and Mike Jenkins of Chattanooga, Tenn., 4 and 2, to win the second flight. Geoff Clasper of Congressional and Colin Clasper of Montgomery Village won the third flight, beating Gary McIntosh and Washington Redskin Greg Williams of Chantilly, 2 and 1.