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Army Leads Men’s Golf After Four-Ball Portion of Star Match

Sept. 30, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The 80th edition of the men’s golf Army-Navy Star match got underway on Saturday with the first of two days of action. Army West Point took a 2.5-1.5 lead over Navy after the four-ball portion of the meet on a cool, sunny Saturday morning in Annapolis. The Ryder Cup format has the two teams play four-ball matches on the first day and seven singles matches on day two.

“Our guys played with a lot of heart today, and two of the matches came down to the last putt on the 18th hole,” head coach Pat Owen said after the first day of competition. “All of the matches were close today. We look forward to an exciting day of singles tomorrow.”

The Navy effort was highlighted by team captain Thomas Fricke (Haymarket, Va.) and junior Paul Mauer (Eaglesville, Pa.), who easily handled Army’s Dean Sakata and Max Messner by a score of 4 & 3.

Junior Matthew Starobin (Davidsonville, Md.) and freshman Charlie Musto (Sterling, Va.) were three holes down early in their match before rallying on the back nine to get back to all square. On 18, Musto missed a 10-foot putt that would have secured the Navy point. The match was halved with each team earning a half a point.

In the day’s first match, sophomore Thomas Garbee (Ashville, N.C.) and rookie Ward Wilkinson (Ashland, Va.) made birdies on 12 and 14 to match Army’s Gunnar Doyle and Sam McKee. The Navy duo was one down going into the par three 17th, where Army’s Doyle struck his iron shot to two feet from the cup. After Navy failed to get up and down, the match was conceded with Army winning 2 up.

The fourth match featured junior Griffin Peters (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) and freshman Ryan Hicks (St. Petersburg, Fla.) against Matt Plunkett and Justin Williamson from Army. The Navy duo was down to Army by two holes through 10, but rallied to take a one-hole lead after 15. An Army birdie on 16 tied the match, and Army earned the win with a par on the 18th hole.

Sunday’s seven singles competitions will conclude the first installment of the 2017-18 Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA. The first head-to-head match is scheduled to tee off at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday morning. The 2017 men’s golf Star will go to the first team to earn six points.

Army leads Navy, 2.5 - 1.5

Match 1
Gunnar Doyle - James McKee (A) def. Thomas Garbee - Ward Wilkinson (N), 2&1

Match 2
Matt Plunkett - Justin Williamson (A) def. Griffin Peters - Ryan Hicks (N), 1 up

Match 3
Nick Turner - Joe Gerardi (A) halved Matthew Starobin - Charlie Musto (N)

Match 4
Thomas Fricke - Paul Mauer (N) def. Dean Sakata - Max Messner (A), 4&3



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