MERIDEN — Down 18-14, Team Meriden needed its final pairing to deliver Saturday afternoon in the Ryder Cup at Hunter Golf Course.
Dan Schipritt and Larry Jardine did just that, winning their matches on the front nine and duplicating the feat on the back nine to forge an 18-18 tie in the annual Hunter Men’s Club event that pits city residents against the out-of-town members.
Remember the famous “Harvard beats Yale, 29-29” headline from 1968? That sort of applies here, too.
The Ryder Cup featured 18 guys a side playing a pair of 9-hole matches worth one point apiece. That meant 36 total points were up for grabs. With an 18-14 lead, even just a split match in the final foursome would have given the non-residents victory.
Instead, with no margin for error, Schipritt and Jardine both went 2-for-2.
Meriden also got two wins from Ed Woronick. Bob Papenguth and Bob Hill each won one match and tied the other.
Mike Deegan, Del Weston, Brian Rossi, Jeff Songhurst, Kevin LaMay, Alex Newton and Mike Rusate delivered single points.
The non-residents got two wins apiece from Dave Victor of Wallingford, Dan Tammaro of Cheshire,Terry Slowther of Middletown and Don Cyr of New Britain.
Also at Hunter Golf Course, James McMahon, Sr. collected his ninth career hole-in-one. It came on Sept. 14 on hole No. 17.
McMahon hit the 156-yard ace using a 5-iron. He was playing with his wife, Linda McMahon.