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Schwenk Wins 18th Hole to Move onto Club Championship

August 8, 2011

Schwenk watches the flight of his fall during a Stony Brook team practice last September

After winning a thrilling match on Saturday morning, Mike Schwenk ’04 was back in action yesterday morning in the second round of the St. George’s Golf and Country Club Championship. A berth in the Club Championship next Saturday was on the line as Schwenk and Tom Gallagher took to the first tee, but torrential downpours earlier in the morning threatened to throw the golfers off their games.

The pair was tied through 12 holes and would remain deadlocked for the next three as they each absorbed the jabs of the other. On the 13th, Schwenk looked poised to win the hole, staring down a 10-foot birdie putt while Gallagher had a 35-footer from the rough. Gallagher’s putt was right on the mark, drilling the pin and nearly falling in. Schwenk just missed his birdie opportunity to remain tied.

On the 14th Gallagher narrowly missed winning the hole when his birdie try fell one rotation short, perhaps slowed by the waterlogged green. On the 15th, Schwenk remained tied when his par putt went 360° around the hole and fell in. Then on the 16th, the two finally diverged when Gallagher pulled his drive into the 18th fairway then hit his next shot into a deep valley in front of the green. Schwenk was on the green in two and two-putted for par while Gallagher could not get up and down and bogeyed to give Schwenk the lead with two holes to go.

Schwenk’s breathing room was short-lived as Gallagher came right back to win the 17th and tie the match with one hole to go. Gallagher tapped in for bogey but Schwenk missed his three-foot bogey putt to give it to Gallagher. Each drove well on the 18th hole and Schwenk was left with a 230 yard approach to the pin. Schwenk’s next shot was one of his best of the day as he struck it within 12 feet for an eagle opportunity, placing plenty of pressure on his opponent. Gallagher’s rebuttal found the fringe of a greenside bunker then placed it on the top tier of the green for a treacherous birdie opportunity while Schwenk just missed his eagle try but tapped in for birdie. In order for Gallagher to extend the match he had to sink his tricky downhill, which he was unable to do, giving Schwenk the win.

For the second straight year Schwenk has qualified for the Club Championship and will look to write a different script than last year next Saturday morning in a 36-hole final.


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