Joe Hemsley Medals in Gorin

Joseph C. Hemsley, from Bethesda, managed to retain his lead despite a closing-round 75, and will have the No. 1 seed on Thursday (July 25) in the 16-18 division, as the 60th Bobby Gorin Memorial tournament swings into the match-play portion of the event at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville.

The second-day leaderboard became crowded when the two pace-setters, Hemsley and Jake Griffin, from Kensington, fell back, while three challengers moved into contention. Still, Hemsley held on, as he recovered from a poor start to birdie four of the last five holes to turn 1-under. He also began the front nine poorly, but there was no recovery and he finished with a 3-over 75 and a 36-hole total of 145.

Griffin, two back at the start of the round, had two bogeys and his 72-74 got him to 146. Last year, he was the stroke-play leader in the 14-15 dvision. The next three scorers each improved on first-day work, as Michael Crowley, from Hunt Valley, finished 75-72–147; Dugan McCabe, Bethesda, 75-73–148, and Sean McCarrity, 79-70–149.

In 14-15, Bryan Kim (75-75–150), the Maryland State Junior champion from Brookeville, last year’s Gorin 13-under champion, and Akash Marakath (74-76–150), from Ellicott City, played in the same threesome both days and shared the lead, with Kim placed first in the draw by virtue of starting first.

Playoffs were needed to properly complete the 14-15 and 16-18 brackets and each needed only the first hole. The older group had one of 8-for-2 among those who finished at 154, and Harrison Silva, from Baldwin, and Zach Charapp, from Pikesville, got in with 10-foot birdie putts at the first hole. The 14-15 was 3-for-2 and Stephen Betz, of Frederick, and Preston Worch, from Rockville survived.

Jack Stamato, from Severna Park, shot 75-76–151, and led the 13-under division.

The 16-18 and 14-15 divisions, with 16 qualifiers each, will play two rounds Thursday (July 25) and complete play with two rounds Friday. With only eight players in the draw, the 13-under division will play two rounds Thursday and have its scheduled final Friday morning. The North Course (par 72) was played at 6,940 yards (16-18); 6,525 yards (14-15), and 6,210 (13-under).

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