WMGA Amateur Championship – Saturday Summary

The scores ran the gamut from lopsided to extra holes, as the 100th Amateur Championship of the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association worked through two rounds at Old South Country Club in Lothian, Md., August 4.

Teddy Zinsner, 19, from Alexandria, Va., who had dipped 6 under par in a 7-and-5 Friday conquest, went one better, as he whipped Brad Whitaker, 8 and 6, with an 8-under tour, in the second round, then held off Toks Pedro in the afternoon, 2 and 1.

Zinsner birdied Nos. 7-8 against Pedro, a recent Rutgers University graduate, and turned 2 up. It was a margin he would not relinquish. Pedro won only three holes, the first with a “gimme” eagle-3, the sixth with a birdie, and the 15th with a par. He also chipped in for a halving par at the ninth. Zinsner ended with four birdies.

At the other end of the spectrum, Will Rosenfield, from Baltimore, won the only overtime match to this point, beating defending champion Bart Mease, in 19 holes in the morning, winning with a birdie at the first playoff hole after Mease had drawn even with a birdie at 18. Justin Feldman, from Rockville, then put out Rosenfield when he won three successive holes early on the back nine on his way to a 5-and-3 victory.

Joining Feldman and Zinsner in the semifinals were Charlie Winegardner, an Old South member from Lothian, and Chris Navarro from neighboring Davidsonville, who came from opposite directions.

Winegardner, who qualified third with a 68 behind co-medalists Pedro and Joe Rice, IV, who shot 67’s, won seven holes on the front nine, and was 3 under par and 8 up after 10 against Sebastian Bonte.  Afterwards Bonte stated, “I just played badly.” Bonte played well enough to take advantage of his opponent’s woes on the back nine, as he ran off a birdie and three pars to close the gap to 4 down, but that was about it as the home favorite won, 4 and 3.

Navarro won the last three holes on the front side with a birdie and two pars to turn 3 up against Rice, an Old South member from Annapolis, who played better on the back in chipping away at the deficit, Rice won 12 with a par, 15 with a par and 16 with a chip-in birdie to tie. Navarro went back in front with a par at 17 where Rice missed the green and failed to convert the par putt. At the 549-yard 18th, Rice hit driver, 8-iron to 12 feet left of the hole, missed his putt and picked up a conceded birdie. Navarro was in the collar in two, chipped to 10 feet and made the putt to earn the win.

The semifinals will begin at 7:30 a.m., August 5, followed by a scheduled 18-hole final, made necessary by a cramped schedule as the result of a three-and-a-half-hour weather delay during the qualifying round.

Notes — Feldman, 21, a University of Maryland senior, was down early against Rosenfield, but won 3-4-6-7, ” and that got me going.” Once ahead, he stayed there the rest of the way. . .Zinsner, 19, a Yale sophomore, pointed to his iron play and the number of shots he hit close to the hole as key to his round. “You have to keep it in play off the tee, too, because you can find trouble if you don’t hit it straight.”. . .Navarro, a University of Maryland senior, used two bursts to get past Rij Patel, a Harvard sophomore, going 3 up in the first four holes, and after seeing the lead shrink to one at 10, regrouped and finished with wins at 14-15 for a 4-and-3 morning triumph.

Updated bracket ⇒ Match Play Bracket-Quarter Final Results