VIENNA, Virginia (AUG. 1, 2010) -- Matthew Mattare, a prominent Philadelphia area junior and collegian in a former life, burst onto the Washington Metropolitan golf scene with a stunning 5&4 triumph over the very talented Colin St. Maxens of Columbia Country Club and the University of Pennsylvania golf team.
St. Maxens jumped out to an early lead wtih birdies on the first two holes. Mattare then birdied the par 3 seventh hole and won another hole with a par on the eighth. The match remained very close through the remainder of the morning round, which concluded with an all square status.
In the afternoon, Mattare turned the tables on St. Maxens with two par and one birdie wins on holes 1, 4 and 5. The players then halved the 6th through 12th holes before Mattare won the 13th (31th) and 14th (32nd) holes with par and birdie to bring the match to an end.
Referees Mike Yanhko, the WMGA president widely known as the Commissioner for his golf leadership, and Ken Bedford, often called the Professor because of his extraordinary Rules knowledge, noted that the play was outstanding. "It was a delight to be an official working with two such outstanding young men. Ken and I know we will be seeing a lot more of these fellows at the highest level of amateur golf in the coming years." Bedford noted that Westwood had been a superb venue, with wonderful cooperation from the entire staff at the club, particularly head golf professional Glenn Brown and assistant golf course superintendent Jeff Ashley, who subbed for the veteran Walter Montross, who had to be out of town.