Kraus makes fi­nal

Bal­ti­morean ad­vances in Se­nior Am­a­teur

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An­drea Kraus of Bal­ti­more had to work over­time in two matches, but she pre­vailed in both and this morn­ing she will play Ellen Port of St. Louis in a sched­uled 18-hole fi­nal for the U.S. Women’s Se­nior Am­a­teur cham­pi­onship at Welles­ley (Mass.) Coun­try Club.

Kraus, 55, had seen a 2-up lead van­ish in the mid­dle of her semi­fi­nal when de­fend­ing cham­pion Karen Gar­cia of Cool, Calif., ral­lied to win three holes and go ahead. Kraus squared the match with a par at the 17th and won it with a par at the 19th.

Ear­lier, she had re­cov­ered from 2-down through11with wins at14 and15 to get even with medal­ist Ju­dith Kyri­nis of Canada, and the two would go on to halve five suc­ces­sive holes with pars be­fore Kraus won with a par at the 21st hole.

“My putting left me a lit­tle bit early in the match, so I fell be­hind,” Kraus said. “But I have con­fi­dence in my game so I was able to come back. … I’m re­ally de­lighted. It’s the first time in the match I went up. It only took, what, 21 holes?”

Asked about mak­ing an 8-foot come­backer for par to claim the win, Kraus said: “I was kick­ing my­self a lit­tle bit af­ter the first putt, but now I’m not.”

In an­other quar­ter­fi­nal, Lisa Sch­lesinger of Lay­tonsville chal­lenged Port all morn­ing but could get only within one hole, as Port won, 2 and 1.

Port, who turned 55 Wed­nes­day and is seek­ing her third U.S. Se­nior Women’s Am­a­teur ti­tle and sev­enth USGA cham­pi­onship, out­lasted Laura Coble of Au­gusta, Ga., in 19 holes in the semi­fi­nals.

Port pulled even with Coble with a birdie win on the par-3 15th, halved the par-4 16th and par-5 17th and 18th with pars and won with a par on the par-419th.

Sughrue ad­vances: Matt Sughrue, a Bethesda Coun­try Club mem­ber from Arlington, Va., ral­lied in the stretch to win two matches and gain the fi­nal of the U.S. Se­nior Am­a­teur cham­pi­onship at Old War­son CC in St. Louis.

Sughrue, 57, won the 18th hole with a par to force over­time, then won the 19th with a par to de­feat Kevin Cahill of Wauke­sha, Wis., in a semi­fi­nal.

In a morn­ing quar­ter­fi­nal, he won 15 and 16 to get even with Doug Hanzel, Sa­van­nah, Ga., then made a 5-foot par putt to halve 18 and se­cure the vic­tory, 1-up.

He will play Dave Ryan, 62, of Tay­lorville, Ill., in a sched­uled 18-hole match this morn­ing.

Ryan beat Michael Dun­smore of Pough­keep­sie, N.Y., 5 and 3, in the quar­ter­fi­nals and topped Tim Jack­son of Ger­man­town, Tenn., 1 up in the semi­fi­nals

Sughrue left the in­sur­ance busi­ness af­ter 25 years to go to grad­u­ate school at Vir­ginia Tech and be­come a psy­chother­a­pist.

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