Mens’ Opening Tournament
The bell rang at Chippewa Golf and Country Club on Saturday, May 5, as the Mens’ golf season got off to a great start. As in past years, the opening event is a four-man scramble format with players from each of the four handicap groupings in each group.
After the first nine holes, the team captained by Phil Hunt with Chris Collison, Charlie Schmalz and Bert Tripp got off to a torrid start, scoring five birdies and four pars for a front nine of 30. The Hunt team was three strokes ahead of four other teams, all needs a strong back nine to get back into the game.
Derryl Urstadt and his team of Bill Christie, D. Clazie and D. Porcellato scored a four under par 33 on the back to finish up at six under par, leaders in the clubhouse, and waiting to see what the Hunt team would do, or if any other teams would contend. But things slowed down for Hunt and his boys on the back nine, as they could only manage one birdie and wound up tied with the Urstadt team with a six under par 66. After a putt-off to break the tie for first place, the Phil Hunt team was declared the overall champion team of the day. The Urstadt team claimed second place with their 66. In third spot, with a four under par 68 was the team captained by Rick Grolway with Pat Joynt, Len Cowan and John Upper. In fourth place with a three under par round of 69 was the team captained by S Santin with Frank Borland, Barrie Robson and Don Foell.
The following players won the Closest to the Pin competitions: Dan Coblenz on #3, Mike Pitzen on #5, Derryl Urstadt on #9 and Wade Jackson on #18. On the thirteenth hole, players who hit the green with their drive went into a draw and Frank Yakabuski was the winner of this competition. Larry Curtis was the winner of the group who missed the green on #13.
Skins were won by the following teams: Phil Hunt team with a birdie on #7, Bruce Towner team with a birdie on #10 and Gerry Call team with birdies on #16 and on #18.
Regular Mens’ nights are scheduled for Thursdays for the rest of the year.
Senior Mens’ Golf
The Senior Men teed it up for the first time this year on Tuesday, May 2 in a normal stroke play format, and although the weather was kind of cool, we had a pretty good turnout for the opening tournament.
In the A-flight, for players with handicaps from 10 – 23, Derryl Urstadt had the low round of the day and claimed first low gross with an 81. Lou Bezaire won second low gross with n 83. Barrie Robson won first low net with a net score of 68, followed by Paul Holk with a net 70.
In the B-flight, for players with handicaps 24 and above, Jim Connelly and Joe Chiappetta shared first low gross with rounds of 99. Zen Rybak won first low net with a net score of 70, while Peter Welford and John Upper tied for second low net with net scores of 75.
Lou Bezaire won the Closest to the Pin competition on the fifth hole and Joe Chiappetta won the same competition on #13.