Northeast Ohio Golfers Retain Rider Cup with Tie


The victorious 2013 Northeast Ohio Rider Cup Team
The victorious 2013 Northeast Ohio Rider Cup Team

The annual three-day showdown between the teams from Northeast Ohio and Southwest Pennsylvania, playfully called the Rider Cup (spelling intentional!), ended in a tie. So Northeast Ohio retains the Cup!

The match is a traditional rivalry among golfers of all levels who travel between the Greater Cleveland and Pittsburgh metropolitan areas to compete.

The event was organized in 1999 among participants who reside or maintain ties in both areas. It is held on the third weekend in September every year and alternates between the two states.

This year it was Pennsylvania’s turn to host the event.

Saturday started with a practice round followed by best-ball match play at Champion Lakes Golf Club. The event concluded with individual match play at Ligonier County Club.

The Northeast Ohio team rallied from a 19 to 11 point deficit after the first day, and settled for a 45 to 45 tie. That was good enough to retain the Rider Cup as the defending champion!

The members of this years Ohio Team, as pictured above: Dave Sotka, Mark Foss, Gary Santore, Joe Stump, Brian Pentek, Joe Blackburn, Ken Bieniek, Ron Gordish, Steve Blackburn Sr., Mike Yelenic (Asst. Captain), Carl Quercioli, John Sitchko, Tom Rittberger, Steve Blackburn Jr (Captain), Sean Kreft, Mike Angie, Bobby Delcoco, Eric Bartowick, Dan Marinelli. Not pictured Mark White.

 

FINAL RESULTS: 2013 Rider Cup
Saturday and Sunday, Sept 21-22, 2013

 

DAY ONE: Better Ball Match Play – Champion Lakes Golf Course

Match #   Pennsylvania Points Ohio Points
1 11:00 Tom Pavelchick   Sean Kreft  
  White Frank Yelenik 3 Eric Bartowick 0
           
2 11:10 Elvis Chutorich   Mike Yelenik  
  White Al Bernazolli 1/2 Tom Rittberger 2 1/2
           
3 11:20 Eddie Sebedra   Joe Stump  
  White Jim Skacan 2 1/2 Ron Gordish 1/2
           
4 11:30 Steve Bloom   Ken Bieniek  
  White Joe Silveri 2 1/2 Carl Quercioli 1/2
           
5 11:40 Butchy Leonard   Gary Santore  
  White Tom Kunkle 0 John Sichko 3
           
6 11:50 Shawn McMillen   Mark White  
  White John Caruso 2 1/2 Joe Blackburn 1/2
           
7 12:00 Clint Robins   Dan Marinelli  
  Blue Mike Dixon 3 Bobby Delcoco 0
           
8 12:10 Mike Mentch   Brian Pentek  
  Blue Matt Reed 2 1/2 Mike Angie 1/2
           
9 12:20 Bob Plish   Steve Blackburn Sr.  
  Blue Paul Berzansky 2 Mark Foss 1
           
10 12:30 Frank Frontino   Dave Sotka  
  Blue Bernie DiLoreto 1/2 Steve Blackburn Jr. 2 1/2
           
TOTAL     19   11

 

DAY TWO: Individual Match Play – Ligonier Country Club

Match #   Pennsylvania Points Ohio Points
1 10:00 Tom Pavelchick 1 1/2 Sean Kreft 1 1/2
  White        
           
2 10:00 Frank Yelenik 2 Eric Bartowick 1
  White        
           
3 10:10 Elvis Chutorich 0 Mike Yelenik 3
  White        
           
4 10:10 Al Bernazolli 1 1/2 Tom Rittberger 1 1/2
  White        
           
5 10:20 Eddie Sebedra 3 Joe Stump 0
  White        
           
6 10:20 Jim Skacan 3 Ron Gordish 0
  White        
           
7 10:30 Steve Bloom 1/2 Ken Bieniek 2 1/2
  White        
           
8 10:30 Joe Silveri 2 1/2 Carl Quercioli 1/2
  White        
           
9 10:40 Butchy Leonard 1 1/2 Gary Santore 1 1/2
  White        
           
10 10:40 Tom Kunkle 1/2 John Sichko 2 1/2
  White        
           
11 10:50 Shawn McMillen 1 Mark White 2
  White        
           
12 10:50 John Caruso 2 1/2 Joe Blackburn 1/2
  White        
           
13 11:00 Clint Robins 2 Dan Marinelli 1
  Blue        
           
14 11:00 Mike Dixon 1/2 Bobby Delcoco 2 1/2
  Blue        
           
15 11:10 Mike Mentch 0 Brian Pentek 3
  Blue        
           
16 11:10 Matt Reed 1 1/2 Mike Angie 1 1/2
  Blue        
           
17 11:20 Bob Plish 0 Steve Blackburn Sr. 3
  Blue        
           
18 11:20 Paul Berzansky 2 1/2 Mark Foss 1/2
  Blue        
           
19 11:30 Frank Frontino 0 Dave Sotka 3
  Blue        
           
20 11:30 Bernie DiLoreto 0 Steve Blackburn Jr. 3
  Blue        
           
    DAY 2 RESULT 26   34
           
    FINAL RESULTS 45   45
Previous 2013 Chippewa Scratch League: Week 18
Next 2013 Greater Cleveland Skins Game: Week 24 Results