TELFORD — After over four-and-a-half hours and 40 golfers, the Pennridge Continental Invitational, featuring all the teams from the Suburban One League Continental Conference, came down to two players — Central Bucks South's Evan Bechtel and North Penn's Ron Robinson.
Both Robinson and Bechtel entered the clubhouse with day's best score at 78.
What ensued was an epic two-hole playoff with momentum swings, missed opportunities, great shots and eventually a winner.
Bechtel and Robinson hit nearly identical tee shots off the 18th. On his second shot, Robinson stuck one nicely on the green, setting him up for a difficult but makeable putt. Bechtel put his second shot into the sand trap to the right of the green.
Bechtel hit a great bunker shot to get out of trouble and put the pressure on Robinson to make his putt. Bechtel sank his putt as Robinson two-putted to force a second playoff.
“I hit a great shot on 18, it's just, the putt didn't drop,” Robinson said. “He made a fantastic up and down. I give him props for that.”
On the second playoff hole on 10 again both players hit similar tee shots, but this time Bechtel had the clearer path to hit the green on his second shot. The door was left open again as Bechtel hit his second shot over the green.
After settling for just getting ball back into the fair way on his second shot, Robinson made the catastrophic mistake that all but gave Bechtel the win as Robinson hit his third shot very short into a water hazard.
It would have taken a great fourth shot from Robinson to even force Bechtel to two-putt for the win.
Robinson put the pressure on, putting the ball just a foot or so away from the pin but Bechtel finished the deal.
“On 10 I just hit into the water,” Robinson said. “And he just flat out beat me on that hole.”
While Robinson might have led the way for the Knights with a 78 on the day, North Penn also ended the day with a meet-high of three players who shot 80 or better, helping the Knights put up the best eight-man score of the match with 406 to claim the team title. Central Bucks East came in second with 407.
Matt Pickford and Anthony Barton finished with 79 and 80, respectively. The front nine was also a league match against Pennridge. NP was tied with Pennridge at 205 and lost on the sixth score. The Rams went 5-1 on the day.
Central Bucks West finished right around the middle of the pack, posting its eight-man team score at 418 and its top five at 211, one stroke behind CB South.
The low score of the day for the Bucks belonged to Michayla Siemion, who put up a mark of 80.
“It's a little bit disappointing, in terms of how we played,” CB West coach Bob Schilling said. “We've been playing well, the first half of last week we put up some real good numbers.”
Hatboro-Horsham entered the tournament as a young team looking to gain some experience. The Hatters did just that as junior Tommy Haas led all Hatters with an 83.
“We're lacking the experience right now,” Hatboro-Horsham coach Mike Harmon said. “I have a lot of talent, it's just they have to believe that they have the talent and that's what we're kind of stuck on.”
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