For the first time in six years, Willowbrook golf course went home with the Highway 55 Cup. The men from Manchester topped the McMinnville Country Club 70.5 to 49.5 points, using its home-course advantage to build an insurmountable lead in the two-day event.
Willowbrook won Saturday’s action 43.5-16.5 and rode a wave of momentum to its first title. McMinnville Country Club rebounded to win Sunday’s play 33-27, but it wasn’t enough to dig out of the hole.
The Cup format was for 20 two-man teams to play 18 holes of best ball. Each team would take the top score of an individual player and compare it to its opponent. Each team could win up to three points, including taking the front nine, back nine and overall round.
Willowbrook swept 10 pairings Saturday, helping it seize early control. Mounting a comeback seemed like an impossible task going into Sunday’s play at the local course, but the MCC team made things interesting early.
When the first eight pairings came in from action, McMinnville Country Club had taken 20 of 24 possible points. Willowbrook was able to stymie the rally though and ultimately take its first Cup since the event began in 2014.
Wayne Grissom and Barry Medley were two of the top performers for MCC. The duo won both of its matches 3-0, Hollis Stout and Whit Taylor also scored six points for the local team.
During Sunday’s action, the teams of John McNulty/Phillip Powell, Carson Malone/David Marttala, Chris Cochran/Keith Rogers and Gentry Underhill/Andy Jacobs all won their matches 3-0 as well.