Beaver Creek CC cruises to team title

Hagerstown club wins, 12 1/2-5 1/2, over Hillendale

April 25, 1999|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Beaver Creek Country Club earned 7 1/2 points at home in putting up a 12 1/2-5 1/2 victory over Hillendale CC to win the 69th team championship of the Maryland State Golf Association yesterday.

It was the first trip to the final for the Hagerstown club, while Hillendale was in the last round for the second time. Previously, it had lost to Argyle CC in 1964.

The pairing of Chris Cantone-Tim Armstrong continued its domination with a 3-0 victory over John Bausman-Len Callahan to highlight the winners' home effort. The twosome lost only one-half point in four matches.

The victor's other home points came from Finley Benjiman-Ken Winfield, 2 1/2, and Randy Barnes-Greg McNaney, 2.

At Hillendale, the visitors got 2 1/2 points each from pro Dirk Schultz-Jamie Young and Ken Lampard-Greg Henry.

Schultz, a 300-yard hitter off the tee, and reigning Middle Atlantic PGA match-play champion, was under par on his own ball, a round that included an eagle-3 at the 490-yard eighth hole.

Hillendale team captain Dick Irvin, paired with pro Bill Gombert, then got his side a half for the front nine with a two-putt par at the ninth green. Schultz-Young forged their back-nine margin with wins at the 13th and 14th holes.

After halving the front nine, Lampard-Henry won the 14th and 17th holes to close out Chris Swam-Dan McDonnell.

Bob Atwell-Eddie Lipski, another potent pairing, reeled off a third straight 3-0 decision, this time over Tim Steiner-Walt Grabowski to spark Hillendale's effort. Lipski made about 200 feet of putts, including a 20-footer at the ninth for a point, and Atwell birdied the 15th and 16th holes to take care of the other points.

To reach the title round, Beaver Creek eliminated Cattail Creek, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Breton Bay, and Columbia, the last a five-time champion in the previous six years.

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