WMGA Amateur Championship – Friday Update

MORNING REPORT – With the completion of the first round and playoff, the draw for the 100th WMGA Amateur championship was filled late Friday morning. An 11-for-4 playoff on holes 14 (186 yards) and 15 (387 yards) sorted out the final places.

Those who advanced, with their scores in parentheses, were 29. Jacob Benish (3-4); 30. Tom Hanna, III (3-5); 31. Jack Hoel (3-6), and 32. Brian Marfori (3-6). The last two were seeded based on their starting times in the regulation round.

First-round matches were scheduled for between 10:50 a.m. and 12:50 p.m.

Due to a 3 1/2 -hour suspension of play because of weather during Thursday’s opening round, a revised schedule now lists two match-play rounds for Saturday and two rounds (semifinals and final) Sunday. All matches are listed for 18 holes.

Bracket ⇒ HERE

Stroke Play Results ⇒ HERE

AFTERNOON REPORT – It would seem as though the host club for the WMGA Amateur championship encourages its members to try and qualify for the annual event. Last year, Manor Country Club members Bart Mease and Ben Warnquist met in the final at the Rockville course, Mease winning.

This year, the 100th edition is at Old South CC in Lothian and wouldn’t you know it, members Charlie Winegardner and Jacob Benish were paired for the first round. Six weeks ago, Winegardner, on his way to the club championship, disposed of Benish in the first round. “He crushed me,” the loser said.

This time, Benish, 23, a club member for only a couple of years and who works at the club, carried the issue all the way to the 18th green. Both made birdie at the par-5 test and it was enough to keep Winegardner in front, 1 up.

Benish turned 1 up, but Winegardner took over when he won two holes early on the back nine. It caused Benish to say, ” My putting wasn’t as good [as earlier] and I didn’t make anything.”

Winegardner, the third seed, qualified with 68, while Benish survived an 11-for-4 playoff at 75 when he went par-par to lead the troop.

Co-medalsts (67) Toks Pedro and Joe Rice, IV, both advanced, as Pedro defeated Jack Hoel, 4 and 3, going 2 up at the turn and finishing 3 under par. Rice, the 2012 champion, went 2 up at the turn, ended with four birdies, and stopped Tom Hanna,III, 3 and 2.

Mike Stackus, who hit a shot out of bounds at the first hole in his qualifying round, made up for it when he eagled the first hole to send him on his way to a 2-up decision over Tracy Vallandingham, a 2016 finalist. Stackus birdied two holes on the front, two on the back, while Vallandingham did the same (they turned even), although his two were a little dramatic as he dropped a 50-footer at 11 and knocked it to 15 feet behind the hole at 15 and made it. That got him within one, but Stackus birdied 18 to seal it.

Teddy Zinsner had the widest margin of victory when he defeated Nicholas Mejia, 7 and 5, while other matches included Rij Patel going 4-up on the front and finishing 5 under par in beating Ian Hildebrand, 5 and 4; Matthew Barnes, who went ahead with wins at 10-11 and hung on for a 1-up decision over Will Mullally, while in a similar vein, defending champion Bart Mease, “played just well enough to win, as he thwarted Brian Marfori, 4 & 3

Will Rosenfield, a quarterfinalist last year, moved on with a 6-and-4 triumph over Ncholas Infanti, and Justin Feldman, a semifinalist two years ago, downed David Lughermo, 2 and 1.

A mid-afternoon rain shower failed to interrupt play and the round was completed without incident. Two rounds are scheduled for Saturday, August 4, and if they are completed, the semifinals and final will be played Sunday (August 5). Because of a weather delay during the first round, which forced a completion of it Friday, things backed up and the usual 36-hole final was reduced to 18 holes.