Buddy Peoples eliminated Marty West and former Washington Capitals player Darren Veitch yesterday to gain this morning's final of the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association men's amateur at the Country Club of Fairfax.
Peoples, the Maryland Amateur champion, will face Jim Estes of Bethesda Country Club this morning at 8 in the 36-hole final.
Peoples, 37, who lives in Severna Park, sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to square his match against West of Columbia Country Club, the Maryland Open champion. Peoples won on the fourth extra hole when qualifying medalist West drove into trees and took double bogey.
"Anytime Marty and I play each other, you can't leave until the 18th hole," said Peoples.
Peoples had to rally from a 2-down deficit to defeat the long-hitting Veitch, 3 and 2. Veitch, who was traded from the Capitals to the Detroit Red Wings in March, still lives in Mitchellville and plays out of Prince Georges Country Club. He defeated John Price of International on the second extra hole in their morning quarterfinal.
In the semifinals, Veitch parred the ninth hole for a 2-up advantage, but Peoples won the 10th and 12 holes to pull even.
Veitch, two-time Saskatchewan Amateur champion, three-putted the 14th hole to go 1 down and went 2 down when Peoples rolled in a 15-foot winning birdie at the 15th hole. The match ended at the par-4 16th hole after Veitch drove far to the right, left his second shot well short of the green and took bogey.
"I couldn't come anywhere near playing his sport as well as he plays mine," said Peoples. "Veitch can play."
Estes, who recently transferred from the University of Tennessee to Maryland, beat three-time Northern Virginia Amateur champion Gill FitzHugh of Army Navy, 4 and 3, in the morning. Estes then turned back David Spannbauer of Hidden Creek, 2 and 1, in the semifinals. Spannbauer had beaten former Virginia State champion Neff McClary of the host club, 2 and 1, in a morning quarterfinal.