A few photos from our stay in Bandon (more here):
There are certain numbers that are synonymous with unbreakable records in sports.
56 — Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak in 1941.
100 — Wilt Chamberlain’s points in a single 1962 NBA game.
11 — Byron Nelson’s consecutive tournament wins in 1945.
Add 24 to that list. That’s the number of points the Seattle Team scored in defeating the World Team at Greenspan Cup XVIII in Bandon, Oregon.
Team 206’s 24-12 win was 1 1/2 points better that its 22 1/2 — 13 1/2 win in Greenspan Cup IV, a competition record which stood for fourteen years. It was also 8 1/2 points more than it scored just a year earlier at Greenspan Cup XVII. Mike Waldner led the Seattleites with a 4-1 record, while Max Anderson, Vince Deandre, Peter Fessler, Captain John Harrison, Nick Jenkins, Pat Scoccolo and Tony Secretario all went 3-1-1 for the winners.
Leo Madden went 3-1-1 and newcomer Blake Mori went 3-2 for the World Team, which lost for only the second time in eight Greenspans.
“Everything that could have gone right for us did,” opined Harrison, who improved his record to 1-2 as Seattle’s captain. “The golf gods seemed to make up for more or less eight years of bad luck in one Greenspan.”
Despite the final tally the outcome was hardly a fait accompli. Seattle jumped to a 4-2 lead after Friday morning fourball, winning four matches and tying two more. But the World Team hung tough in the afternoon Stableford at Pacific Dunes. With Seattle up 7-3 and threatening to pull away, the teams of Cheuk/Mori and Nelson/Madden each won their closing matches handily to make the score 7-5 heading into Saturday.
Captain Paul Sharkey’s World squad narrowed the gap on Saturday morning. The Worlds took 3 1/2 points in the morning fourball medal at Bandon Dunes to cut the lead to one. But it was all downhill from there. With their injured colleague Joel Aro watching on course, the Seattle boys took four of six points in the afternoon fourball tiebreaker at Old MacDonald to extend their lead to three going into Sunday singles.
Oh, the singles.
A three-point lead is usually not insurmountable going into singles. But this time it was. Team 206 won the first nine matches at Bandon Crossings — certainly a record if there was such a stat — and the outcome of the competition was decided when Deandre beat John Sheehan 1 up in the fifth match of the day. Only Sharkey, who defeated Simon Spratley, and Joe Stansell, who halved Harrison, put anything on the board for the World Team.
“Never seen anything like it,” lamented Sharkey, who lost for only the second time as captain. “Pretty sure I won’t see it again.”
Greenspan Cup XIX is tentatively scheduled for the last weekend in July 2016. Captains Harrison and Sharkey are expected to return.
Friday Morning Fourball (Bandon Trails)
Ahern/Spratley d. O’Brien/Nelson 4&2
Gran/Mori d. Jenkins/Birnbach 2 up
Waalkes Cheever h. Anderson/Secretario
Harrison/White d. Stansell/Sheehan 3&1
Fessler/Waldner d. Sharkey/Gaston 6&4
Scoccolo/Deandre h. Cheuk/Madden
Seattle leads 4-2
Friday Afternoon Stableford (Pacific Dunes)
Jenkins/Birnbach d Gaston/Sheehan 46-42
Waalkes/O’Brien d. Harrison/White 59-58
Deandre/Scoccolo d. Stansell/Cheever 62-51
Secretario/Anderson d. Gran/Sharkey 68-49
Cheuk/Mori d. Waldner/Fessler 55-47
Nelson/Madden d. Spratley/Ahern 57-37
Seattle leads 7-5
Saturday Morning Fourball Medal (Bandon Dunes)
Cheever/Madden d. Scoccolo/Deandre 67-69
Harrison/Waldner d. Stansell/Sharkey 65-71
Waalkes/Mori d. Anderson/Secretario 60-64
Sheehan/Nelson d. Spratley Birnbach 70-79
Jenkins/Fessler h. Cheuk/Gaston 65-65
Ahern/White d. Gran/O’Brien 62-64
Seattle leads 9 1/2 – 8 1/2
Saturday Afternoon Fourball Tiebreaker (Old MacDonald)
Secretario/Scoccolo d. O’Brien/Waalkes 3&2
Anderson/Deandre d. Mori/Gran 3&1
Harrison/Waldner d. Stansell/Sharkey 5&4
Jenkins/Fessler d Nelson/Sheehan 3&2
Cheever/Gaston d. Birnbach/Spratley 2&1
Madden/Cheuk d. Ahern/White 6&5
Seattle leads 13 1/2 – 10 1/2
Singles (Bandon Crossings)
Anderson d Cheever 2 up
Birnbach d Waalkes 1 up
Waldner d Mori 3&2
Scoccolo d Madden 3&2
Deandre d Sheehan 1 up
Secretario d Nelson 5&4
Ahern d O’Brien 6&4
Jenkins d Gran 2&1
Fessler d Gaston 6&5
Harrison h. Stansell
Sharkey d Spratley 2&1
White d Cheuk 3&2
Seattle wins 24-12
- Ahern 3-2
- Anderson 3-1-1
- Birnbach 2-2-1
- Deandre 3-1-1
- Fessler 3-1-1
- Harrison 3-1-1
- Jenkins 3-1-1
- Scoccolo 3-1-1
- Secretario 3-1-1
- Spratley 1-4
- Waldner 4-1
- White 3-2
- Cheuk 2-1-2
- Cheever 2-2-1
- Gaston 1-3-1
- Gran 1-4
- Madden 3-1-1
- Mori 3-2
- Nelson 2-3
- O’Brien 1-4
- Sharkey 1-4
- Sheehan 1-4
- Stansell 0-4-1
- Waalkes 2-2-1