Club championships held at St. Marys G&CC on weekend
By Pat Payton
Marty Rutledge had a small dilemma on Sunday. He couldn’t quite decide if he was happier about his hole-in-one or winning the Men’s Club championship for the third straight year at St. Marys Golf and Country Club.
Rutledge, who has now won five Men’s Club titles, fired rounds of 75-75 for a 150 two-day total and a four-shot victory over teenager Mitch Watt (74-80). The smooth-swinging Watt, 19, went into Sunday’s final round with a one-shot lead. The golfers started Sunday’s round on the back-nine, and the momentum changed when Rutledge aced the No. 18 hole with an 8-iron. It caused a three-shot swing in Rutledge’s favour, putting him ahead by two. It’s the third ace of his golfing career.
“Actually, winning feels better than the ace,” Rutledge said with a laugh. “Trust me, they both feel good, but winning is always fun. The ace helped me win, and it was a bit of a turning point in today’s match.”
Rutledge hit the ball well this past weekend, but didn’t putt as well as he would have liked on the fast greens.
“I had too many three-putts,” he said. “The greens were in good shape; they were just a little faster. But overall, I struck the ball well and didn’t get myself in a lot of trouble.
“Playing against Mitch, it was fun for me. He’s a good young talent. I was hoping the best for him, but he got into a little trouble today. It was a bit of a battle this year; last year there wasn’t anybody in contention. Mitch is a good golfer; I wish he could have made a couple of more shots to make it even tighter.”
Watt settled for ‘A’ Flight winner, while Ron Howard (76-83) was the net winner with a score of 143.
Chris Bond emerged as the ‘B’ Flight winner after rounds of 87-82 for a 169 total. Mike McDonald (84-87) was the ‘B’ Flight net winner with a 147.
The division’s overall net winner was Graham Glousher. He had consistent rounds of 83-84 and a 139 net score.
Sixth Senior title for Parsons
Rich Parsons posted rounds of 75 Saturday and a one-under-par 71 on Sunday (for a 146 two-day total) to win the Senior Men’s title for a sixth straight year–dating back to 2014.
“I drove the ball really well all weekend,” Parsons said after his round Sunday. “It keeps you out of trouble. If you put the ball on the fairway, it makes the holes a lot easier.”
Neil Dust was the ‘A’ Flight winner after rounds of 78-79 and a 157 total. Jimmy Craigmile (77-83) was runner-up with a 160 total.
‘B’ Flight Senior winner was Jonathan Rittenhouse, who had rounds of 83 and 80 for a 163 total. Runner-up was Eric Henkemans, who had rounds of 91 and 74 for a 165 total. Tony Cabral also had a 165 total (81-84).
Long-hitting Pete Vossen claimed the ‘C’ Flight title with rounds of 91 and 86 for a 177 total. Runner-up was John Cooke, who also had rounds of 91 and 86.
Rick Conard was the ‘D’ Flight winner with rounds of 92 and 90 for a 182 total. Barry Albers also had rounds of 92 and 90 and was the net winner with a score of 142.
The overall net winner on the Seniors side was Dave Lay (83-83), who had a 142 score after his handicap was calculated in.
Four golfers competed in the Super Seniors division, and Bill Taylor (84-87-171) emerged the winner by a single shot over Paul Fitzgeorge (86-86-172). Fitzgeorge was the net winner with a score of 150.
Jenkins wins Ladies crown
Seven women competed for the 2019 Ladies club title, and Jan Jenkins will get her name on the plaque after shooting consistent rounds of 93-93 and finishing three shots ahead of Linda Cooke (96-93).
“It was a good fight; it went right down to the wire,” Jenkins said. “My drives were really good. I was driving the ball well.”
Janis Kapp (108-102) was the Ladies low net winner with a score of 152.
Due to medical reasons, defending Ladies champ Loretta Czernis did not play this year.
Saturday’s opening-round highlights
Following Saturday’s opening round, Mitch Watt (74) held a one-shot lead on defending champ Marty Rutledge (75) in ‘A’ Flight in the Men’s Club championship (golfers playing from the blue tees). Ron Howard had a 76 on opening day, and Troy Carter a 78.
Chris Hayes was the ‘B’ Flight leader with an 80, followed by Graham Glousher with an 83. Mike McDonald and Cole Stewart both had 84s.
On the Senior side, defending champ Rich Parsons was the ‘A’ Flight leader with a 75, followed by Merlin Malinowski (77) and Neil Dust (79). Jimmy Craigmile was the ‘B’ Flight leader with a 77, followed by Tony Cabral (81), Jonathan Rittenhouse (83) and Dave Lay (83).
In the Seniors ‘C’ Flight, Ed Parkinson was the leader with an 86, followed by Pete Vossen (91) and Rob Smink (92). Bill McPhail was the ‘D’ Flight leader with an 89, followed by Rob Lemmons (91), Rick Conard (92) and Barry Albers (92).
In Super Seniors, a couple of Sandbaggers posted the top two scores Saturday. Bill Taylor shot an 84 and Paul Fitzgeorge had an 86.
In the Ladies championship, Jan Jenkins was the first-day leader with a 93, followed by Linda Cooke (96) and Deb Lemmons (98).
–A total of 56 golfers competed in this year’s two-day event at St. Marys. Thirty-one Senior golfers took part this year.
–Jan Jenkins also won the Ladies Club title in 2013.