INDIANA, Pa. - It was a tale of two holes down the stretch at the 26th Four-Ball Championship at Indiana Country Club, presented by Allegheny Health Network. The team of Craig Hornberger and J.D. Dornes went into the par-3 15th hole tied at 12-under with the first round leaders, Grant Engel and Thomas Steve. But Dornes rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt while Engel and Steve bogeyed the hole for a huge two-shot swing. Then, with the lead at just one shot headed to the par-5 18th hole, Hornberger came through with the shot of the day, blasting a 3-wood from 260 yards to eight feet, where he made the eagle putt to clinch the victory for the duo from Lancaster with a 36-hole score of 127 (-15)."That was the best swing I made all day," said Hornberger of that approach on 18. "I couldn't have hit it any better."Engel and Steve had a one-shot lead going into the day, but Hornberger and Dornes made a quick birdie on the opening hole to even things up. Then, on the par-5 fifth hole, Hornberger and Dornes birdied, but Engel and Steve countered with an eagle to take a one-shot advantage. Then, after another birdie by Engel and Steve on No. 8, Dornes birdied 9 and his opponents had to settle for a bogey. That two shot swing put the eventual winners up by a shot heading to the turn."J.D. and I both played solid all day, and for the whole tournament," said Hornberger, who plays out of Lancaster Country Club. "We made no bogeys as a team for the entire 36 holes, which was tough because we were grinding all day today."Dornes, of Meadia Heights Golf Club, credited his teammate for taking the pressure off with the approach on the 18th."That was such an awesome shot," said Dornes. "We could finally relax a bit after Craig hit that approach."
For those of you who do not know me, my name is Molly Moore and I am one of the Regional Tournament Directors with the tour, as well as this year’s Tournament Director for NA Cup. As a co-captain for Team USA last year, I can honestly say that this event has been one of the best experiences in my working golf career to date. Not only is this 3-day matchplay event competitive, exciting, and intense – but more importantly.. it is a fun and unforgettable experience for all—the player, the families, the friends.
Attached you will find information that you will need to know for the event. Please feel free to give me a call on my cell (listed below), or send me back an e-mail with any further questions you may have. As soon as I get all of the information together from Team Canada, I will send out Team Canada’s roster information, Rules of Matchplay, an updated location of the Team USA dinner on June 28th, and any other information that should be brought to your attention.
Furthermore – we ask that each participant write a very short bio about themselves, as well as submit a headshot photo (whether it is of you swinging a golf club, or just a picture of you – smiling of course!) to be submitted into the North America Cup program. Please e-mail these to me no later than June 9th, at 12 noon.
We are so excited for each and every one of you and cannot wait for the end of June!
Have a wonderful weekend – and go USA!