Area golfers come up short

June 21, 2005|by TIM KOELBLE

None of the 10 area golfers competing Monday was able to nail down one of two spots available as qualifying for the United States Golf Association Amateur Public Links was conducted at Black Rock Golf Course.

David Bradshaw, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., had the best score of area hopefuls with a 2-over-par 146 on a day that covered 36 holes, twice around the 6,772-yard, par-72 layout.

Ki Moon, a 20-year-old from Ellicott City, Md., fired rounds of 69-70 for a 5-under 139 and was the first assured qualifier. Near the end of the day, Peter Badawy of McLean, Va., came in with a 67 on his second 18 holes to follow up his 72 to tie Moon and gain a spot in the national Public Links, which will be contested July 11-16 at Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio.


Bradshaw's first nine holes of the opening round were most costly in his effort. He started with a 40 and then righted himself with a 34 to finish with a 2-over-par 74. In his afternoon round, he posted a 72, leaving only a glimmer of hope.

"The 40 cost me dearly," said Bradshaw. "The first six holes were frustrating. I'd have a birdie, then a bogey and kept flip-flopping."

Bradshaw, in a practice round Sunday, shot a 67 in preparation of returning to the national Public Links to follow up on last year's trip to Minnesota.

"I had high hopes," he said. "I'd push a drive, then pull a drive. I really didn't play all that well."

Former Smithsburg High School star Seiji Hirai and Frederick, Md.'s Chris Taylor were next among area golfers with identical rounds of 76 and 73 for 149.

Travis Ausherman, of Middletown, Md., was among three golfers who opened with a 72, three shots behind Moon. After posting nines of 39 and 33 in the morning round, Ausherman shot up to an 80 and ended with a 152.

Joining Ausherman at 152 was Michael Kauffman of Waynesboro, Pa. Brandon Sheaffer, of Smithsburg, posted a 155, Anthony Moots, of Frederick, had a 157, Roger Clark, of Frederick, had a 162 and Jeff Snowden, of Hagerstown, came in at 167.

-- Earlier in the day at Waynesboro Country Club, veteran junior golfer Kevin Reiber, a Waynesboro graduate, opened another Tri-State Junior Golf Association season with a hard-earned victory.

Reiber carded a 1-under-par 71 as did Chambersburg, Pa.'s Clayton Rotz, forcing extra holes. The two went to a playoff, and Reiber posted a birdie on the second hole for laurels in the 16-18 age division.

"I had far too many putts (34) today," said Reiber, who had a front-nine 39 and came back with a 32. Today, Reiber will attempt to qualify for the Public Links in a qualifier in Williamsburg, Va.

Smithsburg's Alicia Grier nearly made it a three-way playoff, just one shot off the pace.

In the 14-15 age division, Tyler Straub, of Waynesboro, posted a 73 to beat Alex Hoffman by three shots.

Elizabeth Breed, also of Waynesboro and the younger sister of former junior star Christian Breed, took the 12-13 division with an 83.

The Tri-State Juniors return to the course June 28 at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown.

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