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Murphy & Sigel lead Delray Dunes to Win over Quail Ridge in Golf Road Cup
Sigel's body said it was time to quit Sunday. Pain was coursing down his right arm, and he already had assured Delray Dunes of keeping the Golf Road Cup for a third consecutive year with at least a halve in his match against Quail Ridge member Randy Aziz.
"I thought about just walking to the clubhouse and let the matches end in a tie," said Sigel, who won U.S. Amateurs in 1982 and '83, and was 1-up over Aziz after a par at 17. "But our assistant said I should try to win my match, and I thought that seemed like a challenge, especially the way I was feeling."
Sigel made a clutch 10-footer for par at Delray Dunes' difficult 18th hole, enabling the host club to beat Quail Ridge Country Club 12½-11½. It was the first time Delray Dunes has won the Cup three consecutive years.
"I don't know how I got it over the water," Sigel said. "We wanted to win, because we know how hard it is to beat Quail Ridge with all of its tradition."
Sigel was joined by fellow Champions Tour winner Bob Murphy, who had a 3-and-1 win over David Rowley. Murphy, who won five PGA Tour titles and 11 times on the Champions Tour, raved at the competition. "It was like a U.S. Open out there," Murphy said of greens that were double-cut to Stimpmeter speeds in excess of 14. "The guys at Quail Ridge aren't easy to beat. They have played in more tournaments than most players have played rounds of golf."
Quail Ridge resident Dr. Bob Harris, at 83 the oldest player in the field, won his singles match, 3-and-1, over Lane Deyoe, finishing with a 40-foot putt at 16. "I still love to compete, at this age," said Harris, the runner-up in the 1992 U.S. Senior Amateur. "This is great goodwill between the two clubs and it promotes a lot of camaraderie, but we go at it hammer and tong."
Quail Ridge's director of golf, Charles Bowie, made a 70-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to salvage an unlikely half in his opening match with Brad McCallum. "We had practiced putting from the same spot earlier in the week," Bowie said. "If it didn't go in the hole, it might have gone off the green."
Quail Ridge captain Ronnie Grove won his singles match, 6-and-5 over Mike Many. "It was great competition," Grove said.
Players from each club have to qualify to play in the Golf Road Cup. The captains are the reigning club champions. Quail Ridge leads the overall series 7-5-1.
The above report is courtesy of Quail Ridge Country Club. For more information, visit www.quailridgecc.com.