September 17, 2007


Wanish-Marshall get to grasp Cup

Key putt on 18th settles issue


Dave Blatchley/contributing photographer
John Wanish (left) and Ron Marshall Jr. (right) pose behind Tom Collins after capturing the Collins Cup Sunday at the Cortland Country Club.

Staff Writer

Most people in attendance at Cortland Country Club wondered how the 14th Annual Collins Cup could top last year’s playoff win for Steve Timmons and Tim Guido, but the 2007 Championship Flight finish did just that.
After 35 holes Saturday and Sunday, the final outcome was decided on the final two swings of club.
Playing in the final foursome and trailing by one stroke, Tom Christian chipped in from 45-feet on the 18th hole to pull himself and partner Steve Murphy into a virtual tie with three-time runners-up John Wanish and Ron Marshall, Jr.
Facing a very tough 15-foot putt to a hole near a dip that would take any missed attempt three to five feet passed the hole. Marshall sank the tricky putt to give his team their elusive first Waterford Crystal Trophy.
Tom Collins was on hand to present the trophies to the winning teams. The tournament is named in honor of the 83-year-old local golfer, who has been a member of Cortland Country Club for 58 years.
Both teams shot 65 Saturday to earn the final pairing. Wanish and Marshall shot 66 for a 131 total on the cool Sunday afternoon, while Christian and Murphy carded 67 for 132.
It also completed a sweep for the Wanish-Marshall team who won the Cortland Country Club Member-Guest earlier this summer.
“I am very happy for my partner,” said Marshall of cohort Wanish. “Collie is very important to him. We have been knocking on the door for several years and it feels good to finally break through. We both felt the nerves coming down the stretch. It was nice to come out on top for a change. This is probably my best tournament win ever, because of what it means to my partner. I did want to win this tournament for Steve while Collie was still alive because they are good friends.
“My partner really played well,” Marshall continued. “He made real nice putts on 10 and 12. I was glad I could contribute at the end, because I missed a few short ones this weekend. I am glad that did not come back to haunt us.”
“Mr. Collins is a close friend of mine,” said Wanish. “He is my golf mentor. This was a tournament we wanted to get under our belts because we had been so close before. This was one tournament that I really wanted to win in my lifetime before he (Collins) passes away.”
As for making the tricky last putt, Marshall offered these thoughts.
“John is a member here,” said Marshall, who calls Elm Tree his home course. “He told me where I had to aim the putt, which was higher than I would have played it. We knew it was fast. My intention was to lag-it near the hole and head to a playoff, but as I stood over it I said ‘Let’s make it.’ I was lucky. It hit the back of the hole and went it. I probably would not have made the putt coming back if I had missed.”
Christian talked about the shot that nearly forced a playoff.
“I knew I had to make the shot,” said Christian. “I knew I had to get it to the hole. I hit the ball perfectly and it went in.
“Playing head-to-head, you know what the guys are doing,” Christian added. “You know how to adjust your game. You know to make the shots and you hope that you can make some putts.”
Timmons and Guido finished in a tie for fifth-place with a 141 total after rounds of 71-70.
SANDY BURTON and son Craig Burton won the First Flight by three shots over Bill Robertson and Kyle Kressler. The Burtons finished with a  36-hole total of 138 (74-64) while Robertson-Kressler shot 141 (73-68).
Chip Stewart and and partner Jerry Hartnett shot 147 (76-71) to win the Second Flight by one stroke over Kelan Edinger and Pete Jenkins (148 on 76-72).
Greg Farber and Tom Aldrich captured the Third Flight with a 152 (81-71) total. That was one shot better than runners-up Mark Harrington and Mike Haynes (153 on 80-73).




Dragons offense sputters on road

BROCKPORT — After opening the season with a 71-point scoring splurge, SUNY Cortland would struggle for points in this truer football test.
While the Red Dragons offense bogged down during a second half, Brockport pulled away for a 28-14 victory before 3,1590 fans at wind-swept and soggy Bob Boozer Field Saturday afternoon.
Cortland managed just seven first downs in the non-conference game and converted just one of 11 third down plays. Four turnovers hurt the Red Dragons, too — including two lost fumbles that snuffed out potential first half scoring drives.
Cortland and Brockport are both 1-1 on the season, the Red Dragons returning home this Saturday to begin New Jersey Athletic Conference play when Buffalo State visits at 1 p.m.
Coming off a 71-7 victory over Morrisville State last weekend, the Cortland offense would not get on the scoreboard until there were 34 seconds left to play when junior quarterback Ray Miles flipped an 8-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Shane Arce.
The other touchdown arrived early in the fourth quarter when Brockport was attempting to kick a field goal to build on a 13-0 lead. Greg Steward blocked that kick and linebacker Mike Smith rumbled down the sideline 77 yards for a touchdown to restore Cortland confidence.
But Brockport responded by driving 65 yards in just seven plays — the biggest being a 3rd-and-5 swing pass from quarterback Zack Luke that halfback Matt McCormick took 34 yards down the sideline to the Cortland 26. McCormick finished off the march with an 11-yard touchdown run and then flipped a two-point conversion pass to Mike Maciejewski and Brockport regained control.
A pair of dropped passes and a third lost fumble stopped a pair of crucial Red Dragon scoring drives later in that final quarter. That led to Brockport’s final touchdown and Macijewski’s second TD reception with 1:37 left _to play.
After an unsportsmanlike conduct flag on that final Brockport touchdown play, Cortland got great field position when Ronny Rodriquez returned the ensuring kickoff 31 yards. That set up the final 30-yard touchdown drive capped by the Arce catch of a Miles throw in the corner of the end zone.
BROCKPORT FINISHED with a 405-208 edge in total yards, thanks to the running of Garet Lynch and McCormick.
The bruising Lynch finished with 132 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, while the fleet McCormick ran for 108 yards on 26 totes. No wonder the Golden Eagles had a big advantage in time of possession: holding the ball for 37:41 compared to Cortland’s 22:19.
Cortland junior quarterback Miles, in his first start this season after fourth year quarterback Alex Smith injured his knee against Morrisville, completed 15-of-26 passes for 115 yards.




Solid fifth for Homer girls

JAMESVILLE — Homer Central girls posted a solid fifth-place effort in the Varsity II race at the Chittenango Cross-Country Invitational Saturday.
The Trojans totaled 166 points to place fifth at Jamesville Beach County Park. Homer was the third Class B team in the top five.
Pittsford-Mendon, a Class A school from the Rochester area, won the team title with 44 points while its runner Shaylyn Tuite took individual honors with a time of 18:27.
Senior Heather Wilson was the first Homer runner across the finish line has she placed 15th overall with a time of 20:18. 2. Teammate Jessica Bramhill was 16th with a clocking of 20:18.5 and Caitlin McMahon was 17th in 20:27.
Homer boys brought home a 14th-place team finish with 336 points against a strong field in the Division II race. Seven of the teams, including winner Fayetteville-Manlius (55 points) were Class AA or Class A schools.
Jeff Sweeney of East Syracuse-Minoa took individual honors with a time of 16:07.
Andrew Gregg was the first Trojan runner to cross the finish line with a time of 17:44.
The real news from the meet was the team disqualification of the number-one team in the nation, Fayetteville-Manlius, in the Varsity II girls’ race. F-M runners Kathryn Buchan (1st, 17:46.9), Hannah Luber (2nd, 18:01.2), Jocelyn Richards (3rd, 18:05.3) and Courtney Chapman (4th, 18:11.4) led the pack with Tuite was fifth. Tuite was declared the winner of the race after the entire F-M team was disqualified after a starting-line violation.