Play-off Wraps up WMGA Senior Amateur

In a summer plagued by horrible weather, uncertainty and stress brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cancellation and postponement of multiple golf events, associations have had little to cheer about.  Despite the challenges of 2020, there have been some bright spots and some very exciting finishes.

The WMGA Senior Amateur, comprising three age divisions – Pre-Senior 40-54, Senior 55-64, and Super Senior 65 and over – had its share of excitement and super play at the Golf Club at South River, in Edgewater, Maryland.

Rob Menefee – Alexandria, Va- fired a two under 69 on Tuesday for 73-69–142 (even par) to take the Pre-Senior Division by four strokes over Greg Kozy and William Ciffullo, both at 146, and the rest of the field.  Four birdies and two bogeys got the job done in round two.

In the Super Senior Division  Doug Wood, Washington, DC, wrapped up his two days with a one over 72 for 77-72–149 (+7), including a double bogey on the last hole.  That was just enough for a one stroke win over Jim Castagna, Sandy Spring, Md.  Castagna struggled on the front nine both days, but bounced back in round one with a 33 and round two with a 36.  But it was one shot shy at 73-77-150 (+8).

The Senior Division was decided by a play-off between Rand Mendez, Wilmington, De. and Pete DeTemple, Lexington Park, Md.  The final pairing of the day included those two and Vance Welch, and the three were deadlocked most of the day.

Through twelve holes Mendez was -1 and DeTemple and Welch were at -2.  It all changed on the last two when Mendez birdied seventeen to get to -2.  Welch bogey the same hole and fell to -1 while DeTemple parred, staying at -2.  Both Mendez and DeTemple parred the final while Welch hit his second into the water as he had to go flag hunting to gain a birdie, eventually ending his day with a triple.

The play-off began on the eighteenth.  Both Mendez and DeTemple drove it down the center.  Mendez, hitting first from 128 yards with a 9-iron, pulled his approach slightly, the ball ending 21 feet left and hole high, just on the green and not far from the drink that ended Welch’s chances.  DeTemple placed his second a hair right and about 9 feet past the hole.  Mendez did not take too long to read his putt, and then stroked it dead center for birdie.  After his read, DeTemple’s putt slid by on the right, and that was that.  Mendez gained the win.

Full field results ⇒ HERE