Posted: Sep. 15, 2017 1:30 am
QUINCY — David Hutson watched Quincy Notre Dame teammate Jack Leffers miss an 8-foot putt just inches to the right of the cup on the 18th hole at Spring Lake Country Club.
So the sophomore knew what to do to sink the putt and win the hole. The green just didn’t cooperate.
Huston’s putt rolled inches to the left of the hole as the QND duo halved the hole with Quincy High School’s Parker Campbell and Blake Hayden. That missed putt also forced QND and QHS to settle for a tie in their Ryder Cup match Thursday.
They played six best-ball matches, with each team finishing with three points.
“(Leffers’) putt went right, and I tried to hit the same line,” Hutson said. “I wanted to hit the left edge and it just stayed left. I don’t know what happened. I thought it was going to break right.”
Campbell had an 8-foot putt that he got within a few inches for the gimmie just moments before Leffers and Hutson took their putts.
“It was a little short,” Campbell said. “But good enough.”
He nervously watched with Hayden as the Raiders tried to win the match.
“It was definitely nerve-wracking because they had been putting well all day,” Campbell said. “It was a tense feeling. But I knew Blake and I gave it everything we got, and we were going to be happy with whatever happened.”
The missed putt gave them a 11/2-1/2 victory. Campbell and Hayden won the front nine 2 and 1.
“I knew in my head what was on the line,” Hutson said. “I was just focused on making the putt. It was like an inch or two off.
“The putts weren’t really falling for Jack and I.”
Campbell made a putt from about 10 feet on the par-4 No. 16 to draw even. Both teams made par on the final two holes.
QND’s top duo of Reis Dreyer and Alex McCulla dominated their matches, beating QHS’s T.J. Wensing and Jimmie Patterson 4 and 3 on the front and back nine.
Dreyer and McCulla started on No. 6 and eagled their first hole when McCulla hit a 7-iron to 8 feet and made the putt. They birdied No. 8 and No. 1 before a par on No. 2 won them the front nine.
They rattled off birdies on Nos. 10-12 before scoring another eagle on No. 13, and followed that with another birdie on No. 14 before closing out their match on No. 15 with a par.
On No. 13, McCulla hit another 7-iron to about 30 feet from the hole, and Dreyer sank the long putt.
“Pretty much everything was working,” Dreyer said. “We were kind of ham and egging it. I was hitting some good drives and wedges. I don’t recall a missed putt Alex had.
“It’s really easy to score when a guy is doing that.”
QHS’s David Kewney and Brock Penn tied with QND’s Luke Seibers and Aaron Smith on the front nine, but QHS won 2 and 1 on the back nine to win 11/2-1/2.