BALTIMORE, JULY 17 -- Sarah LeBrun of Owings Mills won her second straight Maryland State Golf Association Women's Amateur Championship, 3 and 2, today at Suburban Club, but underdog Carlene Cassidy of Rockville gave her a battle.
Cassidy, who plays out of Manor Country Club, had whittled NCAA all-America LeBrun's 2-up lead down to one with a par on the 11th hole. Cassidy's long chip shot for birdie stopped at the lip of the 13th hole. If it had dropped, she would have tied the match.
LeBrun finally closed out Cassidy after a 10-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole and a par at the 16th hole that ended the hard-fought match.
"I think I surprised her a little bit," said Cassidy, 22, who attended Rockville High and recently graduated from Providence College. She was playing a Baltimore player on a Baltimore course and said: "I felt like a foreigner. I was not the favorite out there. Nobody knows who the heck I am."
She became better known this week after she overwhelmed two-time NCAA Division II champion Tina Barrett, 6 and 5, in the quarterfinals, then eliminated two-time Maryland finalist Bonnie Fry in the semifinals.
"If a few of those chip shots dropped, I really could have pressed her," said Cassidy, whose chip for winning birdie at the 10th hole hit the flagstick and stayed out of the hole.
LeBrun, 21, a rising senior at Duke University, where she made the dean's list in history, made it to the semifinals of the recent women's Western Amateur.
She played 1-over-par golf today and said "I didn't know what to really expect. I was ready for anything. She was cooler than I was."
LeBrun was cool herself, pitching within eight feet of the cup and making a birdie putt to go 2 up at the par-5, 15th hole. On the par-3, 16th hole, LeBrun hit onto the green and two-putted for par and won the match after Cassidy hit a weak chip and took bogey.
Katherine Marren of Potomac defeated Kathy Malpass of Holly Hills, 4 and 3, to win the first flight. In the second flight, Terry Abrams of Chestnut Ridge edged Eleanor Appling of Towson, 2-up. Wendy Kern of Talbot defeated Sharon Pusin of Suburban, 1-up, to win the third flight. In the fourth flight, Lynne Hunter of Turf Valley turned back Jan Church of Hunt Valley in 20 holes.