Cricketeers claim 99th Team Championship title
Philadelphia Cricket Club, the two-time reigning BMW GAP Team Matches Champions, has officially swept the team championship slate in 2018. In result, theyâ€™ve deservingly earned the title of best team in the Philadelphia region.
With 22 points, Cricket bettered Overbrook Golf Club (19.5), Little Mill Country Club (17) and Running Deer Golf Club (13.5) to win the Team Championship Thursday at Manufacturersâ€™ Golf & Country Club (par 71, 6,708 yards).
The Team Championship features eight-man teams playing an alternate shot format in the morning, with singles matches in the afternoon.
Todayâ€™s win marks the first time a Member Club has won both the #BMWGTM title and Team Championship in the same calendar season since 2016 when Little Mill took both.
â€śOur goal is continue winning the Team Matches and Team Championship titles to prove that the previous ones werenâ€™t a fluke. Having won three out of the four titles these past two years, I think that speaks a testament to itself,â€ť said Frank Petrash, IV, who was selected Cricketâ€™s team captain after winning the club championship last year. â€śIt feels great to bring another one back home.â€ť
In the morning, alternate-shot portion, Little Mill held a .5-point advantage over Cricket (8 to 7.5). Running Deer garnered 5 points in the first round, while Overbrook came away with 3.5 points.
The most impressive performances coming out of the morning belonged to Ryan Gelrod and Conrad Von Borsig who swept for Cricket while Zach Arsenault and Jack Irons did the same for Little Mill.
The afternoon wave hosted the singles portion. Three-point wins by Von Borsig and Robby Walizer there were the standout performances for the champs in the afternoon. With his anxious teammates waiting in suspense, Gelrod showed up to the scoring table with 2.5 points in hand and Cricket was crowned.
â€śWhether youâ€™re the first or last guy in, those points matter,â€ť said Gelrod. â€śThis is a really important event for us and Iâ€™m happy to have helped us win it again.â€ť
â€śThis win really speaks a testament to how strong of a talent pool we have at our club. We lost a few guys this season, and a few first-teamers like Gregor Orlando werenâ€™t able to play today, so that just shows how much depth weâ€™ve got,â€ť said Petrash. â€śThat makes it even more special.â€ť
The victory earned Cricket their third title in the championship (2013, 2015). Overbrook holds 14 (1949-50, 1981, 1984, 1987-88, 1996-99, 2005, 2010-12) Team Championship trophies. Little Mill took home their first and only title in 2016. Running Deer, which advanced to Division AA in the BMW GAP Team Matches this season, made its debut today.
Lu Lu Country Club, last yearâ€™s champion at Galloway National Golf Club, finished fifth in qualifying and failed to reach this yearâ€™s Championship proper.
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