TOWSON, MD., JUNE 9 -- Tim Dilli of Towson completed his comeback with a final-hole birdie and eliminated Joe Hoffman of Clinton, 1-up, and Charlie Harris putted well on his home course and eliminated Eddie Offterdinger of Bethesda, 3 and 2, in semifinals of the Maryland Amateur today at Country Club of Maryland.
It will be an all-Baltimore final with Maryland club champion Harris matched against former pro Dilli in the scheduled 36-hole match starting Sunday morning at 9.
Dilli, who plays out of Hunt Valley, appeared doomed after falling two holes down after hitting the creek twice on the 14th hole. But Hoffman, a Prince George's County policeman who plays out of Robin Dale, let Dilli back into the match on the par-5 following hole when he topped his second shot and then three-putted for bogey.
On the short, par-4 16th hole, Hoffman hit a 9-iron approach shot that looked good but flew over the green. He took his second straight bogey and the match was even.
Dilli made a 10-foot putt to halve the 17th hole in par, and then wedged to two feet at 18 and knocked in the short birdie putt to clinch his victory.
"I had my doubts about coming back," said Dilli, 30, a printing salesman.
Hoffman, 24, a former University of Maryland varsity golfer, said his demise was caused by poor club selection on the 15th and 16th holes. His wedge approach fell short on 15 and he three-putted from about 60 feet.
Offterdinger went an extra hole in the morning and elimianted medalist Sheldon Kalish of Woodholme in 19 holes when Kalish hooked into trees.
Offterdinger knocked in a shot from greenside sand at the 12th hole to pull from 2 to 1 down.
On the next hole, Harris almost made a hole-in-one and sank an 18-inch birdie putt, but Offterdinger sank a 30-foot birdie to match Harris.
On the tough, par-4 14th hole, Offterdinger missed a seven-foot putt and took bogey. Harris got up and down for par from just off the green.
Harris rolled in a 12-foot birdie on the 15th hole for a 3-up lead and matched Offterdinger's par on the 16th hole to close out the Bethesda accountant. Harris, 54, lost in his only other attempt at this tournament several years ago to seven-time champion Marty West of Rockville.
In other morning quarterfinal matches, Hoffman beat Peter Martin of Green Spring, 3 and 2; Dilli eliminated Tim Moylan of Argyle, 1-up; and Harris turned back Matt Sughrue of Bethesda, 2 and 1. Quarterfinals
Ed Offterdinger, Bethesda, def. Sheldon Kalish, Woodholme, 19 holes; Joe Hoffman, Robin Dale, def. Peter Martin, Green Spring, 3 and 2; Tim Dilli, Hunt Valley, def. Tim Moylan, Argyle, 1-up; Charles Harris, CC of Maryland, def. Matt Sughrue, Bethesda, 2 and 1. Semifinals
Harris def. Offterdinger, 3 and 2; Dilli def. Hoffman, 1-up.