Chris Hass shot his lowest competitive round yesterday to win the 22nd annual Dewey Ricketts Memorial.
Hass, a 17-year old rising senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, shot a 5-under-par 65 at Washington Golf & Country Club on the last day of the 54-hole event, coming from three strokes behind to win the 16-17 year-old division. Donnie Shin, a 15-year-old rising sophomore at Oakland Mills who was second in the 14-15 year-old division last year, won the division this year. He shot 72-74-72 -- 218.
"It means a lot" to win this tournament, Hass said. "I played great today. It gives me a lot of confidence."
In the first two rounds, Hass shot 70 and 71, putting him in fifth place entering the final round. Then his putter began working.
"Today was one of those days that I finally made putts," Hass said.
Hass didn't get nervous until the 18th hole. His drive went awry, but he got up and down to save par.
"I set goals, and every goal I achieved," said Hass, who made only one bogey during his round. "I was going to do three holes at a time, try to birdie one out of every three holes."
-- Kathy Orton