Franklin Cup: CFC aims for repeat in 19th annual event

  • Chris Bourbeau has a 2-4 all-time record in the Franklin Cup, and he’ll look to help host Country Club of Greenfield this weekend when he competes for a third time. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Country Club of Greenfield veteran Nate Burdick hopes he can help the home club take back the Franklin Cup this weekend, as the event is set for its 19th edition beginning Saturday. Defending champion Crumpin-Fox Club has its sights set on winning two in a row, something it has never done. FILE PHOTO/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 9/25/2018 11:25:17 PM

For the first time since the event’s inception, Crumpin-Fox Club has its eyes set on defending its Franklin Cup title this weekend.

The 19th annual Ryder Cup-style offering that pits a team of golfers from CFC against the Country Club of Greenfield kicks off Saturday morning with Four-Ball matches. After winning last year on its home turf, CFC heads to Greenfield for the event, hoping to capture back-to-back titles for the first time in history.

In last year’s 14-10 victory for Crumpin-Fox, the host team won eight of the 12 singles matches on Sunday, turning a 6-6 tie after Day 1 action into a home win. That trimmed CCG’s all-time record in the event to 10-7-1, with the lone tie coming in 2013. It was just the second win in the past eight years for CFC.

It’s a good news, bad news situation for the Fox. The team is led by co-captains Mark Waskiewicz (6th year in the event) and Justin Dion (5th), and there are several experienced golfers on the squad looking to make history. The bad news is that the club has never won on foreign soil, with CCG posting a perfect 9-0 record all-time on its home course.

Waskiewicz is a strong person to have in a co-captain position, as evidenced by his sterling 14-3-1 overall record in Franklin Cup matches. Add in CFC all-time points leader Erik Barnes, who has played in every Franklin Cup and sports at 25-19-4 mark, as well as 13-year veteran Tim Rice (14-16-2), and there are some solid leaders looking to set the tone for the visitors.

Behind that trio, there are a lot of new faces for the CFC squad. First-timers Jordan Haskell, Shane Powell and Tim Brandl aim to put their imprint on the event in their debuts, while Brett Barnes returns after making for the first time a year ago and posting a 2-1 record. Rich Carroll (3-3) and Chris Stoddard (3-2-1) are third-year Cup players, while Dion (3-8-1), Doug Taylor (6th year, 2-12-7) and Dave Donoghue (5th year, 5-7 record as CCG member) are all hoping to turn their luck around in the event and help CFC to a second consecutive championship. Dion was a key contributor a year ago, as the team’s co-captain was 2-0-1 in three matches.

CCG’s roster also features several steady vets, with captain Dave Kennedy leading the way. Club champion Cody Booska is unavailable to play due to collegiate golf commitments for Johnson & Wales University in Miami, leaving club championship runner-up Kennedy in the No. 1 spot for the weekend. It’s not a bad fit, as Kennedy is tied with KC Finley for the most points in CCG history during the Franklin Cup, and sports a 25-17-6 overall mark in 18 years. He was a perfect 3-0 in last year’s event.

Nate Burdick is also back for his 16th Franklin Cup, and he enters with an impressive 24-16-2 overall record. Terry Blanchard will play in his 14th Cup and sports a 20-14-2 record, giving CCG three wily veterans looking to set the tone.

Newcomers will have to play well in order for CCG to bring the Cup back home, however. There are three first-timers on the roster, as Jamie Crocker, Brett Sirum and Eric Adams will play in the event for the first time this weekend.

Behind the team’s Big 3 of Kennedy, Burdick and Blanchard, just one player with Franklin Cup experience on the CCG roster has posted a winning record. That would be fourth-year competitor Pat McGuire, who is 5-4 all-time and headlines a talented pack of players who have some Cup experience and have come on strong in recent seasons. Jason Kelton is also playing in his 4th Cup and has a 4-5 overall mark, while Wil Conant (4th, 3-6), Chris Bourbeau (3rd, 2-4) and Garrett Cousineau (2nd, 0-3) are primed to score big points for the home team this weekend.

The format remains the same for this weekend’s event. Saturday morning will kick things off with six Four-Ball matches before the teams turn to six alternate shot foursome contests in the afternoon. Twelve singles matches finish it off on Sunday. Defending champion CFC must win 12 points to retain the Franklin Cup, while CCG needs 12½ points to gain possession.


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