Jerry Courville and Joe Sommers, who thwarted the bids of two different teams on the back nine, combined for a last-day aggregate of 69-76145 and took home the fifth annual Chesapeake Cup by four shots at Caves Valley Golf Club yesterday.
Courville, from Norwalk, Conn., led the way with a 2-under-par 36-3369, equaling the competitive amateur course record set by Marty West III in this event two years ago. Sommers, from Stamford, Conn., was tough when he had to be in getting home in 38-3876.
While most of the attention in the 25-team championship division was focused first on the challenge of Jamie Crow-Ed Gibstein, and later on two-time defending champions David Eger-Mike Bodney, it turned out to be the team of Buddy Marucci, of Berwyn, Pa., and Jim Holtgrieve, of St. Louis, Mo., both Caves Valley members, that did the best job, as each posted 72 for a runner-up 282.
O. Gordon Brewer, the reigning U.S. Seniors champion from Valley Forge, Pa., and Ray Newsome of Winston-Salem,, N.C., won the nine-team Seniors flight, which was being contested for the first time, with a closing 70, and a three-day betterball total of 207.
Never out of the lead for the three rounds, the Brewer-Newsome side finished with a three-stroke edge on John Baldwin-Bob Housen.
"I played steady," Courville said of his subpar tour. "In this situation, you can't play defensively, but simply take care of your own game. Coming in, we were just trying to make pars, because we knew that was a good score."
Sommers said, "I was just trying to be strong on every shot. My partner was playing so good, I just wanted to keep in there and not pull him down.
"The way it developed, I hit the ball well, but didn't score as well as I would have liked. However, Jerry was hitting it so good, it was fun to watch."
NOTES: Eger (75) and Bodney (73) wound up tied for third at 284 with Frank Ford (75) and Paul Simson (73). . . . It was a sentimental visit for Jim Snyder, of Toms River, N.J., who was born and raised here, went to Mount St. Joseph High School, and caddied and played at Rolling Road Golf Club before moving away at age 30 some 30 years ago. He and Seniors partner Jerry Barnett, of Brielle, N.J., finished at 229.