Rich Jaeger of Midlothian, Va., parred his last seven holes to defeat Pat DiStefano of Hampton, Va., 3 and 1, for the title in the 16-17-year-old division in the 11th Bobby Bowers Memorial Junior tournament yesterday at Springfield Golf and Country Club.
DiStefano, who had not played the 17th hole since Monday's qualifier and had been to the 16th only twice in six rounds of match play, bogeyed both those holes.
Karen Jefferson of Seaford, Del., won the girls title when she made her only birdie of the match to close out Shannon Hanley of Congressional, 3 and 1.
Jaeger defeated Nat Mankin of Fincastle, Va., yesterday morning, 1 up, and DiStefano beat Fred Widicus of Army Navy, 5 and 4. Widicus, the winner of last month's Emmet Schoolboy championship, had had little difficulty this week advancing to the semifinal.
"He (Widicus) just wasn't up to his standard this morning," said DiStefano, who shot one under par through 14.
In the final, Jaeger bogeyed the 10th, a par 4, to give DiStefano his last lead, but DiStefano bogeyed a pair of par 3s to go 1 down after 13. On the par-5 No. 14, DiStefano, on in regulation, three-putted and Jaeger went 2 up.
DiStefano promptly got back in the match when he birdied the course's longest hole, the 547-yard 15th. He hit his second shot, a three-wood, within 20 yards of the green and used a sand wedge to place it five feet from the pin. Jaeger left a 35-foot birdie putt short.
On the par-4 No. 16, DiStefano put his third shot inside a water-hazard marker and could have taken a one-stroke penalty and a drop onto a better lie. But he chose to play it out. "I thought I hit a good shot, but it ran about 10 feet past," DiStefano said. Coming back, he missed.
DiStefano lost the match when he pulled his next tee shot into the left rough and narrowly missed making the green in two as the ball hit six inches inside the lip of a bunker and stayed in the sand. He bogeyed. Jaeger, playing the hole for the fourth time this week, was on in two and two-putted.
In the boys 14-15 final, John Hurst of Woodbridge defeated Kevin Walsh of Meadowbrook, Pa., 3 and 1. Mike Mueher of Bernardsville, N.J., won 13-and-under over Chris Green of Harrisonburg, Va., 2 and 1.