The 14-15-16 seeds scored upsets to highlight the opening day of match play in the 57th Bobby Gorin Memorial golf tournament at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, July 27. Burton Gesner, from Severna Park, stopped medalist Jairus Gaines, from Baltimore, before he got started, emerging with a 2-and-1 victory, and Michael McCarthy, from Bethesda, and Brian Sadler, from Eldersburg, were the others in that group to advance.
One round later, Sadler was the only one still in contention, as he took out Nicklaus Foster, from Columbia, after beating Matthew Malits, from Silver Spring in the morning. Foster had moved on with a 20-hole decision over Trent Geritz, from Towson.
Sadler, who got one of the last two places from the qualifying round, used late surges to win both his matches. The Liberty High School senior moved from all square through No. 14 to win 15-16-17 to close out Malits, 3 and 1, then again took control from all square at 14 to birdie 15 and win 17 for a 2-and-1 victory against Foster.
He will meet Keegan Shreves, from Potomac, in one semi-final Friday (August 28) morning, while Matthew Barnes, from Bethesda, will oppose Pieter DeGroot, from Potomac. Shreves beat McCarthy, who had edged Jackson Courtney earlier in 21 holes, 6 and 4, and, in the other. DeGroot thwarted Lou Baker, IV, from Timonium, on the first extra hole. Barnes went to the 18th hole in the morning, then got by Gesner in the afternoon.
Play in the two younger age groups, 14-15 and 13-under, however, went pretty much according to form, as No. 1 Marshall Meisel, from Chevy Chase, 14, led the way in his group, where three of the four seeds survived the first round and Nos. 1-3 (Meisel and Connor Ebel, from Chevy Chase) won in the afternoon.
Meisel, who will be a Gonzaga freshman in the fall, was a combined 1 under par in his two trips and will play Ryan Feldman, Rockville, in one semi-final, while Ebel will face Matthew Monastero, from Leesburg, Va., in the other. Monastero defeated No. 2 seed, Hayden Miller, from Leesburg, Va., 3 and 1, to gain the round of four.
Top seed Corey Minkoff, Gaithersburg, and No. 2 J.B. Vito, from Bethesda, each won twice and will play for the 13-under title in the morning. The first four seeds won the morning matches. In the semi-finals, Minkoff, who recently won the Maryland State 13-under title with a round of 69 at Norbeck CC, defeated Jack Pogorelc, from Bethesda, 3 and 2, and Vito outlasted Emil Riegger, from Potomac, in 20 holes, winning with a 3-foot birdie putt at the second playoff hole
The format called for two rounds of medal play with the top 16 in the two older groups and the top eight in 13-under advancing to match play. Jairus Gaines, from Baltimore, won the qualifying medal with 71-71–142. He sprinted past Matthew Malits with a home-stretch run of birdie/hole-in-one/birdie/par for the last four holes. Malits ended with 71-71–142. The ace came at the 191-yard 16th and he went on to shoot 32 for his final nine.