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The Carolinas Team Takes the Captain's Putter Lead

 

GASTONIA, N.C. (October 15, 2021) -- Opening day results of the 76th Captain’s Putter Matches at Gaston Country Club in Gastonia, N.C. on October 15, 2021. The Regular Division is competing at 7,042 yards and the Senior Division is competing at 6,615 yards (par 36-36--72).

 

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The opening day of the 76th Captain’s Putter Matches consisted of 12 four-ball matches, 12 foursome matches and a 12 point lead for the Carolinas team on home turf. Altogether, 24 golfers from the Carolinas and 24 golfers from the Virginias are competing in the matches. A victory in each match earns one point in the Ryder Cup-style format, and if a match goes 18 holes without a winner, one-half point is awarded to each side. The event concludes with 24 singles matches on Saturday. The Carolinas Team needs 6.5 of the 24 available points tomorrow to earn back the Captain’s Putter Trophy, while the Virginias need 18 more points to defend their title. 

 

Four-Ball Matches
 

The Carolinas team got off to a strong start capturing eight of the 12 four-ball matches. The Virginias team won the remaining four matches to give the Carolinas team a four point lead heading into the afternoon foursome matches. 

 

Jordan Utley and Dustin Groves were the first to head out on the course this morning and also the first to put a point up on the board, which went to the Virginias team after defeating Chad Wilfong and Daniel Neveu of the Carolinas, 2 & 1.

 

Three sides captured their matches with a swift 4 & 3 finish, all of which earned points for the Carolinas team. Timothy Driver and Walt Todd Jr., Mark Olbrych and Raymond Wooten, and Captain’s Putter mainstays Pat Thompson and Paul Simson won their matches with the largest margin of the morning. 

 

The Virginias team earned four points in the four-ball round, all of which were won with matching 2 & 1 victories. Jordan Utley and Dustin Groves, Pat Carter and Jonathan Clark, Chris Williams and Cam Roam, and Jim Grimmett and Tim Mount contributed points towards the Virginias team. 

 

The Carolinas regulars outscored the Virginias regulars four to three, while the Carolinas seniors captured three out of the four senior four-ball matches. Evan Long and Russ Perry, representing the Carolinas Super Seniors, won their match 2 up against John Steele and Jim Woodson.

 

Foursome Matches


The Carolinas controlled the afternoon foursome matches capturing 10 of the available 12 points. Josh Branyon and Jordan Sease are undefeated in the matches thus far after capturing their match in an astounding 5 & 4 victory. Mark Olbrych, Raymond Wooten, Eddie Hargett, Walter Todd, Pat Thompson, Paul Simson, Evan Long, Russ Perry, Brian Quackenbush and Michael Sims have won both of their matches and earned two points for Carolinas team so far.


Jordan Utley and Dustin Groves are the solo undefeated Virginas side after claiming a point for the Virginias team with a 1 up victory against Timothy Driver and Walt Todd Jr. The second point for the Virginias team came from two tied matches between Virginians Matt Sughrue and Philip Mahone and Carolinians Sherrill Britt and Steve Harwell as well as the match between Virginians Jack Allara and Neil Davis and Carolinas Senior Four-Ball Champions Rich Weston and Tim Teaster.


While the Carolinas team leads the matches by 12 points, there are 24 available points in the singles matches on Saturday which means it is still anybody’s game. Stay tuned to our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for live updates of the singles matches and to see who will take home the 76th Captain’s Putter Matches victory.

 


76th Captain’s Putter Matches

Gaston Country Club, Gastonia, N.C.

First Round Results: Four-Ball Match Play

 

Jordan Utley & Dustin Groves, Virginias def. Chad Wilfong & Daniel Neveu, Carolinas, 2 & 1

Timothy Driver & Walt Todd Jr., Carolinas def. Marshall Tinsley & Blake Carter, Virginias, 4 & 3

Pat Carter & Jonathan Clark, Virginias def. Chris Cassetta & Matthew Younts, Carolinas, 2 & 1

Mark Olbrych & Raymond Wooten, Carolinas def. Justin Young & Stephen Bain, Virginias, 4 & 3

Chris Williams & Cam Roam, Virginias def. Anthony Conn & Brandon Reece, Carolinas, 2 & 1

Josh Branyon & Jordan Sease, Carolinas def. Buck Brittain & Garland Green, Virginias, 2 up

Sherrill Britt & Steve Harwell, Carolinas def. Robert Nussey & David Jordan, Virginias, 1 up

Eddie Hargett & Walter Todd, Carolinas def. Matt Sughrue & Philip Mahone, Virginias, 1 up

Pat Thompson & Paul Simson, Carolinas def. Jack Allara & Neil Davis, Virginias, 4 & 3

Jim Grimmett & Tim Mount, Virginias def. Rich Weston & Tim Teaster, Carolinas, 2 & 1

Evan Long & Russ Perry, Carolinas def. John Steele & Jim Woodson, Virginias, 2 up

Brian Quackenbush & Michael Sims, Carolinas def. Adam Houck & Ryan Patrick, Virginias, 3 & 1

Four-Ball Standings: Carolinas - 8 points, Virginias - 4 points

 

76th Captain’s Putter Matches

Gaston Country Club, Gastonia, N.C.

Second Round Results: Foursomes Match Play

 

Eddie Hargett & Walter Todd, Carolinas def. Robert Nussey & David Jordan, Virginias, 3 & 1

Matt Sughrue & Philip Mahone, Virginias tied with Sherrill Britt & Steve Harwell, Carolinas

Jack Allara & Neil Davis, Virginias tied with Rich Weston & Tim Teaster, Carolinas

Pat Thompson & Paul Simson, Carolinas def. Jim Grimmett & Tim Mount, Virginias, 3 & 2

Evan Long & Russ Perry, Carolinas def. Jim Woodson & John Steele, Virginias, 2 up

Anthony Conn & Brandon Reece, Carolinas def. Adam Houck & Ryan Patrick, Virginias, 3 & 2

Jordan Utley & Dustin Groves, Virginias def. Timothy Driver & Walt Todd Jr., Carolinas, 1 up

Chad Wilfong & Daniel Neveu, Carolinas def. Marshall Tinsley & Blake Carter, Virginias, 2 & 1

Mark Olbrych & Raymond Wooten, Carolinas def. Jonathan Clark & Pat Carter, Virginias, 1 up

Chris Cassetta & Matthew Younts, Carolinas def. Justin Young & Stephen Bain, Virginias, 3 & 2

Josh Branyon & Jordan Sease, Carolinas def. Chris Williams & Cam Roam, Virginias, 5 & 4

Brian Quackenbush & Michael Sims, Carolinas def. Buck Brittain & Garland Green, Virginias, 4 & 3

Foursomes Standings: Carolinas - 10 points, Virginias - 2 points

Overall Opening Day Standings: Carolinas - 18 points, Virginias - 6 points

 

Schedule of Final Round:

 

Saturday, October 16

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast provided by the Associations

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Singles Matches starting times off of Nos. 1 and 10
Awards presentation and team photos immediately following play

Lunch for the players available for purchase

 


About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)


The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.

The CGA annually conducts 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed nearly $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.     

For more information about the CGA, visit our website.

 

 

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