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Washington Breaks Losing Streak In Style

By John Stewart, MSGA 

One of the busiest golfing weekends of the season, especially for the best players, was reflected in the scramble opposing captains had in assembling teams for the annual MSGA Baltimore-Washington team match Sept. 15.

Washington's Brian Connolly called upon six rookies and Baltimore's Michael Kuntz five, but the former squad had more incentive on its side. Several weeks ago, Connolly was asked how he expected to halt the stranglehold Baltimore had on the competition. After all, Baltimore had won the last six meetings.

The question became the battle cry for Washington players and they made good on the challenge, winning, 14 1/2 - 3 1/2, including three 3-0 sweeps at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown. A year ago, Baltimore had won by the same score.

Newcomers Ken Kasai and Michael Meyer each played strong roles for their respective Washington pairings. Kasai and Ken Lampard, Beaver Creek Country Club members, stopped Brendan McKinney (Geneva Farms Golf Club) and Dick Roulette (Fountain Head Country Club), as Kasai had a winning 4-foot putt on No. 9 and a winning 5-foot putt on No. 18 to account for a pair of 1-up decisions.

First-time player Meyer, from Lakewood Country Club, and Jeff McKnight, Old South Country Club, dominated Mountain Branch Golf Club members Drew Forrester and Brad Foxwell. The winners had seven birdies -- four by Meyer -- in posting 2-up and 4-up nines

In the senior pairing, Bob Morris, Congressional Country Club, and Jim Castagna, Manor Country Club, defeated Joe Records, Hillendale Country Club, and Sheldon Kalish, Hayfields Country Club. The winners combined for five birdies and no bogeys over a course that played about 6,300 yards to a par of 71. The result was a 3-up margin on the front and 2-up on the back, as Morris had three birdies and Castagna two.

Chris Baloga and John Howson, from Towson Golf and Country Club, lost the front, 1 down, to Vance Welch and Michael Wah, then used a pair of Baloga wins in a 9-par back nine to squeeze out a 2-1 triumph. 

Another 2-1 decision went the other way as Walter Jew, Norbeck Country Club, and Joe Scheffres, Woodmont Country Club, edged Michael Kelly, Sparrows Point Country Club, and Hunter Rief, Woodholme Country Club. The Baltimore side won the front, 2 up, but succumbed to a five-birdie barrage from the Washington team on the back.

Lee Flemister and Sean Boyle, Redgate Golf Club, split with Keith Janacek, Piney Branch Golf Club, and Bob Przybylski, Sparrows Point Country Club, 1 1/2 - 1 1/2. They halved each nine, although Washington needed wins from Boyle at the 15th and 18th to square matters.

This marked the 51st meeting in an event that dates to 1957. Washington was an overwhelming winner from the start, taking 19 of the first 20 matches. Since then, the two have pretty much taken turns winning. Overall, the record stands at 34-17 Washington.

Issue 2.38: September 20, 2007