By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Before the 21st edition of the Enid Ryder Cup, Meadowlake captain Jim Fournier said his team was determined not to have to retain the Cup on a tie as it did last year.
Fournier’s troops took the words to heart Saturday, winning five of six best ball matches to take a 81⁄2-31⁄2 overall lead going into today’s singles matches.
Oakwood will have to score nine points (one point for a win and a half-point for a draw) to take the Cup away. Meadowlake needs only 31⁄2 points to retain the Cup.
Josh Bugg and Brandon Gainer set the tone for Meadowlake with an impressive 6-and-4 win over Scott Athey and Tom Davis.
Bugg and Gainer had five birdies in a seven-hole span (Nos. 8, 10, 11, 13 and No. 14). They were one-up with an eagle on the par-five fourth hole.
“It was both of us making a lot of putts,’’ Bugg said.
“Josh made a couple and I made a couple (of birdies),’’Gainer said. “We just ham and egged it. It wasn’t a bad day at all. We got our points which is what we needed to do.’’
Oakwood’s lone win came from Matt Parrish and Craig Collins, who beat Troy Rasp and Josh Winfield, 6-and-4.
Parrish and Collins had two birdies, a bogey and 11 pars.
“We made some putts,’’ Collins said. “It was an off day for them.’’
“We played pretty consistent all the way around,’’ Parrish said. “We partner up pretty well.’’
That would be the only bright spot for Oakwood. Unlike Friday, when four of the six matches were determined on the 18th hole, only two went the distance Saturday.
Jay Betchan and Darin Busch bounced back from a loss Friday to beat Josh Tobbitt and Walker Henson, 1-up.
Tobbitt and Henson, three-down after 11, won the 13th and 16th with birdies, but the two teams halved the last two holes.
Betchan shot a 69 on his own ball, while Busch and Tobbitt had 71s and Henson carded a 73. Betchan won No. 8 and No. 11 with birdies.
“We were fighting a lot of inner demons yesterday,’’ Betchan said. “Today, we hit a lot more solid shots. It was a lot more enjoyable to watch.’’
Michael League and Neil Oxford, another loser on Friday, won No. 17 and No. 18 with pars to beat Oakwood’s David Morley and John Petersen, 2-up.
“It was a lot of fun today,’’ League said. “We played a lot better today. They (Morley and Petersen) played real well until the last two holes. We were able to play well on all 18 holes.’’
“It was tight all the way,’’ Oxford said. “We knew we had to play well or we would be done.’’
Jon Cline and Taylor Randolph won their second match of the championships by defeating Jim Lack and Rod Billings, 2-and-1. Cline and Randolph went 2-up after birding the 16th hole. The match ended when both teams parred the par 17th.
“We carried each other pretty well,’’ said Cline, who had two birdies, a bogey and 4 pars on the day. “If one of us missed something, the other would be there to pick us up.’’
“Jon played real steady,’’ Randolph said. “I was able to chip in a couple of pars. We were neck-and-neck until the 16th.
Eric Williamson and Randy Nunley won their second match in a row with a 2-and-1 victory over Kyle Tefft and Blake Thomas.
The Williamson-Nunley team used a birdie at No. 10 to go 1-up and won No. 12 with a par to go 2-up. The last four holes were halved.
“We were picking each other up and taking care of business,’’ Nunley said. “We were able to go two-up on No. 12 and we were able to stay there.’’