Mike McCarthy and Henri deLozier recorded the day’s only sweep and the 3-0 decision was enough to push Columbia Country Club past the CC of Fairfax, 8-4, in the annual Senior A team match sponsored and conducted by the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association, May 11.
With two two-man teams at each site, the McCarthy-deLozier pairing defeated Dave Davis and Steve Balberde in the No.2 test at Fairfax. In the opener, Columbia’s Richard Holland and Kevin Gallagher halved the front nine, then won the back nine and the match to get by Don Gibson and Tim Tedrick, 2 1/2 – 1/2.
At Columbia, the No. 1 entry of Charlie Jurgonis and Mike Brown for Fairfax and Marty West and Mike Bellaman for Columbia split, 1 1/2 – 1 1/2, followed by the Fairfax team of Rich Carroll and Joe Gargiulo with a 2-and-1 decision against Bobby Lane and Tom Mitchell.
Both Fairfax teams at Columbia were 3 up after four holes and Jurgonis-Brown eventually went 4 up, before their opponents won the ninth to be 3 down. That didn’t last long, however, as West-Bellaman took three of the first five holes on the back to go even. This would lead to each team winning a nine.
Preserving the tie took some solid putting by both sides to stay that way the rest of the nine, especially by Brown. His 12-foot birdie at the seventh sent his side 4 up, and clutch putts at 17-18 preserved the tie for the match.
Down three, the Lane-Mitchell side birdied the ninth, and the two teams stayed that way until another birdie at the 16th gave them their back-nine point.
The day was overcast and cool and the teams played half of the back nine in the rain at each site.
This was Columbia CC’s 7th win and first since 2002 in the WMGA Senior Team Matches.
Match Highlights at CC Fairfax
At CC of Fairfax – Holland/Gallagher went 1 up through 5, then both pulled their tee shots into the creek left of the green on the par 3 6th for a loss. Don Gibson birdied seven to gain the team’s 1 up lead, but Holland made a clutch 9 footer for birdie on 8 to square the match and then 9 was tied. Holland/Gallagher went on to win the back and the eighteen 2 and 1.
McCarthy/deLozier took the front 2 up, lost the tenth, then won the eleventh. What followed was a back and forth with the Fairfax team of Davis/Balberde gaining a one up lead on the back and going from two to one down on the eighteen, with two holes to play. The seventeenth, at 445 yards, played into the wind with a long, uphill second. McCarthy, from the center of the fairway, hit his second with a hybrid and came up about 20 yards short of the green. Balberde hammered a long iron onto the front left collar, about 30 feet from the hole. A par for Fairfax keeps the match alive, with a chance to tie the affair. McCarthy’s nifty pitch and run ran just past and right of the hole to about 4 feet. Balberde had his hands full, with an uphill-downhill putt that was going to break about 10 feet left to right. His putt was a hair on the low side and a bit firm. It ran past the hole and would not stop, ending up about 10 fee away. He just missed and McCarthy then made his par putt to clinch the match. The match won, they played the last and the Columbia duo managed to gain all three points.
Match Highlight at Columbia CC
The Columbia team of West/Bellaman team was four down through seven vs. Jurgonis/Brown, and seemingly headed to a thrashing. Their back-nine comeback saved the day for Columbia at home, even though the two Columbia teams totaled just 2 1/2 points combined. That news was not lost on their team mates who were on the road as both Columbia teams took the bit on the back nine to gain the day.
At Columbia CC
West/Bellaman 1 1/2 vs. Brown/Jurgonis 1 1/2
Lane/Mitchell 1 vs. Carrol/Gargiul0 2 1/2
At CC of Fairfax
Holland/Gallagher 2 1/2 vs. Gibson/Tedrick 1/2
McCarthy/deLozier 3 vs. Davis/Balberde 0
Columbia CC – 8 CC of Fairfax – 4