Clear Creek takes County Cup Late rally erases VCC lead

Published 12:04 pm Monday, August 30, 2010

For the first time in the 21-year history of the Warren County Cup, Clear Creek defeated the Vicksburg Country Club on its home course.

Clear Creek won nine of the 14 singles matches played on Sunday afternoon at the VCC. Jeff Cowen halved his match with Kacy Presley after hitting his approach on No. 18 within three feet and then drained a birdie putt. Clear Creek, which trailed 8 to 5 1⁄2 after Saturday’s alternate shot round, finished with a 15-13 win in the Ryder Cup style format. The VCC still owns the overall Cup mark, 13-8

Mike Hurley, one of the long-time members at Clear Creek and a club champion, said winning the Warren County Cup on the road was especially sweet.

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“We’re going to savor this,” Hurley said. “It’s been a long time. We just played better today. Bob (Houser) and Jake (Dornbusch) played extremely well in the alternate shot on Saturday and beat us. But today in singles, I played real well. Golf is like that. One day it’s a famine and another day, it’s a feast.”

Hurley was at 4-under when his match was called against Dornbusch. Chris Whittington finished off John Boland to give Clear Creek its 15 points.

Clear Creek, however, needed three key matches to break its way. Cowen salvaged a tie with Presley and that was big. Presley had a 10-footer for birdie at 18 but missed while Cowen made his putt.

“Hit an 8-iron in. I was just lucky,” Cowen said.

The upset of the day might have been Matt Hossley’s upset of Warren Central High School’s Parker Rutherford 1-up.

“He played well,” Rutherford said of Hossley. Rutherford finished second in the championship flight at the Warren County Golf Championship at Clear Creek earlier this month.

“Parker is a very good player, but some days, you just have to get out there and see,” Hossley said. This was only the second time he’s played in the Cup.

Then there was the battle between St. Aloysius golfers Chris Ingram and Fisher Campbell. The pair has helped the Flashes to three state team titles and a

runner-up finish this year at the Class 1A golf championships. They play against each other regularly but not like this.

“Not under this pressure. It was a little bit different,” Ingram said. “He (Fisher) had a rough day. He couldn’t get any putts to fall. He had been recently playing really well.”

Campbell says Ingram generally wins when they play, but felt he might have won today if he could’ve made a putt.

“He got me today,” Campbell said. “I couldn’t make a putt. I hit it well. Usually he does win when we play head-up, but it’s because he has a lot of talent.”

VCC was able to keep it close as John Duett, Larry Rocconi, Barry Palmertree and Paul Campbell won their matches.

Clear Creek got early wins from Rocky Shiers over Chris Sullivan, Herby Poole over Rickie Cowart and Cameron Curtis over Kimble Slaton.

Javier Torres and Mark Lemela also won for Clear Creek.