Geoff Redgrave’s first appearance at the Maryland Senior Open went about as great as he could have imagined. His two-day total, 3-under par was just enough to become the 2017 Maryland Senior Open Champion, defeating Jim Estes by one stroke at Chevy Chase Club Wednesday.
“It just feels great getting my first win at a prestigious event like this among other PGA Professionals,” said Redgrave, the head professional at Wintergreen Resort. “It was really satisfying to win on a tough course like Chevy Chase over two days.”
The first round featured a near mistake-free 18 holes with no missed fairways and strong putting from Redgrave.
“You have to hit fairways at Chevy Chase,” said Redgrave. “The greens were really fast, but I was confident with the putter and it helped me a lot over the course of both days.”
Entering the second round, misty rain provided some difficulty for the players and Redgrave missed three fairways on the front-nine, resulting in three straight bogeys. A difficult up-and-down on the ninth hole propelled Redgrave to his strong finish on the final holes of the tournament. He shot a 4-under-31 on the back-nine to win by one stroke.
“The up-and-down on nine was a great start to my finish on the back-nine,” Redgrave said. “I had two long birdie putts on holes 14 and 16 and I knew I had a chance at winning.”
Not knowing his position during the round, Redgrave says he just played shot-by-shot with no anxiety and it worked.
Redgrave was joined by four other MAPGA Professionals in the top positions of the leaderboard. Jim Estes finished second, Brendan McGrath in third, Ricky Touma in fourth and Rick Schuller finished T5.