Written by Jeremy Beale

Take it E-Z Player: Jim Estes wins 2018 MAPGA Players Cup

HAVRE DE GRACE, MD — The 2018 E-Z-GO MAPGA Players Cup at Bulle Rock Golf Club, proved to be an exciting event October 15 -16, as Jim Estes, PGA at Olney Golf Park won the tournament by carding a two-day total 1-under-par (72-71—143) and beating Steve Delmar (Columbia Country Club) in a two-hole playoff.

After the conclusion of the first day Estes (Even-Par) was tied for seventh and two strokes off the day one leaders (Dustin Moser, Joanna Coe, John O’Leary and Bryan Jackson) who were all 2-under-par.

In typical Pete Dye fashion, Bulle Rock continued to be a shot-makers course that challenged even the best section professionals. While many of the day one leaders fought to maintain their composure under pressure, Estes pushed through the final day making four birdies against three bogies.

All three of Estes bogies were on the front Nine and he shot a bogey-free back Nine.  But, he still had more work to do as his finish placed him in a playoff against Steve Delmar (Columbia Country Club) who also carded a two-day total 1-under-par (71-72—143).

The playoff went on for two holes, in which Estes went birdie-birdie to receive his win.

With Delmar’s runner-up finish in the Players Cup, he also emerged victorious as the Assistant Professional Association (APA) Champion held concurrently. He made three birdies against three bogies the final day to finish even-par after a 1-under-par finish during the opening round.

Joe Lussier of 1757 Golf Course finished with a two-day total 1-Over-Par (73-72—145) to be APA Runner-up. Alexander Simmons (Farmington Country Club) and Blake Brookman (Cedar Point Country Club) finished tied for third at 2-over-par.  Brookman was also named APA Player of the Year.

Four Professionals finished tied for Third in the Players Cup:

T3           Yong Joo              E              F              E              72           72           144

T3           David Hutsell     +1           F              E              71           73           144

T3           John O’Leary      +2           F              E              70           74           144

T3           Joanna Coe         +2           F              E              70           74           144

With another top finish for O’Leary he won OMEGA Player of the Year.

Full Results: https://mapga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/mapga18/event/mapga1842/contest/25/leaderboard.htm

In the Senior Division of The 2018 E-Z-GO MAPGA Players Cup at Bulle Rock Golf Club, Rick Schuller, PGA (Stonehenge Golf and Country Club) had the lowest rounds both days, finishing with an impressive 9-under-par (69-66—135).

Schuller finished the opening round with four birdies and an eagle (Hole No.15) against a bogey and double bogey (3-under-par). But he didn’t stop there—Schuller came back the final day and carded a 6-under-par (bogey free round) with three birdies on the front and back nine of the course.

Dirk Schultz, PGA (Beaver Creek Country Club) who recently came from two major senior division wins—the MAPGA Senior Championship and Maryland Senior State Open—finished Runner-up with a 2-under-par (72-70—142).

There are still two events left in the MAPGA Omega Senior Player of the Year rankings—the PGA Professional Championship and Senior Match Play Finals.

Full Results: https://mapga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/mapga18/event/mapga1842/contest/53/leaderboard.htm

Thank you to the Bulle Rock staff for helping us put on an exciting event and congratulation to all of our champions.