There aren't many 16-year-olds who can shoot two-under-par 33 from the championship tees on the front nine of Columbia Country Club the first day they see the golf course.
That's what Fred Widicus did in yesterday's final of the Marvin (Bubby) Worsham tournament, as he took a 4-up lead on Mike Albert of Kensington after his superb opening nine, and went on to score a 4-and-3 victory in the tournament, first won by Arnold Palmer.
Widicus, the men's club champion at Army Navy who lives in Annandale, also won the Emmet Schoolboy, and is far ahead in the area junior-of-the-year race. "He's a buzz saw, that's all I can say," said Albert, 20, a George Washington University student who plays out of the public Redgate course in Rockville.
Widicus, a junior at Jefferson High, used just 11 putts for his front-nine 33 and had a four-hole lead on Albert. Widicus won the 11th and 12th holes with pars to take a 6-up lead.
The match ended on the par-4 15th hole, just before a downpour, when the players halved in bogey.
Widicus will play in the North-South Junior at Pinehurst, N.C., next week, and then the Virginia State Junior.
In yesterday's semifinals, Widicus beat Doug Brown of McLean, 2 up. Albert won a hard-fought, 1-up decision over Joe Greenawalt of Bethesda.