Private Clubs rolls to win over Public

Late flurry carries way to 7-1 series advantage

September 30, 2002|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Private Clubs collected 2 1/2 points in the final four matches to cement a 13 1/2 -10 1/2 victory over the Public Courses in their annual team match at Hunt Valley Golf Club. The outcome, helped by a 7-5 lead after the first day, increased the winners' lead to 7-1 in the series.

The Public side was in position to pull off an upset when those four matches all had 1-up margins in the middle of the back nine. However, Chuck Freedman subdued a stubborn Jeff Rhyne with an up-and-down par at the 17th for a 2 and 1 decision and three other pairings were halved. John Pipitone, Eddie Lipski, and Jim Winner, a week removed from playing in the U.S. Mid-Amateur, got the splits.

A last-hole effort by Pipitone spoiled a memorable weekend for the Public Courses' Bill Johnson. Making his first appearance in the competition, he partnered Tim Osgood to a pair of wins Saturday, and had a solid singles effort before settling for a half with Pipitone.

Two players from each team had perfect 3-0 records for the weekend, Rick Sovero and Charlie Harris for the Private Clubs, and Osgood and A.J. Bachmann for the Public Courses.

Rick Sovero (Pr) d. Mike Castrilli 6 and 5; Charlie Harris (Pr) d. Al Medlin 5 and 4; Phil Fairbanks (Pr) d. Tim Elliott 3 and 2; Mike Hudak (Pr) lost to Brendan McKinney 6 and 5; David Kaplan (Pr) d. Drew Forrester 2 and 1; Paul Steinhardt (Pr) lost to A.J. Bachmann, 4 and 3; David Long (Pr) lost to Tim Osgood 6 and 5; Jim Biggar (Pr) lost to Blair Laubach 6 and 5; John Pipitone (Pr) halved with Bill Johnson; Eddie Lipski (Pr) halved with Lance Bajkowski; Chuck Freedman (Pr) d. Jeff Rhyne 2 and 1; Jim Winner (Pr) halved with Bob Lentz.

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