Sunday Strong! Maryland Rides Singles Finish To Cup Win
Potomac Shores GC - Woodbridge, VA - In the first Potomac Cup Finals Matches following a 6-year hiatus, Team Maryland picked up where they left off when this event was discontinued: in the winner's photos. A strong Sunday Singles effort, kept a talented Team Virginia from overtaking the solid lead Maryland had built through the first two days of paired matches.
The final match score was Maryland 19.5 - Virginia 16.5.
"I was so happy to see my guys finish strong, after they had played so beautifully together for the first two days," said Maryland Captain Ron Thomas. "We took nothing for granted. Virginia had one of the strongest teams we've ever faced, and I knew that we couldn't afford anything less than our best in Singles."
Virginia Captain Steve Czaban tried his best to engineer some favorable final day pairings, but in the end, the deficit was too much to overcome. "I knew we needed to win both sessions on Saturday. And we got the first one, but just let a few points slip out of our hands Saturday afternoon. But that's how these team matches usually go. Congrats to Ron and team Maryland. They got the job done."
Potomac Shores GC proved to be every bit the intriguing match play venue it was expected to be when the course was awarded the Finals. Each team took several rounds to probe the best angles of attack on multiple risk-reward holes. "The course was the real star," Czaban said. "The greens were absolutely perfect, and head PGA of America professional Todd VanMeer and food and beverage director Kelsie Esser were tireless in making sure everything was first class."
The 2018 Potomac Cup will continue the tradition of providing avid amateurs in the DMV area a chance to compete in a Ryder Cup style team event. Stay tuned to this website and our Facebook page in early 2018 for details on Qualifying and and dates for The Finals.