Daily Archives: August 4, 2019

206’s Rout Worlds in Greenspan’s Return to Kelowna

KELOWNA, BC.  Five of the first six Greenspan Cups were played in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Then, after Greenspan Cup VI, the Seattle- and World Teams stopped coming.

After this year’s rendition, the old timers were left scratching their heads “why.”

The Cup returned to “the Palm Springs of Canada” for the first time since “the forest fire tournament” of 2003, and what a return it was — especially for the Seattle Team.  Nick Jenkins went 5-0 and Joel Aro and Frank McCaslin added 3 1/2 points each as the 206’s beat the World Team 18-12.  It was the fourth victory in the last five outings for the Jenkins-captained squad, which has trailed at the end of only one stanza since 2016.   Leo Madden won 3 1/2 points for the second-place Worlds.

“For whatever reason we seem to be the better team right now,” opined Jenkins, who is 17-3 in the last four Cups.  “But that all can change.  It wasn’t too long ago (2008-14) that we lost six of seven.”

While players were enamored with Predator Ridge’s scenic new Ridge course …

It may not be too long in geological time, but it seems eons ago on the golf calendar.

they were less than thrilled with Okanagan GC’s Quail course, which wasn’t as great as most players remembered.

After splitting the Friday morning fourball matches the Seattle Team took a one-point lead on Friday afternoon at Predator Ridge,  On Saturday afternoon the 206’s blew things open.  After winning fourball medal by two points in the morning at Okanagan Golf Club’s Bear Course, Seattle extended the lead to an almost insurmountable six points with a three-point, four-matches-to-one route in fourball tiebreaker at the Quail.  Paired with McCaslin, Vince Deandre shot 73 on the way to a 3&2 win over Adam Waalkes and Jon Gaston.  And paired with Jenkins, Peter Fessler, who 48 hours earlier wasn’t sure he’d be able to play at all thank to a groin injury, shot 76 on his way to a 4&3 win over Madden and Bob Thomas.   Only the team of Norman Cheuk and Karl Stricker managed a W for the Worlds, coming home with a 3&2 win over Jeff Benezra and John Harrison.  The Seattleites needed only two points to retain the Cup in singles and won that in the first foursome of the morning.  The Worlds won five of the next eight for the final 18-12 tally.

Seattle Captain Nick Jenkins went 5-0 for the second time in three Cups.

This year’s Cup was not lacking in story lines.  There was the return to Kelowna, which everyone thought was an overwhelming success save for the Quail course, which most players disliked.  “Had I remembered how wacky that course was we would not have returned,” said World Team Captain Greg Cheever, who doubled as the trip’s organizer.  There was the lack of competitiveness: four of the last seven Cups have been huge Seattle blowouts with the results all but determined by Saturday night.

And then there were these Seattle Team shirts:

Made by Waggle Golf, Captain Jenkins made the decision to go with the “Toucan Sam” shirt in a nod to teammate Peter Fessler’s son, who goes by the same name.  It didn’t work.  While Jenkins and teammate Jeff Benezra loved them — Jenkins was heard to say that the shirt “brings (him) joy” — few others were convinced.  On Facebook, retired 206’er Pat Scoccolo called them the ugliest shirts in Greenspan history — which is saying a lot:

For all the wise cracks, however, Jenkins noted that no one took it off for the airplane ride home.  “For a shirt that was supposedly so awful, it sure got plenty of plane time.”

Next year’s Cup will return to Bandon Dunes, with the hope being that we’ll be able to play the by-then opened Sheep Ranch course.  Cheever and Jenkins are expected to return as captains.

Results

Friday Morning Fourball (Predator Ridge [Ridge])
Harrison/McCaslin d. Cheever Thomas 2&1
Aro/Jenkins d. McClellan/Stricker 1 up
Madden/Stansell d. Fessler/Waldner 1 up
Cox/Gaston d. Benezra/Deandre1 up
Cheuk/Waalkes h. Laidlaw/Whitaker

Tied at 2 1/2

Friday Afternoon Aggregate Stableford (Predator Ridge [Predator])
Aro/Waldner d. Cheever/Waalkes 67-50
Stansell/Stricker d. Fessler/McCaslin 49-45
Benezra/Jenkins d. McKlellan/Thomas 52-33 (injury concession after 14)
Gaston/Madden d. Harrison/Laidlaw 56-45
Deandre/Whitaker d. Cheuk/Cox (score ??)

Seattle leads 5 1/2 — 4 1/2

Saturday Morning Fourball Medal (Okanagan GC [Bear])
Aro/Waldner d. Stricker/Waalkes 69-69
Fessler/Jenkins d. Cheuk/Thomas 65-72
Cheever/McKlellan h. Laidlaw/Whitaker 70-70
Benezra/Harrison d. Gaston/Stansell 65-70
Cox/Madden h. Deandre/McCaslin 68-68

Seattle leads 9-6

Saturday Afternoon Fourball Tiebreaker (Okanagan GC [Quail])
Deandre/McCaslin d. Gaston/Waalkes 3&2
Fessler/Jenkins d. Madden/Thomas 4&3
Cheuk/Stricker d. Benezra/Harrison 3&2
Aro/Waldner d. Cox/Stansell 5&3
Laidlaw/Whitaker d. Cheever/McKlellan 4&2

Seattle leads 13-7

Singles (Tower Ranch GC)
McCaslin d. Cheever 4&2
Jenkins d. Gaston 5&4
Stricker d. Waldner 4&2
Harrison d. Waalkes 5&3
Fessler win via injury forfeit (McKlellan)
Laidlaw d. Thomas 2&1
Stansell d. Aro 3&2
Cox d. Benezra 3&2
Madden d. Deandre 6&5
Cheuk d. Whitaker 4&3

Seattle wins 18-12

Overall Records

Seattle Team

  • Aro 3-1-1
  • Benezra 2-3
  • Deandre 2-2-1
  • Fessler 3-2
  • Harrison 3-2
  • Jenkins 5-0
  • Laidlaw 2-1-2
  • McCaslin 3-1-1
  • Waldner 2-2-1
  • Whitaker 2-1-2

World Team

  • Cheuk 2-2-1
  • Cheever 0-4-1
  • Cox 2-2-1
  • Gaston 2-3
  • Madden 3-1-1
  • McKlellan 0-4-1
  • Stansell 3-2
  • Stricker 2-1-2
  • Thomas 0-5
  • Waalkes 0-3-2
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