Golf Highlights: “No-Chance” Delaplain Knocks Off Mattison, Earns Super Senior Finale

Reported by Steve Hellyer

There will be a new Super Senior king of the hill of Shadow Hills Country Club, thanks to the new format for the competition in 2014.

For the first time, head professional Gary Davis instituted a format of match play to determine the club’s top players instead of one weekend of stroke play.

Jerry Delaplain took advantage of the new surroundings to stun defending champion Jack Mattison Thursday. Using two birdies and “lots of pars,” Delaplain sank a three-foot putt on the final hole to outlast one of the club’s top performers regardless of age by a 1-up score.

“I think it helped me that I played relaxed because I didn’t think I had a chance,” Delaplain said after shooting a round of 80. “Jack said he couldn’t remember the last time he shot 84.”

Delaplain birdied the par-three eighth hole with a long putt and holed a 10-footer from the fringe for another at No. 15.

“I made a sidehill three-footer on the last hole to beat him,” the 68-year-old Delaplain said. “He ordinarily would have given it to me, but he said he had to see me make it under the circumstances.”

Delaplain will play Richard Bloch for the championship at a date still to be determined. Only five members entered the super senior division and Delaplain had to win a first-round match for the right to face Mattison, the top seed.

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