Comeback Bid Falls Short for Mids in Loss to Army
Senior Chris House earned his first collegiate Army-Navy singles victory with a 3 and 1 win over Harrison Florence.
Sept. 29, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Despite singles victories on Sunday by senior Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) and juniors August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Bryce Keene (Bakersfield, Calif.), the comeback bid fell short for the Navy men’s golf team as Army topped the Mids, 7.5 - 3.5, at the Naval Academy Golf Course in Annapolis. The golf match marked the first Star competition of the 2013-14 season.
Navy came into Sunday’s singles matches with a huge challenge in front of it, as Army scored wins in three of the four four-ball matches on Saturday and the two teams halved the fourth. The Black Knights needed just 2.5 points on Sunday to close out the win. Army and Navy alternated wins in singles competition with the Black Knights taking wins at the No. 1, 3, 5 and 7 slots, while the Mids took matches 2, 4 and 6.
“We came into the day facing a huge deficit, but I was proud of our effort in mounting a comeback today,” said 24th-year Navy head coach Pat Owen, who is 13-11 against the Black Knights. “We needed everything to go our way today and had to play nearly flawless. We had two strong days out on the course, but I have to tip my cap to Army who really played well all weekend long.”
Jonas scored Navy’s first win of the afternoon by knocking off sophomore Joe Kozlak, 3 and 2. Kozlak, who was a five-year golfer in high school and two-time Minnesota State Golf Tournament participant, is a member of the Black Knights’ hockey team and filled out the golf roster for the weekend. Jonas, meanwhile, has never lost a singles match to Army in what was his third Army-Navy appearance. He defeated Ethan Johnson 3 and 2 his freshman year and last fall he halved his match with Robby Hill.
House, on the other hand, scored his first victory over Army by way of a 3 and 1 victory over senior Harrison Florence. House teamed up with classmate and team captain David Hall (Huntersville, N.C.) a day earlier to earn half a point for the Mids as the due finished all square against Kozlak and sophomore Eric Peng in the four-ball match.
Keene, meanwhile, proved to be one of the hottest golfers on the course on Sunday by putting away Army rookie Justin Pagila, 4 and 3. It was Keene’s first appearance in the annual Star Match.
Army freshman Peter Kim needed the 18th hole to seal his victory over Navy senior Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.). While both Kim and Selby’s balls were hit equidistant, Selby set his ball behind a tree while Kim was set up in the middle of the fairway. Kim went on to take the 18th and score the 2 up victory.
It’s the first time the Mids, who own a 43-32-1 series advantage, have lost to Army in back-to-back years since 2004 (7 - 4) and 2005 (4.5 - 6.5).
Navy will be back in action Oct. 7-8 when it travels to Raleigh, N.C. to take part in the Wolfpack Intercollegiate.
Eric Peng (A) def. David Hall (N), 4 and 3
August Jonas (N) def. Joe Kozlak (A), 3 and 2
Peter Kim (A) def. Drew Selby (N), 2 up
Chris House (N) def. Harrison Florence (A), 3 and 1
Marcus Plunkett (A) def. Bobby Keating (N), 3 and 2
Bryce Keene (N) def. Justin Pagila (A), 4 and 3
Robby Hill (A) def. Devin Terry (N), 3 and 2
David Hall / Chris House (N) All Square vs. Joe Kozlak / Eric Peng (A)
Harrison Florence / Marcus Plunkett (A) def. Bobby Keating / Garrett Moyer, 3 and 1
Peter Kim / Justin Pagila (A) def. August Jonas / Devin Terry (N), 3 and 1
Brandon Baerwaldt / Robby Hall (A) def. Drew Selby / Zeke Shaffer (N), 3 and 1
### Go Navy ###