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By Eric Matula
Brandon Cigna fired a tournament-best four-under 68 to capture the first annual Oak Tree Invitational championship held at Lake Presidential Golf Club by five strokes on Sunday afternoon.
After shooting an opening round 80, Cigna bounced back nicely to card a 74 on Saturday. He entered Sunday’s final round in contention, just three strokes back.
“I knew the course was playing pretty tough,” Cigna said. “I figured if I just kept giving myself good looks and played smart and stayed out of trouble, I’d have a grasp at the lead.”
Cigna certainly did.
“My ball striking was really spot-on today,” Cigna said. “I really didn’t make many putts outside of ten feet, but I had a couple tap-in birdies, and a lot of easy tap-in pars. I was just able to stay out of trouble.”
The 68 was one stroke off the course record set by Billy Hurley III, who shot a 67 in 2011. Hurley III has two career professional wins, posting victories at the Cedarwood Classic in 2006 and the Terry Moore Ford Open in 2010.
“It feels good,” Cigna said. “I definitely hit it good enough to beat [the record] today, but I have no excuses.”
John Howson finished in solo second place, five strokes behind Cigna. Howson shot a one-over 73 in the final round. Had it not been for Cigna’s nearly record-setting day, he could have hoisted the trophy.
Travis Benson and Ty Herriott also turned in fine performances to finish tied for third place. Benson carded a final round score of 75 while Herriott recorded a 77 to each post a 229 for the tournament.
36-hole leader Connor Flach shot a 79 on Sunday to finish in fifth place.
Cigna spent time playing on the Nationwide Tour after attending Michigan State University. He also played Lake Presidential Golf Club before, which proved to be advantageous.
“You have to really think your way around a couple holes,” Cigna said. “Knowing what to expect was definitely a benefit.”
This was the inaugural Oak Tree Invitational at Lake Presidential Golf Club. The tournament will look to grow in the future.
Alex Bounan, the first assistant professional at Lake Presidential Golf Club, is looking forward to expanding the event.
“It’s exciting to be part of what hopes to be a long-standing tradition at Lake Presidential,” Bounan said.
By Eric Matula
Connor Flach shot a tournament-best 72 in the second round of the Oak Tree Invitational at Lake Presidential Golf Club to catapult into the lead.
Flach recorded a first round score of 79, and he enters the final round one stroke clear of Mike Kelly, who was the 18-hole leader, and Ty Herriott.
Kelly posted a 79 on day two, and it could have been much worse. He carded a 10 on the eighth hole, but he battled back to finish the round just seven-over and still right in the thick of things.
Ty Herriott has arguably been the steadiest player in the tournament. He followed up a 76 in the first round with another 76 in round two.
Flach, Kelly and Herriott will tee off at 8:40 on Sunday morning.
John Howson and Billy Mellon began the second round three strokes back after shooting 76s. Each player carded a 78 on Saturday, and remain in contention, just three strokes back.
Joining the conservation of contenders is Travis Benson and Brandon Cigna.
Benson and Cigna each shot an 80 in the first round, but they responded nicely with great efforts on day two. Both players carded a two-over 74, and they, too, are just three shots behind.
The inaugural Oak Tree Invitational champion will be named on Sunday afternoon, and there are seven players within three strokes of Flach’s seven-over lead.
By Eric Matula
Mike Kelly carded an opening round 73 to jump out to a three-stroke lead in the inaugural Oak Tree Invitational held at Lake Presidential Golf Club on Friday afternoon.
The event, sponsored by Calvert Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, Horizon and Club Car, is a 54-hole amateur tournament, which required golfers to own an USGA handicap index of 3.0 or less.
Getting off to a good start is always important, and that’s exactly what Kelly did.
“It was a great start,” Kelly said. “I think the key for me is when I missed, I missed on the right side.”
Kelly, who is a member at Lake Presidential, used his experience and course knowledge to his advantage, especially since swirling winds prevailed later in the round, and the pin locations were “diabolical,” as some golfers proclaimed.
Playing smart could be the difference-maker for Kelly.
“I’m forty yards behind these guys, so I have to use my noggin more than they do.”
Chasing Kelly is a trio of contenders who each shot a 76.
One of those is Ty Herriott, who attends Calverton High School and has committed to Ohio University. He is one of the youngest competitors in the field, but he finds himself right in contention.
“I finished strong,” Herriott said. “I played awful on the front nine. I really didn’t have anything going. Right now my saving grace is my putter. I caught fire with my putter on the back nine.”
John Howson is on the opposite end of the spectrum. He is one of the oldest players in the field, but he brings an affluent playing history to the table. He is a three-time Maryland Senior Open champion, posting victories in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
“I needed patience,” Howson said. “I got off to a terrible start. I was five-over after five, so I was delighted to shoot a 76 in the end.”
Joining Herriott and Howson in second place is Billy Mellon.
Mellon played the course just once before, but, like Herriott and Howson, he found good results.
“I just played pretty conservatively. I didn’t hit the ball very well, but I just played smart. I made some good up-and-downs.”
Starting the tournament off on the right foot is pivotal, but each player will look to continue their momentum and stay on even keel.
“You don’t worry about where you stand,” Kelly said. “You just play each hole, and you keep moving on.”
Round two begins early Saturday morning, with the leaders teeing off at 8:10.
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COURSE CONDITION REPORT – April 25, 2012
With aeration behind us and the good Spring weather still on our side, the golf course is in terriffic shape going into late April and May. Fairways and rough are in very playable condition. The cool nights and low rainfall have made the course play firm and fast. The greens are rolling very smooth and consistently between 9.5 and 10.8 on the stimp meter.
With further verti-cutting to reduce thatch on the greens and slightly lowering mowing heights, the speed will be consistent at 10-10.7. See the below videos for details on the greens and how they are rolling!
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No Better Place To Join In 2012 than LP ….. See for yourself during our February 22 Member Preview Day!
Lake Presidential has released its 2012 Annual Membership Options. The options allow annual members to play one of the best conditioned courses in Maryland at an exceptional value all year long. In addition to recreational golf rounds, annual members enjoy playing golf with the professional staff, a schedule of member and memer-guest tournaments, and a fun social schedule throughout the year.
Options include annual memberships perfect for players who play more than 40 times per year, corporate spending accounts for those who want to grow their business or network on the golf course, and a new Young Professional program that allows up-and-comers to enjoy golf at LP and rub elbows with friends and more established professionals.
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Consider Attending Our Member Preview Day on Wednesday, February 22! Come play 9 holes with our staff or existing members on us! Tee times start at 10 am and we also have the Rocketballz vs. VRS Speed Trials Challenge happening on the range. After the round, spend some time with our management to discuss the Club and how you will love playing at LP!
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