Brad Freyberger, from Ashburn, Va., the first-day leader with a 71, padded his position with a 1-under-par 69 in the second round, and won the 37th annual Dewey Ricketts Memorial 16-18 championship at Bethesda Country Club, August 13.
Dugan McCabe, a Bethesda CC member, finished second with a 71 for a 36-hole total of 143. The tour included a bogey on the opening nine and a birdie and a bogey on the closing nine. It was another six strokes back to Sean McGarrity, from Bethesda, in third place with 74-75–149.
Freyberger, 17, a 6-foot-3 junior at Broad Run High School, finished with four birdies, three bogeys for his 1-under round. “Everything is geared to hitting,” he said of his game. “If I hit the ball well everything else falls into place.” He followed one bogey with a birdie and declared, “If I get a bogey, I try to get it right back [with a birdie].” His best previous effort this summer was a second in the Bobby Bowers tournament.
Last month, McCabe, 17, a Walt Whitman High School senior, was fourth in the Bob Riley tournament at Belle Haven CC, and won the Bobby Gorin Memorial at Woodmont CC. A year ago, he was the Ricketts 16-18 champion.
In the 14-15 division of the Ricketts, played at 6,450 yards, Alex Maloy, 14, from Potomac and Congressional CC, continued his strong summer play winning with rounds of 73-70–143. That was six shots ahead of runner-up Jack Pogorelc, from Bethesda and the host club, who ended on 75-74–149.
Maloy, who completed a sweep of the 11-under (2016 Ridgway), 13-under (2018 Ricketts), and 14-15 Ricketts, shot 33-37,with three birdies, three bogeys (which included two 3-putts).
Earler, the Georgetown Prep freshman’s tournament work included a victory over medalist Angus Ricks in the first round of the Washington Metropolitan Amateur, then a loss to former champion Bart Mease; he won the Pre-Schoolboy, tied for 12th in the MSGA Juniors, and played in last weekend’s MSGA Baltimore-Washington Team Matches.
In the Charlie Ridgway Memorial (13-under), Jack Stamato, of Severna Park, topped a field of five with 75-73–148, leading second-place finisher Patrick Pritsios, from Arlington, Va., who posted 79–80–159. Stomato’s other 13-under wins this summer include the MSGA Juniors and the Bob Riley, while he was medalist in the Bobby Gorin, then lost in the semi-finals.
The tournament series is sponsored and conducted by the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association.