Carter Cup: Loop forces, wins playoff

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (Aug. 6, 2008)--In a stunning comeback victory, Curtis Loop of New Canaan, Conn., defeated first-round leader Cameron Wilson of Norwalk, Conn., on the first sudden-death playoff hole to win the 6th Carter Cup-MGA Junior Stroke Play Championship in dramatic fashion at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Wilson, who was also the Carter Cup runner-up last year, shot a three-under 68 on the Upper Course to take a three-stroke lead midway through the championship, and extended his lead to four strokes when play shifted to the storied Lower Course in the afternoon.

But he struggled to a one-over 73 while Loop shot the round of the championship, a five-under 67 on the Lower, to tie Wilson at the end and snatch victory away from his Connecticut rival.

“I like the Lower Course a lot,” said Loop afterward. “I played really well there last year too, and I just love the greens and the holes set up really nicely to my eye.”

It is the first MGA victory for the 17-year-old Loop, who will be a senior this fall at New Canaan High School. Loop’s previous best showing in an MGA event was a runner-up finish in the 2006 MGA/MetLife Boys Championship at Gardiners Bay on Shelter Island, N.Y., where he lost the final match to Wilson. Today, Loop was able to avenge that past defeat.

“This means so much to me. Cameron’s definitely the best player in the area, and to beat him is a highlight. It gives me tons of confidence heading into the Met Amateur.” Loop and Wilson are both in the field at the Met Amateur, which begins Thursday, August 7 at Friar’s Head on Long Island.

Finishing tied for third place were Sean Kelly of Staten Island, N.Y., who played consistent with rounds of 72 on the Upper and 73 on the Lower, and Jon Hartman of Essex Fells, N.J., who shot a 69 on the Lower after a 76 on the Upper. Anthony Aloi of Plainsboro, N.J., the 2008 Met Junior champion, shot 73 on the Upper and 72 on the Lower to finish tied for fifth place with Max Bichsel of Cranbury, N.J.

The Carter Cup is named in honor of Michael P. Carter, former Baltusrol Junior Club Champion and a standout member of the Delbarton School golf team and later the Penn State golf team, who died in an automobile accident in 2002. The event, which this year had a starting field of 40 of the top junior players in the Met Area, is a joint effort of the MGA and the Baltusrol Golf Club membership, who founded the event to honor the memory of Michael P. Carter.

--Courtesy MGA


36 hole junior stroke play championship, by invitation only. The Carter Cup is named in honor of Michael Carter, a junior club champion at the Baltusrol and Winged Foot Golf Clubs, a standout player on the Delbarton School golf team in Morristown, N.J., and an up-and-coming member of the Penn State golf team, who died in a car accident in 2002.

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