By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Sunday’s final round of the Stillwater Cup will be anti-climatic as Lakeside Golf Course won nine of 12 matches Saturday against Stillwater Country Club to clinch at least a tie and will keep the cup another year.
“It was very unexpected that after two days we would be in this position,” Lakeside Golf Professional Michael Henderson said. “I don’t think anyone else expected it either. We’re fortunate to get all the bounces and breaks.”
Lakeside holds a 15-3 lead over Stillwater Country Club and can finish no worse than a tie, effectively retaining the Cup.
During the morning session at Lakeside, the pairings competed in alternate shot format with Lakeside winning four of six matches. In the afternoon, Lakeside won five of six four-ball matches.
Though Lakeside holds a decisive edge in the tournament, some of the matches were actually close, including the four-ball match between Lakeside’s Sam Brown and Warren Cunningham against the country club’s Rex and Hayden Hughes.
“It was kind of rough, back-and-forth,” Brown said. “They would go up two, then we would get even. Then they would go up two and we would get it to even. Then the back nine we played really well.”
Stillwater Country Club Golf Professional Chuck Coatney said he was disappointed with the result but was pleased the golfers enjoyed their time.
“I was looking for everyone to have fun and friendly competition,” Coatney said. “It didn’t go our way this year. Lakeside played awfully well. ... When it’s all said and done, it’s about the camaraderie and good clean competition.”
Though the tournament didn’t go in the country club’s favor, it did have a highlight as Steve Carpenter hit a ball out of a tree.
“The hole, my partner was probably going to win for us,” Carpenter said. “So I was just like ‘what the heck we are out here having fun.’ ... I haven’t hit one of out of a tree so I was like, ‘why not?’”
Sunday’s final round will be singles matches at the country club.
For both Lakeside and the Stillwater Country Club, the event is about the camaraderie.
“We have a lot of respect for those guys,” Carpenter said. “Obviously as a competitor, it’s disappointing to not come out on top. A lot of times you just tip your hat to the other team.”
“We are going to go out and just have a good time,” Henderson said. “Ultimately it’s about the team members having a good time. It will be nice for everyone to let their hair down and relax and interact with the other team.”