by Patrick Hussey
GREENSBORO – It was a battle of points when the Tuesday night golf league hit the links at Mountain View Country Club on September 14, and the game produced some exceptional results.
A total of 26 golfers came out on a sun-drenched afternoon, with temperatures in the 70s, as the league makes its way through the final month of the season. In the points game, golfers are awarded one point for a bogey, two for par and three for a birdie. Each golfer has his own quota for the evening, based on handicap.
The star of the show was Ivan Menard, who posted his low round of the year Tuesday. He pounded out a solid 44, nine strokes better than his yearly average. In the process, Menard scored points on every hole but the sixth.
He only needed two points and had that quota locked up after two holes. Menard bogeyed his first five holes, then after a minor blowup on six, he parred seven and nine and bogeyed eight. He ended up with 10 points and led the field by getting plus eight points for his team. Menard also posted the best net round of the evening, shooting a 26.
Unfortunately, his team of Rob Montgomery, Dale Hall and Nate Brown could only manage to produce even points, so that foursome had to settle for a tie for second place with plus eight points.
The other person making some noise on this evening was Rowdy Doyon. He also posted a round well below his yearly average with a 45, scoring nine points to end up plus six. Doyon birdied the fifth hole, parred seven and had four bogies.
He teamed up with Kip Doyon, Ian Drown and Jim Bellavance and they waltzed to the weekly championship with a round of plus-10. Drown came in at plus three, Bellavance was a plus one and Kip Doyon was even points.
Also finishing in second place, with a round of plus eight, was the foursome of Karl Ferland, Brad Ferland, Dave Campbell and Dennis Pudvah. Karl Ferland paced this group with a round of plus four, while Brad Ferland was a plus three, Pudvah plus two and Campbell was minus one.
George Gattone had it going on Tuesday also, shooting a round of 47 to produce eight points, which left him a plus five. He led his team of Richard Brochu and Pat Hussey, who were plus two and minus two, to a third-place finish at plus five. Back in fourth was the threesome of Mike Clark, John Sperry and Dan Mencucci at plus four.
Sperry did shoot the low round of the evening, posting a 39, which was one stroke better than Matt Kiley’s 40. Kiley had a strong points evening, ending up at plus four.
John Stone won closest to the pin on five, leaving his drive nine feet 11 inches from the pin. No one reached the third green. On eight, it was Kiley winning closest in two, getting a ball within 30 feet of the pin. Then on nine, Pat Hussey won closest with an approach to 23 feet, five inches.
The Tuesday night league had two weeks left to the season before they play the end of the year tournament on Sunday, October 3.