Putting Precisions Results in Repeat Win

by Patrick Hussey

GREENSBORO – A battle of putting precision decided the August monthly championship held at Mountain View Country Club last Tuesday night as the league also wrapped up its four-week-long tribute to former players who have passed.

courtesy photo | The Tuesday night league at Mountain View Country Club ended its four-week Legacy Series with a salute to both Roger Brochu and Rian Fried last Tuesday evening. Brochu played in the Tuesday league for many years until he passed in 2017. Fried joined the league in its second year in the mid-’80s and also played for a good many years. He passed in 2013.

It was an extremely tight finish, as just over a single putt per man separated first place from last place. A total of 34 golfers turned out for the August championship on Tuesday. In a repeat win from the previous week, the fivesome of John Stone, Bill Jenkins, Andy Hunt, Carl Edwards, and Matt Kiley won the monthly championship over six other teams by averaging 14.2 putts per man in the nine-hole event.

courtesy photo The Tuesday Night League ended its four-week Legacy Series last Tuesday, honoring both Rian Fried and Roger Brochu.

It was a perfectly sunny evening as the league completed its Legacy Series, paying tribute to both Roger Brochu and Rian Fried. Brochu was a standout athlete who graduated from Hazen Union in 1974. He excelled in all three sports, including as a tough central back on the soccer teams, a tall inside center for the Wildcat basketball teams and a solid pitcher and hitter for Hazen Union’s baseball teams. After graduating, he got a tryout for the Montreal Expos’ major league team.

Brochu was also an avid outdoorsman, and both hunted and fished. He was a longtime member of the Tuesday night league until his passing in 2017.

Fried was a local Greensboro resident who started an investment business with partner, Doug Fleer. The two published an investment newsletter called The Clean Yield from their small office across from the post office in Greensboro village. They gained national attention, later specializing in investing in socially responsible companies and helped bring capital to local businesses like High Mowing Seeds and Vermont Smoke and Cure. The Clean Yield investment business he and Fleer founded continues today in southern Vermont.

According to league pioneer Scott Calderwood, Fried retired from softball and took up golf in the league’s second year of existence in 1986. His daughter, Dorigen Hofmann, said Rian loved golfing at Mountain View and said one of his greatest pleasures was playing golf in Greensboro. Fried passed in 2013. After Tuesday’s round, the players all tipped a glass in memory of the two.

As for the winning group, they were paced by John Stone, who only needed 12 putts in his round of 39. Jenkins had just 13 putts, Kiley needed 15, and Hunt and Edwards finished with 16 putts each.

courtesy photo | The fivesome of (left to right) Bill Jenkins, Andy Hunt, John Stone, Carl Edwards and Matt Kiley, won the August Championship last Tuesday night at Mountain View Country Club. They finished in first place in a battle of putts, averaging 14.2 putts per player to lead all groups. It was the last night of the league’s four-week Legacy Series, in which they honored two former players, Roger Brochu and Rian Fried.
courtesy photo | John Sperry (right) shot the low round of the evening last week in the Tuesday night golf league at Mountain View Country Club, firing a three-over 38.

In second place, with 59 putts for an average of 14.75, was the foursome of Karl Ferland, Richard Coolbeth, Dave Campbell and Dennis Pudvah. Ferland was the night’s putting champion, using just 11 putts despite a three-putt green on six. Both he and Pudvah chipped in on three for zero putts. Then on nine, Coolbeth sank a long chip from 50 yards out to get a zero putt there and help lock up second place. Pudvah ended with 14 putts, Coolbeth 16 and Campbell 18.

There was a two-way tie for third place. Two weeks ago in the Legacy Series, Bear Bessette donated Dona Bessette’s longtime putter to former Hazen Union coach Dan Hudson. The putter still has plenty of magic left in it as Hudson used just 13 putts in his round of 41. He joined with Dan Miko, who had 15 putts, and Joe Mulligan, with 17, to finish with 45 putts.

Joining them at an average of 15 putts per man were Dan Gauthier, Brad Ferland, Gary Brochu and Mike Clark. They ended with 60 putts with Gauthier leading the way, shooting a 40 while using just 13 putts. Ferland ended with 15 as Brochu and Clark both had 16.

John Sperry had the night’s low round, firing a 38 with only 12 putts. Rowdy Doyon bested both Karl Ferland and Gauthier by a stroke for the low net, shooting a 43 that netted him a 27. He also had 13 putts, as did Rob Montgomery.

Gauthier won closest to the pin on three. leaving his drive just three feet, eight inches from the pin. Sperry got closest on eight, putting his approach to 13 feet, five inches. On nine, it was Tim Bellavance getting closest with an approach to four feet, one inch.