Navy Men's Golfers Battle Army in First Star Competition of 2013-14
Sept. 26, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Winners of 11 of the last 15 Star Matches, including five of the last seven, the Navy men’s golf team will play host to arch rival Army in the 76th 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 (9:00 am) and seven singles matches played on Sunday (9:00 am. The first team to reach six points will be declared the winner.
“We are looking forward to hosting the Star Match on our home course this weekend,” said 24th-year Navy head coach Pat Owen who owns a 13-10 overall record against the Black Knights, including a 10-6 mark in match play. “The course is in fantastic condition and the weather looks to set up a great weekend on the links.
“We’ve used the last month to fine-tune our game and prepare for what is one of the most important matches of the year. I know our team is excited to play Army and is honored to represent the Naval Academy in what will be the first Army-Navy competition of the 2013-14 year.
Saturday’s golf match kicks off the annual competition between Army and Navy with 23 sporting events played over the course of the academic year to determine the winner of the Star Competition. The annual showdown between the two rivals in each sport is deemed the star Game with the players from the winning team receiving a Star for their letter sweaters. For those sports who face Army multiple times in a season, the Star Game is designated prior to the start of the year.
Navy leads the all-time series among all sporting events against Army, 970-739-40 (.566). Last year, Navy captured its 16th Star against Army in the last 17 years with a 12-10-1 advantage which featured wins in men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, football, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, wrestling, baseball and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field. Over the last 17 years, Navy has dominated the series, winning 61.9 percent (325-199-7) of the events, while earning a Star in 66.2 percent (244-123-7) of the battles.
Navy enters this weekend’s competition holding a 43-31-1 advantage over the Black Knights in the annual dual match which was first played in 1939 at Sherwood Forest. Among the 75 previously-played duals, 48 have utilized the familiar Ryder Cup format, including each of the last 11.
Traditionally played on the campus sites of either Army or Navy, Army head coach Brian Watts elected to play last 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. The Black Knights took a 3-1 advantage into the singles matches where they clinched the Star by winning four of the seven battles and halving the remaining three for an 8.5-2.5 victory.
Last year, just four players on the Navy roster had previous Army-Navy experience, however this year seven players on the Mids’ roster have played in the annual dual. Senior team captain David Hall (Huntersville, N.C.) has played in every Army-Navy event since arriving at the Academy, winning at least one of his two matches as a freshman and sophomore.
Meanwhile, senior Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) has seen the most success for the Mids. Selby, who did not play in the match his rookie year, scored a singles win as a sophomore, paired up with Staton Pruitt (Columbia, S.C.) last fall to take a double point and halved him singles match last year.
Junior August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) went undefeated against the Black Knights as a rookie and came back last fall to help the Mids by halving his singles match against Robby Hill.
Meanwhile, five of Army’s golfers who led it to victory a year ago return to the lineup, including sophomore Marcus Plunkett and senior Harrison Florence who won both their singles and 4-ball matches against the Mids.
Navy owns a 26-11 record in Star Matches played in Annapolis, including a 7-2 victory over the Black Knight in 2011.
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
2012 paired with Garrett Moyer, lost to Matt Philie-Harrison Florence, 2&1; lost to Harrison Florence, 1-up
2012 paired with Brad Elder, lost to Marcus Plunkett-Eric Peng, 5&4; halved with Eric Peng
2011 paired with Drew Selby, lost to Matt Philie-David Marx, 3&2
2012 paired with August Jonas, lost to Anthony Kim-John Lee, 1-up; lost to Marcus Plunkett, 3&1
2011 paired with Bobby Keating, lost to Matt Philie-David Marx, 3&2; def. Brandon Baerwaldt, 2&1
2012 paired with Staton Pruitt, def. Robby Hill-Brandon Baerwaldt, 1-up; halved with Anthony Kim
2011 paired with Tyler Kuhn, def. Brandon Baerwaldt-Anthony Kim, 3&2; def. Ethan Johnson, 3&2
2012 paired with Bobby Keating, lost to Anthony Kim-John Lee, 1-up; halved with Robby Hill
2012 paired with David Hall, lost to Matt Philie-Harrison Florence, 2&1
2012 paired with Drew Selby, def. Robby Hill-Brandon Baerwaldt, 1-up; lost to John Lee, 1-up
### Go Navy ###