by Patrick Hussey
GREENSBORO – Time to use the D word. They solidified the honor last week. We could call them dominant, but they deserve better. They should now be labeled a Dynasty.
Going where no other foursome has gone before, this powerful group won their record fourth consecutive weekly championship in the Tuesday night golf league at Mountain View Country Club last Tuesday. The weekly challenge played right into their strength: teamwork.
The format of the night was straight up team golf, the foursome with the total lowest score after handicaps wins. That meant that everyone on the team had to be at their best, or close to it, to win. Mission accomplished, because that is the overwhelming strength of this group.
The freight train foursome of Dave Burnham, Bob Blake, Brad Ferland, and Dan Gauthier mowed down the competition with a six-under par performance to take first place. On this night, Bob Blake was at his best to lead the team, posting his lowest score of the year with a 49, which netted him a round of four-under par 31.
Right on his heels were both Gauthier and Ferland. The two partners in crime both shot a net round of two-under par 33. Dave Burnham wasn’t far behind, netting a round of two-over 37 as they managed to capture the weekly crown by a single stroke.
Gauthier wasn’t satisfied with just a weekly championship. This sharp shooting veteran also won closest to the pin on two holes. His drive on the 150-yard third hole landed just nine feet five inches from the pin. Then on nine, Gauthier left his approach 11 feet two inches from the pin to win closest in two shots.
The sunny evening drew a total of 34 golfers, with temperatures in the upper 60s.
One stroke back in second place with a five-under par night was the foursome of Dan Miko, Nate Brown, Tim Bellavance, and Rob Lewis. Brown led the way for this group, shooting a gross 41, which netted him a three-under par 32.
The steady Miko also had a good night, shooting a 41 and netting a one-under 34. Lewis was right there with him, netting a one-under 34. Bellavance posted a gross 44 that netted him an even-par 35.
New to the top three this season was the foursome of Jim Bellavance, Wyatt Bellavance, Randy Bellavance, and Ian Drown. They ended up in third place at plus one. Randy Bellavance carried this team to new heights with his 41, which won him the night’s low net performance of five-under par 30.
Two teams tied for fourth place at plus four. The group of Andy Hunt, Matt Kiley, John Stone, and Richard Brochu got there on the strength of Hunt’s performance. He shot the night’s low round with a 38, which netted him a four-under par 31. Hunt also won closest to the pin in two shots on eight, landing 11 feet, four inches from the hole.
Tied for fourth was the foursome of John Sperry, Mike Nixon, George Gattone, and Slade Farnham. Sperry was on fire, shooting a 40 as he put balls on the green on three of the four closest competition holes.
Sperry won closest to the pin on the fifth hole, leaving his drive 20 feet, one inch from the pin. Farnham also had a fine night, shooting a 50, that netted him a round of three-under par 32.