Team Smith takes lead in 2021 Season “Ice-Breaker Opener”

Washington DCs Pro-Duffersfirst 2-Man Team results are in 

A Club record 65 golfers in bumblebee yellow, descended from the hive in Silver Spring, MD to Northwest Golf Course on April 24th – 2-Man Team is back!

Another 18 holes in the heart of Montgomery County: a brand new starting gun to the 2021 tournament season, denoting a new era for the organization, benchmarked by the events of a mid-vaccine, post-coronavirus world.

Last season, crowned champions Team Stewart made a strong showing of prowess, upholding their reputation as a dominant force on the fairway. But even though its early, the standings dont quite yet predict the probability that their dominion is a forgone conclusion for this season.

Team Smith, new kid on the block, has started strong,  finished Round 1 of the tournament with a combined high score of 192, edging out the reigning monarchs , Team Stewart, by 5 POINTS.  Smith and Stewart  were the only two teams to break 200 this Round. The closest encroaching threat is Team Cox who landed in 3rd with 200 even.  The standout low scores for the day came from Team Stewart and Smith as well, the duos of Mathis & Weddington and Galiber & Edwards tied for 64 strokes and the 63 from Collins and Strudwick.

Team Captain Larry Smith said, “I told my Team, do not worry about the other Teams, play to your handicap and go low!” 

That seems to do the trick.

Energy is high and the quality of competitive play only raises year after year, so at this point, it really is still anyones game. But if the results in Round 1 become a regular occurrence, there could be a new reigning trophy holder for the 2-Man Team Championship in 2021.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser took time out of her busy schedule to issue a  Proclamation to the DC Pro-Duffers and the Richard Carter Foundation for their community efforts to advance the game of golf in establishing the $100, 000 scholarship fund with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  The Mayor also challenges the DC Pro-Duffers to get vaccinated, and for each member to encourage 10 other fellow golfers to get vaccinated too.

 

 

The Howard University golf team pictured with coach Puryear and three Pro Duffers-William (Bill) Powell, Richard (Dickie) Carter and William (Rick) Hyde at Argyle Country Club.

Congrats to Dickie and Cal for leading the charge in establishing this great opportunity for University of Maryland Eastern Shore, PGA Golf Management degree program, and for the Pro Duffers. Read the complete story by clicking here UMES

a wonderful way to end our 2020 golf program with The President’s Pic 4. The Weather was great, and of course, the club’s camaraderie was outstanding @ Argyle Country Club.  50+ golfers, competing for their respective teams for this one last time.

What a great day at Northwest golf course.
CONGRATS to the RED SOCKS winner Joe Latta who was ON FIRE!! A gross 79 and net67. WHOA! 9 pars and one Bird.
THAT’S THE JOE WE KNOW.
Steve Nash was close with an 89 for a 69. Good shooting Steve!
9 of the 18 Duffers shot net 79 or BETTER—-a strong field.

 

Hall and Blackwell Dominate Record Breaking Calcutta

Bill Hall, a 4-1 favorite by Vegas odds, won the RED JACKET. As a result, first place money, nearly $1,400, was won by noted master odds maker Dr. D.W. Ace Blackwell, who had purchased the rights to Mr. Hall. Dr. Blackwell split the first-place prize money with Mr. Hall who had bought back a 50% stake in himself.

Second place, ($584), resulted in a three-way tie—owner Steve Hill (Larry Banks), owner Rob Day (Bill Lightfoot) and owner Gary Smith (Wayne Smith). Each of the owners will receive $194 and settle up with their golfer as appropriate under terms and conditions not made public.

The inaugural Calcutta far exceeded expectations with the number of entries ,22, and a record pot of nearly $2,000. A 90-minute Zoom call by 16 hopefuls produced non stop bidding and smack talking of epic proportions.

As predicted by Dr. Blackwell, one of the regulars in the MBI finished in the money, Bill Lightfoot. (hint: play the MBI).  Also, two 4-1 golfers finished in the money and one won it all. (hint: trust Dr. Blackwell’s odds).

Calcutta participants demanded that a Calcutta be a part of the Red Jacket tournament going forward. Organizers had no comment ,however, it is almost certain that odds are in favor of it happening!

22 golfers qualified for the inaugural championship tournament at Manor Country Club. One golfer recorded a net (2) under par to win this years Red Jacket.

2018 Club Champion, William “Bill” Hall, is our New 2020 Club Champion, and has earned his second Red Jacket.

 

Team Stewart ends the 2-Man Season victorious

Washington DC’s Pro-Duffers 2-Man Team results are in – Team Stewart goes back to back – the dynasty continues.

At Hampshire Greens Golf Course in Silver Spring, Maryland on September 26th, 2020 history was made. On a dreary day, with a low of 45°, Pro-Duffer championship hopefuls took to the fairways and took their swing for glory and bragging rights until the next season. This outing completed the third and final round of the 2-Man Team Competition, bringing the struggle to a resounding close. When we last left, Team Stewart’s dynasty chances were under fire and pressure from two other teams fast on their heels. One that even secured a temporary first place lead by 1 point. But maybe it really is true what they say: when you’ve been there before, it makes a difference.

The golden, glowing Team Cox that we saw last round was nowhere to be found out on Hampshire Greens. In round 3 they came in dead last with 1 point. Total. Only one duo under their banner broke 70 strokes – their consistent powerhouse Powell/Sanders weren’t enough to save them with a laudable 65 net score effort. It was just not enough.  

Team Boone had a chance for another uptick in performance as well, having scored 4 points in the last round, but they returned to the standard they set in the first outing of the season. Team Smith had a good day, tying this round for first with Team Stewart, but there was too much ground to cover – they were out before the first tee left the box.

We asked the question, and Team Stewart answered in ice cold blood.  Not one 2-Man team in the stable shot above a 75. They absolutely mowed the competition. And with less than stellar performances from the other two teams in the running, no one seemed to stand a chance.

After a request for comment captain Stewart wanted us all to know: 

“It was a team effort that brought new & old roster members together, and we were willing to step up to the challenge.”

The Pro-Duffers 2-Man Team Championship season has come to an end. The chips and the dip go to Team Stewart, once again. And you can be sure, there’s only going to be one thing on every Pro-Duffer’s mind all of the off season.   

3-peat?

 

Round 3 of the Final 2-man team results have been tallied.  Congratulations to Team Stewart for successfully defending their 2019 win.  In this hard-fought season, five teams competed in three very competitive rounds.  Kudos to our newest Team Captains, Larry Smith and Reggie Boone, for putting together great teams and adding great drama to our competitions.  Teams Cox and Boone tied for second-place honors.