Eric Egloff eliminated Marty West, 1 up, in his quarterfinal match, then went 21 holes to defeat Bob Harwick of Chantilly in the semifinals, and reached today's final of the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association men's championship at Westwood.
Today's 8 a.m. 36-hole final matches two 20-year-old friends from Rockville -- Egloff from Manor Country Club and Kirk Lombardi of Norbeck Country Club.
Egloff, a junior at the University of Richmond, went 1 up against West when the seven-time Maryland Amateur champion missed a four-foot putt and took bogey at the 17th hole. They halved the final hole and Egloff had his first victory of the day.
Egloff eagled the 14th hole to even his match against Harwick, who had eliminated medalist David Oakley in his quarterfinal, 3 and 2. Egloff then rolled in a seven-foot birdie putt on the following hole to go 1 up.
Egloff held that 1-up lead heading to the par-4 18th hole, but missed a four-foot par putt that would have ended the match. Harwick's par sent the match into extra holes.
Egloff rolled in a 12-foot par putt on the second extra hole to keep the match alive, and finally won on the third extra hole, after Harwick drove behind a small pine tree and could manage only bogey to Egloff's par.
"I'm coming out of a slump," said the long-hitting Egloff. "The more I play, the more confidence I'm getting."
Lombardi, who works in the Norbeck golf shop, went 19 holes to defeat Tim Hanstad of Kenwood in his morning quarterfinal, then opened with two straight birdies and went on to defeat former winner Dave King of Bethesda, 4 and 3.
Lombardi was two under par and 3 up on King after nine holes. Lombardi then chipped into the hole to birdie the 10th hole and went 4 up. The match ended on the par-3 15th hole. There Lombardi hit an excellent shot to within three feet of the hole from a greenside bunker. After King missed his par putt, Lombardi knocked in his par putt to clinch the match. McKnight, Carnevale Tie Associated Press
CHARLOTTESVILLE, July 20 -- Two-time Virginia Amateur champion Tom McKnight of Galax did just what he set out to do today, shooting a four-under-par 66 that earned him a tie for the lead with Williamsburg pro Mark Carnevale with 18 holes to go in the Virginia State Open golf tournament.
"I wanted to shoot 66 and get one under for the tournament," said McKnight, 30. "That's really what I tried to come out here to do."
Carnevale, who led at the end of the second round, shot a one-under-par 69 that left him deadlocked with McKnight at 209 for 54 holes over the 6,725-yard Farmington Country Club course.
"I hit 16 of 18 greens and made two birdies," said Carnevale, 25. "That's frustrating. I hit the ball exactly where I wanted it."
Charlottesville pro Clem King, 27, the University of Virginia golf coach, also shot a 69 and took over third place at 211, two shots behind the leaders.
"I'm very pleased with the way I'm playing and where I stand," King said. "I said at the start of the tournament that a score of even par would be good, and I'm just one over."
The biggest move besides that by McKnight, who was three shots out of the lead when the round started, was made by Keith King, a 20-year-old Guilford College senior from Norfolk. King, a semifinalist in the state amateur two years ago, shot 67 for a 212 total and fourth place.
Richmond amateur Sam Stein shot a 71 for 213, Eastville amateur Joe Restein had 72 for 214 and Virginia Beach pro George MacDonald, three under par after the first four holes today, had a 73 for 215.
Nelson Broach, the 56-year-old former state amateur champion from Richmond who was one shot behind Carnevale starting the round, faded to a 75 and a 216 total.
The low pro will pick up a check of $6,000 from the total purse of $35,000 for the 72-hole medal play affair.