Lee County levels the score
A Sunday surge led Lee County to claim the Cape Fear Cup for the first time, defending its home turf versus Harnett County with an 18-12 victory, winning Sunday's matches 12-6, at Sanford Municipal Golf Course.
Harnett County had the home-course advantage last fall in the inaugural Cape Fear Cup and won the cup at Chicora Golf Club.
Harnett County, with 12 of the top pro and amateur golfers from the county, was in position to keep the cup after Saturday's fourball and foursome (alternate shot) matches resulted in a 6-6 score.
On Sunday morning, fourball matches took to the course and it was the turning point for Lee County. Lee County teams easily won three matches. Brandon Honeycutt and Jonathan Hockaday won 5-and-3 against Tracy Parker and Colin Peregoy. David Wicker and Jonathan McCurry won 4-and-3 against Chris Hockaday and Braxton Wynns. Carson Lanier and Matthew Rhodes, who teamed up to go 2-0 on Saturday, won 6-and-4 against Tony Parrish and Kenny Stewart, who also had gone 2-0 for Harnett County on Saturday.
Two Lee County wins were tight and could've led a very different equation in singles for Harnett County trying to hang on to the cup.
Jack Radley and Zac Lewis defeated Jeremy Tyndall and Tony Fish 3-and-2 and Jonathan Blackard and Brad Wicker defeated Stephen Morris and Colin Peregoy 2-and-1.
Now needing only 4.5 points out of the 12 singles matches in the afternoon, Lee County won seven of the first nine matches.
All of the Lee County wins lasted until at least the 15th hole of the matches, so there was competitive golf down until nearly the end of the long day.
In the lineup of matches, Brad McDougald's 4-and-2 victory against Parker gave Lee County 16 points and the cup. On the course, a group of Lee County players who were already done knew they had it clinched, and cheered their win in a gallery formed between the fifth green and sixth tee, when Jack Radley made a putt on No. 6 to claim a 2-up win versus Peregoy.
The remaining matches played to their conclusions as a match-play win against another fine player meant a lot even with the overall tournament decided.
“We hope this turns into a tradition we can keep going,” said Lee County captain and Sanford Golf Course head PGA professional David Von Canon. The event was designed, and has quickly become, competitive while also being a fun weekend starting with a dinner for the teams on Friday and the unique chance to play golf as a team.
Cape Fear Cup
at Sanford Golf Course
Lee County 18, Harnett County 12
Fourball matches: Paul Howell/Bo Crooks (H) d. Brad McDougald/Dale Fogarty 4-and-2, Jack Radley/Zac Lewis (L) d. Jeremy Tyndall/Tony Fish 3-and-2, Brandon Honeycutt/Jonathan Hockaday (L) d. Tracy Parker/Buck Godwin 5-and-3, Jonathan Blackard/Brad Wicker (L) d. Stephen Morris/Colin Peregoy 2-and-1, David Wicker/Jonathan McCurry (L) d. Chris Hockaday/Braxton Wynns 4-and-3, Carson Lanier/Matthew Rhodes (L) d. Tony Parrish/Kenny Stewart 6-and-4
Singles: Honeycutt (L) d. Howell 4-and-2, Lewis (L) d. Fish 4-and-3, Tyndall (H) d. J. Hockaday 3-and-2, Crooks (H) d. Fogarty 1-up, B. Wicker (L) d. Godwin 4-and-3, Blackard (L) d. Morris 4-and-3, McDougald (L) d. Parker 4-and-2, Radley (L) d. Peregoy 2-up, McCurry (L) d. C. Hockaday 3-and-2, Wynns (H) d. D. Wicker 2-up, Parrish (H) d. Lanier 6-and-4, Stewart (H) d. Rhodes 8-and-7