The 11th annual North America Cup action resumed play this morning with the always challenging foursome matches. Below are the second round results accompanied by the top-three highlights from the second round.
Round 2 – Foursomes
8:04 AM – Marie Donnici & Jany Martin Def. Emily Doyle & Allyson Wentworth 1 Up
8:12 AM – Will Thomson & Nate Menon Def. Khan Lee & Michael Lavorato 5 & 4
8:20 AM – C.J. Hughes & Grant Leppek Def. Jason Chung & Tristan Vandette 4 & 2
8:28 AM – Jake Leppek & Nick Russell Halved Nolan Windsor & Mike Flegel AS
8:36 AM –Trent Abraham & Matt Cholod Def. Evan Katz & Mike May Jr. 3 & 1
8:44 AM – Matthew Cleary & Mark Benevento Def. Conaire Kehoe & Mitchell McPhail 4 & 2
8:52 AM – Eamon Marone & Matt Barto Def. Rhys Davies & John McKiernan 4 & 2
Total (two-day) SCORE: USA – 10 CANADA – 4
3. Starting off of the first tee is never easy at the North America Cup as a large crowd always accompanies you on the tee. This did not seem to phase Matthew Cleary of Greenville, Del., and Mark Benevento of Somers Point, N.J. Benevento hit first telling Cleary he would leave him 150 yards in on the second shot if everything went to plan. Joking, Cleary responded, “How about 137 yards, I have the club for that.” Benevento shrugged it off and proceeded to blast his drive down the center of the fairway. As they both approached the ball they took a look at their range finder to find that it had actually landed 137 yards from the flagstick. Cleary now under pressure from the remark he made on the first tee took the opportunity and hit a fantastic shot inside 10 feet. Benevento proceeded to finish the story by draining the putt which left the pairing 1-up after the first hole.
2. The Girls pairing made up of Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., and Emily Doyle of Horseheads, N.Y., did not start their day off as they had planned. They found themselves 3-down after No. 5 and proceeded to fall into a little struggle as they made it to No. 11 now down by six with seven holes to play. At this point the two young ladies decided it was time to go back to what they knew best and that was enjoying the game they love. You quickly saw the smiles come to their faces and the shots get better. After winning the 12th hole they halved the 13th hole and many spectators felt the match would quickly be over. The American girls had other plans. They tore through the next four holes winning every single one of them and the whole golf course was buzzing of the miraculous change of events. Ultimately the Canadians won the match on No. 18, but not enough can be said about the Americans determination and will to never give up.
1. The worst thing you can do in match play is dig yourself into a deep hole early in which most will ever get out of. Jake Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., and Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., sure did this by losing the first four holes of the day. Give up? These young men never gave up and stormed back fighting off some great play by their Canadian counterparts. They got an opportunity on No. 9 and ran with it. They won holes Nos. 9-11 and were suddenly back in the match with the momentum behind them. The Americans found themselves yet again with an unlucky break on the 16th and went down one. As always there was no negative attitude and Russell was in the heat of it for the second day in a row. They forced the play to 18 where they took advantage of an errant Canadian shot that found the left bunker. The Americans found a way to come back and halve the hole when to most of the people watching thought they were down and out after losing the first four holes.