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Matt Daryman called it "probably the wildest golf tournament I've ever been a part of. ... it was crazy."

Daryman's description of his recent triumph in the Grandview Golf Club championship was spot on.

It was "crazy."

It took five days, a pair of extra-hole matches and multiple stops and starts.

When it was finally over, the 23-year-old 2012 York Catholic High School graduate emerged with the championship over Mark Millheim.

It all started on Saturday, July 22, with stroke-play qualifying. Daryman shot a 71 to earn the top seed for the four-man, match-play championship flight.

Sunday morning, July 23, Daryman then took on No. 4 seed Chris Borge in a semifinal battle that took 19 holes to decide before Daryman grabbed the win.

That set up the championship match on Sunday afternoon against Millheim, who beat Brian Shiley in the other semifinal. 

Daryman was down three holes after the front nine in the final, but rallied back to one down before rain halted action on Sunday after 15 holes.

After a day off on Monday, Daryman and Millheim were back at it on Tuesday evening, July 25. The match didn't resume until 7:20 p.m. because Daryman first had to complete his accounting work day with an investment firm in Baltimore. 

The pair halved No. 16 and No. 17 with pars, before Daryman forced extra holes by parring the treacherous 245-yard, par-3 18th hole, while Millheim bogeyed.

So, the pair went back to No. 1 to continue the match. Both players parred No. 1 and bogeyed No. 2. With darkness approaching, both players parred No. 3, with Millheim lipping out a birdie putt that would've won the match.

"I thought Mark's birdie putt was in the whole way," Daryman said.

Darkness then halted the match after 21 holes, and the pair agreed to come back on Wednesday evening, July 26, in yet another attempt to finish what was turning into a golf marathon.

Daryman and Millheim started on No. 1 again on Wednesday. Millheim found trouble on his drive and things got worse after that. Eventually, after missing his bogey putt, Millheim conceded Daryman a short birdie putt to finally end the match on the 22nd hole.

"I was relieved," Daryman said. "It was a grueling five days. It was tough for me to focus at work (on Wednesday) knowing I had one hole for the club championship. It was one of the weirdest mental situations I've ever been in." 

Daryman, who played four years of college golf for Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Maryland, now owns two club championships. He also won the Honey Run crown in 2014. The scratch golfer said he'll likely try for another Honey Run title during its championship weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12-13.

Hopefully, that tournament won't take five days to complete, but if the end result is the same, Daryman would likely take it in a heartbeat.

Steve Heiser is sports editor for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com

 

 

 

 

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