There were three lead changes, three double bogeys, two hit trees and a lost ball. And that was just in the final nine holes of the threesome vying for the Maryland State Golf Association Mid-Amateur championship yesterday at Norbeck Country Club in Rockville.
Ben Brundred III of Congressional, who led after the first round of the 36-hole tournament, withstood challenges by Tim Dilli of Baltimore Country Club and Jim Winner of Maryland Golf and Country Club to win the 13th annual event. Brundred, the 47-year-old son of Kemper Open tournament chairman Ben Brundred, shot an even-par 72 on the 6,855-yard course for a two-day score of 140. Dilli and Winner tied for second with defending champion Larry Storck of Hayfields Country Club at 142.
As the dramatic conclusion unfolded, it became a question of who could survive the final holes. Collectively, Brundred, Dilli and Winner shot 8 over par on the last four holes.
"At the end with the raggedy golf, we couldn't get done quick enough," Brundred said. "It felt like I was always a shot or two behind and not doing anything myself."
Brundred, who came into yesterday's round ahead by two strokes, lost his lead on the front nine when he bogeyed No. 7 and No. 8. Dilli and Winner were both 2 under par at the turn, leaving the three tied for first. Winner made a birdie on No. 12 to take the lead, then extended that lead by making another birdie on No. 14. But just as quickly as he claimed the two-stroke advantage, he lost it. Winner hit a tree on No. 15 and ended up with a double bogey.
Since Brundred made a bogey on that same hole, Dilli grabbed the lead by making a birdie. He increased his lead with a par on No. 16 when Winner bogeyed that hole. But like Winner, he could not hold on to his lead long.
Dilli lost his ball out of bounds on No. 17 and was forced to take a two-stroke penalty. He made a double bogey on that hole, while Brundred and Winner each made birdies. That left them tied for first with Dilli one stroke behind.
Brundred was on the green in two shots on No. 18. Winner's second shot ended up in the rough on the left side of the green. Winner tried to chip up near the pin, but flew the ball over the green and into a tree on the other side. He finished with a double bogey, while Brundred two-putted for the win.