Eric Egloff of Rockville won the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association Men's Amateur on the 36th and final hole at Bretton Woods yesterday when Tim Moylan of Beltsville had problems in a greenside sand trap and took double-bogey 6.
Egloff, 22, out of Manor, lost in the 1985 finals of this tournament to Kirk Lombardi. Against Moylan, he trailed for most of the afternoon 18 holes until he birdied the 15th hole to even the match.
The match remained tied going to the long par-4 finishing hole. There, Moylan drove behind a small tree and did well to get his second shot close to the green, but the ball stopped in sand, approximately 60 feet from the hole.
Egloff went just over the green in two shots and hit his third, a chip, 20 feet past the hole. On Moylan's third shot, the ball did not escape the sand. Moylan blasted out on his fourth shot to 20 feet beyond the hole and putted his fifth shot four feet past. Egloff then two-putted for bogey and victory.
"It was tough for a while," said Egloff, who travels to Michigan today to play in the Western Amateur. "I just kept plugging away."
Egloff, who had beaten seven-time Maryland Amateur champion Marty West in Saturday's semifinals with booming drives, saw those big tee shots go astray against Moylan, so he hit irons off several par-4 and par-5 tees. "I hit the 1-iron and started swinging better," Egloff said.
In the morning, Moylan, 24, a former University of Maryland student who plays out of Argyle, parred the 18th hole to even the match before the lunch break.
In the afternoon round, Moylan parred the third and fourth holes to take a 2-up lead and led until the par-5 No. 15 hole (the 33rd of the match), where Egloff put a chip 1 1/2 feet from the cup and birdied to pull even.
Moylan's 15-foot birdie try at the 16th appeared headed for the hole, but the ball hit a spike mark and stayed out.
On 18, Moylan had to carry about 10-15 yards of sand to get his ball onto the green and said, "It was a tough shot. I just didn't hit it hard enough."
Moylan said the key to the match was the 14th hole, a par 3. Moylan led by two going into that hole and Egloff was lying two and still six to eight feet short of the hole. Moylan hit his second shot, a chip, into greenside sand and ended up taking double bogey. He had had a chance to go 3-up, but instead left the green only 1-up.
"That was the turning point," said Moylan, son of DeMatha High School Principal John Moylan.