Alpine Beats Kirkbrae to Win Ryder Cup
In the yearly battle between two of the most prominent country clubs in Rhode Island, Alpine defeated Kirkbrae to take home the Ryder Cup.
The Cranston-based club beat Kirkbrae 23.50-16.50 to get the cup.
Entering the matches, Kirkbrae had won the last five Ryder Cups.
Having the home course advantage, Alpine got off to a fast start on Friday afternoon, closing the alternate shot portion with a 5 1/2 -2 1/2 advantage.
Going back home for day two, Kirkbrae rebounded, winning the day 5-3.
Kirkbrae’s performance was sparked by a spectacular performance from Mike Hamilton, who shot 31 on his own ball on the front nine. Had the match gone the full 18 holes, he would have shot mid to low 60s for the day.
Heading into Sunday Singles back at Alpine, the home club held just a one-point lead.
Once Sunday Singles began, there was not much doubt.
Alpine took 16 (two matches halved) of a possible 26 points to cruise to the victory.
The home club got big wins by Larry Moses, Vinny Maggiacomo, Ken Burnett, Jason Melillo and David Vinacco.
Other wins for Alpine came from Ed Dimartino, who beat Kirkbrae Ryder Cup stalwart Vin Cavallaro 4&2, Ernie Ricci, David Bruno, Tom Cosgrove and Ken Cascella.
Back to Kirkbrae
The Ryder Cup matches resume next September where Kirkbrae will have the home course advantage this time around.