Dunes golfers hold lead, even Brookover Cup series

6/23/2013

Dunes golfers hold lead, even Brookover Cup series

Dunes golfers hold lead, even Brookover Cup series

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

For the first time in a decade, a team has repeated a victory in the annual Brookover Cup Golf Matches between players at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course and The Golf Club at Southwind.

Buffalo Dunes, riding a big home course win on Saturday afternoon in the Four-Ball (Better Ball) format in which the Dunes prevailed 15-6, then narrowly squeaked out a 21.5-20.5 singles match play triumph on Sunday at Southwind, to finish with a 44.5-36.5 triumph.

With the victory, and the first defense of the Cup since 2003, the 14-year competition now stands all square, or tied, at 7 wins each.

The annual event returned to a two-day format, but played two separate 18-hole sets of team matches on Saturday, the first being Foursomes, or alternate shot, in the morning at Southwind, followed by Four-Ball, or best ball, in the afternoon at Buffalo Dunes. Sunday's singles matches were all played at Southwind.

As has been the case for much of the event's history, home course proved to advantageous on Saturday, as Southwind took an early 10-8 lead in the Foursomes format.

Saturday afternoon, though, proved to be the momentum builder of this year's competition.

Day 1 was played in blustery conditions, with the wind blowing a steady 25-30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Sunday's final day was played in relatively calm conditions, providing the players a break from the rigors of battling the gusty, hot conditions.

The Dunes held home course, but with a decisive 15-6 win, putting them in front 23-16 heading into Sunday's final day where there was 42 points available from the 14 matches.

"We just dug ourselves too deep a grave," said Southwind's Grant Vollertsen, who did his share on Sunday with a 2.5-.5 victory over Carlos Prieto. Vollertsen and his Saturday teammate Shawn Audrain, won 2.5 of 3 points in the afternoon from Brock Walter and Sam Marlin. Walter and Marlin had bested Vollertsen and Audrain in the morning matches, 2-1.

"I didn't play too bad, it was a pretty solid round today. Carlos and me had a good match. He played well and I had to come up with some good shots."

Vollertsen said the team and individual match play format was something he enjoyed as a change of pace from the traditional stroke play events.

"I don't play a whole lot of match play, so this is a good preparation for when I play in the (Kansas) Amateur next month," Vollertsen said. "I've got a good schedule coming up next month (Dodge City Invitational defending champion and the Amateur at Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills). Then I've got the High Plains Amateur (late August at Southwind) where I get to defend."

Trent Specht, coming off his Men's City Championship victory the weekend before, was paired with Dunes teammate Phil Adams in both rounds on Saturday, falling in the morning to Bob and Blake Beymer, 2-1, but then bouncing back for a 3-0 win over Eric Larsen and Lavern Durst in the afternoon. In Sunday's singles, Specht defeated Brick Beymer, 2-1.

Specht, heading into his final collegiate season in Iowa, will now head back for summer school and student teaching, so his summer tournament schedule for all practical purposes is over.

"This is a good way to finish up," said Specht, "Yesterday, we were 3-up and kinda gave it away. They (Beymer's) played good. In the afternoon, we were 6-under for 15 holes and played pretty good ourselves. Considering how windy it was, I was happy the way we played. Today, I was 3-under on the front. Brick played pretty good, too, but I just really had it going today, so that felt nice."

Bob Beymer, who began playing in the matches about five years ago and is a past Men's City champion, said the event was something he enjoyed. This year, Beymer won two of his three matches and tied the other, one of the best marks for a Southwind golfer.

"It's something to look forward to," said Beymer. "It's fun to qualify (in the City Championship) and I enjoy this kind of competition. It's fun. Match play gives you a chance to stay in the game and every shot is important. We didn't get it done this year, so we'll just come back and try again next year. That's what the matches are all about. Everybody gives their best in this, and it's just a lot of fun."

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Series History

Series tied 7-7

2013 — Buffalo Dunes 44.5, Southwind 36.5

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

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