PGA Professionals Corliss and O’Boyle Win the 2012 MAPGA Team Championship
Midlothian, Va. - PGA Professionals Jon Corliss of Heron Ridge Golf Club (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Dan O’Boyle of Elizabeth Manor Golf & CC (Portsmouth, Va.) came back to beat Charlie Briggs, PGA and Ricky Touma, PGA of Burning Tree Club (Bethesda, Md.) and win the 2012 MAPGA Team Championship. Played at Salisbury Country Club in Midlothian, Va., the MAPGA Team Championship is a 54-hole event where two PGA Professionals pair up to play 27 holes using three different nine hole formats each of the two days. Thanks to tournament sponsors Ed Turnage/Sterling Cut Glass, Oakley and the PGA Tour, sixteen teams out of 40 took home a piece of the over $19,000 tournament purse.
On day one of the championship, Corliss and O’Boyle, who shot a solid score of 12-under par, were still trailing leaders Briggs and Touma by four shots. Unofficially, Briggs and Touma shot a one-day tournament record of 16-under par for 27 holes. The two teams were paired together on day two and it became a battle for the top spot. “We just tried to match or better their shots,” said Corliss, “because we knew that they were the ones to beat.”
For their first set of nine holes, the two teams played a four ball format. Corliss and O’Boyle gained three shots on Briggs and Touma during this nine leaving them one shot behind. On the next nine, the scramble format gave Briggs and Touma an edge and they gained a shot back, giving them a two-shot lead. Finally, the last nine was an alternate shot format that proved to be the deciding factor for the two teams. After five holes, Corliss and O’Boyle were 1-over par and Briggs and Touma were sitting at even par. However, two costly bogeys over the last four holes by the duo from Burning Tree would open the door to Corliss and O’Boyle who capitalized on the opportunity by making two birdies. With an alternate shot score of 35, Corliss and O’Boyle topped Briggs and Touma by three strokes giving them the outright lead by one.