Mitch Voges, 41, of Simi Valley, Calif., won four of the first seven
holes and easily defeated Manny Zerman, 7 and 6, at the Honors Course,
in Ooltewah, Tenn. It marked the second consecutive runner up finish for
Zerman, who lost to Phil Mickelson in the final match of the 1990 Amateur.
A reinstated amateur, Vogues never trailed in the final. He won the
second and third holes with birdies, then went 4-up when he took the fifth
and seventh holes with pars. He maintained his 4-up advantage at the end
of the morning 18, thanks in part to a holed 9-iron from 137 yards for
an eagle 3 on the par-5 11th hole.
In the afternoon, Boges made an 8-foot birdie putt at the 19th hole
to go 5 up, added a 40-foot birdie putt on the 21st hole, a par three,
for a 6-up advantage, then took his biggest lead of the match, 7 up, with
another birdie at the 22nd.
En route to the final Voges defeated Michael Sposa, a Walker Cup teammate,
and Jay Sigel, a two-time Amateur champion.
The qualifying medal was shared between Allen Doyle, of LaGrange, Ga.,
and John Harris, of Edina, Minn., at 6-under-par 136.