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Golf Kenosee wins seventh straight local Ryder Cup

Golf Kenosee overcame early deficit by dominating singles play.
Kenosee White Bear Ryder Cup
Cutline – Members of the Golf Kenosee team are, back row, from left, Dean Bellegarde, Rob West, assistant captains Brent Ruthven and Ed Fahlman, Tom Hamilton, Carter Hilkewich, Dee Meszaros, Theoren West, Sheldon Warner and Kayle Swanson. Front row, Fritz Sauter, captain Don Evans, assistant captain Pat Coffey, David Balfour, Kent Sauter, Ben Brown and Clarke Lemieux.

KENOSEE LAKE - The 22nd annual local Ryder Cup tournament between Golf Kenosee and White Bear Lake Golf Course took place in mid-August. 

In this year’s version, there were 54 holes played. At White Bear on Saturday, there was a two-person better ball in the morning and a two-person alternate shot in the afternoon. White Bear took both matches 4-2 and led 8-4 after day one.

As has happened on several occasions in past years, Golf Kenosee dominated play on their home turf and won the individual matches 9 1/2 to 2 1/2 Sunday. Golf Kenosee won the tournament 13 1/2-10 1/2.

White Bear co-captain Earl Silcox, together with Clarence Gelowitz, was gracious in defeat.

“Congratulations to Golf Kenosee. They field a strong lineup year after year and are a tough team to beat. I also wish to thank all the golfers for taking the time this weekend to golf and being away from their families.”

Golf Kenosee pro shop manager Ben Brown also golfed in this competition and was asked about home-course advantage.

“Every year it is a big factor in these matches. It’s the best players, for the most part, at each club and both sides really know their own courses. Where to leave the ball on certain holes, and of course each team has a big advantage on its own greens. It seems to come down to whoever gets more points at the opposite team’s course wins, and it was true again this year.”

In June, the senior Ryder Cup took place with Golf Kenosee also winning and defending their title.

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