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Aug. 25 Results: Season-long Race for the B-A Cup Tightens

By Rick Colvin

Badly needing a win, the last place Palmetto team came on strong Aug. 25 to beat Oakridge 10 ½ to 7 in singles matches on the Oakridge course in the next-to-last regular season Bouchillon-Ambrose Cup contest. In the other match, Marshwood eked out a 7 to 6 ½ win over Deer Creek.

Palmetto is now one point behind second-place Oakridge and Deer Creek and two back of Marshwood.

Marshwood now has five wins, Oakridge and Deer Creek have four and Palmetto has three. With a three-day playoff coming up in October, all four teams still have a chance to win.

Highlight Reel

Kevin Brandon skipped his drive across the water in front of the tee on the par 5 4th hole and still made par…Steve Thomas shot a 79 to win his match…David Martin shot a 36 on the front nine to win his match…Andy Eastwood made two birdies and Greg Snyder made three and shot a 73 to tie the match…Bruce Gabbitas hit his second shot on the par 4 16th hole to 8 inches…Palmetto Asst. Pro Lacy Skwarek beat Oakridge Head Pro Eric “Mitch” Mitchell, 3 and 1…and last but not least, Deer Creek Head Pro Spencer Scheeler, hitting his driver from the Tournament tees, put the ball one foot from the cup on the 313-yard par 4 8th. Scheeler, however, lost his match to Marshwood Asst. Pro Kobe Freshwater, 2 and 1.

Wednesday Night Scramble

Eight foursomes, the largest turnout of the season, teed off on the front nine of Marshwood at the August 24th LMGA Wednesday evening scramble. Three teams posted 6-under scores of 30 prompting a chip-off for 1st and 2nd place.

With darkness quickly falling and depth perception waning, Jeff Gendelman displayed a deft touch, nestling his chip inside all others to claim 1st place for his team, composed of Deer Creek head Professional Spencer Scheeler, Steven Freund, Bill Erickson, and Gendelman.  Second closest chip by Dan Smith earned 2nd place money for his team, which included Marshwood Asst. Pro Courtland Keyes, Lawton Davis, and Bruce Baker. 

Team Scheeler also claimed the lone skin with a birdie on the par 4 3rd hole.