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Win(d) at Wianno

CC of Halifax Wins Final Leg of Cape Week

- Osterville, MA


While late season golf isn't always the most pleasant down on the Cape, high temps in the mid-40's and wind gusts of near 50 mph are far from the norm. That's what the field of 24 teams faced when they put the peg in the ground Thursday morning. Before rounds, players can usually be found getting a few swings in at the range, or grinding away on the putting green. Today, the popular spot was crowded around the fireplace in the center of the Wianno clubhouse. Even with the extraordinary mid-October weather, multiple teams played exceptionally well throughout the day. None better than the team from Country Club of Halifax, led by Stephen Colt, PGA. The amateurs of Geoff Osborne, Casey Gresh, and Jack Reardon all played well, and completed the well-played front nine holes from Colt. Steve was able to birdie 3 of his first 7 holes, and was even par for the 1-9 stretch. The team was steady throughout, shooting a front nine 67, and a back nine 66 for a round of 7-under par 133.


CC of Halifax got the win three clear of the rest of the field, as two teams finished tied second with scores of 4-under par 136. Blackstone National (Pat Beahn, PGA) & Brookline Golf Course (Tom Ellis, PGA) both played great rounds, but quite opposite rounds at the same time. Blackstone was even-keel throughout, firing 67 on the front nine and 69 on the back. On the other hand, Brookline went high on the front nine (73), but took it super low on the back with a 63 (-7).


Multiple thank yous are in order at the conclusion of our Cape Cod Fall Fest. Our partners from Gosling's Rum and Lincoln Motorcars helped put on a fantastic show this week, and headed some fantastic prizes during player's rounds. Also, all four super facilities who welcomed the Cape Cod Fall Fest with open arms, and rolled out the red carpet for our Professionals and their amateurs. Oyster Harbors (Sean Edmonds, PGA), New Seabury (Jim Clay, PGA), Eastward Ho! (Brian Hamilton, PGA), & Wianno Club (Eric Steindel, PGA) were all outstanding tracks that were enjoyed thoroughly over the course of the week.


Two For the Price of One

Blackstone & Rochester Go Low

- Chatham, MA


On what was a typical October day on the Cape, players were greeted with both loads of sunshine, and tons of wind. Gusts up to 40mph made the playing conditions even tougher on the already challenging Eastward Ho! layout. Even with playing conditions being extremely difficult, both Blackstone National (Stephens) & Rochester Country Club (Smestad) fired impressive rounds of 5-under par 137. With Blackstone's first shot of the day being the tee ball on the extremely challenging 210-yard par 3, it was game on out of the gate. Professional Matt Stephens threw in an eagle of his own on the par-5 17th, and it was off and running for the Blackstone boys. Great play from Stephens and his Amateurs (Anderson/Beckwith/Holmes) combined to match the best round of the day.


It was equally important to start fast for the Northerners out of Rochester. Right out of the gate, they were faced with the 18th, a long par-4 playing dead into the wind making it even more difficult. Three back nine birdies from Professional Brett Smestad matched with some superb play from his amateurs Troy Joncas, Stacy Levesque, and Matt Nekoroski, all blended together for an impressive team win on day three.


Blackstone National & Rochester CC had plenty of great play right behind them. Vesper CC (Turner) turned in a sub-4 138, and both Salem CC (Hanefeld) and Falmouth CC (Warren) played well, firing 3-under 139. Course conditions were exceptional, and the weather cooperated once again as the field was greeted with tons of sun, and temps rising up into the mid-50's. As Thursday rolls around the corner, temps will drop, and winds will pick up as the field turns their attention to Wianno Club for the final leg of Cape Week!


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