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McCormack wins county title

September 13, 1999|By LARRY YANOS

Dr. Michael McCormack fired a 76 Sunday to win the 10th annual Washington County Amateur Golf Championship.

"I didn't play as well today (Sunday) as I did Saturday but it was good enough," McCormack said. "The course played longer. They moved the tees back and we had some wind."

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The Hagerstown resident, who shot a 70 Saturday to take the lead in the tournament, finished with a 146 at the Black Rock Golf Course.

Chuck Ingram, Randy Cree and Greg Henry all finished at 148 to share second-place honors while Tim Steiner followed at 149.

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The First Flight was completed by Randy Barnes and Dick Roulette at 150 and Dennis Stoner at 151.

Robert DeBow won the Senior Division, showing a 36-hole total of 159. He was followed by Bob Nichols (160), Dick Mercer (142) and Bob Grantham (168).

McCormack, however, showed the way in the tournament restricted to Washington County residents.

"My iron play was alright. I hit 14 greens, but I didn't putt very well," McCormack said. "I felt a little pressure on the back nine but those two birdies (on 14 from six feet and 16 from 12 feet) kept me going. I still would have done better if I had made some putts."

In addition to the two birdies, McCormack had bogeys on 8, 10, 11 and 15 and a double bogey on 13.

McCormack said he was confident entering Sunday's final round but wasn't taking anything for granted.

"The history of this tournament indicated that not too many golfers went wire-to-wire," McCormack said. "I knew it wasn't going to be easy."

McCormack's son Michael Jr. also participated in the tournament.

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