NB Men’s Four Ball Champions Crowned in Hampton
For Immediate Release:
With Saturday’s rain in the rear view mirror, Sunday brought a morning mist and improved scoring conditions, and with clear leaders in both the NB Men`s Amateur and Senior Men`s Four Ball division, the chase was on.
In the Senior Men`s Division, the team of Gary Melanson (Covered Bridge) and Bob Gray (Maplewood) held a one shot lead over the team over the Stephen Wilson and Dave Stewart entering Sunday`s final round. With the pair locked in a tight race that would see Wilson & Stewart draw even through nine holes, thanks to a two under par (-2), 35, on the front nine, compared to Melanson & Gray`s one under par (-1), 36, the Kingswood team of Wilfred Pilgrim and Darryl Pupek would be keeping pace with the leaders just waiting for a chance to make their move.
Pilgrim & Pupek would not wait long, as they followed a two under par (-2), 35 front nine that included birdies on the par four 2nd and 3rd and an eagle on the par six 6th, offset by a double bogey on the par three 7th, with back to back birdies on 10 and 11, as well as a pair on 15 and 16.
With the Kingswood team jumping in to the mix, neither Melanson & Gray nor Wilson & Stewart could answer. The Melanson / Gray pair would play their inward nine with a one over par (+1), 36, that consisted of bogies on the par three 10th and the par four 16th and 18th, combined with birdies at 11 and 14. With Melanson & Gray unable to make up ground, Wilson & Stewart would fall off the pace as well. A single bogey, on the par four 12th, on their back nine would see the pair post a back nine one over par (+1) to card a final round one under par (-1), 72, to make up the shot the deficit they faced on the day’s first tee.
In the end, Pilgrim & Pupek’s three under par (-3), 32, back nine would see them post a final round five under par (-5), 67, to leap frog both Melanson & Gray and Wilson & Stewart and win the 2017 NB Senior Men’s Four Ball crown by two shots.
While they tied for second with Melanson & Gray, the team of Wilson & Stewart were winners just the same, claiming the net division by one stroke, over the Country Meadows team of Tim O’Leary and Glen Morrison, after posting back to back net 11 under par 61`s.
In the Amateur Men`s Division, the quest for the “Ralph Costello Shield” came down to two teams. After posting a five under par (-5), 67, on day one the Westfield Golf & Country Club team of Neil Roberts and Peter McCarthy would hold a two shot lead over the Moncton Golf & Country Club’s Stephane Boudreau and the Rockwood Park Golf Course’s Greg Mazerolle entering the second and final round.
The teams would card dueling three under par (-3), 34’s on the front nine as Roberts & McCarthy would birdie the third, sixth and ninth, while Boudreau & Mazerolle would birdie the par five 1st and sandwich a bogey on seven with an eagle the par six 6th and another birdie on the par four 8th.
The two horse race would continue on the back nine with a two shot swing on the difficult par three 10th. With Boudreau & Mazerolle making bogey, Roberts would birdie to grow he and McCarthy`s lead to four shots. A McCarthy birdie on the par four 11th would stretch the pair`s lead to five and provide some much needed breathing room. Undaunted, Boudreau & Mazerolle would pick away at lead. A birdie on the par five 13th, would close the gap to four shots, a Roberts & McCarthy bogey at 14 would get them another shot and a Mazerolle birdie at 15 would get the pair back to two down with three to play.
Despite the pressure being applied by Boudreau & Mazerolle, Roberts & McCarthy would keep their cool and would not give anything away. A Boudreau birdie on the par four 18th would prove to be too little too late for he and Mazerolle as Roberts & McCarthy would card pars on 16, 17 and 18 to post a final round four under (-4), 67, and secure the one shot victory.
The round of the day belonged to Hampton’s Tim McRae and Ryan Allaby. After the pair posted a two over par (+2), 74, on Saturday they would bounce back with a six under par (-6), 66, to pull away from Justin Richard and Eric LeBlanc of Royal Oaks and jump past Westfield’s Nick Earle and Matt Mason to secure third position, while Richard & LeBlanc and Earle & Mason would finish fourth and fifth respectively.
In the net division the team of Matt Garnett (Hampton) and Brodie Bourque (Golf NB Players Club) would hold off McRae & Allaby to claim their first “Douglas Brewer Shield” as the low net team. Garnett & Bourque would post a second round net 12 under par (-12), 60, to get to a net minus 20 for the event. Despite their best efforts, McRae & Allaby would post a net 14 under par (-14), 58, on the day the pair would come up two shots shot and finish the event in second position with a two day net total of 18 under par (-18), 126. Tied for third net, with two day totals of 12 under par (-12), 132, were the father / son team of Peter Wedge and Peter Wedge Sr. of Rockwood park and 2016 NB Four Ball Net Champions Doug Nutter and Colin Allaby of the Hampton Golf Club. Nutter & Allaby would post a final round net 12 under par (-12), 60, to draw even with the Wedges, who would post rounds of net 67 and 65 on the weekend.
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