If I couldn’t win the MD Open…my next choice would be…

July 11, 2007 | Drew Forrester

Billy Wingerd.

I’ve known him for the last ten years, played in a bunch of golf tournaments with him, as a partner, and against him, as a competitor, and I once beat him in the Maryland Amateur at Chartwell G&CC in 2002 (a fact I was forced to remind him of as we pulled into Chartwell on Monday).  I rode down to Chartwell with him on Monday and Tuesday this week – he and I had tee-times 10 minutes apart from one another.  He’s been playing the Hooters Tour for two summers now, trying to make money playing golf.

Well, he exorcised some Chartwell demons today.  Billy is now the 2007 Maryland Open champion after a final round 65 that included birdies at 17 and 18 to beat defending champ Chip Sullivan by one shot.  You can go to www.msga.org for all the details and scoring information from this week’s event.

Billy, 24, is an Overlea HS grad and was an outstanding college player at Towson University.  He is now one of a select few in the history of Maryland State golf who have won the State Amateur (2004 at Towson Golf and Country Club) and the State Open.  He’s won everything in sight in Maryland – hopefully this big winner’s check and the confidence of beating someone like Chip Sullivan down the stretch will boost his confidence to the point where he can compete on the Hooters Tour and beyond.

Congrats my friend!  Now, if only you could erase that loss to me at Chartwell five years ago, all would be well with the world!  lol

Oh, that’s right, you just DID erase it, today!

Billy Wingerd, the pride of Baltimore golf and the 2007 Maryland Open Champion.