By Rick Colvin
The Deer Creek squad turned in another strong performance August 12 to defeat the Marshwood team 9.75 to 7.5 in individual match play in the monthly Bouchillon-Ambrose Cup competition on the Marshwood course.
The competition between the Palmetto and Oakridge teams was closer: each won eight matches but two Palmetto players—Eric Rosenstock and Dick Higgins—tallied enough Stableford points in the overflow division to give their team a narrow victory.
Deer Creek now has six wins for the year, Marshwood and Palmetto have four apiece, and Oakridge has two. With only one competition left in the regular season, Deer Creek will be in the lead going into the three-day playoff tournament in October.
The day featured a number of tight, back-and-forth battles. Deer Creek’s Bruce Decker birdied the 4th and 5th hole to start his match against Marshwood’s Mike Munro and later in the match parred holes 13 through 18. But Munro hung tough and birdied 17 and 18, chipping in from 45 feet, before losing to Decker 2 down.
In the same foursome, Decker’s teammate George Yost also won a narrow victory over Mike McGough. McGough and Yost were never more than one hole apart before Yost won the 17th hole to go 2 up with one to play. “For a rare occasion, my putter was working, and win or lose, a close match in LMGA is always a lot of fun!” Yost said.
In another tight match, Deer Creek’s Ron Monaco and Marshwood’s Charlie Ryan started on the 6th hole and Monaco was 2 up after four holes. Ryan fought back and was 2 up after 12 holes. Monaco won the 18th but Ryan came back with a par on No. 1 to again take a two-point lead. Monaco birdied the 2nd hole, won the 3rd hole to tie the match and parred the 4th to take his first lead with one hole left. A tie on the last hole secured the win.
Palmetto’s Bob Kaplan had to give his opponent, Oakridge’s Dave Angell, 12 handicap strokes but still managed to win 3-up. Angell was two up on Kaplan after eight holes but Kaplan won the next three to go 1-up before Angell squared the match again with six holes to play. Kaplan then took the next three holes to notch a 3 and 2 victory.
Oakridge’s Gary Hobbs chipped from about 40 yards to one foot on the par 5 13th hole to start his match against Palmetto’s Rick Colvin. Colvin parred the 14th to tie the match and both players parred the 15th, with Hobbs putting from behind the green to tap-in distance on his fourth shot. Hobbs then birdied 12, rolling in a putt of about 15 feet. Hobbs was 3 up after 10 holes but Colvin birdied the 8th to narrow the lead to two, which is how the match ended.
In the same foursome, Hobbs’ teammate, Tom Seipel, also birdied the 13th in his match against John Landuyt, a 20-year resident of The Landing who was playing in his first LMGA match for the Palmetto team. Seipel had two more birdies, including a chip-in on the 9th hole, and shot a 79 on his way to defeating Landuyt.
The final B-A cup competition of the regular season is September 16 and the three-day tournament to determine the winner of the B-A trophy is October 7th, 13th, and 14th.