Two-day, 36-hole July event held on weekend at St. Marys G&CC
By Pat Payton
Shootouts and chip-offs!
There was lots of excitement as the annual ‘Battle of Gowanbrae’ was held this past weekend at St. Marys Golf and Country Club. A total of 96 golfers took part in the two-day, 36-hole July event.
There were six divisions for the men (four off the Blue tees and two off the White tees) and two divisions for the women (Red tees).
On the men’s side, the six division winners took part in a three-hole shootout on Saturday to determine an overall champion.
After four two-man teams were eliminated on the first two playoff holes, the two remaining teams were Rich Parsons and Tom Charette, and Bob Hearn and Kevin McCotter.
After the two teams tied the par 5 No. 3 hole (a par and a net par), the Parsons-Charette duo won the ensuing chip-off. The chip-off was from 40 yards out, and Parsons put his ball about 10 feet from the pin.
“It was a tough chip,” Parsons told the Independent. “The pin was in the back-left corner of the green, and it wasn’t even a clear shot. It was probably the best shot I hit all day.”
On the ladies side, Amie Shackleton and Linda Wydeven won the first hole of a shootout to claim the 2020 title. Finalists were Barb Cornish and Teresa Simpson, who won the other ladies division.
–This was the fifth year for the ‘Battle of Gowanbrae.’ Organized each year by Greg Thompson, it was first played in 2016. The men’s and ladies champions receive golf bags.
–There were 48 teams this year; 36 men’s teams and 12 ladies teams.
–Other men’s division winners were: Mark Cuthbert and John Cooke, and John Heard and Derek Shackleton (White tees), and Dave Ansley and Cole Stewart, and Steve Jarrett and Steve Hearn (Blue tees).
–The upcoming Ryder Cup men’s competition has been scheduled for the Aug. 8-9 weekend at St. Marys G&CC.