PIKESVILLE, MD (May 20, 2006) -- Van Strakes made it two-for-two, as he shared a two-man team championship for the second day in a row, helping his side to a playoff victory in the 11th annual MSGA Senior 2-man team event at the Suburban Club, May 19. He and Dick Irvin survived a shaky regulation finish to win a three-way play-off with a short par putt by Irvin on the third extra hole. Thursday, Strakes and partner Joe Records had won the Middle Atlantic Golf Association's Senior 4-ball tournament at the Country Club of Maryland with a 6-under par 64.
This time, the Hillendale team dipped 5 under par through 16 holes, finished double-bogey, bogey, and fell back to a tie at 2-under-par 68 with Dick Stearns-Bill Darden (35-33) and Donald Meyer-Marvin Guerra (34-34) in the 61-team field. With Irvin contributing three front-nine birdies, the eventual winners posted 32-36--68. All three teams parred the first two playoff holes, before Irvin won it (his partner was about the same distance away) at the third.
Three of Irvin's four birdies were on putts in the 20-25-foot range and at the 16th, Strakes made a 35-footer. Out of bounds and trees created their finishing woes. The two had previously won a MSGA two-man team title at Piney Branch GC in 1995.
Stearns, from Breton Bay G&CC, and at 75 one of the event's oldest entries, and Darden each made a birdie and the closest they came to a bogey was at No. 10, where Stearns holed from 20 feet to save par. Meyer and Guerra, from Hunter's Oak GC, also had a birdie apiece in their tour of the 6,349-yard, par-70 course in suburban Baltimore. Sheldon Kalish-Gary Matz, from Hayfields CC finished alone in fourth at 34-35--69, followed by two teams at 70, as rain, followed by cool and windy weather contributed to scoring problems on the well-conditioned layout.
Greg Andrews-Chris Davis, from Worthington Manor CC, won low net with 31-34--65.
- Reported by John Stewart from The Suburban Club