GREENSBORO – With the season winding down, the Tuesday Night League at Mountain View Country Club added a new wrinkle to its assortment of games this past week.
Nearly every week has featured team games, but on this particular evening, it was every man to himself. The challenge Tuesday was to improve on their individual yearly averages by at least two strokes.
Of the 34 golfers who came out on this cloudy and humid 70 degree evening, 20 were able to meet the task. Of those, 14 made it by either two or three strokes. The remaining six golfers had some very impressive nights.
The top performer on this evening came in the person of Dean Rogers. He had the night of his summer, knocking a full six strokes off his yearly average while posting a 51. Rogers managed three bogeys and carded just one triple bogey. Everything else was a double bogey as he stayed under control throughout.
Joining him with an elite evening was teammate Doug Allen, who sported a 53 average coming in. Allen was strong down the stretch with three bogies and one par over his last five holes. He shot the low round of his year, a 48 that shaved five strokes off his average.
Dan Mencucci was every bit as good as he also knocked five strokes off his 48 average. With pars on three, the tough sixth hole and again on the ninth hole, Mencucci shot a skinny 43. He also had four bogies in one of his best performances the year. Mencucci and Allen also shared the low net title, each netting a 30.
Three golfers had rounds four strokes better than their yearly averages. Dennis Pudvah has fought all year long to break 50. It hasn’t happened yet, but he came very close last Tuesday. Pudvah hit 50 on the number behind a par on five and three bogies on two, three and nine.
Roger Boone came into the evening with a 51 average, but carded two pars and three bogies en route to a solid 47. He started off with a triple bogey, but then settled in and played steady golf the rest of the way.
Matt Kiley also got off to a rough start, carding a double bogey on his first hole, the eighth. But behind a deadly short game, Kiley followed his double by parring the next four holes consecutively. Then after a bogey on four, Kiley parred his final three holes to post a three-over 38.
A grand total of six players beat their averages by three strokes, including Jeremy Kaufmann with a 45, George Gattone with a 43, Adam Whitney with a 47, Dale Rowell with a 48, Kip Doyon with a 42 and Colton Niemi with a 40.
Eight more players made it by two strokes, including Wyatt Bellavance, Carl Edwards, Karl Ferland, Brian Niemi, Nate Brown, Slade Farnham, Pat Hussey and Dan Rogers. The night’s low round was posted by Joe Mulligan, who fired a two-over 37 as his son Neal carded a 38.
Dale Rowell added to his winnings on the third hole. After watching teammate Kip Doyon put his drive inside 11 feet, Rowell stepped up and hit a dart to three feet, five inches to win closest to the pin there. Adam Whitney topped off a successful round by winning closest on the fifth hole, leaving his drive five feet, four inches from the hole.
Up on eight, Colton hit an accurate approach shot, landing just two feet from the pin to claim closest in two shots. Then on nine, it was Joe Mulligan leaving his pitch shot two feet, four inches from the cup to capture closest there.
The Tuesday Night League will host their annual end-of-year tournament this Sunday at MVCC, where they will unveil their new league trophy and perpetual plaque dedicated to longtime league member Richard Brochu, who passed on June 1 of this year.