A team of private club players won five of the six better-ball matches in the afternoon to build a 9-3 lead over a team of public course players in the first Challenge Cup which began at Pine Ridge Golf Course yesterday.
The well-received event, sponsored and conducted by the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation, saw eight of the 12 first-day pairings go undecided until the last two holes. Play will conclude this morning with 12 singles matches at Eagle's Nest.
An underdog team of Tim Osgood-Louis Wright Jr., defeated Bob Kaestner-Henry Blue, 2 and 1, in the No. 1 afternoon match, but it turned out to be the only betterball point for the Public side.
The loss was the first point surrendered by Kaestner-Blue in four starts as a team over a two-year period.
Among the highights, Sheldon Kalish-Mickey Abrams built a 2-up lead midway of the back nine and held on for a 1-up victory; and Jack Soliman's 70-yard sand wedge shot to four feet set up a winning birdie putt, as he and Larry Storck (4 under par for the match) prevailed.