Champions Brice Busse and Becky McDaid
Brice Busse and Becky McDaid, the potent Friar's Head duo, captured the yearlong Assistant/Assistant Match Play Championship on a gorgeous day in Southampton, NY at the world-renowned Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Brice and Becky defeated Stephen Clark, Sunningdale CC, and Patrick Clark, Wee Burn CC, on the 19th hole.
Birdies were hard to come by on the day, but Patrick Clark converted one from 20 feet on 15 to put the Clark boys 2 up. After McDaid's birdie putt failed to drop on 16, the Friar's Head pair stepped to the 17th tee 2 down with 2 to play.
Both hit tee shots pin high 15 feet away but neither could convert and nervously watched Stephen Clark line up his 4 foot par putt to win the match. Stephen's putt slid just left and sent the match to 18. The Clark boys struggled on Shinnecock's picturesque closing hole and a pair of pars from Becky and Brice on 18 was enough to extend the match to extra holes.
Becky, Brice and Patrick rifled tee shots down the middle of the 393- yard, par-4 first hole. With Becky safely on the front of the green and Patrick just hanging on the back edge, Brice took dead aim at the back left pin. He didn't miss. Brice's approach landed 4 feet from the pin and he made the ensuing birdie putt to clinch the championship.
Congratulations, Brice and Becky!