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WORCESTER, Massachusetts – Historic Worcester Country Club has hosted the 1925 U.S. Open, the inaugural 1927 Ryder Cup and the 1960 U.S Women’s Open Championship. On Friday, they added to their history by crowning the 116th Griscom Cup Intercity Matches champions – the first time since the tournament began in 1897 that the matches were held at the central Massachusetts club. Following Thursday’s three-way foursome matches and the subsequent singles matches on Friday morning, Team Massachusetts leaped Round 1 leader, the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association, to net their first victory in three years.
Following a round two single match score of 25 ½ points, Team Massachusetts finished the tournament with 39 ½ total points, two points ahead of the runner-up team, the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association (WMGA), Friday for their 28th overall victory in the annual Intercity Matches. The Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia (WGAP) placed third with a two-day total of 31 points.
Leading the charge in Friday’s singles matches round was 18-year old Angela Garvin, a University of Maryland-bound freshman, who swept her two matches against Noelle Maertz (Women’s Metropolitan GA) and Libbie Warner (Golf Association of Philadelphia) to earn a maximum six points on the day, a score that proved to the be the difference maker in the total rounds.
Sharon’s Allison Paik, who along with Garvin were the two high school competitors on the team, registered 5 ½ of a possible six points in her matches Friday, while Falmouth’s Hannah Ghelfi, who plays for the University of Michigan Women’s Golf team, totaled four points after sweeping Cheryl Brayman (WMGA) and taking one of a possible three points against Cara Basso (WGAP), a recent graduate of the Penn State Women’s Golf team.
Wellesley’s Pam Kuong and Falmouth’s Jen Keim each took 3 ½ points in their respective matches on Friday morning while Chelsea Curtis (Boston) and recent Merrimack College graduate Krystal Knight, a 2018 Massachusetts Women’s Amateur semifinalist, rounded out the scoring for the Bay State team.
The Bay State squad tallied 14 points in Thursday’s first round of foursome matches and trailed the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association by 1/2 point heading into Friday’s final matches. The Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia, who entered Friday’s competition with 7 1/2 points, registered 23 1/2 points on Friday thanks in part to a sweep by Laura Hammond in her singles matches and 4 1/2 points from Amy Kennedy.
The 2020 Griscom Cup Intercity Matches will be hosted by the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association at a to-be-determined site.
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