By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Lakeside Golf Course couldn’t have asked for a better start to its defense of the Stillwater Cup. It won every single match and holds a 6-0 lead over the Stillwater Country Club entering Saturday’s second round.
“It was very unexpected,” Lakeside Golf Professional Michael Henderson said. “We are very fortunate for the way it came out. All the breaks, putts and everything went our way. There were a few matches that could have gone either way and we were fortunate to battle through. Two matches came to 18 and we won on the last hole.”
The teams competed in a four-ball format in which the best individual’s score in each pairing is counted. Lakeside golfer Tim Bays said it was a great day for him and his dad, Dale, who beat the country club’s Ashley Newsome and Barry Patton.
“I hit the ball better than I’ve been hitting it,” Tim Bays said. “When I didn’t, (Dale) came through. It was ham and eggs.”
Stillwater Country Club golfer Mike Johnson said his partner, David Reynolds, did OK but were hurt by not making putts.
“We had a good match but we kind of gave up some putts we should have made,” Johnson said. “(Lakeside’s) Eric Gudgel made putts everywhere. That’s what hurt us.”
Lakeside will continue its pursuit of a fourth straight Stillwater Cup Saturday, with the pairings playing an alternate shot format at Lakeside. During the afternoon sessions both teams will play four-ball format at the Stillwater Country Club. Chuck Coatney, Stillwater Country Club golf professional, said they are in a big hole.
“We are disappointed,” Coatney said. “I know everyone of our players played as hard as they can play. It just didn’t go their way today. We got to make a monumental comeback (Saturday) ... We are going in with our backs against the wall and going into Sunday we will need to close this gap.”
Tim Bays said the next round is key, adding Lakeside is in good position.
“Historically, we’ve done well with alternate shot,” Bays said. “We could put them in a corner for sure.”
Though his course is leading, Henderson isn’t ready to put a fourth cup in the bag just yet.
“It can go either way,” Henderson said. “Sometimes you can handicap a stronger player and it can also make a weaker one come through. The foursome matches are always the most entertaining because you don’t know what’s going to happen. You can’t predict those.”