And the Capital Cup Goes To…….

August 23, 2009 by  

The Inaugural Capital Cup, pitting some of the best junior golfers from Virginia and Maryland against one another in a Ryder Cup-style format, was put to rest today.

Mason Short and Will Wiseman, Maryland - click to enlarge

Mason Short and Will Wiseman, Maryland - click to enlarge

Maryland outplayed their Virginia counterparts, winning 14 1/2 to 8 1/2, to secure the Cup. Saturday’s four ball matches were in progress when they were suspended due to bad weather. Down-right ugly weather, actually. Play resumed on Sunday morning. Maryland extended their lead from Saturday’s foursomes by winning four of the six matches. This left Maryland with a five point lead (8 1/2 – 3 1/2) going into the singles matches.

In the four ball matches, Virginia’s Matt Ball (Richmond) continued his winning ways, this time paired with Ryan Rettberg (Front Royal) and they easily dispatched Bradley Rotter (Potomac) and Jake Miller (Bishopville), 6 and 4. Adam Ball (Richmond) and Zack Lauzon (Woodbridge) secured the other point for Virginia against the very game Maryland pairing of Austin Doerr (McHenry) and Mitchell Bucelli (Port Tobacco). That match went to 1 up.

After that, it was all Maryland. Mason Short (Waldorf) and Will Wiseman (Salisbury) over Amanda Steinhagen (Oak Hill) and Kevin Clarke (Midlothian), 2 and 1; Ben Warnquist (Rockville) and Jordan Sweet (Bowie) victorious in a tight match against Wes Liu (Herndon) and Tim Ritter (Centerville), 1 up; Alex Church (Timonium) and Brian McCormick (Kensington) defeated Justin Nguonly (Vienna) and Sophia Montenegro (Oakton), 4 and 3; and the final match saw brothers Matt Oshrine and Sam Oshrine (Baltimore) outshine Chas Bassing (Great Falls) and Shabril Brewer (Oakton), 5 and 4.

Moving into the 12 singles matches, Maryland only needed 4 wins to take the Cup.  This proved to be an insurmountable difference for the Virginia team.  But, there was some drama as the Virginia team found itself leading in 9 matches at one point in the day.  The first match, Ben Warnquist against Virginia’s Wes Liu went down to the wire and they halved their match.  Maryland came in with the first win of the day when Jordan Sweet defeated Ryan Rettberg, 4 and 3.  Then, Virginia found some life and posted two wins with Chas Bassing in a

Amanda Steinhagen, Virginia

Amanda Steinhagen, Virginia - click to enlarge

strong win over Brian McCormick, 5 and 4; and Amanda Steinhagen edging out Mitchell Buccelli, 2 and 1.  At this point, Maryland was looking for the 2 1/2 points needed to lock it up.

Austin Doerr provided one of those points with a 4 and 3 win over Sophie Montenegro.  Virginia, not about to give up so early found some fight in Justin Nguonly (headed to Towson University this fall) as he battled Matt Oshrine to the end, finding a 1 up win.  Sam Oshrine fought back and forth with Tim Ritter and this time, the Oshrine’s put one in the win column.  Sam claimed a 1 up victory.  This left Maryland only needing to halve one of the five remaining matches for the win.

Alex Church took care of business for Maryland by defeating Kevin Clarke, 3 and 2, securing the victory for Maryland.  Competitors that they are, the four remaining matches produced some fine golf.  Jake Miller for Maryland and Shabril Brewer halved their match.  Zach Lauzon lost to a clearly determined Marylander, Bradley Rotter, 2 and 1. 

The last two matches saw some of the stronger junior players in the area going at one another.  Match play is a tricky business.  Strategy takes on many faces.  Where do you place your players in the lineup?  Do you put your heavy hitters up front hoping for a couple of wins to boost team morale or do you put them in the back where they can close the deal?  Sometimes, the deal is done before you get to the back.  Sometimes not.  Either way, Maryland Captain Josh Tremblay, head PGA Pro at Woodmont and Virginia Captain Tommy Smith, PGA Assistant Pro at Army Navy Country Club did an outstanding job stepping up to the tee for this event, matching players together and keeping their eyes on the matches throughout the weekend.  They were seen darting across the course in their carts all weekend long. 

Adam Ball, Virginia - click to enlarge

Adam Ball, Virginia - click to enlarge

Back to the matches.  Adam Ball, the reigning Virginia State Golf Association Jr. Champion and US Junior Am qualifier, was fielded against Mason Short, a very solid competitor who most recently finished 10th in a field of 95 at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship where he fired a 69 in the second round.  In this match, Adam simply outlasted Mason and took the match 1 up.  If they both qualify to play next year (and no reason they shouldn’t), this would be a dandy rematch.  Captains, are you listening ?

In the final match, Will Wiseman, who is headed to play golf at the University of Maryland this fall, really needs no introduction when it comes to Maryland junior golf.  For that matter, neither does Matt Ball, a rising high school senior,  when you are talking Virginia junior golf.  Both are well-seasoned players who can go low.  On this day, Will came out as the better player, notching a 1 up victory.  There will be no dream rematch next year for these two but perhaps they will “run into” each other on the college circuit real soon.

Ben Warnquist, Maryland - click to enlarge

Ben Warnquist, Maryland - click to enlarge

Bob Heintz, the Junior Golf Director for the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA (MAPGA) needs to be commended for bringing this event to fruition.  When asked how it came about, he says readily with a big smile, “This is my baby.”  Heintz attended the Ryder Cup last year and couldn’t believe the comraderie that was felt throughout the entire event.  After getting back from the Ryder Cup he says he “presented the idea to the Board and they loved it.  So I took it from there and just ran with it.”    Heintz organizes the MAPGA Junior Tour in the summer where this year they ran 33 events in 50 days, not including weekends.  He thanks his three interns for helping him out all summer.  Clearly, he knows a little about putting together tournaments and it seems quite likely that based on the success of its inaugural season, the Capital Cup will become the pinnacle of the MAPGA junior golf season.


One Response to “And the Capital Cup Goes To…….”

  1. Scott Chisholm on August 25th, 2009 11:01 am

    I have been involved with junior golf for 7 years now. I have met a bunch of quality people through this wonderful game. I can confidently say –Bob Heintz is one of the best young tournament directors we have in this country. Extrememly organized, committed to the well-being of the community, and knowledgeable in his craft, Heintz modestly goes about his work. It is not surprising to see another successful tournament.

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