The traditional July 4th weekend Woodmont Match Play Club Championships were kontested in hot and sultry conditions this year. Lots of new faces finished with the trophies in hand in the Championship and Flighted Divisions as the quality of play over the three days was as hot as the temperature in the shade.
Twenty-one players, including two Keepers, tried to qualify for the 16 spots in the Championship Flight. Low medalist, representing the young and capable, was Jack Klein who finished the 27 holes at 119. Keith Eig and Mike Fisher from our troops made it through to the round of 16 to earn an extra 100 Kup Points each before falling in the first round.
The Championship Flight final 36-hole match on Sunday was between young Jack Klein and the seasoned veteran Larry Jacobs. On the opening 18 on the zoysia Jack jumped out to an early lead winning 5 of the first 7 holes. It settled down to a sparing match the rest of the outward 18, as they traded holes and Jack took a 6-up lead into the inward 18 on the bent. After a birdie on the first Jack looked like he was in total command at 7-up, but the L. J. showed his fight as he chiseled the lead back to to just 2-up at the turn going into the final nine holes. Jack righted the ship winning 10 through 12 and cruised to a 5 & 4 victory and his first Woodmont Match Play Club Championship.
The Keepers were well represented in the flighted championship which included 19 of our members in the 32 players across four handicap flights. When the top dressing settled Sunday afternoon three of the four winners were Keeper brothers.
In the First Flight Artie “You Got Our Full Attention” Arnonoff continued his solid play besting Billy Burak and Michael Levy in the first two matches before falling 2 & 1 to Howie Stein in the final.
Len “The Plumber” Goldman took out Frank Broner, Tom Burne, and Jonathan Lerner on the way to kapturing the Second Flight Championship trophy.
The Third Flight saw Ronnie “All Smiles” Rosenberg beat Steve Melman and Michael Peacock before outlasting Herbie “The Fountain of Youth” Kushner 2 & 1 in final.
The Fourth Flight was almost a total Keeper affair and Alan “Terp Station” Schwartz had to beat Mark A. Goldstein, Ron Hirschel, and Rick “Lead Dog” Brecher on the way to take the top prize in this flight.
Congratulations to all the Keepers who participated in this year’s Woodmont Club Championships. There was substantial movement in the Keepers Kup Standings as a result of the “Major” Kup Points earned by these fine performances.