Stormy Start for the Capital Cup and Virginia Team

August 22, 2009 by  

The DC Metro area saw a huge storm pass through on the eve of the Inaugural Captial Cup being hosted by Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD.  It left some questioning whether the event would start on time.In true fashion, it did, albeit implementing lift, clean and place after the more than two inches of rain the area received the night before.  There was only the occasional relief from casual water and a great deal of credit is due to Woodmont because the course remained in great shape throughout the day.

Unfortunately, in the morning foursome matches, the Virginia team didn’t hold up as well as the course against a strong showing by the Maryland team.  The Maryland team of Brad Rotter (Potomac) and Jake Miller (Bishopville) defeated Amanda Steinhagen (Oak Hill) and Zach Lauzon (Woodbridge), 5 and 4.  After losing the first hole, Rotter and Miller got it back to all square on number two, went to 1 up on number three and never relinquished the lead after that.

The second match posted Austin Doerr (McHenry) and Mitchell Buccelli (Port Tobacco) for Maryland against Ryan Rettberg (Front Royal) and Wes Liu (Herndon) for Virginia.  The Maryland team was never behind on this one, winning the first hole and eventually winning 5 and 4.  This match was remarkable in that the final nail was hammered home with Buccelli recording an ace on the par 3, number 15 from 174 yards out. 

Mitchell Bucelli

Mitchell Buccelli made a hole-in-one to close out his team's match

Matt Ball (Richmond) and Sophia Montenegro (Oakton) for Virginia brought some light to the team.  Montenegro managed the course well, placing the ball in strategic positions to allow Ball to fire at the flagstick with laser precision.  He showed a lot of intensity on the course and this tandem proved to be a good pairing.  They defeated the Oshrine brothers (Matt and Sam) of Baltimore, 4 and 3. 

Matt Ball of the Virginia team

Matt Ball of the Virginia team

The fourth match of the day proved to be the best in terms of a battle.  Alex Church (Timonium) and Brian McCormick (Kensington) comprising the Maryland team fell behind early to the team of Adam Ball (Richmond) and Chas Bassing (Great Falls).  Virginia maintained the lead through number ten but never led by more than 2 up. After number 11, they found themelves all square and Maryland went 1 up after number 15.  Virginia continued to battle, winning the 18th to halve the match. 

Shabril Brewer (Oak Hill) and Tim Ritter (Centerville) for Virginia never lost sight of the lead for most of their match against Jordan Sweet (Bowie) and Mason Short (Waldorf).  Virginia actually was 1 up after number 4.  But, three holes later, Maryland took the lead for good and eventually closed it out 3 and 1.

The last match of the morning featured Ben Warnquist (Rockville) and Will Wiseman (Salisbury) for Maryland playing the Virginia team of Kevin Clarke (Midlothian) and Justin Nguonly (Vienna).  Although Maryland took the lead after number one and never lost it, Clarke and Nguonly fought hard and kept things close before bowing out, 3 and 2.

The afternoon four ball matches got underway at 12:15.  However, bad weather rolled in requiring the suspension of play.  Maryland finds itself leading four matches to two.   Matches will resume at 8AM with the singles matches scheduled to begin at 10:45AM.


One Response to “Stormy Start for the Capital Cup and Virginia Team”

  1. Tom Lizardo on August 23rd, 2009 7:28 am

    Mike, you are doing great stuff! Thanks


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