Flat Stick Battle Leads to Razor-thin Victory

by Patrick Hussey

GREENSBORO — It was a battle of the flat sticks last week at Mountain View Country Club and, not surprisingly, the margin of victory was razor thin as 34 golfers came out on this cloudy and cool evening.

The threesome of John Sperry, Mike Nixon, and Dan Mencucci won first place in a putting war by an average of 0.17 of a putt. They crowned themselves the weekly champions by needing just 46 putts to complete their nine-hole rounds. That was an average of 15.33 each, best of the evening.

Sperry led the way with 14 putts in a solid round of three-over par 38. Dan Mencucci kept up his recent strong play by using his flat stick just 15 times in a round of 43. Right there with him was Nixon, with a round of 45 and 17 putts. That was barely enough to beat two other teams who were breathing down their necks the whole round.

The first team to tie for second place was stuffed full of Mulligans. Joe Mulligan, the father, and his two sons Neal and Patrick, teamed up with John Hogan to post a total of 62 putts, an average of 15.5 per man. Joe Mulligan led the way with 13 putts in a round of 38.

His son Neal shot the low round of the evening with a two-over 37 and used 16 putts during his round. Patrick Mulligan shot a round of 43 with 16 putts and Hogan shot a 45 with 17 putts. This team struggled on the final hole, using up nine putts. Otherwise, they were destined for victory.

Tying them for a second-place finish, also with 62 putts, was the foursome of Dan Miko, Nate Brown, Ivan Menard, and Rob Montgomery. Miko would end up as the putting champion on this evening, needing just 12 in his round of 41. Brown shot a 40 with 16 putts and Menard posted a strong round, shooting a 48 as both he and Montgomery ended with 17 putts each.

In fourth place, with 64 putts, was the foursome of George Gattone, Frank Gattone. Jim Charonko, and Slade Farnham. George Gattone paced this group with 14 putts, Frank Gattone had 15, Farnham 17 and Charonko 18. They averaged 16 putts a hole.

Behind them in fifth with 66 putts and a 16.25 average was the foursome of Kerry Sheedy (18), Dillion Sheedy (18), Dave Bellavance (15), and Pat Hussey (14). The threesome of Dan Hudson, Bill Jenkins, and John Stone weren’t far behind in sixth with an average of 16.33.

Kip Doyon had himself quite a night, shooting a 39 to win the low net round with a 27. It was the first time in his life that Doyon had broken 40. He just beat out Dan Gauthier for the low net title. Gauthier’s 41 gave him a net 28 and he just needed 13 putts in his round.

Doyon posted pars on three, four, and five consecutively, and also parred seven and eight. He bogeyed his other four holes. He continued his strong evening by winning closest to the pin on the fifth hole, landing his drive just four feet, seven inches from the hole.

Young Patrick Mulligan beat out Kerry Sheedy for closest to the pin on three, leaving his tee shot seven feet, four inches from the pin. On nine, Nate Brown hit his approach to three feet, nine inches to win closest in two. No golfer got closest in two on eight.

The team of Dave Burnham, Dan Gauthier, Rob Lewis, and Brad Ferland placed seventh with an average of 16.5 per player. Behind them was the threesome of Bill Richardson, Pete DesChamps and Marcus Brown at 16.66 per player.

Finally, Karl Ferland, Richard Coolbeth, Dennis Pudvah, and Dave Campbell averaged 17 apiece. The threesome of Kip Doyon, Rowdy Doyon and Richard Brochu averaged 18 putts, as did the twosome of Jim Bellavance and Ian Drown.