Birdie putt gives team pro-am win
Brian Ferrier's putt capped his team's two-day net score of 106.4.
By PETE MOLLICA
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
VIENNA -- Brian Ferrier of Pittsburgh sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the ninth green, and it turned out to be the winning putt for his team in the Classic Pro-Am by Cellular One Thursday at Squaw Creek Country Club.
The team of Ferrier, Larry Baldauf, Kevin Srigley along with Jim Faccenda and Jeff Chulack teamed with LPGA professionals Janice Moodie and Tamie Durdin to win the two-day event, which is part of the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic.
The team with Moodie shot a net score of 50.7 on Wednesday's opening round, and Thursday with Durdin they totaled 55.7 for a winning score of 106.4.
A little help
"We were fortunate that we had two great professionals with us these last two days and they were the difference," said Baldauf, who has played in 12 of the 13 pro-ams associated with this tournament.
"Brian made the big putt on No. 9, which was our final hole and that wrapped it up," he added.
Ferrier wouldn't take all the credit.
"It was just a lucky putt, but we all played pretty good both days," Ferrier said.
Durdin, who led the team Thursday, said, "I had a good bunch of players with me today. Everybody helped out and we had a good time."
The runner-up team, with a net score of 107.0, consisted of Alan Zoldan, Jerry Vostocky, Ryne Condor and Steven Vitel, along with pros Vickie Odegard and Helen Alfredsson.
The low gross score for the tournament was turned in by the team of Kevin Leya, John Finizio, Ron Capretta and Bruce Berry and professionals Luciana Bemvenuti and Beth Daniel.
The team shot identical rounds of 56, 16-under-par both days, and won the title by two strokes.
"It was an entire team effort," said Capretta, "although we did putt very well. Our pro [Daniel] only had to putt twice in 18 holes."
Finishing in third place in the net division was the team of Tom Clark, Jim Stratton, Rob Herman and Walt Reyer, along with pros Tonya Gill and Johanna Head. They totaled 108.4.
The long drive contest winners included Matt Kemp, a Youngstown State standout, for the men on Wednesday, while Jim Horsburgh won the honors on Thursday. Both drives were over 290 yards.
In the women's division, Shirley Prebor won the contest on Wednesday and Kathleen Lathem took the honors Thursday.