Dominates 9 Hole Matches For 1-1/2 Point Lead
By: Datzit Indaruf, Flem Cup Correspondent
MYRTLE BEACH, Nov 2, 2001 – After a split of the morning 4 ball matches at The Dunes, Team U.S. dominated the afternoon 9 hole scramble matches to claim a 3-3/4 to 2-1/4 point lead after Day 1 of the Flem Cup.
With the first ball struck by England’s ‘Super Dave’ Richmond, the 2001 Flem Cup began, the first trans-Atlantic Cup ever played. Partnered with diminutive Phil Smith, the Brits were more than up to the task, handily knocking off Americans Jack Tanis Sr. and Cup namesake Lou Flem, 5&4.
In the second match, England continued its solid play as the father son team of Ray and Greg Matthews took on American low-handicapper Terry Neal and Chris Tanis. All square at the turn, the two Brits caught fire, winning 3 of the next 4 holes and coasting in for the 3&2 win.
The third match of the day was, at least on paper, the most interesting with England Captain Ian Jennings teaming up with Paul ‘Milo’ Miles against another father son team, Jack Tanis Jr. and young Matt. With memories of last year’s dreadful performance on these same links against Jack Jr. reverberating in his mind, Ian came out with a solid par to win the first hole. Sadly for him, that would be the day’s highlight, his game quickly descending into chaos and despair as he shot 14 over par net over the next 13 holes. Essentially leaving Milo to fend for himself, the match ended early in a blowout 6&5 win for the Yanks.
The final match, pitting American Captain Scott Dow and Pat Slack against Smokin’ Joe Brook and Swampy Trowbridge, was the least volatile of the day with 13 halves through 15 holes. Both wins, however, went to the Yanks and when Pat won 16, the match was over at 3&2.
In the afternoon 9 hole scramble matches, 3 wins and a halve gave the Yanks the cushion they wanted going into Day 2 at Prestwick but with Team England having set the matches for Day 2, the Yanks can expect a reinvigorated England team to show up Saturday morning.