Written by Jeremy Beale

Maryland Named 2018 MAPGA Junior Golf Capital Cup Champions

Twenty-Four golfers, two teams and one champion. After two full days of action at Kingsmill Resort – Woods Course the 2018 MAPGA Capital Cup has come to a close with Team Maryland winning over Team Virginia, 14-10.

In the First Round, Foursome – Alternate Shot, both teams came out strong and tied 3-3. The most pivotal match of the round, Match 2, occurred between junior golfers Zachary Maloy and Marshall Meisel of Team Maryland and brothers Brian and Matthew Feinstein of Team Virginia. Team Maryland maintained a 1Up throughout the round until the Feinstein’s square the match thru Par 4, Hole No.17. Team Virginia was leading 3-2 before their group finished. After a huge approach shot into the green by Maloy, Team Maryland was able to two-putt to capture the match. The Feinstein’s landed in the bunker and proceeded to two-putt to earn a par on the hole.

Upon the start of Round Two, Team Maryland turned up the heat during the Fourball format (Best Ball) which lasted two days due to an inclement weather delay. The second round finished 4 1/2 – 1 1/2. This placed Team Virginia 3-Down, before the start of the Final Round – Singles Format.

Team Virginia put up a valiant fight to regain the lead, ultimately winning five of their 12 matches and tying one. Team Maryland ultimately won the singles format 6 1/2 – 5 1/2. Two of the most pivotal matches came between Bailey Davis (Team Maryland) and Brian Feinstein (Team Virginia), as well as Yida Wang (Team Maryland) and Danielle Suh (Team Virginia). Both matches went the course of 18 holes. Davis maintained a 1Up lead throughout her round up until Hole No. 18. Davis stuck the green to close out her match two-putting to earn a birdie on the hole. Feinstein came a few feet short of the green, chipped and then two-putt for par.

In the match between Wang and Suh, Team Maryland already led 13 1/2-9 1/2, however, Suh had the opportunity to close the gap a bit more. The match was square through Hole 18. On Suh’s approach into the green, she stuck the ball within 5 feet of the pin, but three-putt for bogey. Wang landed short inside a bunker, but also putt out for bogey. They ultimately halved the hole.

Great job to both teams for competing in this year’s event.

A huge thanks go out to both the Maryland and Virginia coaches for motivating the juniors and helping them every step of the way:

Team Maryland:

Head Coach: Marc Kimminau, PGA (Talbot Country Club)

Assistant Coach: Drew Linder (USNA Golf Course)

Team Virginia:

Head Coach: John Ronis

(John Ronis Golf Academy)