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Amateurs take Cape Cod Cup; Tobey wins Cape PGA Championship

 Pro-Senior tourney up Thursday at Olde Barnstable

By Geoff Converse

The popular Pro-Senior Championship, set for Thursday at Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds on right in Marstons Mills, is the next big competition on the local golf tournament slate.

barn.golf_course_398The Pro-Senior comes in the wake of the Cape Cod Cup at New Seabury and the Championship of the Cape Cod Chapter of the New England PGA at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville.

The Cape Cod Cup, held Sunday on the Ocean Course at New Seabury, showed what is starting to be a pattern: the team that loses the Cup the previous year avenges that defeat by capturing the cup the following year.

This time around, it was the amateurs' turn to win and they accommodated the pattern by toppling the professionals in the 22nd edition of the competition, 13-8.

With Sunday's win, the amateurs notched their 11th win against nine losses. There have been two ties.

For the sixth straight year of the match-play event, the team that lost the previous year rallied to win the event, which promotes competition and camaraderie among area amateur and pro golfers.

The match was not decided until the final pairing finished with the amateur tandem from Pinehills, Herb Aikens and Rick Cunha, sweeping all three points from the pro team of Mark O'Brien of Captains and host pro Brendan Reilly.

"We played really well," Aikens said after competing in his third Cape Cod Cup. "We had four birdies out there and never really got into serious trouble."

"We played really well. We had four birdies out there and never really got intoserious trouble."
                                  - Herb Aiken

"It would have been nice if I could have helped Brendan more," said O'Brien of their loss. "I think I only helped him on one hole. It's too bad because he played pretty well. I can't believe I didn't make a birdie the entire round."

Teams get points by winning the front nine, the back nine and the overall match.

The long-time amateur duo of Kevin Carey and Joe Walker of Dennis Pines collected all three points in the match against the pro tandem of John Boniface of the Ridge Club and Cranberry Valley's Joe McNulty. It was the opening tilt of the day and set the tone for the amateurs.
Carey and Walker, the five-time Seagulls Fourball champions, won the front nine 3-up, took the back side 1-up and the overall match, 4-up.

"It's key for us to make sure we don't give anything away," said Walker. "We didn't have any bogeys and that's important in a match like this."

"We didn't do anything stupid out there," Carey added. "We got it up and down when we had to. We made five birdies and the putts were falling for us."

Last week, Tom Tobey was the story at the Cape Cod Chapter's championship, held at the challenging LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville.

Tobey, the head pro at Bay Pointe Country Club, set the bar at a high level in the championship's morning round. That performance eventually led to his cruising to the win in the 36-hole event.

He grabbed a 5-shot lead in the morning with the day's lone sub-par round, shooting a 2-under 70. He also posted the afternoon's low round in blustery conditions, a 73, for a 1-under-par 143 total to breeze to a nine-shot victory. It is Tobey's second Titleist Chapter Championship in three years.

Finishing second was Country Club of Halifax pro Bob Giusti, who posted a 152. Giusti also captured the Senior Division. Hyannisport's Mike Haberl was third at 154, one shot better than fourth-place finisher, host pro Tom Rooney. Rounding out the top five was Greg Yeomans of The Bay Club, who came in a 156.

In the Assistants Division, LeBaron Hills' Rob Bradley breezed to victory with a 157.

Conditions were difficult at the 6,800-yard layout, a quality course that is one of the region's best-kept secrets. The gusty wind wreaked havoc on the 24-player field and was directly responsible for the high scores. The stiff breezes also wore down the players, both physically and mentally, especially in the afternoon round.

"I am absolutely beat," a weary Giusti said upon finishing. "My body isn't used to playing 36 holes of competitive golf in one day. And when you add in the grind of playing in that wind, it makes it even more grueling."

Everyone was affected except Tobey, who made the event seem like a walk in the park.

Tobey has been on fire lately, finally getting his game to where he wants it in all aspects - from driving the ball long and in play to a new putting stroke that gives him a newfound confidence on the greens no matter how long a putt might be.

Tom Tobey has been on fire lately, finally getting his game to where he wants it in all aspects.

Tobey came into the championship on a roll, having finished second in the New England Section Championship two weeks ago and having hit the ball well last week in the New England Open. He never really gave any player in the field yesterday a reason to think he was not going to win the Chapter Championship.

"The key for me was keeping the ball away from trouble and on shots to the green, just aiming for the fat part of the green and letting my putter do the rest," Tobey explained. "I played it pretty safe most of the day in these conditions. The only time I ever really attacked the greens was on the par 5 holes.

"Shooting par out there today was a good score for anyone," he added. "I like the course. There is something about playing courses that are set up tough that seem to bring out the best in me. Today happened to be one of those days."

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