MAPGA Chapter Challenge supported by Taylormade-adidas Ashworth at Shenandoah Valley
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Central Chapter Wins the 2012 MAPGA Chapter Challenge Supported by TaylorMade-adidas Ashworth
Front Royal, Va. - The MAPGA Chapter Challenge has been a part of the MAPGA's regular tournament schedule since 1994. In the last 10 years, the Southern Chapter has engraved their names on the Chapter Challenge trophy seven times. However from 1994 to 2001, professionals from the Central Chapter dominated the Chapter Challenge by winning seven times in that eight year stretch and now they get to do it again.
After round one at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, players from the Central Chapter were resting on a 15 stroke lead over their fellow professionals from the Northern Chapter. Highlighting the day for the Central Chapter were two teams - Bob Dolan, PGA (Columbia CC) and Wayne DeFrancesco, PGA (Woodmont CC) as well as Brendan McGrath, PGA (Chantilly National GC) and John O'Leary, PGA (Hidden Creek CC). All teams played a four ball format on one nine and a Pinehurst scotch format on the other nine. The team of Dolan/DeFrancesco was 9-under for the day and McGrath/O'Leary was 10-under for the day which contributed to the Central Chapter's overall first round score of 36-under par.
Day two would not be as easy for the Central Chapter players as the Northern Chapter tried to make a run. All competitors had to play their own ball on one nine and then a 2-person scramble format on the other. The lead team for the Northern Chapter was Mark Evenson, PGA (Suburban Club) and Dave Long, PGA (Golf Club @ South River) who came in with a team scramble score of 5-under par and were 3-over par and 1-over par respectively on their own ball. Scoring the best for the Northern Chapter team was the duo of Larry Ringer, PGA and David Freiss, PGA of Musket Ridge GC. Ringer was 1-under par and Freiss was 2-under par for the individual format and as a team they shot 6-under par in the scramble. At one point, the Northern Chapter was only two shots behind the Central.
As teams were coming in, the lead of the Central Chapter started to get bigger and bigger. The team of O'Leary/McGrath did not fair so well in the individual format, but they made up for it in the scramble by shooting 6-under par. Also, joining them at 6-under in the scramble was Jay Lindell (Raspberry Falls G&HC) and Geoff Montross, PGA (International CC). The only Central Chapter player to finish under par in the individual format was Phil Bowers, PGA (Mt. Vernon CC) who shot 1-under par.
The Central Chapter finished the tournament at 35-under par which was eight strokes ahead of the Northern Chapter. The Most Valuable Player of the Tournament was McGrath who received the Tom Strange Cup from Central Chapter Captain Josh Tremblay, PGA (Springfield CC).