Mike Albert of Kensington made a difficult par on Kenwood's 18th hole yesterday to eliminate Kirk Lombardi of Rockville and reach today's semifinals of the Worsham Memorial golf tournament.
Albert, a senior at George Washington University who plays out of Redgate, will play Joe Greenawalt of Bethesda in one match this morning at 7:40. Fred Widicus of Annandale will meet Doug Brown of McLean at 7:30 in the other semifinal as the tournament moves to Columbia Country Club.
Albert led for most of the back nine against Lombardi, the recent Washington Metropolitan Golf Association winner, but Lombardi birdied the 17th hole to square it.
On the par-4 18th, Lombardi hit the green with his second shot and Albert pulled his long second shot to the left of the green and among trees. After taking a free drop because he was near an asphalt cart path, Albert still was faced with a 30-yard chip shot off hardpan.
Albert punched a nine-iron shot and the ball rolled under a guard rail, across a bunker and onto the green, stopping 18 feet from the hole. He sank the putt for par. A stunned Lombardi, after leaving his approach shot four feet short, missed the putt and lost the match.
Greenawalt of Kenwood beat Steve Comings of Lanham, 4 and 2, in the morning, and then sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole in the afternoon to beat Geoff Gonella of Chevy Chase, 1 up.