June 18, 2014 | 03:20 PM
This one was a bit more "grueling" than the previous three.
That was among the thoughts of Scott Hupp after winning his fourth Old Capital Invitational since 2008. It was his first since 2010 but this time he had to rally from four shots back on Sunday.
"This was more grueling than the others because the three of us that were in contention late couldn't make anything happen," Hupp said. "I didn't play bad, but I didn't get any putts to fall. I had three would-be birdies lip out. It was definitely more grueling than the other three."
For the two-day, 36-hole 53rd edition of the Old Cap, Hupp had to win a playoff to secure the bragging rights. After coming back from four strokes down to opening-day leader Neal Davis, the two went to a playoff.
Heading back to the 18th tee box on the par-72 course, Neal wasn't able to recover from a tee shot that didn't find the fairway. Hupp took advantage, reached the green in regulation and two-putted for par and the victory.
"Neal lit it up on Saturday," Hupp said. "He never was in much trouble until he went into the creek on 14. I thought we both played good both days."
Over the 36 holes, Hupp and Davis finished with 2-under par 142s.
Saturday's round for Davis was much the best. He shot a 5-under par 67 to lead by two strokes over Ryan Crawford. After a 1-under par 71, Hupp sat back in a tie with five others in fourth place.
Momentum shifted to Hupp's favor when he put in birdies on No. 4 and 5 and then again on No. 8.
Making the turn after nine holes, Hupp found himself just one back of Davis.
"Once I worked my way back, neither one of us were able to expand a lead," Hupp said.
On No. 15, a lengthy putt helped Hupp take the lead.
"I made that long putt on 15, about 30-, 35-footer for birdie to get me to one up," Hupp said. "But I make a bogey on 17 and give it back."
Hupp said Bryan Fifer, who played in his group, stayed among the leaders for much of Sunday.
"Bryan was right there with us, always either one or two back," Hupp said.
In the end, the two-man playoff went the way of Hupp, who was complimentary to the staff at Old Capital Golf Course.
"The greens were fantastic and putted well like they always do," Hupp said. "Every golf course is fighting problems with fairways, but it is what it is. They did a good job making it fair for everyone to have a decent shot at the green. The people around the course are always nice to me, and I really am thankful for that."
Hupp said he may play in events in Elizabethtown, Ky., and at Christmas Lake Golf Course before the end of the year.
Ryan Crawford, the defending club champion, made a late run at the leaders. He birdied the final two holes but finished one back to settle for third place. Fresh off an impressive high school season, Crawford shot 69 on Saturday and followed with a 74 on Sunday to finish 1-under.
Three golfers finished even par for the tournament, including defending champion Aaron Greenwell. He, along with Hupp, were the lone golfers in the championship flight to shoot under-par rounds (71) on Sunday. Also shooting 144s were Joe Byrd and Bryan Fifer. Tommy Wiseman (148) finished eighth. Rounding out the top 10 were Larry Harmon (149) and Matthew Bruce (149).
With Hupp's victory, he sits in third among all-time winners, trailing Jack Miles (12) and Ron Acree (11).
Shooting back-to-back 75s, Kyle Mattingly won the first flight with a two-day score of 150. Other flight winners include Darin Ward (second flight, 150), George Hoskins (third flight, 160), Bill Fry (fourth flight, 169) and Isaac Nalley (fifth flight, 178).
Championship Flight: 1. S. Hupp 142, 2. N. Davis 142, 3. R. Crawford 143, 4. A. Greenwell 144, 5. J. Byrd 144, 6. B. Fifer 144, 7. T. McIntosh 147, 8. T. Wiseman 148, 9. L. Harmon 149, 10. M. Bruce 149, 11. K. Meloy 149, 12. K. Marshall 149, 13. B. Glordan 150, 14. J. Garris 155.
First Flight: 1. K. Mattingly 150, 2. C. Pitman 152, 3. M. Meeks 151, 4. B. Morris 152, 5. C. Best 152, 6. J. Hinton 153.
Second Flight: 1. D. Ward 150, 2. J. Miles 151, 3. M. Ford 157, 4. R. Schulz 157, 5. R. McLeland 157, 6. T. Walters 158.
Third Flight: 1. G. Hoskins 160, 2. J. Deaton 160, 3. D. Martin 169, 4. N. Parkway 169, 5. B. Martin 170, 6. B. Gilroy 172.
Fourth Flight: 1. B. Fry 169, 2. J. Taylor 171, 3. S. Armstrong 172, 4. J. Lucas 177, 5. W. Darnall 177, 6. L.C. Nash 178.
Fifth Flight: 1. I. Nalley 178, 2. J. Harmon 181, 3. T. Cischke 182, 4. R. Higdon 182, 5. S. Reising 183, 6. G. Wetzel 184.