Congratulations to Xander Schauffele (-18) on winning the gold medal as representative of the USA at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo! His mental strength throughout the competition paid off while there were plenty of other low-score golfers. Xander shot four great rounds of golf 68, 63, 68 and 67 to beat Rory Sabbatini in one shot. Rory shot a 61 with two bogeys on his scorecard on the final day; that was an impressive record and earned him the silver medal.
In third place there were seven players with -15 points. That forced a playoff among themselves to fight for bronze. CT Pan beat his fierce rivals after just four playoff holes – that list included Collin Morikawa, Rory McIllroy, Mito Pereira, Sebastian Munoz, Paul Casey and Hideki Matsuyama.
The women’s Olympic golf competition also had a heat index of over 110 degrees and in the middle of it all, Nelly Korda from the United States scored a 9 under 61. Nelly’s low round gave her a lead of four strokes after Thursday and she set the Olympic record in Women’s golf, bringing them one step closer to a gold medal. There are still 2 rounds to play but this can be shortened as a tropical storm is forecast in this region of Japan.
A tip of the cap for former Kennett High (2001) standout Tara Watt, now of Manchester, who finished second in the 2021 New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Championship at Laconia Country Club in Laconia on Wednesday. The defending champion Watt was aiming for her fourth title but was defeated by Lauren Thibodeau of Hampstead.
Thibodeau, a sophomore on the University of Louisville women’s golf team, won with a 54-hole score of 6 under par 210. Watt, who had good friend Bobby Mickle as his caddy, shot a 3 over par 219 for the Three rounds.
“Played solid golf for three days and couldn’t be happier,” Tara shared on Facebook. “I lost to my good friend Lauren, who is going to be in Louisville for her sophomore year. She played great and was fun to watch. Thank you everyone for all the love that has been sent to me and a HUGE thank you to Bob Mickle for putting me through for three days and to my mother Trish Watt who is my number one fan. “
This weekend the PGA Tour takes place in Memphis, Tenn. for the WGC FedEx-St. Jew invitation. 48 of the 50 best players in the world will compete, including Justin Thomas, the defending champion.
Here are the weekly results from some of the golf courses in the area where some avid golfers enjoy competing in their weekly leagues.
Lake Kezar Country Club, Route 5, Lovell, Maine, (207) 925-2462: The 2021 President’s Cup winners were Chris Hallberg for the men and Tine Littlefield for the women. Congratulations to both of you.
The members’ tournament will take place on this Sunday, August 8th.
The course is open to the public on Sunday from 1 p.m.
The next Superintendent’s Revenge is scheduled for Wednesday, August 18th. This event is also open to non-members. Call to sign up.
Please remember to call for start times and if your start time changes a call is welcome. August and September are busy months for large groups.
Hale’s Location Golf Course, West Side Road, North Conway, (603) 356-2140: In Monday’s Ladies League results, first place went to Jean Pustis with +8, followed by Mary Jane Proulx, +5; and a four-way tie between Cheryl McMahon, Linda Rafferty, Fran Baker and Cathy Steesy, all at plus +4.
The closest to the pin on the third hole was Robin Garside while Denise Woodcock pocketed the longest putt.
On July 26, Sally Fiore led the field in the league game with +7, followed by a three-way tie at +5 between Linda Kearney, Mark Cusack and Rebecca McReynolds.
Closest to the pin on the third hole was Cathy Steesy, while Cheryl O’Neill pocketed the longest putt.
Wentworth Golf Club, Route 16, Jackson, (603) 383-9641: In Wednesday’s women’s league results, played in an “odd hole only” format, Maryann Lowry took first place gross with 44 points.
Lynne Walker with 32 points had top honors for the network, followed by Beth Ellis, 32.5 points; Rita Descoteaux, 33 points; and Cricket Catalucci, 33.5 points.
Next Wednesday the Wentworth Ladies League has a Jens Friends tournament. The women are joined by the Turtles (Wentworths men’s group). This is open to all Wentworth members. The entry fee is $ 20, and all of the money goes directly to the Jens Friends Cancer Foundation. Carts are needed.
The Red Fox League didn’t play this week because of the aeration of the greens.
The mixed team championship (also known as the Divorce Open) was held last Sunday. The winning team was Nancy Pittenger and Paul McViney with a net score of 62, closely followed by Jackie and Bill McBroom with a net score of 64, and Debbie and Phil Chase with a net score of 65.
The low gross score of the day went to Bill and Jackie McBroom with 78, followed by Cricket and Bill Catalucci with 82.
The club championship takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 21.-22. August, instead. This is a two day combined total score event. There will be winners in both gross and net scores in all divisions. There will be two divisions for both men and women.
The women’s championship class will be for handicaps 1-30 and the open division for handicaps 31 and above. All women play from the red tees.
The men’s championship is played from the white tees and the men’s senior class from the golden tees. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there will not be the traditional potluck dinner on Saturday evening this year. Register for the championship in the pro shop.
North Conway Country Club, Norcross Circle, North Conway, (603) 356-5244: Starting this Sunday, August 8th, North Conway CC will host the NHPGA Pro / Member Event, followed by the NHPGA Chapter Championship on Monday and Tuesday.
Eagle Mountain Golf Course, Carter Notch Road, Jackson, (603) 383-9090: On July 22nd, in the competitive tussle on Thursday night, Adam Mosston, Terry Fitzgerald, Roger Aubrey, Nicki Lynn and Mike Peloquin crossed the finish line with a lap of 4 to win the front runners.
Call the Pro Shop at 383-9090 if you’d like to join us on a Thursday night.
Indian Mound Golf Course, Center Ossipee, (603) 539-7733: Madison Old Home Week’s annual scramble is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. this Tuesday, August 10th. This will be a modified shotgun launch .com. You can also stop by the pro shop to apply.
The 16th annual golf tournament of the Wolfeboro Lions Club takes place on Wednesday, September 15th at 8:30 am with a shotgun start. Stop by the pro shop to pick up an application.
Omni Mount Washington, Bretton Woods, (603) 278-4653: Mount Washington Resort Golf Club offers a variety of lessons and workshops to help golfers of all levels improve their game. All clinic plans are subject to change due to weather or other factors. Please contact the Pro Shop to book your lessons or for the latest details at (603) 278-GOLF (4653). Please check in at the Pro Shop at least 10 minutes before the start of the class.
Advance reservations for tee times are recommended and can be made by calling (603) 278-4653 (GOLF). You can find more information about the course online at tinyurl.com/w3ysc5fh.
“Golf is a game the aim of which is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons uniquely poorly designed for that purpose.” – Winston Churchill, who was known for his witty observations, and this one aptly summarizes how all amateurs feel about golf from time to time.