PHOENIX, Md. – With
the championship match of the STX Match Play Tournament tied 3-3, Towson University
junior Matt Fry sank a five-foot putt on the 18th hole to push the
Tigers past George Mason in thrilling fashion.
Towson had a taste for the dramatics all tournament long, defeating Rutgers, Fairfield and George Mason by identical 4-3 scores with clutch finishing putts each time. Junior Joe Gunerman was the hero during the first two matches, but Fry came through in the clutch on Monday.
Needing to halve either of the final two holes to clinch the title for Towson, Fry saw his putt lip out on hole 17 and thus forcing him and George Mason’s Christian Bech to play the final hole. Fry’s drive on 18 left him with a tough lie in the short of the green. The junior played a beautiful chip shot to within five feet and then connected on the side hill putt, sending his teammates into a roar.
“I was really just happy it went in,” said Fry of his tournament-clinching putt. “I didn’t want any part of another playoff after yesterday. Joe really came through for the team down the stretch in each of the last two days. What he did was clutch. I was just happy to do my part.”
Fry believes this big tournament win sets the team up nicely for the remainder of the fall schedule.
“These wins show that our team can do great things this year,”
said Fry. “The way we won these matches, against really good teams, really
shows how we can work together. We can play in any pressure
All seven Tigers won matches during the three days of play, including a perfect 3-0 record from freshman Cas Dickerson. Adam Stasuk and Michael Chanaud were the other individual wins for Towson on Monday.
As thrilled as head coach Brian Yaniger was with the play of his three starting freshmen, he knew that the upperclassmen were the key in this tournament.
“In the end it was the upperclassmen that made the clutch putts,” said Yaniger after he posed for a picture with his team to accept the STX Match Play Tournament trophy. “Joe and Matt made all three putts, all three days to win us this tournament. As leaders do, time after time, they are there when you need them the most.”
Yaniger was again quick to credit assistant coach Jeff Castle for his work with the Tigers on the green.
“We were extremely fortunate to have Jeff on our side today,” said Yaniger. "The Towson Golf & Country Club is his home course and he knew exactly how the putts would break on almost every occasion.”
The action packed tournament concluded with Fairfield, Fairleigh-Dickinson and California University of Pa. also picking up wins.
“I’m just thrilled with how this tournament worked out,” said Yaniger. “It’s the first tournament on our new home course and the first time having a title sponsor who’s a Towson graduate. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
2012 STX Match Play – Round 3 (Final Round)
Towson defeats George Mason, 4-3
#1: Kevin Yerks (Mason) defeats Joe Gunerman (Towson), 4 & 3
#2: Adam Stasuk (Towson) defeats Mark Folkwein (Mason), 3 & 1
#3: Alec Kormanec (Mason) defeats Ken Jee (Towson), 4 & 3
#4: Matt Fry (Towson) defeats Christian Bech (Mason), 1 up
#5: Bryan Giles (Mason) defeats Alex Church (Towson), 2 & 1
#6: Cas Dickerson (Towson) defeats Zack Lauzon (Mason), 3 & 2
#7: Michael Chanaud (Towson) defeats Wes Liu (Mason), 2 & 1
Fairfield defeats Bethune-Cookman, 4-3
#1: Patrick Lynch (Fairfield) wins via forfeit
#2: Peter Repetto (Fairfield) wins via forfeit
#3: Matthew McKnight (BC) defeats Steve Burak (Fairfield), 5 & 4
#4: Ryan Fricker (BC) defeats Ricky Dowling (Fairfield), 2 & 1
#5: Alex Clapp (BC) defeats Eric Johnson (Fairfield), 3 & 2
#6: Nick Taylor (Fairfield) defeats Rafael Abad (BC), 3 & 2
#7: Scott Rainaud (Fairfield) defeats Emmanuel Petrich (BC), 1 up
FDU defeats Rutgers, 4-3
#1: Jacob Stockl (RU) defeats Eduardo Escobar (FDU), 5 & 4
#2: Doug Walters (RU) vs. Connor Hamilton (FDU), All square
#3: Brandon French (FDU) defeats Jonathan Renza (RU), 4 & 3
#4: Jonathan Chang (RU) defeats Tom Barnes (FDU), 4 & 3
#5: Jordan Jones (FDU) defeats Hyung Mo Kim (RU), 3 & 2
#6: David Gaylord (FDU) defeats John Fagan (RU), 1 up
#7: Dillon Corbo (RU) vs. Alejandro Rivera (FDU), All square
California University of Pa. defeats Stevenson, 6 ½ to ½
#1: Charlie Durman (CalPa) defeats Ben Lukehart (Stevenson), 2 & 1
#2: Chad Pappasergi (CalPa) defeats Justin Hughes (Stevenson), 6 & 4
#3: Jordan Eck (CalPa) defeats Al El Kordi Hubbard (Stevenson), 4 & 3
#4: Justin Newbauer (CalPa) defeats Matt Daryman (Stevenson), 1 up
#5: Brad Thornton (CalPa) defeats Alex Hosier (Stevenson), 5 & 4
#6: Mark Paradise (CalPa) defeats Sean Canavaugh (Stevenson), 5 & 4
#7: Austin Stoddard (CalPa) vs. Will Ellis (Stevenson), All square
Final Standings (Tournament Record):
1) Towson (3-0)
2) George Mason (2-1)
3) Fairfield (2-1)
4) Bethune-Cookman (1-2)
5) FDU (2-1)
6) Rutgers (1-2)
7) California University of Pa. (1-2)
8) Stevenson (0-3)