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Published Monday, September 11, 2000,
in the Akron Beacon Journal.

LOCAL GOLF/SHAW CUP

No shanks here, just Shaw redemption

After one-year hiatus, public-course squad comes through in rain

BY TOM GAFFNEY
Beacon Journal staff writer

The Shaw Cup has been returned to its unofficial home.

The trophy will rest at Good Park for at least one year after the public-course team beat the private-club team 17 1/2-10 1/2 yesterday in the sixth annual Shaw Cup at Ohio Prestwick Country Club.

In 1999, the private team won the event for the first time, and the cup rotated at four area country clubs. That changed yesterday, when the public side clinched its fifth title by going 9-5 in the pressure-packed individual matches.

``They were embarrassed last year about how they played,'' public captain Larry Zimmerman said of his team. ``They took it upon themselves to play better. They wanted the cup back at the (Good) Park.''

The public side led 8 1/2-5 1/2 after Saturday's best-ball and alternate-shot matches at Good Park.

Heavy rain and lightning yesterday brought a 90-minute suspension of play in the afternoon. When the tournament resumed, the public team resumed its quest.

``As much as this is for charity, you want to win it. You want to win it bad,'' public player Dean Cutlip said. ``It's competitive and for bragging rights.

Cutlip was one of nine public winners yesterday. The others were Seniors Joe Hedrick and Bill Stemple and Open golfers Dave Oates, Sam Spino, Doran D'Avello, Tim Davis, Larry Horner and Dave Trier.

Stemple won one of the day's pivotal matches when he edged Barry Terjesen 1-up with a par on the 18th.

Stemple, the only player on either side to win all three of his matches, was tied with Terjesen going into the 573-yard final hole and the tournament score was 11 1/2-9 1/2 in favor of the public side.

Stemple whistled a 3-wood 220 yards over water to set up a mid-iron to the green and a two-putt par.

``All I wanted to do was hit it over the water. I was pumped up,'' Stemple said. ``Winning it was wonderful . . . fantastic.''

Also noteworthy was the performance of D'Avello, who won Nos. 17 and 18 to edge Jim Watterson 1-up. D'Avello was an alternate who was called into action Saturday morning after Rick Merrow developed back problems.

D'Avello responded by accounting for 2 1/2 points on two victories and a tie.

``I had a premonition I might be playing, so I was preparing for it,'' D'Avello said.

The private team can only look to next year.

``They flat-out outplayed us this year,'' private captain Mike Cassell said.

The private winners yesterday were Bob Miller, Tim Edwards, Kurt Peterson, Don Padgett III and Nick Lambos.

Proceeds from the tournament go to the Challenge Golf Program at Edwin Shaw Hospital.
Messages for Tom Gaffney can be left at 330-996-3825


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