Pair shoots 65, sails to win in Chesapeake Taylor, McKnight lead entire way in tournament

June 08, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Jim Taylor of Palm Beach, Fla., and Tom McKnight of Galax, Va., teaming for the first time, completed a wire-to-wire triumph when they shot a closing 65 for an 18-under-par total of 195 in the eighth Chesapeake Cup at Caves Valley Golf Club yesterday.

Their seven-stroke victory completed a three-day demolition of a 22-team field that included three past U.S. Mid-Amateur champions and seven with Walker Cup experience.

Duke Delcher of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Bill Hadden of North Haven, Conn., the defending champions, posted 67 for 202 and were tied by the first-time pairing of Bill O'Connor-Hank Schlissberg. The Michigan friends had four birdies apiece in shooting a 63, the low for this year's tournament.

For the first time, the tournament format was three days of tTC better-ball play, but even if it had been aggregate scoring, as it had been in the past, the winners still would have dominated the scene.

They shot 30-35 in the final round, with McKnight contributing four of the team's six front-nine birdies. Each player had a birdie and offset it with two bogeys coming back.

For the three rounds, McKnight had 16 of the team's 21 birdies, and they had three bogeys.

The only other time the two had played a round at the Ownings Mills course, Taylor, the 1989 national Mid-Am titlist (when he beat Hadden in the final), defeated McKnight in the first round of the 1995 event. That time, Taylor went to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Jerry Courville.

A year ago, Delcher was supposed to play with Taylor, but when the latter was sidelined by back surgery, Hadden was a late replacement. Now healthy, Taylor picked up McKnight, another with a solid national reputation.

In the senior division, O. Gordon Brewer and Ray Newsome won for the second time, as they finished three rounds in the 60s with a 68 for 203. Vinny Giles and Downing Gray trailed at 207.

Championship leaders

195--Jim Taylor-Tom McKnight, 64-66-65;

202--Bill O'Connor-Hank Schlissberg, 67-72-63; Duke Delcher-Bill Hadden, 66-69-67;

204--Tim Jackson-Danny Green, 70-65-69;

205--Doug Ballenger-Steve Smyers, 67-68-70; Jerry Courville-Joe Sommers, 71-67-67;

206--Peter Broome-Steve Davies, 68-71-67;

209--Kelly Miller-Chris Dalrymple, 69-68-72; Craig Carson-Bob Young, 70-69-70; Chet Walsh-Tom Shallow, 68-71-70.

Senior division

203--O. Gordon Brewer-Ray Newsome, 69-66-68;

207--Vinny Giles-Downing Gray, 70-68-69;

209--Jerry Greenbaum-Paul Kramer, 67-72-70;

210--Bob Hullender-Richard Tatum, 69-71-70;

213--Jim Keim-Barry Terjesen, 76-66-71; Gary Stewart-Terry Stewart, 75-70-68.

Pub Date: 6/08/98

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