by Patrick Hussey
GREENSBORO — A series of three consecutive chip-ins ignited a rally that led to a championship performance when the Tuesday night golf league put its season to bed on Sunday.
The winning foursome of Aaron Molleur, Ian Drown, Dan Mencucci and Karl Ferland shot lights out on the opening nine holes to forge a big lead. They had four birdies and one eagle and shot a five-under 30 on the front, then coasted through the back nine with two more birdies for a winning score of seven-under 63.
After parring the first three holes, the 2021 Tuesday night champs cranked it up a notch. They birdied holes four and five and, after a bogey on six, they went on an unprecedented run. They were 40 yards out on seven in two shots when Molleur, who provided some booming drives all day, stepped up to hit his approach. Molleur told his mates he was going to chip the ball in the hole for eagle, then he did just that as a roar erupted from the foursome.
The made some more noise up on eight when Drown followed suit by chipping in for a birdie from 30 yards out. Then on nine, Ferland got them hollering again, draining a bump and run 30-footer for their fourth birdie on the front nine. That put them in the driver’s seat, and they never took their foot off the gas pedal.
It was a cool and breezy morning as 31 golfers showed up for the season’s final event. But as the morning turned into afternoon, the sun finally burned through and made the finishing holes much warmer. Course superintendent Steve Parker had been rolling the greens all week and the key was successfully navigating his slick greens.
Second place went to the threesome of Andy Hunt, Bill Jenkins and Mike Nixon with a four-under 66. They never bogeyed a hole. This group played steady golf, getting two birdies on each nine. They birdied two, and after Jenkins hit an approach to one foot, nine inches on nine, they easily tapped in for another birdie. On the back nine, they birdied one and seven.
One shot back in third place with a 67 was the foursome of Mike Clark, Pat Hussey, Gary Brochu and Richard Brochu. They began play on the second hole and Richard Brochu drained a 20-foot birdie putt to get them off and rolling. He carried a hot putter all day long.
They added birdies on seven and nine but bogeyed the third and sixth hole for a 34. Then on the back nine, they birdied two and seven again and shot a 33. One shot back in fourth at 68 was the foursome of John Sperry, Dave Campbell, Dan Gauthier and George Gattone. They were even par on the front, two under on the back and never bogeyed a hole.
Closest to the pin winners on hole five were Rob Montgomery, at 24 feet, six inches on the front nine and Matt Kiley, at 26 feet, six inches, on the back nine. On eight, closest in two winners were Dan Miko on the front, at 14 feet, three inches, and Matt Kiley, getting to five feet 11 inches, on the back nine. On nine, Gary Brochu won on the front side at five feet, seven inches, and Jenkins won on the back nine. No players got a drive on the third green all day.
The group of Jim Bellavance, Randy Bellavance, Wyatt Bellavance and Tyson Davison placed fifth with a 69. Behind them with a 70 was the foursome of Brad Ferland, Rowdy Doyon, Dennis Pudvah and Nate Brown.
The field also included the foursome of Dan Miko, Rob Montgomery, Dave Rogers and Dean Rogers, who shot 71. The third hole was their charm, as Montgomery putted in from off the green on the first nine for birdie and Dave Rogers hit an unlikely chip on the back nine that went on a wild ride before slowly trickling down the green and ended up in the hole for another birdie.
The final group of John Stone, Matt Kiley, Dan Rogers and Jeremy Kaufman shot a two-over 72.