Brandon Cigna closed out the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association’s season in stunning fashion in its annual Four-Ball championship at Argyle Country Club in Silver Spring, October 24.
Last spring, Cigna — with partner Ben Warnquist — went to the final round of the U.S. National Four-Ball championship. This time, partnered by Brian Simpson, it was an overtime victory in the WMGA version. Looking into a bright late afternoon sun, he pitched his second shot to 25 feet at the 408-yard first hole and watched as his putt held a line and fell into the heart of the cup.
The birdie enabled the victors to edge playoff opponents Mike Stackus and Mike Griffin, each of whom had already taken three strokes to reach the green. It capped a long day for the four, as they also played the regulation round together, finishing tied at 6-under-par 65 for the 6,468-yard course.
Stackus sent his side off in fine style with three successive birdies, while Simpson birdied the second and Cigna, the third. A Griffin birdie at the eighth made their lead two strokes. Birdies at 10-11 by Simpson and at 12 by Cigna were partially matched by the other pair, as Stackus birdied 11-12 and Griffin bogeyed 14 to fall into a tie.
Simpson preserved the situation with a good par at 16 and Cigna sent them ahead when he dropped a 15-foot birdie putt at 17. Unfazed, Griffin came right back with a 15-footer at the last hole to force overtime.
The top two teams overwhelmed the 29-team Regular flight, as the next closest challengers were four teams at 69.
Bill Stout and Richard Berrazotto won the Senior flight with 34-32–66 over a 6,238-yard course, ending one shot in front of Mike McCarthy-Stu Strang and George Mavrikes-Ben Brundred. Stout eagled the 532-yard 12th hole with a 20-yard chip shot off a bare spot from under a tree and had three birdies.
Henry deLozier also had an eagle on 12, going over the green in two, then chipping back from 40 feet, as he and Bill Murphy won the Super Senior (65-over) flight with 38-33–71 over a 5,945-yard course. Lynn Wessman-Don Jeanes and defenders George Washburn-Barry Fleur tied for second at 72.
Ben Clements eagled the 500-yard third hole, hitting the green in two and making a 15-foot putt.
The event was held on a cool, breezy fall day with partial sunshine.