PIKESVILLE, MD., OCT. 7 -- Richard Holland of Washington shot a final-round 77 today and won the Middle Atlantic Amateur by five shots on a course so tough only one other golfer broke 80 all four days.
Holland finished with a 10-over-par 302 at Woodholme Country Club and beat fellow Columbia Country Club player Marty West of Rockville, a four-time winner of this event.
West, who shot himself out of it with a third-round 81, finished with a one-under 72 for 307. Ben Brundred of Congressional was third with 78 -- 308, followed at 309 by former Baltimorean Doug Ballenger (73) of Evans, Ga. Sheldon Kalish of the host course had 79 -- 309, one shot ahead of defending champion David Partridge (74) of Richmond.
"It's a brutal course, brutal," said Holland, 30, a mortgage loan officer who placed his recent victory over West for his first club championship almost on a par with winning this 90-year-old event. "It was more survival than anything. I wasn't trying to shoot five under par or anything. It's the kind of course if you don't hit it in the right place, you can take a double bogey real easy."
Starting the final round, Holland owned a three-shot lead over Mike Cox of Chesapeake Hills, who self-destructed with two double bogeys and an opening nine of 45. Cox finished at 314 after shooting 86.
Holland had a seven-shot lead by the 11th tee. "That took a lot of the pressure off," he said. "I was a lot more relaxed after that."
From there in he needed only to avoid catastrophe to win. After a bogey on the 15th hole, Holland launched a drive over the trees guarding the left side of the dogleg par-5 16th. He struck a beautiful long iron onto the green and cozied his 15-foot putt inches from the hole for easy birdie. He then failed to par the 17th hole for the fourth straight day and bogeyed the final hole.