Mike Mitchell, a 25-year-old Chevy Chase resident from Columbia Country Club, became the eighth golfer in Maryland history to win both the state's amateur and open titles after he won the Maryland Amateur yesterday.
Mitchell defeated Dave Rasley, a 57-year-old Bethesda resident who plays out of Four Streams, 10 and 8, in the 84th annual Maryland Amateur final held at Norbeck Country Club. Mitchell, who won the state open in 1999, joins Warren Corkran, Gary Marlowe, Tom Sasscer, Spencer Overton, Robert Brownwell, Marty West and Kirk Lombardi as Maryland amateur and open winners.
"I've played in this event a number of times, but never really done much, so it feels really good to win this event," said Mitchell, who had played in the amateur three times previously but not advanced past the first round of match play.
Neither Mitchell nor Rasley made much happen through the first nine holes of the scheduled 36-hole final, each recording several pars and a couple of bogeys. Mitchell won his first hole on No. 8 when he sank a 25-foot birdie putt. He increased his lead to three when Rasley made bogey on the 12th hole.
Mitchell began to put the match away by winning three consecutive holes to go up six after the first 18. He increased his lead to eight before Rasley won his first hole of the match on No. 5. Two holes later, Mitchell's lead was back to eight. He won the ninth hole and was dormie entering No. 10. The match ended on the 10th green when Rasley missed a 30-footer and Mitchell sank a three-foot putt.
"It was a little unfortunate I didn't play my best, but it wouldn't have made much difference the way he played," Rasley said.
* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Gil Morgan and Dana Quigley, the leaders in the clubhouse when rain suspended play in Overland Park, Kan., will have to wait until this afternoon to find out whether they'll meet in a sudden-death playoff for the Bayer Advantage Classic title.
Thirty-six players were still on the course when play was suspended. Morgan, with an early tee time, shot a 5-under 68 and Quigley came in a short time later with a 66, tying him with Morgan at 11-under 133. The tournament had already been shortened to 36 holes.
When play was halted, Rodger Davis was 8 under for the tournament through nine holes, Dan Pohl was 8 under through 11 and hometown favorite Tom Watson was 8 under through six.