Rij Patel, from Hunt Valley, carried a one-stroke lead into the final round of the 73rd Bubby Worsham Memorial tournament at Bethesda Country Club, then closed with a par-70 for a 54-hole total of 209 and a winning margin of seven shots.
There was a three-way tie for second at 216 among Jeff Wilson, 21, a George Mason University senior from Austin, Texas; Jon Moles, the 2016 champion from Frederick, and Mike McCarthy, from Bethesda. Matthew Feinstein, from McLean, Va., completed the top five with a total of 217.
A solid collegiate spring season provided Patel with a good foundation for the summer. “Actually, I just finished an internship [with a New York City bank] and haven’t played much golf this summer, but this was a good week,” Patel reported. “I was consistent and felt comfortable. Fairways and greens and it was pretty stress-free.”
Earlier rounds of 69-70 gave him a wire-to-wire victory, as he was not challenged in the final round. He managed two different nines over the 6,732-yard course, as he had three birdies, three bogeys on the front and one of each on the back.
Ben Morris, from Reisterstown, Md., a William & Mary senior, had five birdies in a 68, the low round of the tournament, while Matthew Barnes, from Bethesda, birdied the ninth and had a birdie and a bogey on the back for 69. Patel and Wilson were joined at 70 by Mac Webster, a Boston College sophomore from Baltimore, who included four birdies in his round.
This marked the first time the top players from the Dewey Ricketts 16-18 division and the Young Amateurs (19-24) division had been combined on the final day, as there was a 36-hole cut of the low 30 and ties and 30 players returned a score for 54 holes.