Marty West of Rockville, with his sights set on winning his eighth Maryland Amateur title over his home Columbia Country Club course, eliminated defending champion Buddy Peoples of Crofton, 4 and 3, in a second-round match yesterday.
West defeated Richard Kress of Baltimore's Woodholme, 6 and 5, in his first-round match in the morning, then shot the front nine in 3-under-par 32 for a 4-up lead over Peoples and parred in for victory.
"He just played extremely well," Peoples said. "I was 1 over par and I was closed out. He had four birdies and a bogey through 15 holes. I don't think anybody can beat him. He looks like he's ready this year."
Peoples had beaten Baltimore's Chuck Ebner, 1-up, in the morning.
West, 38, a mortgage banker, said he had putting problems Thursday, when he qualified with 75. "Obviously I solved my putting problems," he said. "I only made two bogeys all day. I kept the pressure on my opponents. I feel much better today than I did yesterday. If I can keep rolling the ball well, I've got a good chance."
In this morning's quarterfinals, he will play Jack Vardaman of Congressional at 8 a.m., followed by Ricky Touma of Montgomery against Henry Blue of Baltimore, Mike McShane of Baltimore against Dave Anthony of Lakewood, and Tom Flory of Crofton against Joe Vennari of Catonsville.
Vardaman and Tony Ciconte of Columbia were deadlocked after 18 holes in their second-round match. Vardaman won on the third extra hole, where he holed out his second shot with a wedge from the fairway for eagle 2.
Flory edged Kenwood's Joe Greenawalt on the final green in an exciting afternoon match. Greenawalt, who shot 71 in qualifying, fell 1 down by bogeying the par-3 16th hole from a greenside bunker.
Flory's tee shot on the next hole came to rest on a concrete bridge. He played his second shot from the bridge to just short of the green on the par-4 hole. He then chipped up and made the putt for a halving par that maintained his 1-up lead. Flory made a 10-foot par putt on the last green but did not clinch victory until Greenawalt barely missed a seven-foot birdie putt.