Sunday July 22, 2012

Given his success as the captain of Wyantenuck Country Club's Tenna goma Cup team, some club members have suggested that Davis Love needs to make him a vice captain for the United States Ryder Cup team.

"The last person they need to see is me," Scarboro said with a laugh at the suggestion.

But, hey, three wins in three years coaching against Stockbridge Golf Club, the most recent a stunning 191 2-41 2 rout after their South County neighbors had dominated the annual Ryder Cup-style matches?

"Well, the fact is, we do have three wins," he admitted. "But you know it's the guys on the team who are doing the playing and making me look good."

Actually, this time -- he didn't make the team last year -- the 65-year-old Scarboro did some pretty good playing of his own, partnering with Donnie Carlson for alternate-shot and best-ball wins on day one last Saturday at Stockbridge and beating Bob Kay on the 17th hole Sunday in singles at Wyantenuck.

"I was ready to quit the game three weeks ago," Scarboro said. "But I bought a new set of hybrids, and all of a sudden I'm shooting in the 70s. Golf is fun again."

As satisfied as Scarboro was with his own game, there was one victory that stood out the most.

"Walt Pearson is 80 years old and he went out and won his singles match," Scarboro said. "How great is that? That just shows that this is a game for everyone."

In the Tennagoma, each club has qualifying in three divisions based on handicaps. Pearson was Wyantenuck's top qualifier in the third division.

"Our third division did real good and usually it doesn't do that well," he said.

Wyantenuck got off to a fast start and never looked back, winning both the alternate-shot and best-ball sessions 41 2-11 2 for a 9-3 lead heading back to Wyantenuck. Stockbridge lost the singles 101 2-11 2.

There were a few matches in the first division that Scarboro thought might favor Stockbridge, but it didn't work out that way. He pointed to Adam Hersch and Adam Trivilino's win over Stockbridge standouts Randy Driscoll and Jim Finnerty as one of those.

"That's one I didn't really think we would win," he admitted. "But they beat them at Stockbridge."

In the end, Wyantenuck's first division won every match it played, including Andy Congdon ending a three-year losing streak against Driscoll.

"Mike Kinna made four birdies and an eagle [in singles against Finnerty] and Mike Schopp Jr., playing against Chris Shields, who can really play, had four birdies," Scarboro said. "But everyone on the team played well."

The coach deserves some credit, too. His pairings worked very well.

"It's always easier to pair up people who play a lot together and have a similar kind of ability," Scarboro said. "There was a number of instances where we could do that successfully and it worked."

"Give them credit," said Finnerty. "They have a stronger and younger team than we do right now and we were soundly beaten. We have to regroup and go back to the drawing board for next year."

The Wyantenuck women's team was also victorious, defeating Stockbridge 4-2 in best-ball matches at Wyantenuck on Sunday.

Finals set at Wyantenuck

The team of Andy Congdon and Tom Plungis, the medalists in the qualifying round on Friday, won two matches on Saturday to join three other teams in today's semifinals in Wyantenuck CC's Four-Ball Invitational.

Congdon and Plungis defeated Stock bridge's Randy Driscoll and partner Dave Hathaway in the afternoon quarterfinals to advance.

Congdon and Plungis will face the team of Scott Wood and Ed Schopp in one semifinal this morning. Scott, from Columbia (N.Y.) Country Club, and Schopp, a Wyantenuck member, ousted the New York team of Dave Skoney and Steve Quillinan.

In the other quarterfinals, Long meadow Country Club's Bill Cunning ham and Pat Pio defeated Wyan tenuck's Mike Schopp Jr. and Ben Schopp while Joe Mullany and Angus McAllister beat Johnny Gilmartin and Will Bacas. Mullany currently lives in Detroit but is still a Wyantenuck member while McAllister lives in Boston.

This morning's semfinal matches in all flights begin with a 7:30 shotgun start. The finals will be played in the afternoon.