Ingram wins Beaver Creek title

July 12, 1999|By LARRY YANOS

Chuck Ingram went wire-to-wire as No. 13 became lucky to win the 41st annual Beaver Creek Country Club Invitational.

Ingram followed an opening-round 71 with a 75 Sunday at the Washington County golf course to finish at 146 and hold off Charlie Narcisco by three strokes for the gross division title.

[cont. from sports page]

Narcisco's 149 finished one stroke better than Greg Henry while Kenny Winfield and Dick Roulette each had 151 and Jamie Martino, Chris Cantone, Drew Forrester and Steve Miguel each had 152.

Dude Martz won the net division with a 137 with a 66 on Sunday. Neil Gagnon and Mike Haloskey Jr. tied for second at 138, followed by Marc Cree, Larry Mackereth and first-round leader Vernon Knable at 139.


The par-4, 13th hole where Ingram scrambled for a crucial par led to Ingram's first Beaver Creek Country Club Invitational championship.

"I was really fortunate on 13," Ingram said. "I popped up my drive and it only went about 170 yards. I used a five-iron next and hit to the fringe of the green and then I chipped in a 12-footer for a birdie. I was expecting a bogey there but got a birdie, a big turnaround because I was one shot ahead of Greg at the time."

The chain of events proved to be more than the rest of the field to overcome.

"He won it on the 13th, no doubt in my mind," Narcisco said. "We had a shot until then but that was a huge birdie. It loosened him up. We couldn't put the heat on him after that."

Ingram closed with a bogey on the 14th and 18th holes, around a birdie on 15, pars on 16 and 17.

"I wasn't too concerned about that bogey on 18, I knew I had a good cushion," Ingram said. "I wanted a par but was happy to settle for bogey."

Ingram held a two-shot advantage over Henry entering the 17th hole but Henry took himself out of contention by playing the last three holes in 3-over. Ingram used the championship as a tuneup for this week's Maryland State Open at the Hillendale Country Club near Baltimore.

The only bumps Ingram faced on his road to the title came on a few of Beaver Creek's greens.

"I played early (Saturday) and late (Sunday) and I definitely saw a difference in the greens," Ingram said. "Overall, though, I have no complaints. The course wasn't as soft as (Saturday) but I thought it was a very fair golf course. A two-handicapper and a 12-handicapper had the same chance."

Even though Ingram won the championship, he admits he was pulling for Henry.

"Greg lost his dad this week (Leo Henry died July 4) and I knew he really wanted to win this one for him," Ingram said. "It would have meant a lot. He played tough, right to the finish."

Henry admitted he wanted the title maybe just a little too much.

"I was happy with the way I played but I really wanted this one," Henry said. "I think I just tried too hard on 17 and 18 because I knew I still had a chance. I hit into the swamp off the 17th tee and then I missed a short five-foot par putt on 18. Otherwise, I would have been a lot closer."

The Herald-Mail Articles