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Forest Park and Hulman Links tie in Ryder Cup match

Friday, October 3, 2008

Ed Grayless, (left) from the Hulman Links Golf Course, shakes hands with John Tribble, from the Forest Park Golf Course, before the Ryder Cup Match Play. After three years of competition, the two 16-member teams compete twice a year, once at Hulman Links Golf Course in June and then again in September at the Forest Park Golf Course. This year the competition ended in a tie.
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Hulman Links and Forest Park tie in Ryder cup play.

The Hulman Links Ryder Cup team paid a visit to Forest Park on Tuesday, Sept. 30 to take on the local Ryder Cup team. Sixteen players from both courses played as two-man teams head-to-head in the Ryder Cup format where the first six holes were best ball, holes seven through 12 were a 2-man scramble, and holes 13-18 were alternate shot.

In the Ryder Cup Format, there are three points in each match for a total of 24 points possible in the match.

Forest Park pro Mark Rogers teamed with Brazil Open and Club Champion Troy Farris to beat Hulman Links pro Ryan Klopfenstein and his partner Dave Brown 2-to-1. Next were Alan Buell and Ben Kiburis who beat Ferek Tarrh and Josh Miley 2.5 to .5. The third match of the day found Bob Treash and his partner Rob Halcomb splitting with Stu Johnson and Jon Royer 1.5-1.5. The fourth match had Harry Secrest and Bob Braun falling to Linus Haller and Ross Creasey 2-to-1. Match number five had Jerry Peebles and Bill Lovett splitting their match with Bruce Kasemeyer and Dave James 1.5 to 1.5.

The next match had locals Wayne Loughmiller and John Tribble paired against Ed Grayless and John Bones, the visitors won this match 2-to-1. The seventh match had Dick Peman and Charles Cayton playing against Jerry Seeling and Bob Smith.

Seeling and Smith won this match 3-to-0. The final match of the day found Jerry Harden and Sonny Smith playing against John Deardoff and Mike Barnes. Deardoff and Barnes won this match 2.5 to .5.

This Ryder Cup Match Play is held twice a year between Hulman Links and Forest Park.

In June, the teams meet at Hulman Links and in September they meet again at Forest Park.

This is the third year of competition between the two courses and a special camaraderie has developed among the players.

Most of these matches are very close but this is the first time the teams ended up with a tie as both teams had a total of 12 points.

This is very rare in this format since even .5 points can make a difference.

Both courses have donated money towards a traveling trophy, which will be displayed in the winning team's clubhouse.

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