MAGA finishes off Mason-Dixon win

October 10, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

The Middle Atlantic Golf Association, perennial underdog in its annual Mason-Dixon team matches with the Golf Association of Philadelphia, made sure this one did not get away.

Holding a five-point lead entering yesterday's singles matches at Caves Valley Golf Club, the home side won three of the first four pairings and went on to a 12-6 victory.

Backed by an outstanding golf course and superb fall weather, the Middle Atlantic wound up winning six singles and halving another in adding to its first-day 5 1/2 - 1/2 lead. The dozen matches were contested closely, with seven going to the 17th or 18th holes.

The final result left Philadelphia with a 25-15-3 advantage in the 43-year series inaugurated by Edward Johnston, of Baltimore. Johnston, a Baltimore Country Club member and a past president of the MAGA, was on hand as an official.

A 15-foot putt at his last green by Carl Greener, Philadelphia's Junior team member, had given the visitors their one-half point Saturday, but it was G. W. Cable, 17, of Fairfax, Va., the MAGA's Junior player, who got his team off on the right foot in the final round.

The Oakton High School senior, the first to win back-to-back Washington Schoolboy titles since Deane Beman in the mid-1950s, turned 4-up on Greener, birdied the 460-yard, par-4 11th hole and finished with the two-day event's most lopsided score, a 6-and-5 triumph.

Then Adrian Druzgala, of Ellicott City and Hobbit's Glen Golf Club, claimed a 2-and-1 decision over Michael Domenick, who had putting problems on the sloping surfaces. When Joel Kaye, of Owings Mills and the host club, stopped William McGuiness, 3 and 1, it boosted the Middle Atlantic to an 8 1/2 -1 1/2 lead.

In the closest match, Buddy Peoples of Bowie and Crofton Country Club, 2-down with three holes to play, birdied the 16th and 18th to forge a tie with Robin McCool.

Two Middle Atlantic points came from Columbia Country Club members Perky Cullinane, one of two Senior players, and reigning Middle Atlantic Amateur titlist Marty West III, the dean of the competition, who was participating in his 25th meeting over the past 26 years.

Cullinane won the first three holes, ended the match with a birdie and defeated Fred Tyler, 5 and 4. West, 1 down at the turn and 2-up after No. 14, edged David Brookerson, 2 and 1, a 170-yard, 5-iron shot to 10 feet setting up a winning par .

Results

G. W. Cable (MA) def. Carl Greener, 6 and 5; Adrian Druzgala (MA) def. Michael Domenick, 2 and 1; Michael Tash (P) def. Barry McCarty, 2 and 1; Joel Kaye (MA) def. William McGuiness, 3 and 1; Chet Walsh (P) def. Shane Patterson, 2 and 1; Buddy Peoples (MA) split with Robin McCool; Buddy Marucci (P) def. Chuck Friedman, 4 and 2; Bob Bilbo (MA) def. Michael Gregor, 2 and 1; James Kania (P) def. Pat Tallent, 5 and 4; Marty West III (MA) def. David Brookerson, 2 and 1; Jay Howson (P) def. Bob Bonnell, 6 and 4; Perky Cullinane (MA) def. Fred Tyler, 5 and 4.

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