by Patrick Hussey
GREENSBORO – It was another perfect night of golf that crowned two champions last Tuesday night at Mountain View Country Club, followed by an emotional salute to one of the league’s longtime members.
A total of 40 golfers came out on a sunny and humid evening for a scramble that crowned both a net and gross champion. After the scramble competition, the league paid their respects to Dona Bessette, a dedicated and popular league member who passed last fall.
It was week three in the league’s Legacy Series, in which they have saluted league members who have passed on. Dona Bessette, and his son Bear, who was on hand to join in the remembrance, were active league members for years.
Dona Bessette was a well-known businessman who spent much of his career in Hardwick. He ran a car dealership, Barcomb Motors, for many years and later took ownership of Dona’s Car Store and was in charge of Wildcat busing for Hazen Union. He was very supportive of the town and was a very colorful character around Hardwick.
Last November, both Dona Bessette and his wife Pat were infected with COVID and passed within 47 hours of each other. Pat was 88 when she passed on Nov. 28, and Dona, who was 93, passed on Nov. 30. Mike Clark delivered the eulogy Bear had written for Bessette’s service and Bear Bessette presented former Hazen Union coach Dan Hudson with Dona’s longtime putter. After the presentation, the league tipped a glass in their memory.
Out on the course, the foursome of John Stone, Andy Hunt, Carl Edwards and Bill Jenkins put on a show, shooting a five-under par 30 to blaze their way to first place in a scramble format. After parring the first three holes, Carl Edwards hit a 30-foot birdie putt on the tough fourth hole to get them started.
They parred the fifth hole, but then birdied in from there in an impressive run. Hunt hit a long putt on six for birdie, then John Stone hit an approach to seven that landed just over two feet from the cup and he buried the putt. Bill Jenkins nailed a birdie putt on eight and Hunt sealed the deal with a long birdie putt on nine.
Two teams tied for second place with a three-under 32. The first was the foursome of Nate Brown, Dan Gauthier, Tim Bellavance and Brad Ferland. Bellavance had a hot putter all night and hit a 22-foot birdie putt on one and an 11-footer on five. Gauthier chipped in on three for their other birdie.
Tying them for second was the foursome of John Sperry, Dan Hudson, Mike Nixon and Dan Mencucci. Sperry made a 13-footer on one, Hudson hit an approach to four feet on seven and made the putt, and then Nixon hit a seven-footer on eight.
The league also crowned a net champion, which was won by Karl Ferland, Richard Coolbeth, Dave Campbell and Dennis Pudvah. They shot an even par 35 and netted out at a 17.5 to capture first place. Ferland had chip ins on both five and eight to help the cause.
Back in second place net was the fivesome of Dan Rogers, David Rogers, Doug Allen, Reg Allen and Jeremy Kaufman. They plowed out a one-over 36 and netted an 18.
There were closest to the pin competitions on every hole. Richard Brochu got closest on one, Dan Gauthier won it on two, and Mike Clark got it on three. Carl Edwards won two holes, the fourth and fifth, no one reached six, but Stone won on seven, Sperry got it on eight and Kip Doyon won nine.
The league wraps up its Legacy Series next week with tributes to both Rian Fried and Roger Brochu.