Three uncommonly pleasant days of weather for July greeted the 39 guys, 23 of whom were Keepers, who played in this year’s Woodmont Match Play Club Championship. With five flights of 8 players grouped by handicap range playing with no strokes given, guys had to win 3 matches to take home the Silver Cup in their flight. The kompetition was keen with 8 of the 35 matches going to extra holes. For The Keepers it was a weekend of high organizational self-esteem since 3 of the 5 flight winners came from our ranks.
In the First Flight which was won by Jamie Cohen over Michael Lerner, Gary “Coppertone” Abrahams and Phil “The Hammer” Malet won first round matches before getting eliminated by the two finalists in round two. The Second Flight saw only Marc “The Bronx Bantam” Fink survive the first round but fail to get by the eventual runner-up Richard Garr who lost in the final to Zack Fishman.
The Keeper glory began in the Third Flight as Howard “Really….Me” Wollner and Len “The Plumber” Goldman got through opening round matches but failed to advance on Day 2. The Keeper torch was carried by Moe “Black Shoes” Dweck who found a way to squeak by LTP on Saturday before handling long hitting Mike Sherman with a back nine barrage winning 5 & 3 in the final.
The Fourth Flight was stacked with 6 Keepers and Neal “Still Bobbin” Bobys and Ron “Don’t Rush Me” Edlavtich advanced through the first round before running into Gary “Pick It Up” Faigen and Sol “Nouveau Hip” Gordon respectively. The All Keepers finale was very komplelling with Pick It Up showing true Pelz-ian Short Game prowess for the second day in a row but coming up one short to Solvin’s increased range of motion.
Again in the Fifth Flight the roster was dominated by 6 Keepers with Herbie “Match Play King” Kushner getting to round two before hearing the drone of the engines coming across the Channel from Arthur “Blitzkrieg” Blitz who took him down in a second round match. The final matched Krieg against M.A. “MA Man” Goldstein and it turned out to be a doozie. Krieg continued to play at a high level as he and MA Man exchanged body blows the whole way with neither able to get the attention of the Fat Lady. In the end it took extra innings to decide the winner with M.A. prevailing on the 19th hole.
By the way, in the Championship Flight Joe Sheffries won his gazillionth Club Championship Trophy with a methodical win over young Jack Klein who put up one determined fight.