A team of private club members, most of them club champions, dominated the early play, and helped post a 17-7 victory over public course players in the inaugural Challenge Cup matches yesterday at Eagle's Nest.
The two-day competition, which concluded with 12 singles matches, matched the top private club players against their public course counterparts. The event was sponsored by the Municipal Golf Corporation.
Sheldon Kalish of Woodholme Country Club set the tone for the day when he jumped ahead of Peter Iannacone early and played par in winning, 5 and 4. The leaders (8-4 in singles) went on to clinch the team title, taking six of the first seven pairings and splitting the other.
Charlie Narciso, a three-time Publinx champion, stopped Jack Soliman, from the host club, 3 and 2, to begin a run of three victories for their side.
When Tony Narciso beat Peter Martin and Tim Osgood held off Bob Kaestner, it gave the public team three successive decisions against established match-play players and dispelled thoughts of a more lopsided competition.
Four members of the winning side collected points in all three segments of the two-day program -- Kalish, Mickey Abrams, Bob Bonnell and Larry Storck.
Five of the 12 singles matches went to the 18th green, and three others to the 16th green.
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- The Middle Atlantic Golf Association team won seven of the 12 singles matches, and split another in compiling a 12-6 victory over a team from the Golf Association of Philadelphia in the 44th annual Mason-Dixon matches at Aronimink Golf Club.
This marked the second straight series win for the MAGA, and the first time it has won in Pennsylvania since 1985. Overall, Philadelphia leads 25-16 and there have been three ties.