By John Stewart
Kelly Miller and Steve Hudson, playing for Seminole Golf Club in Juno, Fla., combined for a 45-hole total of 165, and won the rain-shortened 18th Chesapeake Cup at Caves Valley by a single stroke, Aug. 21-22. In making a successful defense of a title won a year ago, they led with 65-35 Friday, then shot 65 Saturday morning and were still in front with two holes to play when play was suspended -- and later cancelled -- by an afternoon thunderstorm.
Miller, from Southern Pines, N.C., who had previously finished third in 2006 and second in 2007 with different partners, and Hudson, from Birmingham, Ala., had six birdies in posting a second 65 over the par-71 Owings Mills course.
The Brett Williams-Scott Miller tandem from Butler National GCin Chicago tied for third two shots off the pace after Friday and moved into second place after putting up seven birdies for a 64 to finish 70-32-64-166. Michael Muehr, a former Middle Atlantic Amateur champion, and Mike Stamberger, from Plainfield Country Club, had six birdies and one bogey in ending third with 68-33-66--167.
Bobby Morris, a late substitution, teamed with Marty West to win the 14th Seniors title with a 45-hole total of 64-31-67--162 over a 6,543-yard course. The two represented Pine Valley GC, combining for 11 birdies Friday and five more plus a bogey Saturday.
Fred Silver and Jim Smith, from East Aurora, N.Y., who won the 2004 event when the last nine holes were called off because of rain, tied for second this time with 63-35-65--163, along with 2008 champions Jerry Greenbaum and Chris Maletis, from Langdon Farms GC in Aurora, Ore., 66-34-63--163.
The 13th Chesapeake Cup honoree was Joseph Louis Barrow, Jr., the chief executive officer of the First Tee program which not only provides Juniors with a golf experience but seeks to enhance their life styles as well.
The assembled men Barrow said, "represent the pinnacle of the game, and you should share the importance of this game with young people." It is estimated the First Tee, with 207 chapters in 49 states, has impacted more than two million youngsters in its six-year existence.
"The biggest investment we can make is in these young people. They will be our future leaders," Barrow said.
Also in attendance was Sinclair Eaddy, Jr., the executive director of the First Tee of Baltimore -- which currently has two sites, Clifton Park GC and Forest Park GC. Eaddy, a Baltimore native, figures there have been more than 260 actual participants and the program has touched some 400 altogether. It had been especially beneficial to have Clifton Park program director Matt Bassler on the First Tee team. A Loyola College graduate and current Maryland Open champion, Bassler is able to provide knowledgeable instruction as well as be a role model for the students.
Posted Aug. 25, 2009