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Springfield golfers bring home President’s Cup

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By Brandon Mattingly

After spending the last two years in Lebanon, the President’s Cup is headed back to Springfield following Lincoln Country Club’s win this past weekend. The victory secured not only bragging rights until next year’s rematch, but also put Springfield back on top of the all-time series at 8-7 in the event’s 15th year.

The Springfield side came away with a 16.5-13.5 victory, which included taking eight of the 12 available points in singles play on the second and final day of the event on Sunday.

Lebanon Country Club got off to a good start on their home turf on Saturday, taking a 4-2 lead at the end of best ball play, and holding a 6.5-5.5 advantage when day one concluded with the scramble portion of the tournament.

The competition remained tight through Sunday afternoon, when play moved to Lincoln Homestead. The teams split alternate shot play with three points each, leaving Springfield behind on the scorecard 9.5-8.5. They were able to erase the deficit with the 8-4 difference in the individual portion.

Final results:
Best ball: 4-2 Lebanon
Scramble: 3.5-2.5 Springfield
Alternate shot: 3-3 tie
Singles: 8-4 Springfield

Best ball: Ricky Hoppes and Michael George lost to Joseph Elder and Taylor Brady 4-up, while Scott Reinle and David Carney topped Larry Mattingly and Matthew Gribbins 3 and 2. Jason Osbourne and Aaron Spalding finished 1-up on Todd Abell and Richard Crum, but Mikie Yates and Barrett Tingle fell short of Philip Brady and Pat Swencki 2 and 1. Chad Hardin and Bobby Hayden III lost to Pat Clements and Tommy Carrico 1-up, and Jordon Reinle and Brad Langford fell to Joey Reed and Chad Spalding 2 and 1.

Scramble: Jordon Reinle and Michael George beat Larry Mattingly and Todd Abell 1-up, with Jason Osbourne and Aaron Spalding splitting a point with Matthew Gribbins and Richard Crum. Chad Hardin and Mikie Yates beat Joey Reed and Chad Spalding 2 and 1, while Ricky Hoppes and Brad Langford fell to Pat Swencki and Philip Brady 3-up. Scott Reinle and David Carney lost to Tommy Carrico and Pat Clements 3 and 2, but Bobby Hayden III and Barrett Tingle got a 3 and 2 win over Joseph Elder and Taylor Brady.

Alternate shot: Jordon Reinle and Scott Reinle split a point with Tommy Carrico and Pat Clements, as did Barrett Tingle and Bobby Hayden III against Taylor Brady and Joseph Elder. Michael George and Ricky Hoppes came out on top against Richard Crum and Todd Abell 2 and 1, and Jason Osbourne and Aaron Spalding beat Matthew Gribbins and Larry Mattingly 1-up. Chad Hardin and Mikie Yates lost to Pat Swencki and Philip Brady 1-up, while Brad Langford and David Carney were outshot by Joey Reed and Chad Spalding 2-up.

Singles: Jordon Reinle split a point with Pat Clements, as did Ricky Hoppes against Joseph Elder, Michael George against Taylor Brady and Barrett Tingle against Pat Swencki. Scott Reinle had a 3 and 1 win over Tommy Carrico, with Chad Hardin and Jason Osbourne adding 3 and 2 victories over Joey Reed and Matthew Gribbins, respectively. Aaron Spalding was 2-up on Todd Abell, while Mikie Yates was 1-up on Philip Brady. Bobby Hayden III beat Chad Spalding 4 and 3. Richard Crum (2-up over Brad Langford) and Larry Mattingly (1-up over David Carney) had the lone individual wins for Lebanon.