Century Club of San Diego matches remain tied

LA JOLLA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2011) -- The 40th edition of the Century Club Matches teams began play deadlocked at 19-19-1 and finished tied 12-12 and an overall total series record of 19-19-2.

To say it has been evenly matched is an understatement.

During the Individual Match play on the final day Professional Gary Sowinski made a 15 foot birdie putt on the final hole and Pat Duncan, Sr. matched his effort with a 8-foot put to All Square their match and a tie in the 2011 edition. In the second to last match Buddy Duncan halved his match with Chris Starkjohann to setup the dramatic action on the final hole.

"That's how close it's getting," said Pat Duncan, Sr., playing for his 29th time in this event. "I'm just pretty proud to be doing it for all of these years."

Duncan was also proud to be playing with his son, Buddy. On Friday, the duo ran in five- straight birdies in the Pinehurst Scotch Format first round, helping keep the amateurs tied with the professionals after day one. The Duncans (Senior and Junior) defeated PGA professionals Greg Casagranda and Chris Starkjohann 1-up in what turned out to be Friday's featured match.

The San Diego Professionals, however, took a 3 ½ to 2 ½ advantage during the Saturday Four Ball format to lead 6 ½ to 5 ½ going into the final day. Professionals Ross Marcano and Chris Starkjohann won their match 5 & 4. Both players combined to birdie five holes and the back nine and were 8- under-par through 14 holes.

That set up the exciting final singles match finish, which amateur team Captain Joe Wagner told the San Diego Union was exactly how he intended it.

"There's no one else that I'd rather have in that last group than Pat Duncan, Sr," said Wagner.

Sowinski, who drained the key 15-foot putt to ensure at least a tie for the pros, was very positive about the event.

"Everybody enjoys the competition and tries to play hard," said the professional at Swing Works Golf. "It means a lot to both sides, and for it to end in a tie is probably as good as anything.

The Century Club Matches Amateur team is selected by accumulating points throughout the year by playing in the San Diego County Tournament Committee and SCGA events, and the professional team in San Diego Chapter of the PGA of America tournaments.

2011 Century Club Matches Results

Day ... Amateur Score-Professional Score, Format
Friday ... 3-3, Pinehurst
Saturday ... 2.5-3.5,Better Ball of Partners
Sunday ... 6.5-5.5, Individual Matches
Totals ... 12-12

- The SCPGA and San Diego Union Tribune contributed to this report

ABOUT THE Century Club of San Diego Matches

Annual team match between top San Diego amateurs and club professionals that started in the early 1970s and has been so evenly matched over the years that the results are unpredictable. Two of the matches, including the one played in 2011, have ended in a deadlock.

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