Cutrell and Bryan's 61 new record in Four-Ball

Posted September 2, 2008 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

When Arnold Cutrell, Totteridge, eagled the 593-yard par-five first hole at Treesdale G&CC, he and partner Jim Bryan, Latrobe, sustained their strong start with 28-33—61, a new record in the WPGA Four-Ball. On the first nine, Cutrell added two birdies, while Bryan contributed four to reach 28. The 61 gave them a four stroke lead over 2003 champions, Malcolm Spatz, Oakmont, and Jonathan Thomas, Pittsburgh Field Club, with whom they were paired.

Things changed in the afternoon, as Cutrell/Bryan faltered to 38 on the first nine, while Spatz/Thomas shot 34, leaving the teams tied with nine holes to play. The teams were still tied after 15, when Cutrell/Bryan birdied the final three, while Spatz/Thomas birdied the last, giving Bryan/Cutrell 61-72—133, while Spatz/Thomas carded 65-70—135, to finish first and second.

Cutrell/Bryan’s 61 beat several teams that had recorded 63’s. For Bryan, it was his third Four-Ball title, each with a different partner - 1997 at Greensburg with Don Erickson, III, 2000 at Grove City with Jack Cline, and this one with Cutrell, who also has three titles, 1986 at Green Oaks, and 1988 at Butler, both with Bill Baloh, Herminie.