Washington-area golfers took a beating in today's first and second rounds of the 66th Maryland Amateur at Elkridge.
Defending champion Jim Estes of Rockville and Bethesda Country Club was eliminated, 2 and 1, in the first round by the one-under-par performance of Jay Cullen of Elkridge. Later in the day Cullen ousted last year's finalist, Tim Moylan of Argyle (Silver Spring), 3 and 2.
Seven-time winner Marty West of Rockville and Columbia Country Club lost to Carol Gailey of Hampstead, Md., 3 and 1, in the afternoon second round. Gailey, 45, a contractor who plays out of Piney Branch, chipped into the cup for birdie at the 17th hole to oust West. Gailey, who chipped and putted well, was 4-up on West, but the former Walker Cup player trimmed the lead to one hole before losing. "I caught him on an off day," Gailey said.
Buddy Peoples of Crofton, a loser to West in the 1982 final, was the only Washington-area player to advance. He beat Jay Tingle of the Naval Academy, 5 and 4, in the morning, and Tom Flory of Robin Dale, 1 up, in the afternoon.
In Saturday's quarterfinals, Cullen will play Greg Henry of Hagerstown's Beaver Creek at 8:30, followed by Bill Knott of Baltimore Country Club against Henry Blue of Green Spring Valley (Baltimore), qualifying medalist Clark MacKenzie of the host club against Peter Martin of Green Spring, and Peoples against Gailey.