Buddy Peoples of Crofton Country Club made a nine-foot birdie putt on the 39th hole to end a five-stroke comeback and edge Henry Blue of Baltimore, 1 up, in the 66th Maryland Amateur golf tournament today at Elkridge.
Peoples, 37, a printing consultant who lives in Severna Park, overcame a five-hole deficit in the scheduled 36-hole match to defeat Blue, who appeared in command after a solid morning round of 70.
Peoples, who lost in the final of this tournament to Marty West in 1981, shot 75 in the morning. He was five holes down, and had a foot that hurt from a blister.
"I felt pretty bad, but I felt like if I could get two of those holes back on the front nine of the afternoon I could get back in the match," said Peoples, who did get those two holes back, plus one more, to trail by two holes going to the 10th hole of the afternoon round.
Peoples birdied the 16th (the 34th of the match) after making a fine approach shot from a fairway bunker to pull within one stroke. He evened the match at the 17th hole (the 35th) when Blue three-putted.
After halving the next three holes, Peoples finally won his biggest title with his curling birdie putt on the par-5 third extra hole.
Peoples teamed with Butch Mielke to win the Belle Haven Four Ball three of the last five years.
He is also a three-time club champion at Crofton.
Blue, 29, who plays out of nearby Green Spring, is a solid golfer whom few figured to lose a big lead. But his three three-putt greens in the afternoon cost him dearly.