Matt Sughrue teamed with Bethesda clubmate Ed Offterdinger to beat former U.S. and British amateur champion Vinny Giles and Dave Wysong, 3 and 2 yesterday for the Belle Haven Four Ball golf championship.
A thunderstorm deluged the foursome on the 16th hole. After a 1 1/2 hour delay, all played their third shots to the par 5 hole. Offterdinger and Giles both chipped close to the cup and sank their birdie putts for the victory.
It marked the sixth straight year the tournament has been won by collegians. Sughrue, 19, who reached last year's final before losing, attends the University of North Carolina and Offterdinger 21, will graduate next weekend from Virginia.
The two, who grew up together, complement each other on the golf course. Offterdinger earned halves on the first four holes with birdie, par, par, birdie.
After Wysong and Giles went one hole ahead with a par on the fifth hole, Sughrue, with his deadly low and slow putting stroke, sank a 25-foot birdie on No. 6 to square the match.
After all four golfers missed the par-3 10th hole with their tee shots, Offterdinger scrambled for par to put his team 1 up.
Sughrue was the only player to hit the long par-4 11th hole in two strokes and put his Bethesda team 2 up with a 20-foot birdie putt.
On the par-4 13th, Sughrue executed the shot of the match. After deliberating what club to use for his second shot to the green, he picked a four-iron and the ball whistled 170 yards against the wind and stopped two feet from the cup for a conceded birdie and a 3-up lead.
The 14th and 15th holes were halved in par. Then came the cloudburst before victory could be claimed.
Giles and six-handicapper Wysong of the host club were four under par in their morning semifinal and beat Chip Heyl of Reston and Tom White of Army Navy, 3 and 1.
Sughrue-Offterdinger edged Sam Wallace and son Sam Jr. in their semifinal, 1 up.
In the first flight, William Jackson and Arthur Allan of Reston bested John Long of Evergreen and Dave Allen of Woodlawn, 1 up.
Dave King of Bethesda and Dave Pelz of Greencastle beat Ted Vallo and Bill Hess of Reston, 3 and 2, in the second flight.
In the third flight, George Andre of International and Hal Gould of Belle Haven turned back Dave Spannbauer of Montclair and Don Jenkins of Evergreen, 4 and 3. CAPTION: Picture, Dave Wysong misses putt in Belle Haven Four Ball. By Linda Wheeler - The Washington Post