The WMGA Williamson Cup Team mounted a strong comeback in the second round of the 55th Williamson Cup Team Matches played this year at the St. Clair C. C. just outside of Pittsburgh. Though the effort came up a hair short, the team posted the best result since 2010.
The WMGA was represented by Coley Hunter (Rockville, MD and the Argyle CC), Matt Malits (Silver Spring, MD and the Argyle CC), Carlo Pizzano (College Park, MD and the Glen Dale GC), and Brad Riley (Olney, MD and the Norbeck CC). WMGA Representatives and Team leaders are Michael Garr and William Kost.
After round one, the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Team (WPGA) team total stood at 219 (+3) on the strength of Brady Pevnarik’s 69. The Washington Metropolitan Golf Association Team (WMGA) team total stood at 226 (+10). Sandwiched in between was the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) at 222 (+6). After a quick lunch, round two got underway but was interrupted by a 1 hour and 45 minute lightning delay about half way through. At that point the WMGA team had lost additional ground. Once the restart got underway, the WMGA mounted a strong comeback, with three of the four finishing under par on the back nine. The team second round total of 222 (+6) was enough to catch GAP team for a tie for second in the team competition at 448 (+16), five shots behind the winning team from the WPGA at 443 (+11).
WMGA team member Carlo Pizzano was at even par 72 in the morning. He slipped a bit at the start of the afternoon round, going out in 39, but regained his traction on the back nine when he birdied 13 and 14, finishing up with a 35 on the back. His 74 second round was just enough to earn him the individual crown (72-74–146) over three other players at 147. Matt Malits was at 76-74–150 in a tie for 7th. Brad Riley was at 24th place and Coley Hunter was in a tie at 25th.
This year’s finish was the WMGA’s best effort since 2010, when Keegan Boone, Bart George, Denny McCarthy, and Jordan Sweet blistered the Essex G & CC in Windsor Canada with a two round total of 401 (-19), winning by a mile. Luke Schaap, representing the WMGA, won the individual crown with the same 146 total in 2014 at the Laval sur le Lac Club in Montreal. Other WMGA individual winners include Denny McCarthy (2009-2010) and Charlie Winegardner (2007) . Denny McCarthy’s 36 hole total in 2010 was 128 (-12) over the par 70 Donald Ross designed Essex G & CC, the record low total in Williamson Cup history.
Coley Hunter is a rising senior at Gonzaga College High School. Coley’s dad Tommy is the Men’s Golf Coach at Georgetown University. Coley tied for second (with Matt Malits) in the 2018 Schoolboy Championship. Matt Malits graduated from DeMatha High School this past spring and is off to the Loyola University of Maryland this fall. Carlo Pizzano is a rising senior at St. Anselm’s Abbey School. Carlo finished 9th at the Schoolboy and was 1st alternate at the U. S. Junior Am qualifier at the U. S. Naval Academy G. C. in June. Brad Riley is a 2018 graduate of Sherwood High School. Brad won the Maryland State High School Boys Class 4A/3A Individual title in the fall of 2017 at the University of Maryland GC. The Washington Post named Brad it’s high school golfer of the year for the 2017/2018 academic year. He finished 8th in the Schoolboy. All four team members have been consistent contenders in WMGA events and are outstanding representatives of the association, their schools, and the Washington metropolitan golfing community. Well done!
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