Southampton Golf & Country Club report
The organized golf season came to a close for the Men’s league at Southampton Golf and Country Club Sept 23 with the final tournament, a four-man Texas Scramble in which each player had to contribute at least three drives during the 18 hole event.
We couldn’t have asked for better weather as this latest burst of heat and the excellent conditions of the course seemed to help the scoring. Teams were based on players’ handicaps and John Schmidt did a fine job of ensuring that all teams were fairly formed.
There were three teams with scores of four -under par after nine holes including the Gerry Call-captained team of Terry Bailey, Rick Robinson and Robert Ball that tied with the team captained by Harold Agla with Jimmie Baillie, Barrie Robson and David Porcellato. The team captained by Andrew Cote with Doug Hamilton, Craig McKinnon and Kevin O’Brien were also at fourunder after nine.
There were two other teams within one stroke of the three teams in the lead, and two others two strokes back. So the back nine would tell the tale of which team would prevail.
The Call team started the back nine with a bogie on the tough tenth hole and finished it with another bogie on the last hole, but collected three birdies over the rest of the nine holes for a total score of five under par 67.
The Agla team matched Team Call with a final score of five under par 67. But Team Cote went wild on the back nine, carding six birdies and ending up with a whopping score of ten under par.
No teams could touch the Cote group, and they easily took first place for the day. The team captained by Derryl Urstadt with Mike Cleary, Fabian Libbus and Bill Streeter tied with the team captained by Louis Bezaire with Paul Nugent, Dave Ezechiels and Kent Bergstrom for second place with scores of seven under par 65. Four other teams came in with five under par 67 and shared the remaining prizes.
Closest to the pin awards went to Phil Hunt on #3, Craig McKinnon on #5, Doug Hamilton on #9 and Derryl Urstadt on #18.
The thirteenth hole was played as a “Hit” or “Miss” the green and those who hit the green on their drive put a ticket into a bin and those who missed the green deposited their tickets into another bin. A draw was made from each bin with Bruce Towner winning the “Hit” the green competition and Kevin O’Brien winning the “Miss” the green contest.
Sept. 19, the Senior Men teed it up for the last time this year with a three-man scramble with each player required to use at least three drives during the round.
At the end of the front nine holes, the team captained by Gerry Call with Peter Day and Bill Thomson took the early lead with a four under par 31, but they were chased by the team captained by Louis Bezaire with Rick Robinson and Bert Tripp, with a three under par 32.
John Hale, Lorne Lazenby and Fabian Libbus were two strokes back with a two under par score of 33.
Going into the back nine, the Call team kept up their torrid pace, carding four more birdies and finishing up with a score of eight under par 64. No other team could touch them, as the Call team won first place. The Bezaire team certainly tried their best to catch the Call group, but came up two strokes short, winning Second Place with a score of six under par 66.
The team captained b Dale Woods with Bill Hatt and Gord Moore took Third Place with a four under par 68.
Peter Day won the closest to the pin on the fifth hole, while Dale Woods took the same prize on #13. Woods sunk the longest putt on #9, while Call beat out four others with his longest putt on the 18th.