Buddy Peoples of Crofton rolled in a 21-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and defeated Peter Martin of Baltimore, 2 and 1, today to reach the final of the 66th Maryland Amateur at Elkridge.
Peoples, who lost to Marty West of Rockville in the final of this event in 1981, will play Henry Blue of Baltimore's Green Spring Valley in Sunday's 36-hole final, starting at 9 a.m.
Blue was even par and ousted Jay Cullen of Elkridge, also by 2 and 1, in his semifinal.
Peoples, 37, a printing consultant who lives in Severna Park, breezed past Carol Gailey of Piney Branch, 5 and 3, in his morning quarterfinal.
Against Martin, Peoples was 3-up after six holes, but his lead dropped to one hole after losing the 16th hole.
Both Peoples and Martin hit the green with their tee shots at the par-3 17th hole. Peoples ended the match when he curled in a tricky, downhill birdie putt.
"I've got a blister the size of a quarter on my foot," he said. "But I'm hitting the ball real solid."
In other morning quarterfinals, Cullen edged Greg Henry of Hagerstown's Beaver Creek, 1-up; Blue defeated Bill Knott of Baltimore Country Club, 7 and 6; and Martin eliminated medalist Clark MacKenzie of Elkridge, 3 and 2.