Green Around the Edges
Rainy Day Helps Home Team Flourish
Despite the rainy and raw conditions at the Portsmouth Country Club this Monday, the home club’s team persevered, capturing the title with a ten-under-par score of 134. The winning team of Portsmouth CC, was comprised of Host Head Professional Bill Andrews, PGA, Craig Steckowych, Dave Bickford, and John Pratt. Demonstrating the importance of local knowledge, another team from Portsmouth claimed second place, represented by Jim Gunnare, PGA, Rob Strand, Eric Lapham, and Larry Collins. Frank Dully, PGA won the Individual Pro contest with an impressive score of four-under-par 68.
The field of almost 200 players confronted the seaside layout at Portsmouth with enthusiasm, despite the added difficulty of the cold rain and wet course conditions, enjoying the waterfront views and unique challenges presented by the Robert Trent Jones design. Portsmouth CC’s team, led by Andrews, rose to the challenge, carding five natural birdies as a team. Andrews himself played some fine golf, finishing with a 73 on his own ball.
Fish in Water
Pare/ Martin Take Championship Second Year in a Row
Jeff Martin, PGA (Norton CC) and Troy Pare, PGA (Ledgemont CC) took home the Pro-Pro Match Play Championship in 20 holes on Wednesday at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Mass. This is the second consecutive year and sixth time they’ve won the event.
It was nothing short of miserable through the rounds on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Wind, rain, and temperatures into the 40s pushed Tuesday’s semi-final matches to Wednesday. For the final day, Martin and Pare had to battle in the same wet conditions for at least 36 holes to repeat as champions.
Squaring off against Matt Zdon, PGA and John Fields, PGA in the semi-finals Wednesday morning was no easy task. Through nine holes, all was square in the match. As the rain kept falling and wind willing the duos forward, the putts started falling for Pare and Martin, who would win the match 3&2. They agreed that the match play style aided, in part, to their success.