By the time Ryan Faw and Trevor Matese reached the 21st hole, it was hard to say whether either would win the match before one dropped from exhaustion.
Mercifully, Faw won on the third extra hole of the final match with a conceded par and earned the title in the 16-17-year-old division at the 46th annual Bobby Gorin Memorial at Woodmont Country Club yesterday in Rockville. Daniel Walker defeated Danny Michalek, 5 and 3, to win the 14-15-year-old division, and Sean Boshdosh defeated Jerrell Parrish, 1 up, in 20 holes in the 13-and-under division.
It had been a long, hot day for the competitors, who played their semifinal matches in the morning before the afternoon final. Neither Faw, a senior-to-be at Archbishop Spalding, nor Matese, a senior-to-be at Georgetown Prep, led by more than one hole at any point.
"It was intense," Faw said. "It was a great match. He's a great player."
Faw, who was playing in the event for the first time, went up one on No. 17 with a birdie, but then bogeyed No. 18 after sending his third shot into a cluster of trees. Matese, who had made several nice par saves throughout the round, won the hole with a par to extend the match.
The first two playoff holes were halved. Then on the third hole, a par 5, Matese's tee shot ended up in the left rough with a poor lie. He was only able to advance his second shot 20 feet. His third shot traveled only another 20 feet forward in the rough. Finally, on his fourth shot, Matese sent the ball into the greenside bunker. He hit a nice sand shot onto the green, but even if he had holed it, the match was decided.
"I didn't hit the shot that bad," Matese said. "It just got caught in the rough. It didn't go anywhere."
Walker, a freshman-to-be from Charlottesville, hadn't played match play format before, but it certainly agrees with him.
"I seem to like match play," he said. "I like all the momentum changes."
Walker's match with Michalek of Mount Airy was all square at the turn before Walker won five of the next six holes with pars.
Monte Ties Course Record
Two local junior boys are participating in the 58th U.S. Junior Amateur at Longmeadow (Mass.) Country Club. Joe Monte, a junior-to-be at Chantilly, tied the course record on Monday with a 6-under-par 64. Monte finished second in the 36-hole stroke play qualifier at 135 and advanced to match play, winning his first-round match, 5 and 4, over Major Forbess of Jacksonville, Fla. Kyle Stough, a senior-to-be and All-Met at DeMatha, tied for ninth at 68-71 -- 139. Stough also advanced to match play, but lost in the first round, 1 up, to Masayuki Kobayashi of Newington, Conn.
It has been a remarkable week for Monte, who came in second at the Westfield Junior PGA Championship on Sunday, losing by one stroke to Alex Volpenhein of Edgewood, Ky. The next day, Monte made six birdies, two bogeys and an eagle on the par-4 No. 5 to tie the course record at Longmeadow. . . .
Three local junior girls competed in the 57th U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur at BanBury Golf Club in Eagle, Idaho. Stephanie Connelly, the All-Met co-golfer of the year from Northeast, shot 73-72 -- 145 (3 over par) in the 36-hole qualifier to advance to match play. Yesterday, Connelly defeated Ashley Freeman of Belleville, Ill., to advance to the second round, where she beat Taylore Karle of Scottsdale, Ariz., 2 and 1.
Jessica Hamilton of Rockville (156) and Sara Hurwitch of Potomac Falls (157) failed to make the cut.