by Patrick Hussey
GREENSBORO – The final evening of the 2021 Tuesday night golf season at Mountain View Country Club produced one of the tightest battles of the year and the eventual champion was literally drawn from a hat.
There was a lot on the line when the 28 golfers showed up last week under sunny skies, albeit with temperatures suddenly down into the 50s. On this last evening, the September championship hung in the balance and eventually the winning team was pulled from a hat.
There were three twosomes that went out on the course early to beat the cooling temperatures. In addition, there were two threesomes in the race for the championship. So, to make foursomes, the names of the six players in the twosomes were thrown into a hat and drawn out to create foursomes.
The first name drawn from the hat was George Gattone, who was paired with the threesome of Bill Richardson, Jefferson Tolman and Pete DesChamps. They would end up in a three-way tie for fourth place with a combined score of 37.5
The next name drawn was Dan Miko. He was placed in the threesome that included Dan Hudson, Andy Hunt and John Stone. They were also part of that three-way tie for fourth place.
The four names remaining in the hat were paired together to form the final foursome. As it turned out, those players — Joe Mulligan, Mike Clark, Dan Mencucci and Slade Farnham — ended up in a foursome together and won the September Championship.
On this final night, the individual scores of every foursome member were added up and then divided by four to get an average team score. Then, their individual handicaps were added up and also divided by four. The low net score would win the championship.
Most of the players in the league struggled on this final evening. In fact, every player in the winning foursome shot higher than their yearly average except Clark, who shot a 39. The winning team won by just a quarter of a stroke, with a net score of 36.25.
Just behind them in second place was the foursome of Matt Kiley, Nate Brown, Ivan Menard and Rob Montgomery, with a score of 36.50. Kiley led the way, shooting the night’s low round of 38. He also shared the low net round title with Tolman. They both netted a 29. Tolman had a strong night, shooting a 46 that shaved six strokes off his normal average.
Back in third place by another quarter of a stroke, at 36.75, was the foursome of Richard Brochu, Kip Doyon, Rowdy Doyon and Pat Hussey. Brochu paced this group as he shot a 46, which had him in second place for the net title with a 30.
The third and final team that tied for fourth place at 37.5 included Dean Rogers, Dan Rogers, Dave Rogers and Jeremy Kaufman. The final foursome of Karl Ferland, Brad Ferland, Dave Campbell and Dennis Pudvah ended up fifth, shooting a net 38. Not even two strokes separated first place from last.
Mencucci ended up winning closest to the pin on three, getting to within 18 feet, two inches. On eight, it was Clark chipping to eight feet, two inches to win closest in two. Then on nine, Mulligan fired a dart to two feet, one inch to claim closest.
It was yet another strong year for the MVCC’s Tuesday night league, with attendance as strong as it’s ever been. A total of 72 golfers played at least once in the league this year and the average attendance was in the high 30s most weeks. The best week had 42 golfers.