Southwind looks to regain Brookover Cup
By BRETT MARSHALL
Suffice it to say, the 2012 Brookover Cup Matches between Buffalo Dunes and The Golf Club at Southwind will be one for the ages.
On Saturday, the two teams, comprised of top finishers in Sunday's City Men's Championship as well as captains' selections, will once again tee it up for bragging rights for 2013.
It was just a year ago that Southwind's team had taken command of the first two rounds of team matches, owning what seemed like a comfortable 22-14 advantage going into the Sunday singles matches, where there were another 36 points available.
What nobody anticipated, certainly not Southwind's squad, was that the Dunes players, on their own course, simply overwhelmed Southwind, outscoring them 30.5-5.5 to win going away, 44.5-27.5.
That was the largest margin of victory by either team since the Cup format was switched to three rounds and a total of 72 points available in 2009.
It seems that the team which plays two of the three rounds at home is usually the winner, so when the teams tee it up at 8 a.m. Saturday at Buffalo Dunes, it means the final two rounds will be at Southwind.
Southwind owns a slim 7-6 lead in the series, dating back to the Cup's inaugural year of 2000.
Named for Earl C. Brookover Sr., the benefactor who donated the land to build Buffalo Dunes (opened in 1976) and then built Southwind three years later, the Cup Matches reward those top players who compete in the City Championship.
Heading the list for the Dunes will be current City Champion Trent Specht, who had to go extra holes to defeat Barry Lucas for the 2013 title. Grant Vollertsen, one of the top players in Garden City and southwest Kansas, heads the list of 13 amateurs for Southwind.
Teams are comprised of the golf professional from each course, eight players from the City Men's tournament, 2 seniors age 60 and over, and three captain's picks. Seniors play only the afternoon Saturday matches and Sunday's singles.
Saturday's morning team matches will feature a Foursomes format, which in layman's terms is an alternate-shot format. Two players are on each team, and they select teeing off on either the odd or even-numbered holes and then alternate each shot until the ball is holed. In essence, each player tees off on nine holes. There are three points available for each match, with one coming from the front nine, one from the second nine and one for the 18-hole total. It is all match play, so it boils down to which team wins the most holes.
In Saturday's afternoon matches, scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. and which will move to Southwind, the format will switch to Four-Ball Match Play, where each two-man team member plays his own ball throughout the hole. The lowest score of the two players counts for that team and is then compared to the low score for the other team to determine who wins that hole.
Sunday's finale, which will begin at 8 a.m. at The Golf Club at Southwind, is Singles Match Play, and again there will be 14 matches and 42 points available. On Saturday's afternoon matches, the seniors will compete after sitting out in the morning, so there are 39 points available for the two rounds of team matches.
No team has won consecutive matches since Southwind did it in 2002 and 2003.
For Buffalo Dunes, team members are Trent Specht, Phil Adams, Carlos Prieto, Juan Ollarzabal, Thad Despain, Jim Claussen, Lee Barrett, Derek Dizmang, Brock Walter, Sam Marlin, Craig Giesick, Leroy Linneburr, Terry Jones and pro Cole Wasinger. For Southwind, team members are Vollertsen, Shawn Audrain, Eric Larsen, Brick Beymer, Taylor Larsen, Lavern Durst, Daniel Gaspar, Bob Beymer, Larry Gustafson, Blake Beymer, Andrew O'Brate, Ed Sattler, John Risley and pro Luke Nickodemus.
Golf Club at Southwind leads 7-6
2012 — Buffalo Dunes 44.5, Southwind 27.5
2011 — Southwind 39, Buffalo Dunes 33
2010 — Buffalo Dunes 39.5, Southwind 32.5
2009 — Southwind 38.5, Buffalo Dunes 33.5
2008 — Buffalo Dunes 27.5, Southwind 20.5
2007 — Southwind 19.5, Buffalo Dunes 16.5
2006 — Buffalo Dunes 19, Southwind 17
2005 — Southwind 15.5, Buffalo Dunes 14.5
2004 — Buffalo Dunes 22, Southwind 14
2003 — Southwind 24, Buffalo Dunes 12
2002 — Southwind 24, Buffalo Dunes 12
2001 — Buffalo Dunes 19.5, Southwind 16.5
2000 — Southwind 25.5, Buffalo Dunes 10.5