ELLICOTTVILLE - Brett Cappa and Derek Dawson got off to a hot start on Saturday in the second and final round of the rain-shortened 43rd annual Italian-American Charity Golf Tournament and it led them to the overall championship.
Cappa, playing out of Conewango Valley Country Club with a 13 handicap, and Dawson, from Shorewood CC with a 4 handicap, followed up an opening-round net best-ball 65 with a 64 on Saturday for a 129 total for 36-holes and the overall title by three shots over John LaMancuso and Mike Roberts.
After beginning the final round at 5 under, Cappa and Dawson started off with a bang on Saturday at Holiday Valley Resort by going birdie, par, eagle, eagle on the first four holes to suddenly move to 5 under on the day and 10 under for the tournament.
Derek Dawson, left, congratulates his partner, Brett Cappa, after Cappa sunk a par putt for a net birdie on the final hole at the 43rd annual Italian-American Charity Golf Tournament. That extended their winning margin to three shots. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
by Jim Riggs
At left, Brett Cappa blasts from a trap behind No. 18 that resulted in a sand save for a par and a net birdie. At right, Derek Dawson reacts after his birdie putt at No. 15 just missed. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Jim Riggs
''It hit us we definitely had a good chance to win,'' Cappa said.
Dawson provided the fantastic start with natural birdies at 1, 3 and 4 and he received strokes at 3 and 4 for the net eagles. Also, his shot at No. 3 was 2 inches from being a hole-in-one.
Dawson had to work for the birdie for a net eagle at No. 3 by sinking a 12-foot putt.
''The front side, I just felt those putts going in,'' he said.
But then reality set in when the team bogeyed 5 and 6.
''It brought us back down,'' Cappa said. ''We knew we had a lot of work to do.''
Dawson said he wasn't worried because, ''We made bogeys yesterday. And those are tough holes.''
From that point they parred out to finish the front nine with a 3-under 32.
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''We grinded it, lagged putts,'' Cappa said. ''Just so we'd make the turn under par.''
Then they strung together three more pars at 10, 11 and 12 and were very satisfied with that.
''There's a reason why that corner (10 through 12) is called evil,'' Dawson said.
But after six straight pars, Cappa said, ''We were somewhat stagnant. We knew we had to make a move.''
And they did.
Cappa had pars at Nos. 13 and 14 for net birdies. They gave a stroke back with a bogey at 15, but Dawson picked up a par for a net birdie 3 at No. 16 to move them back to 5 under for the day.
''That was huge,'' Dawson said.
That's because they got an update on the 16th tee that they were tied with their two best friends, Chris Pappalardo and Dan Brunenvas, who had started on No. 10 and were playing on the front nine.
Then possibly the biggest hole for the eventual winners was the par-4 17th.
''That was a scrambler,'' Cappa said.
They both hit their drives into the left rough and they eventually got to the green where Cappa sunk a 15-foot putt for a bogey and net par.
Then they finished with a bang at 18.
Dawson had no strokes on the hole, landed on the green in two and two-putted for a par.
Cappa, who received a stroke, put his second shot in a bunker behind the green.
''At worse, I wanted a 5 for a 4,'' he said.
Cappa got better as he blasted out and ball rolled past the pin to the fringe, 7 feet below the cup. Then he rapped the putt in for a net birdie to put some icing on their victory.
Did he know the putt was in when he struck it?
''I did know,'' Cappa said.
Both admitted that for the final two holes they didn't know if they were still leading. But Pappalardo and Brunenvas had dropped some shots and eventually finished with a 65 for a 133 total to win the Third Flight.
This was Cappa's seventh year in the I-A while Dawson was playing for the fifth time, but it was the first time they had played together. And it was a natural pairing.
''We've known each other since high school,'' Dawson said.
Looking back at the opening round that was washed out on Thursday, Cappa noted that they never teed off.
''It didn't hurt us,'' he said.
Dawson added, ''We wanted to play.''
With the event shortened to 36 holes, it was pretty much a tossup coming into the final round with 41 teams within five shots.
''We knew going in it was a two-day shootout,'' Cappa said. ''One bad hole could do you in.''
And Dawson noted they never had one.
''We never had worse than a bogey,'' he said.
The First Flight winners were Ange Volpe and Jim Brown after they defeated Ray Paladino and Lyn Sweet in a playoff of teams tied with 134s. John Sirianno and Chris Elliott were third with a 135.
Phil DeMarco and Jim Henderson won the Second Flight with a 133. Three teams tied with 134s and after a playoff, Todd D'Angelo and Joe Willig took second, Dave Rizzo and Tim Mead third and Joe Ribaudo and Scott Crist fourth.
Second behind Pappalardo and Brunenavs in the Third Flight were Henry Mole and Tom Ames, who defeated Jim Todaro and Ryan Calkins in a playoff of teams with 134s.
George Panebianco and John O'Mara won the Fourth Flight with a 134 while Joe Sinatra and Rod Lind were second with a 135. Two teams tied for third with 138s and Tim D'Angelo and Mike Johnson defeated Joe Vitello and Kevin Thorpe.
The Fifth Flight winners were Anthony Tuccio and Dan Hocking with a 137. Paul Pappalardo and Mark Brunenavs were second with a 142 and third at 143 were Mark Panebianco and Sean Larson.
The Sixth Flight was won by Sebby Baggiano and Gary Yager with a 137 while Rob Foti and Craig Lundgren were second with a 143 and Anthony Cusimano and Andy Benson were third with a 145.
Jon DeAngelo and Dusty Carlson won the Seventh Flight by defeating Sam Peppy and Charlie Moss in a playoff after they tied with 148s. Anthony Calanni and Gregg Bender were third with a 149.
Cappa, Brett - Dawson, Derek65-64-129
LaMancuso, John - Roberts, Mike67-65-132
*Volpe, Ang - Brown, Jim65-69-134
Paladino, Ray - Sweet, Lyn65-69-134
Sirianno, John - Elliott, Chris65-70-135
Lisciandro, John - Eimiller, Marv67-69-136
Mason, Sam - Glatz, Craig64-72-136
D'Angelo, Tom - Johnson, Steve64-73-137
DeMarco, Anthony - Kubic, Scott66-71-137
Cappa, Mike - Cole, Dick66-72-138
Scheira, Peter - Richner, Mike66-76-142
Triscari, Tony - Nelson, Randy66-76-142
Foti, Dave - Madden, Nick66-77-143
DeMarco, Phil - Henderson, Jim67-66-133
*D'Angelo, Todd - Willig, Joe67-67-134
*Rizzo, Dave - Mead, Tim67-67-134
Ribaudo, Joe - Crist, Scott67-67-134
Brigiotta, Tom - Anderson, John67-70-137
Vitello, Tony - Magnuson, Tim67-70-137
Peppy, Anthony - VanEvery, Reid67-71-138
Vassallo, Frank - Crist, Chuck67-71-138
Baggiano, Frank - Sabol, Matt67-72-139
Frangione, Todd - Tarbrake, Mark67-72-139
Calimeri, Joe - Hammond, Chris67-75-142
Cusimano, Steve - Wright, Tad67-75-142
Pappalardo, Chris - Brunenavs, Dan68-65-133
*Mole, Henry - Ames, Tom69-65-134
Todaro, Jim - Calkins, Ryan68-66-134
Morgante, Peter - Gren, Jon Jr.67-68-135
Pillittieri, Pete - Sandstrom, Andy69-66-135
Pietrocarlo, Gregg - Auer, Hans69-68-137
Triscari, Sam - Gustafson, Marty68-69-137
Munella, Jack - Currie, Dave68-71-139
Scalise, Jon - Eimiller, Kurt69-71-140
Paterniti, Mo Mo - Smith, Scott69-74-143
Palermo, Dennis - Auer, Bernie69-77-146
Panebianco, George - O'Mara, John69-65-134
Sinatra, Joe - Lind, Rod69-66-135
*D'Angelo, Tim - Johnson, Mike69-69-138
Vitello, Joe - Thorpe, Kevin70-68-138
Mole, Paul - Anderson, Steve70-69-139
Delmonte, Dan - Emke, Dick70-70-140
Conti, Rich - Miller, Al70-71-141
Mason, Adam - MacIntyre, Pat69-72-141
Munella, Jack Jr. - Twinam, Jack70-71-141
LaMancuso, Sam - Hartweg, Matt69-73-142
Pillittieri, Carl - Bogdan, Dave71-71-142
Panebianco, James - Horschel, Karl70-74-144
Tuccio, Anthony - Hocking, Dan71-66-137
Pappalardo, Paul - Brunenavs, Mark71-71-142
Panebianco, Mark - Larson, Sean72-71-143
Panebianco, John - Johnson, Nelson72-72-144
DeMarco, Pat - Loeb, Steve72-73-145
Condella, Mike - Anderson, Dave72-74-146
DeMarco, Joe - Yocum, Tom73-73-146
Lombardo, Phil - Johnson, Jeff71-76-147
Giunta, Mike - Melquist, Dave73-76-149
DiNapoli, Lucian - Marsh, Randy72-78-150
Paterniti, Joe - Madden, Ron72-78-150
Volpe, Sandy - Eimiller, Ken71-82-153
Baggiano, Sebby - Yager, Gary74-63-137
Foti, Rob - Lundgren, Craig76-67-143
Cusimano, Anthony - Benson, Andy74-71-145
Triscari, Busty - Wyberanec, Ted75-71-146
Scoma, Aaron - Barber, Mike75-73-148
Munella, Dave - Rauh, Jim75-73-148
Smeraldo, Pat - Joslyn, Rick74-77-151
Fashano, Ray - Stockwell, Marty75-77-152
Restivo, Sam - Sarvaiya, Salim76-77-153
Tarana, Vic - Weinberg, Hadley74-81-155
D'Angelo, Joe - Ribbing, Jeff75-83-158
Cusimano, Chris - Nelson, Josh74-85-159
*DeAngelo, Jon - Carlson, Dusty76-72-148
Peppy, Sam - Moss, Charlie79-69-148
Lisciandro, Sam - Woodfield, Bud82-75-148
Trussalo, John - Emerson, Bill78-78-148
Calanni, Anthony - Bender, Gregg78-71-149
Scheira, Pete Jr. - Moore, Alex76-74-150
D'Angelo, Ralph - Erickson, Roger77-76-153
Panebianco, Gabe - Michos, Tom76-77-153
Trussalo, Nick - Hocking, Kyle78-78-156
D'Angelo, Chris - Stam, Tim81-79-160
Foti, John - Martin, Mike76-86-162
Yezzi, Mike - Robbins, Matt94-94-188
* won playoff