Sunriver, Oregon – Greg Cheever and Paul Sharkey notched key wins early as the World Team staged a singles rally to defeat the Seattle Team 13-11 in the inaugural Greenspan Cup.
Wednesday's World victory featured virtually every shade of green and white in production.
Cheever set the tone early by soundly beating Seattle captain and tournament co-founder Nick Jenkins 5 and 4. Sharkey drubbed Seattle’s Max Anderson 6 and 5 in the day’s most lopsided win. Overall the World won six of eight singles matches, including the first five of the day, for the victory. “It started raining when I was six down through seven in my match, and by the third foursome it was pouring something fierce,” said Jenkins, speaking metaphorically about his team’s performance on an otherwise beautiful sunny day.
Seattle entered Wednesday’s singles round very confident after sweeping Tuesday’s fourball match play at Crosswater. Anderson and Mike Kalian started the shutout with a 1-up victory over John Gaston and the previously undefeated Adam Waalkes. “Two rounds with Gaston in the same day is quite a feat,” said Kalian from the bar at Sunriver, scotch on the rocks firmly in hand. “Isn’t there a rule against that many practice swings?” By the end of the day Seattle had won all four matches on the 40th ranked course in the nation. All of them went to at least the 17th hole.
But the match was decided on Wednesday. “We are the stronger team mentally, and we showed that today,” said World captain Norman Cheuk, who demonstrated his own mental toughness by losing 1 down to Chris Johnson. Particularly strong was Rob Stonesifer, whose clutch up and down on the 17th hole beat Dave Ashcraft 2 and 1 and clinched the Cup.
The World Team got solid outputs from several players. Waalkes led the World Team with 3 1/2 points, while Cheever, Cheuk, Stonesifer and Brad Nelson each contributed three points. John Majewski and Joel Aro had 3 1/2 points for the Seattle Team, while Johnson contributed three points to Seattle’s total.
The World's Village People uniforms had designer Sharkey singing 'YMCA': embarrassed teammates like Fisher sang the blues.
The tournament was marred by the uniforms. World Team’s Wednesday shirts, which Sharkey designed in the fashion capital of Vancouver, Washington, are already being talked about as the ugliest athletic uniforms since the 1978 Chicago White Sox pajama-type rags. The shirts had pencil thin horizontal pinstripes and blue collars with no buttons. “They look like a bunch of Village People with their gay shirts,” quipped Aro. “If I didn’t no better, I’d say that Cheuk and Sharkey made those shirts that ugly just to distract us.” Added Stonesifer: “if I were trapped in the Arctic and this were my only shirt, I’d rather freeze. I only wish I didn’t have to pay for this thing.”
Also troublesome was the lack of matching shirts on both teams. The teams agreed between themselves to wear similarly-colored short sleeve shirts each day during the matches, but that agreement proved better in principle than it did in fact. “Between all the sweaters and windbreakers and different colored blues, you couldn’t tell who was who,” said Jenkins. Seattle’s Kalian wore white shirts all three days. “I thought green, blue and white were pretty easy to understand,” said Jenkins. “I was wrong.”
Tournament organizer Jenkins was adamant that the tournament would not return to Sunriver anytime soon. “Between the disco ‘70’s condo that the Seattle guys got stuck with and the constant harassment of the marshals to play faster – even before we teed off – I found the hospitality here wanting at best,” said Jenkins. Candidates for the 1999 tournament include Portland, Montana, and British Columbia. Cheuk and Jenkins are expected to return as captains.
Anderson 2-2-1 (-7)
Aro 3-1-1 (-.5)
Ashcraft 2-3 (-3.5)
Harrison 1-4 (-9.5)
Jenkins 2-2-1 (-9)
Johnson 3-2 (-7.5)
Kalian 2-3 (-2.5)
Majewski 3-1-1 (8.5)
Cheever 3-2 (15.5)
Cheuk 3-2 (7.5)
Fisher 0-4-1 (-7)
Gaston 2-2-1 (-1.5)
Nelson 3-2 (3.5)
Sharkey 1-3-1 (6.5)
Stonesifer 3-2 (4.5)
Waalkes 3-1-1 (3)
Monday Morning – Fourball Match
Anderson/Majewski h. Gaston/Waalkes
Cheever/Stonesifer d. Ashcraft/Harrison 2&1
Jenkins/Aro h. Fisher/Sharkey
Nelson/Cheuk d. Johnson/Kalian 4&3
World leads 3-1
Monday Afternoon – Fourball Medal
Aro/Majewski d. Gaston/Sharkey 64-72
Stonesifer/Waalkes d. Ashcraft/Jenkins 73-74
Anderson/Kalian d. Fisher/Nelson 69-76
Cheever/Cheuk d. Harrison/Johnson 62-75
World leads 5-3
Tuesday Morning – Stableford
Cheuk/Gaston d. Kalian/Majewski 0-(-3)
Aro/Jenkins d. Fisher/Stonesifer 13-8 (best ball)
Ashcraft/Johnson d. Cheever/Sharkey (-6)-(-7)
Nelson/Waalkes d. Anderson/Harrison (-2)-(-3)
World leads 7-5
Tuesday Afternoon – Fourball Match
Anderson/Kalian d. Gaston/Waalkes 1 up
Aro/Jenkins d. Fisher/Sharkey 1 up
Ashcraft/Johnson d. Cheever/Stonesifer 2&1
Harrison/Majewski d. Cheuk/Nelson 2&1
Seattle leads 9-7
Wednesday Morning – Singles
Cheever d. Jenkins (S) 5&4
Waalkes d. Kalian (S) 2&1
Sharkey d. Anderson (S) 6&5
Nelson d. Aro (S) 3&2
Gaston d. Harrison (S) 2&1
Majewski (S) d. Fisher 2&1
Stonesifer d. Ashcraft (S) 2&1
Johnson (S) d. Cheuk 1 up
World wins 13-11