Windsor Star

Nielsen, Sheldon team up for title

Four-under wins Ontario senior better ball

- BY MARY CATON STAR SPORTS WRITER Local connection Tough conditions

For trial lawyer Paul Nielsen the verdict is in and that means next year he’ll definitely clear his schedule for the Ontario senior men’s better ball tournament.

Nielsen, from Summit Golf in Richmond Hill, teamed with local Bill Sheldon to shoot a four-under par 68 Monday and win the 2008 championsh­ip at Pointe West.

“This is our first one,” said the 56-year-old Nielsen. “I couldn’t play in it last year. It just fell on a bad day but I’ll definitely set aside next year’s date.”

Sheldon, a Pointe West member, met Nielsen during a 37-year career with Revenue Canada that took him to Toronto. A Windsor native, the 65-year-old retired and came back to the area four years ago.

Nielsen went to law school at the University of Windsor and with his wife’s family in the area, he too plans to retire to Essex County in the future.

After heavy weekend rain, 36 teams from across the province found Pointe West in a foul mood.

“The course was tough,” Sheldon said. “But we only made one bogey and Paul birdied the last three holes.”

A strong finish gave Nielsen/Sheldon a one-shot victory over Kingsville’s Don Snider and partner Markku Peuhkurine­n, from Fort William.

Only five teams beat par (72) with the St. Thomas Golf and Country Club team of Garry Spence and Bruce Marshall finishing third with a 70. The team of Peter Mumford (King’s Riding GC) and Alasdair Cayley (Toronto GC) tied for fourth with Mississaug­a’s Glen Schnarr and Robert McCloskey at one-under 71.

The Pointe West team of Ron Chittle and Rick Demers were part of a five-way tie for sixth with Fox Glen’s Al Christie and Michael Purdie, where all teams carded an even-par 72. Soggy conditions pushed the rest over par. “We just couldn’t hit it long enough to take advantage of the par fives,” Nielsen said.

“We couldn’t reach them in two.”

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