Navy Golfers Battle Army In Season's First Star Weekend
Sept. 21, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Winners of 11 of the last 14 Star Matches, including five of the last six, the Navy golf team will make its way to Paramus, N.J. this weekend to battle arch rival Army in the 75th edition of the Army-Navy Star Match. The two-day, 36-hole event will be scored as match play or the more familiar Ryder Cup-style format with four 4-ball matches played on Saturday (12:30 pm) and seven singles matches played on Sunday (8:30 am. The first team to reach six points will be declared the winner.
Saturday’s golf match is one of two Army-Navy competitions slated the for the weekend. The rival academies will battle one another in a 8:00 pm volleyball match at Wesley Brown Field House in Annapolis following the Mids’ home football opener against VMI (3:30 pm).
Navy leads the all-time series among all sporting events against Army, 954-723-39 (.567). Last year, Navy dominated the Star series with a 17-5 advantage which featured wins over men’s soccer, golf, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s soccer, spring football, women’s swimming & diving, men’s swimming & diving, football, men’s indoor track & field, women’s indoor track & field, women’s basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, women’s outdoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field and men’s tennis. Over the last 16 years, Navy has dominated the series, winning 62.7 percent (309-183-6) of the events, while earning a Star in 67.0 percent (232-113-6) of the battles.
Navy enters this weekend’s competition holding a 43-30-1 advantage over the Black Knights in the annual dual match which was first played in 1939 at Sherwood Forest. Among the 74 previously-played duals, 47 have utilized the familiar Ryder Cup format, including each of the last 10.
Traditionally played on the campus sites of either Army or Navy, Army head coach Brian Watts elected to play this year’s dual at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. It is believed to be the first neutral site match played between the two programs since Army scored a 5-2 victory over the Mids on Oct. 14, 1995.
“We are excited to take on the challenge of the annual Star competition,” said Pat Owen, who will lead the Midshipmen onto the links against their arch rivals for the 23rd time as head coach. “Ridgewood Country Club is a fabulous facility that will be in fantastic condition, so the guys are really looking forward to the venue. We have a good mix of youth and experience, so we feel that we will be competitive in all the matches.”
Owen owns a 13-9 overall record against the Black Knights, including a 10-5 mark in match play.
Last year, Owen relied heavily upon his four seniors for both their leadership and their experience in past Army-Navy competitions. This year, however, just four players on the Navy roster have previous Army-Navy experience, including junior David Hall who will be playing in his third Army-Navy competition. Hall is 1-1 in singles action and 1-0-1 in four-ball competition, halving the point a year ago. Hall registered Navy’s second-lowest stroke average a year ago (75.8) and opened up the 2012-13 campaign with a 24th-place finish at the Navy Fall Classic with a 6-over par 148.
Juniors Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) and Bobby Keating (Garden City, N.Y.), along with second-year standout August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) played in their first Star Match last fall. Selby claimed his singles bout with a 2&1 victory over Brandon Baerwaldt, but suffered a 3&2 setback in the four-ball match teaming up with Bobby Keating. Keating did not take part in singles action.
Jonas, meanwhile, supplied the Mids with two points in the team victory behind a 3&2 win over Ethan Johnson in singles and a 3&2 triumph in four-ball action alongside 2012 grad Tyler Kuhn. Jonas placed 14th at the season-opening Navy Fall Classic with a 4-over par 146 and enters the weekend with the Mids’ low stroke average.
Army sits in the same boat as Navy, fielding a young team that features four freshmen among the nine-man roster. Matt Philie is the lone senior on the Army roster and he will be making his fourth Star Match appearance, winning two of his three singles matches and all three of his four-ball bouts. Additionally, juniors Anthony Kim and Brandon Baerwaldt have seen action, as has sophomore Robby Hill.
2010 paired with Tim Shield, def. Matt Krembel-Ethan Johnson, 2&1; lost to Matt Philie, 5&4
2011 paired with Tim Shield, halved William Park-Erik Park; def. Erik Park, 2-up
2011 paired with Drew Selby, lost to Matt Philie-David Marx, 3&2
2011 paired with Bobby Keating, lost to Matt Philie-David Marx, 3&2; def. Brandon Baerwaldt, 2&1
2011 paired with Tyler Kuhn, def. Brandon Baerwaldt-Anthony Kim, 3&2; def. Ethan Johnson, 3&2
### Go Navy ###