By Geoff Converse
HYANNISPORT – If people out there are thinking the Cape Cod Amateur Championship of 2012 is doing its own version of the movie “Groundhog Day,” they might be forgiven.
With Tyler Kett of Cranberry Valley taking home the crystal from winning the Championship Division and Dave Houghton of The Captains making room on his fireplace mantle for the Senior Division champions bowl, it is exactly as it was in 2008 when each player won his first Cape Cod Amateur title.Related Photo Galleries
To add an even more eerie side to the story, Kett's win in 2008 also came after he topped the field in the qualifying round, just as both he and Houghton did this year. Nobody familiar with the event can ever remember both medalists prevailing over the entire tournament in the same year.
And for the champions, their victories in the finals – Kett defeated Hyannis Golf Club's Jared Pane 5-and-3, and Houghton prevailed against Chris Tufts of New Seabury, 3-and-1 – were convincing, leaving no doubt who is the king of his respective division in the 61st edition of the championship played over the immaculate Hyannisport Club layout.
In perfect conditions of bright sunshine, seasonal temperatures and absent the usual stiff breezes blowing off the waters of Nantucket Sound, Kett prevailed in his morning semifinal against Cummaquid's Tim Norton in an 18-hole match, the fourth time the 26-year-old Harwich resident had to go at least 18 holes to move on.
His finals opponent, Pane, had to work a whole lot harder to gain that berth, going four extra holes before defeating good friend Chad Crocker of Olde Barnstable in what many feel was the match of the tournament.
In that meeting, Crocker moved the event to the first extra hole by draining a curling 12-footer on the 18th. A save from the marsh on the third by Crocker moved the duo to the fourth, where Pane made a birdie to close out Crocker and move on.
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