Danny Gums and Kenny Chacon, left, and Brian Sanko and Rob Worden won the Club's inaugural Four-Ball Match Play Championship. (Click photo for larger image.)
By Don Thames
RMCC Head Golf Professional
Danny Gums and Kenny Chacon combined forces to win the inaugural Four-Ball Match Play Championship. This new event has been straight away added to the RMCC rota as a major championship. Rob Worden and Brian Sanko prevailed in the net division. Both teams earned the title and will have their names inscribed on the perpetual trophy as the champions of their respective division.
Danny Gums, a three time club champion, and Kenny Chacon battled hard and rose to the challenge in the semi-final match against the formidable team of Dean Clapp and Dave Bunfill. Both teams made six birdies in the match. The difference came on the 11th hole, when Kenny Chacon chipped in for an eagle three on the North Course. The match went back and forth from there with birdies flying. Chacon stuffed a 7-iron to 12 feet on the 16th green. The subsequent putt he dropped for birdie put Gums/Chacon 2 up for the day. The champions parred the 17th hole to close out the match 2-1.
The final match pitted Chacon/Gums against tournament medalists Tom Shewchuk and Justin Cowperthwaite. The final match was a “dog fight,” according to Chacon. At no point in the match did either team hold a two-up lead. It went back and forth all day. Tom Shewchuk gave his team life on hole number 13 by stroking a hybrid club to within a foot of the hole from more than 200 yards, pulling the match even. Shewchuk/Cowperthwaite gained momentum by virtue of a birdie on 14 to go one up. In seesaw fashion, Gums birdied 17 to square the match. Gums “piped it” on 18, made a par and watched as Cowperthwaite could not get up and down for the tie. The birdie-par finish was all the winning duo needed for the one up win of the match and title of Four Ball Match Play Champions.
Rob Worden and Brian Sanko marched through the field with a convincing win in the first round over medalists Paul Wilson and Bill Todd. From there, they never looked back. They ran through their quarterfinal match with Van Doren/Findlay and met Mike Simas and Scott Corner in the finals. The match tilted in their favor early on. Corner roared back late in the match but simply ran out of holes as the champions claimed the match and the championship with a 1-up victory.
RMCC will look forward to growing this event next year by making it deserving of its status as a major championship.