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Golf Pokemouche Claims 2017 Past Presidents’ Cup Championship Inter-Club Challenge

For immediate release: September 17, 2017

The year started with 14 teams but only 2 remained for the 2017 Past Presidents Cup Inter-Club Challenge, held at Golf Pokemouche on September 16th & 17th. The Past Presidents’ Cup, Interclub Challenge, now in its 18th year, is a competition run by Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB) where clubs enter a 16 player team (divided into five different handicap flights).  Each round of the competition consists of a home and home series between the clubs with the winner advancing to the next round.  Reaching the final round for the first time was The Riverside Country Club, playing off against the host Golf Pokemouche, who are making their third appearance in the event`s finale.

The Riverside made their way to the finals by virtue of victories over the Petitcodiac Valley Golf & Country Club, the Aroostook Valley Country Club and the Lakeside Golf & Country Club.  Pokemouche on the other hand took advantage of a first round bye to go along with victories over the Plaster Rock Golf & Curling Club and the Rockwood Park Golf Course to make their way to the final weekend.

The Riverside Country Club’s entry consists of: Non-Playing Captain Marla MacDonald, Mark Craik, Bill Walsh (“A” Flight), James Simonds, Chris Smith, Brent Bethune & Shane Chapman (“B” Flight), Adib Samaan, Gordon Burnett, Doug MacDonald & Bruce Golding (“C” Flight), Mobin Ataellahi, Lloyd Foote, Peter Lewis & Steve Perter (“D Flight), Kevin Kyle (Captain) & Andy MacDonald (“E” Flight).

Golf Pokemouche`s entry consists of: Non-Playing Captain Jean Marie Boudreau, Fernand Robichaud & Stéphane Lecouteur (“A” Flight), Cyrille Vienneau, Ghislain Vienneau, Guy Gauvin & Daniel Robichaud (“B” Flight), Rino LeBlanc (Day 1), Jean Denis Comeau (Day 2), Michel Noel, Denis Mallet & Albert Duguay (“C” Flight), Stephane David, Raymond Guy David, Eric Power & Guy Vienneau (“D” Flight), Philippe Brideau & Jean Rhéal Vienneau (“E” Flight).

The participants in the Past Presidents’ Cup Inter Club Challenge are divided into five handicap flights as follows;

Handicap Flight # of Players
A – 6.9 & Lower 2
B – 7.0 to 11.9 4
C – 12.0 to 15.9 4
D – 16.0 to 19.9 4
E – 20.0 and + 2

Day one saw an early back and forth as the two sides would trade the day’s first four matches before the host Golf Pokemouche would post decisive victories in three of the day’s final four matches.

The first three matches of the day saw The Riverside’s pairing of Mark Craik and Bill Walsh take a two point victory over Golf Pokemouche’s Fernand Robichaud and Stéphane Lecouteur.  Craik & Walsh would make the turn with a one point lead (5.0 to 4.0) before winning the 10th through 12th holes to take a commanding four point lead with six to play.  Robichaud and Lecouteur would fight back however, winning the 14th and 16th, but Craik & Walsh would get The Riverside off to an early two point lead with their 10.0 to 8.0 victory in the day’s opening match.

Match #2 would see a swift change in fortune as the Golf Pokemouche pair of Cyrille Vienneau & Ghislain Vienneau would win the 5th and 9th holes to take a two point lead over The Riverside’s James Simonds & Chris Smith into the back nine.  Despite losing the par three 10th, the Vienneaus would rattle off wins at the 11th, 12th & 14th to cruise to a 10.5 to 7.5 victory and move Golf Pokemouche one clear of The Riverside through two matches.

Match #3 would see The Riverside draw even again by virtue of Brent Bethune & Shane Chapman’s 9.5 to 8.5 victory over Pokemouche’s Guy Gauvin & Daniel Robichaud.

Match #4, and the first in the “C Flight” (12.0 to 15.9 Handicap Factor), would see The Riverside grab a slim one point lead as the pair of Adib Samaan & Gordon Burnett would best Rino LeBlanc & Michel Noel by the same 9.5 to 8.5 score.

Match #5 would see the first lopsided victory of the day, Pokemouche’s Denis Mallet & Albert Duguay would cruise to a four point victory over The Riverside tandem of Doug MacDonald & Bruce Golding.  With Mallet & Duguay claiming the 3rd, 9th, 12th, 14th & 15th, MacDonald & Golding would limit the damage with their lone victory on the par four 18th to fall 11.0 to 7.0, moving Golf Pokemouche three clear of The Riverside entering the closing three matches.

In the 6th Match, “D Flight” (16.0 to 19.9 Handicap Factor), The Riverside Country Club team of Mobin Ataellahi & Lloyd Foote jumped out to an early two point lead, after winning the 1st and 2nd holes, but would quickly surrender their lead to Golf Pokemouche`s Stephane David & Raymond Guy David, who would claim the 3rd and 4th holes.  The teams would trade points again, but the David boys would win the 9th to take a five points to four lead through nine holes.  The win on nine would start a streak that would see the Davids claim 5.5 of the next six points, before surrendering the final three points to claim a 10.5 to 7.5 win over Ataellahi & Foote, moving Golf Pokemouche six clear of The Riverside.

Match #7 would see a 9 points to 9 draw between Golf Pokemouche’s Eric Power & Guy Vienneau and The Riverside Country Club’s Peter Lewis & Steve Porter.

The “E Flight” (20+ Handicap Factor) would see Golf Pokemouche extend their lead as Philippe Brideau & Jean Rhéal Vienneau would claim an 11 to 7 victory over The Riverside Country Club’s Kevin Kyle & Andy MacDonald.  The four point victory would move Golf Pokemouche 10 points clear of The Riverside as the first round of play would come to a close with Pokemouche holding a 77 point to 67 point lead over The Riverside Country Club.

Day two would see The Riverside Country Club start the same way.  A two point victory (10.0 to 8.0) for the team of Mark Craik & Bill Walsh, over Golf Pokemouche’s Fernand Robichaud & Stéphane Lecouteur, would cut the Pokemouche lead to 8 points through nine matches.

Match #10, the first of two “B” Flight matches, would see the Golf Pokemouche team of Cyrille & Chislain Vienneau get the club’s two points back, and then some, with a 10.5 to 7.5 victory over The Riverside’s James Simonds & Chris Smith, while match #11 would see Pokemouche`s Guy Gauvin & Daniel Robichaud even their weekend series with The Riverside`s Brent Bethune & Shane Chapman with a 9.5 to 8.5 victory, expanding Golf Pokemouche`s lead to 12 points (105 to 93) through 11 matches.

In “C” Flight, match #12, would have Golf Pokemouche’s Michel Noel & Jean Denis Comeau, who replaced Rino LeBlanc for day two, besting The Riverside Country Club team of Adib Samaan  Gordon Burnett 11 points to 7, before Doug MacDonald & Bruce Golding would get one back for The Riverside by besting the Pokemouche pair of Denis Mallet & Albert Duguay 9.5 to 8.5, closing Golf Pokemouche’s lead to 15 points (124.5 to 109.5) through 13 matches.

The “D” Flight would see The Riverside Country pair of Mobin Ataellahi & Lloyd Foote stumble on the way home dropping six of their final seven holes to fall in match #14, 10.5 to 7.5, to the Pokemouche pair of Stephane & Raymond Guy David, pushing Golf Pokemouche’s magic number to 10 points.  Match #15 would prove to be the deciding match, as the Pokemcouche tandem of Eric Power & Guy Vienneau would secure the 145 points required to claim the championship, by virtue of their 11.5 to 6.5 victory over The Riverside Country Club pair of Peter Lewis & Steve Porter.  The win would push Golf Pokemouche to a total of 146.5 points, enough to clinch the Past Presidents’ Cup with one match to play.

The 18th and final match of the weekend would see The Riverside Country Club’s “E” Flight pair Kevin Kyle & Andy MacDonald falling to Philippe Brideau & Jean Rhéal Vienneau 10.5 to 7.5, as the Pokemouche pair extended the margin of victory.

At day’s end, Golf Pokemouche would use home course advantage to carry a 26 point margin of victory and secure their second Past Presidents’ Cup victory, 157.0 to 131.0.

For more information on the 2017 NB Past Presidents Cup Championship please visit the “Competitions” tab at www.golfnb.ca or CLICK HERE.

For more information on Golf Pokemouche please CLICK HERE.

Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB), a not for profit organization founded in 1934, is the official governing body for amateur golf in New Brunswick.  In January of 2006, the New Brunswick Golf Association (NBGA) officially merged with the New Brunswick Ladies Golf Association (NBLGA), resulting in one united governing body for amateur golf in the province.  Programs offered by Golf NB to its 10,000 members include: 12 provincial events, rules of golf education, course rating and handicap services, junior golf development programs and member club marketing initiatives.

2017 Past Presidents’ Cup
Golf Pokemouche
September 16 & 17, 2017

Saturday Matches

Golf Pokemouche Points vs.  The Riverside Points
Fernand Robichaud &
Stéphane Lecouteur
8.0 vs. Mark Craik &
Bill Walsh
10.0
Cyrille Vienneau &
Ghislain Vienneau
10.5 vs. James Simonds &
Chris Smith
7.5
Guy Gauvin &
Daniel Robichaud
9.5 vs. Brent Bethune &
Shane Champman
8.5
Rino LeBlanc & Michel Noel 8.5 vs. Adib Samaan &
Gordon Burnett
9.5
Denis Mallet &
Albert Duguay
11.0 vs. Doug MacDonald & Bruce Golding 9.5
Stephane David &
Raymond Guy David
10.5 vs. Mobin Ataellahi &
Lloyd Foote
7.5
Eric Power &
Guy Vienneau
9.0 vs. Peter Lewis &
Steve Porter
9.0
Philippe Brideau &
Jean Rhéal Vienneau
11.0 vs. Kevin Kyle &
Andy MacDonald
7.0
Saturday Total 77.0 Saturday Total 67.0


Sunday Matches

Golf Pokemouche Points vs.  The Riverside Points
Fernand Robichaud &
Stéphane Lecouteur
8.0 vs. Mark Craik &
Bill Walsh
10.0
Cyrille Vienneau &
Ghislain Vienneau
10.5 vs. James Simonds &
Chris Smith
7.5
Guy Gauvin &
Daniel Robichaud
9.5 vs. Brent Bethune &
Shane Champman
8.5
Jean Denis Comeau &
Michel Noel
11.0 vs. Adib Samaan &
Gordon Burnett
7.0
Denis Mallet &
Albert Duguay
8.5 vs. Doug MacDonald &
Bruce Golding
9.5
Stephane David &
Raymond Guy David
10.5 vs. Mobin Ataellahi &
Lloyd Foote
7.5
Eric Power &
Guy Vienneau
11.5 vs. Peter Lewis &
Steve Porter
6.5
Philippe Brideau &
Jean Rhéal Vienneau
10.5 vs. Kevin Kyle &
Andy MacDonald
7.5
Sunday Total 80.0   Sunday Total 64.0
Saturday Total 77.0 Saturday Total 67.0
Event Total 157.0 Event Total 131.0

 

 

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