It Might Seem Like an Impossible Task

by Patrick Hussey
It was like an alumni reunion as (left to right) Pat Hussey, Rick Renaud, Gary Brochu, Dave Burnham and Terry Hall got together to play a round of golf in the Mountain View Country Club in Greensboro on Tuesday night league last week. All five golfers were Hazen Union alumni, graduating throughout the ’70s.

GREENSBORO — Getting an inch and a half wide ball to drop cleanly into a four-inch-wide hole from substantial distances using a flat metal blade attached to a long shaft might seem like a nearly impossible task.

Turns out it is, or at least it can be, depending on the day and the distance. It sure seemed tough last Tuesday night at Mountain View Country Club, when the boys of summer returned to the links to crown a putting champion. A total of 32 golfers turned out on a comfortable, sunny evening last week to put their putting skills to the test.

Most didn’t do very well, but there were a capable few golfers who managed to tame MVCC’s lush greens. One man stood above the rest and he would go on to lead his foursome to the weekly championship by taming the greens with ease.

There is only one golfer with a better scoring average than Joe Mulligan in the Tuesday night golf league, and that’s his son, Neal Mulligan. Last week, the elder Mulligan was on his game, shooting a one-over par 36 and only needing 11 putts to complete his nine holes.

Mulligan teamed up with Matt Kiley, Bill Richardson and Jefferson Tolman and he led them to the weekly championship. The lowest putting foursome needed 59 putts to complete their rounds, an average of 14.75 per player. Both Richardson and Tolman were dialed in, each finishing up with 15 putts and Kiley was right behind with 18.

Mulligan left the course a decorated man. His team won first place, he had the low putt total with 11 and he posted the night’s low round with his 36. In addition, he won closest to the pin on the third hole, leaving his drive 21 feet, one inch from the pin. Mulligan had two birdies on holes two and seven, he had five pars, one bogey and one double bogey on five.

Back in second place with 69 putts, a 17.25 average per man, was the foursome of John Stone, Carl Edwards, Andy Hunt and Dan Mencucci. Hunt led the way with 16, Mencucci and Edwards each had 17 and Stone used 19.

They just nosed out the threesome of Mike Clark, George Gattone and Slade Farnham, who ended in third place with 52 putts for an average of 17.3 putts per man. Gattone, who had the second-best low net score after his 46, led the way with 15, Clark had 16 and Farnham 21. Back in fourth place with 72 putts was the foursome of Gary Brochu, Rick Renaud, Dave Burnham and Pat Hussey.

After Mulligan, the next lowest putting total was 15. A slew of players posted rounds of 15 putts, including Gattone, Richardson, Tolman, Dennis Pudvah and Ivan Menard. The low net round was posted by a surging Menard, who won it for the second straight week. Menard shot 44 last week and posted a 45 Tuesday, which netted him a 27. He has been on a roll lately.

Mike Clark won closest to the pin on five Tuesday, leaving his drive 16 feet, four inches from the pin. No one reached the eighth green in two, but on nine, it was the hot shooting Gattone taking control, leaving his approach just three feet, seven inches from the pin, and it led to a birdie.

Many golfers struggled on the greens. The two toughest greens were three and six. Two golfers five-putted, one of them on three and the other on six. Four golfers four-putted the third hole and two players four-putted the sixth hole. The third hole produced four three-putts and six golfers three-putted the sixth green.

The weekly Tuesday night golf season wrapped up on September 28 and the league’s end of the year tourney is slated for Sunday, Oct. 3.