Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club won three of four matches and split the other one to
earn the championship of the annual Washington Metropolitan Golf Association’s
Senior Team Matches with a 9-3 victory over Washington Golf & CC, May 12. The
Maryland club, which last won two years ago, prevailed at both sites by the same
score, 4 1/2 – 1 1/2.
Washington Golf was a losing finalist for the second straight year (Congressional
won a year ago, 8 1/2 – 3 1/2). The Virginia entry returned six players from that team,
while Hobbit’s Glen also sent out six from its last title-winning team.
At Washington Golf, Bob Egge-Mike O’Neill defeated Bob Okum-Kent Kerry, 2-1,
and Kevin Allis-Craig Ostrom stopped Steve Fry-Tom Offutt, 2 1/2 – 1/2. At Hobbit’s
Glen, Mike Panos-Doug Wilson split with Bill Stout-Richard Barrazzoto, 1 1/2 – 1
1/2, and Ben Clements-Fran Lynch defeated Mike Brown-Vance Redmond, 3-0. Egge
and Allis did not play in the championship match in 2016 and O’Neill and Stout
did not play in last year’s final.
This time, in Arlington, Va., Egge birdied Nos. 8-9 to get his side 5-up, but
the home team sliced into the deficit a bit on the back before the opposition
closed it out, 2 up. The other pairing saw Ostrom birdie the ninth for a 1-up
win on that nine and the two sides halved the back.
In Columbia, Barrazzotto-Stout won the front, 1 up, with a par at the par-3
eighth. Panos-Wilson turned things around and won the 17th when Doug Wilson
birdied. The birdie clinched the championship. Wilson’s playfeatured strong iron
play as he was often within 10-12 feet below the hole andended with four birdies
(one conceded). “That’s as good iron play as I’ve had in a long time,” he said later.
Clements-Lynch teamed well, finishing each nine 2-up to create a sweep of their points.
Final Bracket is ⇒ Here
History of Senior Team Matches ⇒ HERE