Birch Ridge leads Kenai at Walker Cup

Posted: Sunday, July 09, 2006

Birch Ridge had a 7 1/2 to 4 1/2 lead over Kenai Golf Course entering today’s final matches in the Twin Cities Walker Cup at Kenai Golf Course.

In the Twin Cities Walker Cup, the two courses battle in a series of matches for superiority. Last year, the first year of the event, ended with a 12-all tie.

Birch Ridge took the edge in this year’s Twin Cities Walker Cup on Thursday, when the Soldotna course posted a 4 1/2 to 1 1/2 edge in the alternate ball matches. In alternate ball, a team of two takes turns hitting the ball and tries to win more holes than the other team of two.

Thursday, Birch Ridge received its wins as Bob Sizemore and Caleb Sizemore defeated Paul Nunamaker and Ken Liedes, Josh Lansing and George Stein defeated Doug Jung and Chris Sonnichsen, Mike Hollingsworth and Jay Kriner defeated Felix Martinez and Todd Eskelin, and Nick Horn and Kevin Downs defeated Doug Harrelson and Tom Carver.

Birch Ridge’s Mike Chenault and Steve Dexheimer tied with Kenai’s Bill Burtram and Billy Applewhite.

Kenai’s lone win came from Gordon Griffin and John Dahlgren defeating Jeff Hetrick and Marty Arnoldy.

Saturday, each side picked up three points in best ball play. In best ball play, each player on each team of two plays a hole, and the best score on that hole is put against the other duo’s best score. The side winning the most holes wins the match.

For Birch Ridge, the Sizemores defeated Nunamaker and Harrelson, and Horn and Dexheimer defeated Mike Navarre and Carver. For Kenai, Liedes and Griffin defeated Lansing and Downs, and Applewhite and Burtram defeated Zack Cowan and John Tongen.

Jung and Dahlgren split with Chenault and Mike Azzara, while Sonnichsen and Eskelin split with Hetrick and Arnoldy.

The Twin Cities Walker Cup concludes with 12 singles matches today at 2 p.m. at Kenai Golf Course. Birch Ridge can win the championship by taking five of the singles matches.

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