The 11th annual North America Cup action completed with a round of singles matches with 14 heavily heated pairings fighting to bring the cup back to their country. Below are the final round results from the event.
Round 3 – Singles Matches
8:04 AM – Rhys Davies Def. Jake Leppek 4 & 2
8:12 AM – Mike May Jr. Def. Mitchell McPhail 2 Up
8:20 AM – Nick Russell Def. Conaire Kehoe 4 & 2
8:28 AM – Nolan Windsor Def. Evan Katz AS
8:36 AM – Trent Abraham Def. Mark Benevento 3 & 1
8:44 AM – Eamon Marone Def. John McKiernan 4 & 2
8:52 AM – Matt Cholod Def. Matthew Cleary 4 & 2
9:00 AM – Matt Barto Def. Mike Flegel 1 Up
9:08 AM – Emily Doyle Def. Jany Martin 5 & 3
9:16 AM – Marie Donnici Def. Allyson Wentworth 6 & 4
9:24 AM – Kahn Lee Def. Grant Leppek 4 & 3
9:32 AM – Jason Chung Def. C.J. Hughes 5 & 4
9:40 AM – Tristan Vandette Def. Will Thomson 3 & 2
9:48 AM – Nate Menon Def. Michael Lavorato 8 & 6
TOTAL SCORE: USA – 16 CANADA – 12
Top 3 Highlights:
3. Though the focus was on the 14 players that represented TEAM USA, the IJGT wanted to take a second to recognize the parents and families of the players that showed their support all week. If it was not the patriotic attire many mothers had on, it was the proud fathers cheering on their sons and daughters, or the little sisters constantly supporting their brothers down the fairways. As said by many parents this weekend, this was more than just another golf tournament. It was an event the whole family would never forget. Although the matches were close, stressful, and competitive, TEAM USA always had smiling faces along the way. Once again, the IJGT wants to thank the parents of TEAM USA for making this experience one of the best it has ever seen.
2. If you want to play as much golf as you can, as well as not lose a match in this Ryder Cup style format, just ask Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., how to do it. Russell played fabulous in all three of the rounds starting with the dramatic finish on No. 18 of the fourball format of the first round. Russell and Mike May Jr. of Auburn N.Y., managed to face a good bit of odds and May chipped in to halve the match on the 18th. In the second round, Russell was paired with Jake Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., and the two found themselves down four in the first four holes. Again, Russell and his partner battled back to halve the match. In the third round, Russell took it into his own hands during singles matches. Very competitive all day, Russell decided to cut this just a little bit short and win the match 3 & 1 on the 17th hole. In the three-day match, no one else managed to play as many holes, as well as not lose a match like Russell did.
1. To be named playing captain of IJGT TEAM USA was quite an honor for Matt Barto of Leechburg, Pa. Barto more than lived up to the title that was given to him, on and off the course. Barto’s attitude and determination were a key to the success of TEAM USA. This was put on display in his third round which was singles matches. Barto found himself down early and a few people counted him out. At No. 11 teeing ground he was asked how he was doing and gave a hand signal that he was four down. The difference however was that when most players are four down, they are not smiling and carrying on a conversation with their opponent. Barto also had no idea how important his score could have been seeing he had known that some matches had been lost, with TEAM CANADA narrowing the gap. Barto’s calm attitude led to him finding his swing late. He won four of the next five holes and was all square heading to the 17th tee. Barto did not look back from here as he showed his true leadership by battling adversity and won his match 1-Up playing all 18 holes.