by Patrick Hussey
GREENSBORO – There have been many memorable Tuesday nights at Mountain View Country Club throughout this COVID-impaired 2020 golf season, and last week’s final evening ranked up there with the best of them.
It was an epic finish and as the six groups completed play the rounds just kept getting better and better. The weather forecast for Tuesday was pretty dire, with rain and thunderstorms predicted for the afternoon. But the rain held off and despite cloudy conditions it was a warm, humid evening before the cold front finally arrived after play.
The field was cut to just 21 players because of the forecast, but those who did attend put on an impressive show. It all started early in the afternoon, when the threesome of Mike Clark, Dave Burnham and Bob Blake were first on the course in a battle of points. Players score a point for a bogey, two points for a par and three for a birdie.
Blake put this group on his shoulders and carried them to an early lead. All he did was go out and shoot a 45, a full 19 strokes under his yearly average. He easily won the low net title with a record-breaking score of net 27. Blake also blasted through his point quota, scoring points on seven of the nine holes.
He parred both three, where he won closest by leaving his drive seven feet eight inches from the pin, and five and carded five bogies to score a whopping nine points, ending up plus-seven. It would be the best plus points score of the evening, although later he would have company. Meanwhile, Burnham chipped in with three points while Clark just missed his quota, but they took the early lead by going plus eight.
The foursome of Pete DesChamps, Bill Richardson, Jefferson Tolman and Shayne Carr have so much fun playing together that they decided to skip the points battle and instead played each other in a two-man scramble. That match came down to the final hole.
DesChamps and Richardson teamed up and took the early lead in the match with a par on three. But Tolman and Carr parred the fourth and squared the match. The two evenly matched twosomes then halved every hole through the eighth.
So, it all came down to the ninth hole and Tolman took over. He hit a solid drive, then stepped up and drilled his approach shot to within 30 inches of the pin, draining the birdie putt to win the match 1-0. His deadly approach would also win closest in two on the ninth.
The next threesome of Dan Mencucci, John Sperry and Matt Kiley had trouble keeping pace with the leaders. Mencucci continued his hot play of late with a round of plus-two as Sperry was even points. Kiley has been red hot of late, parring the course just last week. But he had trouble getting it going Tuesday and the team ended up -1.
Next out was the twosome of Brad Ferland and Dan Miko and they put on a show. Miko posted the night’s low round with a 38, parring six holes and scoring points on every hole. He racked up 15 total points to end up plus two. He also won closest on the fifth hole, putting his drive 14 feet 10 inches from the pin.
Ferland was just as hot. He scored points on eight of the nine holes and like Blake, ripped through the course with a 45, which netted him a 29. In the process, Ferland scored eight points to end up a plus six, leaving his team tied for first place at plus eight.
The lead lasted minutes. Right behind them was the fivesome of Kip Doyon, Rowdy Doyon, Richard Brochu, Pat Hussey and Mike Robb and they were about to steal the lead. Rowdy Doyon had a up-and-down round, but he produced some great holes and was the team’s leading scorer. He had three pars and a bogey to go plus four.
His brother Kip was hot all night, posting a solid round of 45, including pars on his first two holes. He would get another par on nine and two bogies to go plus three. Brochu continued his powerful performances off the tee and scored two pars and two bogies to also go plus three.
Hussey had two pars and six bogies to end up plus one and Robb was even points with two pars and four bogies as they took the lead at plus 11 with one group left on the course. It was totally dark out by the time Nate Brown, Rob Montgomery and Ivan and Andrew Menard ambled off the course.
But there was a trail of smoke behind them because they were on fire. Brown led the way, tying Miko for the low round with a 38, also scoring 15 points with six pars. He would also net a 29 and ended up a whopping plus six, but that was only second best on his team.
That’s because Rob Montgomery was also having himself a night. Montgomery also posted a round of 45 and netted a 29. More importantly, he tied Blake as the night’s top plus points producer at plus seven. He had four pars — on one, six, eight and nine — and a bogey on two while scoring nine points.
Montgomery won closest in two shots on eight when he landed his approach to within seven feet four inches. Meanwhile, Ivan Menard chipped in with a par and four bogies to go plus four and Andrew Menard scored a point on the first hole and the group stole the title away by ending the evening’s great rounds at plus 16, becoming 2020’s final weekly champion. Minutes after they completed play, the predicted rains finally arrived.
The Tuesday night 2020 season, despite fighting through a national pandemic, was the most heavily attended season in the history of the league. Although Tuesday’s numbers came in under the yearly average, those that did attend had a hearty celebration after the round.