Paylor, Mellott Meet In 1970 Great Cove Men’s Championship Rematch
Two longtime golfers, both Fulton County natives who now live in Hagerstown, Md., faced off Friday in a golf match that marked the 40th anniversary of Great Cove Golf Club’s 1970 men’s club championship.
Paul C. Mellot Jr. was 17 years old in 1970 when he played Carl Paylor, who was 40 at the time, for the men’s club champion title. Paylor was the victor after 36 holes of match play, going one-up over the younger Mellott. The two battled it out in a single day of play.
Paylor came out on top again in last week’s anniversary rematch two-up over the 57-year-old Mellott.
The 2010 game was much like it was in 1970, Paylor reports, with the “front nine being all square.” Good putting, he said, put him in the lead on the back nine to win the rematch.
There were a few differences, however, with Mellott, playing with a 6 handicap, teeing off from the championship tees, and Paylor, with a 15 handicap, hitting from the senior tees. The game was also played at Fountainhead Country Club in Hagerstown instead of Great Cove.
Paylor recently celebrated his 80th birthday and says he and Mellott will meet again in 2011. Making up the foursome on Friday were Mellott’s brother, Brian Mellott, of Hagerstown and Paylor’s nephew, Craig Paylor, Greencastle, Pa.