Bob Sherwood helped continue Columbia Country Club's dominance of the local summer golf circuit yesterday by picking up another trophy for the Chevy Chase club.
Sherwood shot a 2-over-par 74 to win the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association's senior championship at Crofton Country Club. He joins Mike Mitchell, Leland Beckel and Jessica Lewis as Columbia members who have won titles this summer.
"I shook Jessica's hand" on Monday, Sherwood said. "Maybe it was Jessica who brought me luck."
Lewis won the Maryland State Golf Association's junior girls 16-17 age division title in June. Mitchell won the Maryland Open and WMGA men's amateur in July. Beckel won the Women's District Golf Association amateur this month.
With his victory, Sherwood claimed the sterling silver Henry Litchfield West Memorial Trophy, named for one of the founders of Columbia Country Club. But to Sherwood, that wasn't the most important aspect of the 18-hole stroke-play event for players aged 55 and older.
"I'm not a real driven person," he said. "It's the playing that's the key. I mean, you want to win. But the guys I played with were great. The course was great. Even the rain was great. I enjoyed walking in the rain."
The only bad part about the day for Sherwood, 62, was making a double bogey on No. 18. The par-4 hole, aptly nicknamed "The Terminator," is one of the toughest holes on the 6,256-yard course.
"I was very despondent after that, because I was even," Sherwood said.
He didn't stay that way for long. Sherwood, who started on No. 11, was 1 under par on the front nine.
Another Columbia member, Perky Cullinane, finished one stroke off the lead with a 75 to win the 60-64 age division. Dick Stearns of Tantallon also shot a 75 to win the 65-69 age division. Indian Springs's Don Meyer won the 55-59 age division with a 76. Bob Dunwoody of Army Navy and Dock Jew of Norbeck shared the 70-plus division title with 87s.