DARTMOUTH — Doug Glassman played a textbook 18th hole in the third round of the Country Club of New Bedford Men's Fourball on Thursday.

With his team all square after 17 holes against Justin Grolley (CCNB) and Adam Bradshaw (Poquoy Brook Golf Club), Glassman (CCNB) hit a good tee shot and followed with a smart approach that left him 35 feet away from the hole. He then two-putted, rolling in a clutch four-footer to give him and partner Glenn Dufault (a scratch player from Montaup Country Club) a hard-fought 1-up victory.

"I felt some pressure, but the fourball is all about that thrill of making or missing when it matters," said Glassman, a CCNB member who lives in Dartmouth and owns ServPro franchises in New Bedford, Marion/Middleboro and Fall River. "You just hope a putt like that falls, because it's a moment you're always going to remember and you want it to be a happy memory."

Glassman and Dufault built a 1-up lead at the turn and they doubled their advantage on a 4-net-3 birdie by Glassman at the par-4 10th. Grolley took advantage of handicap strokes for 4-net-3 wins at the par-4 10th and 11th holes that evened the match, but a par-4 win at the 13th by Dufault pushed his team back in front.

Grolley and Dufault both made lengthy par putts to halve the par-4 14th and the teams went on to halve the uphill par-3 15th and the par-4 16th with pars.

After hitting his tee shot into the woods/hazard left of the green at the par-3 17th, Grolley hit the shot of the day to within five feet of the hole and rolled in the putt to complete an amazing up and down for a hole-winning par that evened the match and set the stage for Glassman's by-the-book win at the 18th.

"That was the best up and down I've ever seen," said Bradshaw, who teamed with Grolley at the last moment when CCNB's Randy Zahn and Poquoy Brook Golf Club's Randy Lombardi had to pull out. "It kept us alive and sent the match to the 18th."

Glassman said Grolley's play on his stroke holes helped keep the match tight.

"We lost four holes that he got a handicap stroke on, so he took advantage of his opportunities," Glassman said. "Both teams played well and the match went right down to the wire. The 18th was the key and I'm glad I was able to step up and come through for the team."

The 18th proved to be a very interesting finale.

Bradshaw hit a good shot off the tee, but he hooked his approach shot into some trees on the left side of the fairway to nullify his handicap stroke. Dufault must have been really pumped up, because his second shot airmailed the green and almost ended up in the parking lot. His ball came to rest in front of a Maserati, which had to be moved to give Dufault some room to make his third swing. He did the best he could with the lie he had, but his ball almost rolled off the green. That took him out of the hole, but Glassman picked him up with a solid two-putt for a net-birdie win that closed out the match.

"It was a very, very tough match," Dufault said. "(Grolley and Bradshaw) gave us everything they had. It was a lot of fun playing out there today."

Dennis Collins (CCNB) got stuck in accident traffic on Route 93 South coming back from a business trip to Quincy and arrived at the club about 30 minutes before he and teammate Ben Vandal (Reservation Golf Club) teed off against Bob Marinelli (CCNB) and Brian Radell (Presidents Golf Course)

So it only made sense that match went an extra hole, with Vandal making a clutch birdie three at the par-4 first to close it out.

In a match where neither team was able to build a lead bigger than 1-up, there was plenty of drama down the stretch. The match was all even after 16 holes and Radell gave his team a 1-up advantage with a birdie at the par-3 17th. Collins then took advantage of a handicap stroke to make a 4-net-3 birdie at the par-4 18th that sent the match to a playoff, where Vandal stepped up to shine.

"It was a tough match from start to finish," Vandal said. "We were grinding and (Marinelli and Radell) played great. Both teams came up big when they had to. They won a big hole at the 17th and 18 was a hole that we had to win to stay alive. That gave us some momentum heading to the playoff. We're just happy to survive and move on."