By Mike Dougherty
JERICHO – There was a measure of genuine optimism when the Westchester Golf Association headed back onto the course after lunch for singles with the Stoddard Trophy within reach. A talented group of competitors was only a point off the lead after foursomes. And when the afternoon scores began to go on the board, a small crowd stood by watching.
It dispersed in a hurry.
The Long Island Golf Association was dominant in singles play and ran away with the win, finishing with 24 points Thursday at Meadow Brook Club. It was a rough afternoon for the 12 golfers representing the WGA in the regional team competition. They finished second with 15 1/2 points, a point ahead of the New Jersey Golf Association.
Jeff Holzschuh, a member at Winged Foot and Stanwich, took a red-eye back from San Francisco and wound up getting two points after lunch for the WGA, which had only 8 1/2 points in singles play.
“I landed at JFK at 8:30 this morning, went home for some clothes and my clubs, then came back and had some fun,” the Greenwich, Connecticut, resident said. “We’re playing with 36 people who are friends but also the best golfers from the Metropolitan region. We play against each other individually all the time, so it’s nice to have a team event like this.”
There is some bragging when it’s all over, but nothing carries on beyond the patio.
“I’m wearing a shirt with the Westchester Golf Association logo on it, and I try my guts out when I play in this,” said Karger, who’s yet to win in three attempts. “It’s just a lot of fun.”
And the setting is usually a draw.
“They seem to always get a good golf course for this,” said Sam Bernstein, a Century member who accounted for two points in foursomes with David Pastore and got 1 1/2 points in singles play. “It’s hard to pass up a chance to play 36 holes at Meadow Brook. And it was fun to play alternate shot with David. We got to 4-under this morning and were both pretty happy with that.”
(Photos: Jeff Holzschuh gets up and down on the 18th hole in singles play. Sam Bernstein tees off at the first hole in singles play.)