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Virginias Edges Carolinas 24.5-23.5 to Win 69th Captain's Putter Matches

Carolinas Captain Dick Dosek (L) Raises Victorious Virginias Captain Lee Coble (R) Arm in Victory

ALDIE, Va. –– Two evenly-matched teams produced a close final result as the 24-golfer Virginias team notched a one-point victory (24½-23½) at the 69th Captain’s Putter Matches, which concluded today at The Club at Creighton Farms.    

Team Virginias, owner of a one-point advantage following first day four-ball and foursome matches, kept that narrow lead after the two teams split 24 singles’ encounters, 12-12 to claim the one point win. On Saturday’s deciding day, Virginias’ regulars won singles by two points (9-7), while Carolinas claimed senior singles’ matches by two points (5-3).

Over the two days of matches, Virginias’ regulars outscored their opponents by four points (18-14), while Carolinas’ seniors held a three-point advantage (9½-6½). All told, the one-point margin separating the teams signaled the closest margin of victory for either squad since the event went to a one-point per match format in 2002.

Virginias retained the Captain’s Putter Trophy awarded to the champions and notched its fourth straight victory in the matches, a first in the history of the event for Virginias. 

On the final day for Virginias’ regulars, Justin Young (Roanoke, Va.) and 28-year-old Jordan Utley (Richmond, Va.) both came away with victories and were a part of helping to collect all of the possible three points available over the two days. 

Virginias also received important contributions from the youthful part of its lineup, with 17-year-olds Mark Lawrence Jr. (Richmond, Va.) and Logan Yates (Ruckersville, Va.) as well as 22-year-old Bryce Chalkley (Richmond, Va.) each recording wins.

Additionally, competition veterans Buck Brittain (Tazewell, Va.) and Jon Hurst (Fredericksburg, Va.) scored victories. West Virginians Sam O’Dell (Hurricane) and Phillip Reale (Charleston) put up wins on a day when every point was important. 

For Carolinas’, Michael McGowan (Southern Pines, N.C.) notched a triumph and was a part of claiming all three points for the team. Fellow North Carolina residents Matt Crenshaw (Burlington), Josh Nichols (Kernersville) and Scott Harvey (Greensboro), who won the U.S. Mid-Amateur in September, secured triumphs for Carolinas on the closing day.

Carolinas also received wins from Walter Todd Sr. (Laurens, S.C.), Will Miles (Hilton Head, S.C.) and Ross Thomson (Daniel Island, S.C.)

On the seniors side, Carolinas’ registered four wins and two other matches were halved. North Carolinian Ron Carpenter (Durham), as well as Charlotte residents Jim Pearson and Jim Grainger each posted victories. Additionally, Rick Cloninger (Fort Mill, S.C.) secured a win, besting Pat Tallent (Vienna, Va.), this year’s U.S. Senior Amateur champion. Carpenter was a part of three wins in the event.

Williamsburg’s Dave Pulk and Harold Payne (Hurricane, W.Va.) each returned victories for Virginias’ seniors. Pulk was blemish-free in the two days of matches. 

Carolinas leads the all-time series 47-21-1, but Virginias owns an 8-5-0 lead dating back to 2002.

ALDIE, Va. –– Results following the final day singles matches at the 69th Captain’s Putter Matches The Resort at The Club at Creighton Farms on Saturday, Oct. 18.

REGULARS
Matt Crenshaw (Burlington, N.C.) def. Trent Roush (Mason, W.Va.), 7 and 6

Logan Yates (Ruckersville, Va.) def. Eric Brady (Cary, N.C.), 5 and 4

Jon Hurst (Fredericksburg, Va.) def. Logan Harrell (Huntersville, N.C.), 2 and 1

Mark Lawrence Jr. (Richmond, Va.) def. Bo Andrews (Raleigh, N.C.), 2 and 1

Bryce Chalkley (Richmond, Va.) def. Thomas Walsh (High Point, N.C.), 2 up

Walter Todd Sr. (Laurens, S.C.) def. Brad Ferguson (Gordonsville, Va.), 1 up

Josh Nichols (Kernersville, N.C.) def. Matt Chandler (Hardy, Va.), 2 up

Michael McGowan (Southern Pines, N.C.) def. Scott Shingler (Haymarket, Va.), 2 up

Buck Brittain (Tazewell, Va.) def. Dean Channell (Cary, N.C.), 6 and 4

Scott Harvey (Greensboro, N.C.) def. Keith Decker (Martinsville, Va.), 2 and 1

Will Miles (Hilton Head, S.C.) def. Jimmy Delp (Arlington, Va.), 3 and 2

Sam O’Dell (Hurricane, W.Va.) def. Steve Liebler (Irmo, S.C.), 2 and 1

Ross Thomson (Daniel Island, S.C.) def. Tad Tomblin (Alum Creek, W.Va.), 4 and 3

Phillip Reale (Charleston, W.Va.) def. Jonathan Jackson (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 1 up

Justin Young (Roanoke, Va.) def. Chris Cassetta (Winston-Salem, N.C.), 3 and 2

Jordan Utley (Richmond, Va.) def. Brian Westveer (Charlotte, N.C.), 4 and 2

Virginias regulars won singles matches, 9-7

SENIORS

James Gallagher (Yorktown, Va.) halved Russ Perry (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

Ron Carpenter (Durham, N.C.) def. Al Bello (Stafford, Va.), 2 and 1

Harold Payne (Hurricane, W.Va.) def. Steve Sharpe (Greensboro, N.C.), 4 and 3

Rick Cloninger (Fort Mill, S.C.) def. Pat Tallent (Vienna, Va.), 6 and 5

Jim Pearson (Charlotte, N.C.) def. Jim Nirich (Catlett, Va.), 3 and 2

Jim Grainger (Charlotte, N.C.) def. Rick Moore (Spencer, W.Va.), 1 up

Jack Allara (Salem, Va.) halved Gary Brown (Charlotte, N.C.)

Dave Pulk (Williamsburg, Va.) def. Gary Robinson (Fayetteville, N.C.), 2 and 1

Carolinas won final-day singles matches, 5-3 

The two teams split 24 singles’ matches, 12-12

Virginias wins the 69th Captain’s Putter Matches, 24½-23½

First Day Four-Ball and Foursome Results (Friday, Oct. 17)

ALDIE, Va. –– Results from morning four-ball matches at the 69th Captain’s Putter Matches at The Club at Creighton Farms on Friday, Oct. 17.

REGULARS

Buck Brittain (Tazewell, Va.)-Jimmy Delp (Arlington, Va.) def. Steve Liebler (Irmo, S.C.)-Walter Todd Sr. (Laurens, S.C.), 5 and 3

Matt Chandler (Hardy, Va.)-Brad Ferguson (Gordonsville, Va.) halved Bo Andrews (Raleigh, N.C.)-Eric Brady (Cary, N.C.)

Mark Lawrence Jr. (Richmond, Va.)-Logan Yates (Ruckersville, Va.) def. Will Miles (Hilton Head, S.C.)-Thomas Walsh (High Point, N.C.), 5 and 3

Keith Decker (Martinsville, Va.)-Jon Hurst (Fredericksburg, Va.) def. Matt Crenshaw (Burlington, N.C.)-Jonathan Jackson (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 2 and 1

Scott Shingler (Haymarket, Va.)-Justin Young (Roanoke, Va.) def. Chris Cassetta (Winston-Salem, N.C.)-Scott Harvey (Greensboro, N.C.), 4 and 3

Bryce Chalkley (Richmond, Va.)-Jordan Utley (Richmond, Va.) def. Josh Nichols (Kernersville, N.C.)-Brian Westveer (Charlotte, N.C.), 2 and 1

Logan Harrell (Huntersville, N.C.)-Michael McGowan (Southern Pines, N.C.) def. Phillip Reale (Charleston, W.Va.)-Trent Roush (Mason, W.Va.), 2 and 1

Ross Thomson (Daniel Island, S.C.)-Dean Channell (Cary, N.C.) def. Sam O’Dell (Hurricane, W.Va.)-Tad Tomblin (Alum Creek, W.Va.), 1 up

Virginias regulars won first day four-ball matches, 5½-2½

SENIORS

Jim Grainger (Charlotte, N.C.)-Gary Robinson (Fayetteville, N.C.) def. Rick Moore (Spencer, W.Va.)-Harold Payne (Hurricane, W.Va.), 2 up

Jack Allara (Salem, Va.)- Dave Pulk (Williamsburg, Va.) def. Russ Perry (Winston-Salem, N.C.)-Jim Pearson (Charlotte, N.C.), 1 up

Gary Brown (Charlotte, N.C.)-Ron Carpenter (Durham, N.C.) def. Al Bello (Stafford, Va.)-Pat Tallent (Vienna, Va.), 1 up

Rick Cloninger (Fort Mill, S.C.)-Steve Sharpe (Greensboro, N.C.) def. James Gallagher (Yorktown, Va.)-Jim Nirich (Catlett, Va.), 2 up

Carolinas seniors won first day four-ball matches, 3-1

Virginias won first day four-ball matches, 6½-5½    

ALDIE, Va. –– Results from afternoon foursome matches at the 69th Captain’s Putter Matches at The Club at Creighton Farms on Friday, Oct. 17

REGULARS

Matt Crenshaw (Burlington, N.C.)-Thomas Walsh (High Point, N.C.) def. Mark Lawrence Jr. (Richmond, Va.)-Logan Yates (Ruckersville, Va.), 4 and 2

Keith Decker (Martinsville, Va.)-Jon Hurst (Fredericksburg, Va.) halved Jonathan Jackson (Chapel Hill, N.C.)-Will Miles (Hilton Head, S.C.)

Scott Shingler (Haymarket, Va.)-Justin Young (Roanoke, Va.) def. Chris Cassetta (Winston-Salem, N.C.)-Josh Nichols (Kernersville, N.C.), 1 up

Bryce Chalkley (Richmond, Va.)-Jordan Utley (Richmond, Va.) def. Scott Harvey (Greensboro, N.C.)-Brian Westveer (Charlotte, N.C.), 3 and 2

Michael McGowan (Southern Pines, N.C.)-Ross Thomson (Daniel Island, S.C.)  def. Phillip Reale (Charleston, W.Va.)-Trent Roush (Mason, W.Va.), 3 and 1 

Sam O’Dell (Hurricane, W.Va.)-Tad Tomblin (Alum Creek, W.Va.) def. Logan Harrell (Huntersville, N.C.)-Dean Channell (Cary, N.C.), 3 and 1

Bo Andrews (Raleigh, N.C.)-Walter Todd Sr. (Laurens, S.C.) def. Buck Brittain (Tazewell, Va.)-Jimmy Delp (Arlington, Va.), 3 and 2

Eric Brady (Cary, N.C.)-Steve Liebler (Irmo, S.C.) def. Matt Chandler (Hardy, Va.)-Brad Ferguson (Gordonsville, Va.), 1 up

Carolinas regulars won first day afternoon foursome matches, 4½-3½

SENIORS

Rick Moore (Spencer, W.Va.)-Harold Payne (Hurricane, W.Va.) def. Russ Perry (Winston-Salem, N.C.)-Gary Robinson (Fayetteville, N.C.), 1 up

Jack Allara (Salem, Va.)-Dave Pulk (Williamsburg, Va.) def. Jim Grainger (Charlotte, N.C.)-Jim Pearson (Charlotte, N.C.), 4 and 3

Al Bello (Stafford, Va.)-Pat Tallent (Vienna, Va.) halved Gary Brown (Charlotte, N.C.)-Rick Cloninger (Fort Mill, S.C.)

Ron Carpenter (Durham, N.C.)-Steve Sharpe (Greensboro, N.C.) def. James Gallagher (Yorktown, Va.)-Jim Nirich (Catlett, Va.), 2 and 1

Virginias seniors won first day afternoon foursome matches, 2½-1½

Carolinas seniors’ won first day four-ball and foursome matches, 4½-3½

Virginias led following the first day of four-ball and foursome matches, 12½-11½.

 



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