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Amateurs retain Tri-Cites Cup Matches trophy

Jeff Birchfield • Nov 1, 2018 at 10:25 PM

JOHNSON CITY — Local amateur golfers continued their mastery of local professionals at the Tri-Cities Cup Matches on Thursday at Johnson City Country Club.

The amateurs won by a margin of 10½ to 4½ in the Ryder Cup-style format for their fourth straight victory and sixth win in the past seven years.

The competition was tied at 2½ apiece following the four-ball competition, but the amateurs went on to win seven matches to just one for the pros. The two other matches came out even.

The annual competition matches six top amateurs and four senior amateurs against 10 top professionals in a one- day, 36-hole match.

With winds and fast greens making play a bit of a challenge, Lawrence Largent, Lucas Armstrong and Lyman Fulton all doubled up with wins in both four-ball and singles competition for the amateurs. Allen Fennell won both his matches for the pros.

Other singles victories came from Cayman Ratliff, Brandon Worley, Matt Love and James White. Fulton teamed with Tony Gouge to win in four-ball competition.

For the pros, Todd Foster and Fennell teamed for a victory, as did Jeremy Beachner and Chris Stacy. Mike Davenport and Ken Miller halved their singles matches, as did Johnson City Country Club’s own Mike Crowe and Bill Hardin.

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