Joe Deraney (Ben Adelberg)
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
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
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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