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East dominates Day 2 at the East West Cup
07 Nov 2020
by Brayden Conover of AmateurGolf.com

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Day two of the East West Cup was the East Team show to say the least.

Entering the day up 5-4 over the West, Paul Simson’s squad got to work early. On the backs of a 7&6 win from Bob Royak and Nathan Smith and a 5&3 win from Jeronimo Esteve and U.S. Amateur champion Tyler Strafaci, Simson’s East team took five of the nine morning alternate-shot matches in the morning session.

Taking a 10-6 lead into the afternoon, the East tried to cut into the West’s lead but to avail.

After Robert Funk and Jerry Slagle nabbed a 1 up win in the first afternoon match, the East tallied points on the next five matches to extend their lead to 10-5. As the East rolled, the West relied on their young guns to stop the bleeding.

Pierceson Coody and Stewart Hagestad teamed up for a 2&1 win over Esteve and Brett Boner to scratch the tenth point into the West’s win column. SMU’s Mac Meissner, aided by mid-am teammate Jason Schultz picked up a 3&1 win over Strafaci and Michael Muehr to make it 15-11.

In the Saturday anchor match, Joe Deraney and Doug Hanzel paired up to take down Gene Elliott and Taylor Wood 1 up thanks to a pair of water balls on the 18th.

Taking care of business, Simson and crew hold a five-point lead (16-11) with 18 singles matches separating each time from the inaugural title.

23 points will mark a win and 22.5 will force a tie. Matches begin at 8:00 am CT with two matches to a group. The pairings are as follows:

Jeronimo Esteve (East) v Brad Nurski (West)

Scott Harvey (East) v Derek Busby (West)

Doug Hanzel (East) v Robert Funk (West)

Walter Todd (East) v Jerry Slagle (West)

Bob Royak (East) v Gene Elliot (West)

Jeff Knox (East) v Bryan Norton (West)

Kevin O’Connell (East) v Stewart Hagestad (West)

Phillip Lee (East) v Taylor Wood (West)

Tyler Strafaci (East) v Pierceson Coody (West)

John Pak (East) v Mac Meissner (West)

Joe Deraney (East) v Zach Atkinson (West)

Todd Mitchell (East) v Skip Bernmeyer (West)

Steve Harwell (East) v Brady Exber (West)

Chip Lutz (East) v Lewis Stephenson (West)

Brett Boner (East) v Nick Geyer (West)

Michael Muehr (East) v Jason Schultz (West)

Ben Warnquist (East) v Rob Couture (West)

Nathan Smith (East) v Patrick Christovich (West)

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ABOUT THE East West Cup

Started in 2020, the East West Matches feature Ryder Cup-style team matches for American mid-amateurs and seniors. The Mississippi River is the dividing line between East and West teams, each of which is comprised of 18 players: 6 seniors, at least 10 mid- amateurs, and up to 2 amateurs who haven't yet reached the age of 25.

A points system will be utilized to select 50% of each team, with the other 50% chosen by the tournament committee. Teams will be selected at the conclusion of the US Mid and US Senior Amateur Championships.

The schedule of play is 18 holes of four-ball on Friday, 36 holes of foursomes on Saturday, and 18 holes of singles on Sunday.

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