Kirk Lombardi of Norbeck Country Club moved to a 6-up lead after a morning round of three-under-par 69, and went on to a 3-and-2 victory over Eric Egloff for the championship of the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association yesterday at Westwood.
The two are friends, each 20 years old and living in Rockville. They complimented each other after good shots, and it was the straight-hitting Lombardi receiving most of the accolades after his superb morning round, in a match scheduled at 36 holes.
"I hit the ball just absolutely pure," he said of his morning effort, which included three birdies and no bogeys. Egloff was in a hole from which he could not recover, but he did whittle at Lombardi's large lead.
"I had 75 in the morning and I was 6 down," said Egloff, a junior at the University of Richmond who plays out of Manor Country Club. "I couldn't really do much about that. I tried to fight back. I got back in the match."
Egloff birdied the first two holes of the afternoon round to pull within 4 down, and after six holes had pulled within two.
But he lost the next three holes by going bogey-bogey-triple bogey and once again fell 5 down.
He made a second run at Lombardi with winning birdies at the 10th and 13th holes to pull within three holes. But Lombardi fended off Egloff's charge by getting up and down from greenside bunkers for halves on the next two holes.
The match ended on the par-4 16th hole (the 34th of the match) when Lombardi hit a great chip over a mound that stopped six feet from the hole. He sank the putt for par to close out Egloff.
The two have played several times together, but only once before in competition, in the Worsham, where Egloff won. They will tee off within minutes of each other in that tournament, which starts this morning at Lakewood in Rockville.