Ken and Brian Michaud Win 62nd Annual Tobin Memorial Member-Guest
Aug. 17 - The father and son team of Ken and Brian Michaud proved to be unstoppable in their three championship flight matches, sealing the deal on the 15th hole on Sunday against the formidable duo of Jeff Durkin and Jack Bandera, and winning the 62nd Annual Gov. Maurice J. Tobin Memorial Member-Guest.
Ken and Brian Michaud celebrate their win on the 18th green with the Tobin Memorial trophy.
Ken and Brian had it going throughout the tournament, with Brian crushing drives and Ken carving irons into holes. Both men made putts from everywhere in all three matches.
Jeff and Jack — both accomplished players — played extremely well but were unable to overcome the relentless barrage from the Michauds.
It's noteworthy to mention that Ken is a two-time Tobin champ, winning the tournament in 2004 with his brother Bruce.
» » 2014 Tobin Tournament Results
Strong Finish for TJ McNulty in the 47th Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament
Aug. 5 (Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund) - Jack Whelan of Myopia Hunt Club birdied two straight par fives on the back nine for a little cushion and held on for a two shot victory over T.J. McNulty of Hatherly Country Club and his second title in the 47th Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament at Woodland Golf Club on Friday. Whelan finished with a one under par 71 and a total of four under 207 in the prestigious 54-hole amateur invitational event played at three different courses.
McNulty is a junior at St. Joseph's College and fired a two under par 70 to post the early lead. His round included four birdies and a 34 on the back nine.
» » Go to the full story at: Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund
» » For more on TJ, go to: Scituate's TJ McNulty right on course for St. Joe’s golf team (Boston Globe)
Ross Elder Joins Exclusive Hole-in-One Club with Ace on Number 8
Aug. 1 - The odds of making a hole-in-one for the average golfer are nearly 13,000 – 1, according to Golf Digest. But apparently those odds meant nothing to Ross Elder as he stepped up to the 8th tee on Friday (Aug. 1) and for a few thrilling moments became not your average golfer.
The blue tees on the par 3 were set at 177 yards and that was about the number to the pin which was set mid-depth, but well over on the right side of the green. There was a pretty good breeze pushing left to right and definitely "not helping."
Considering the wind, Ross's weapon of choice was his driver. In addition, with the pin on the right side of the green and the big right-front bunker doing a nice job of welcoming any “not enough club” approaches, the tee shot had to be all carry in order to have a chance of getting close to the pin.
With a swing of the club, Ross, along with playing partners Rich Minier, Lanse Offen, and Linton Young, watched the tee shot sail onto the green, roll towards the pin and find its way to the bottom of the cup — just like he planned it. Congratulations Ross!
Late Charge by Lynne O'Neill Pays Off with Victory in Ladies Club Championship
July 28 - Winning the big one isn't easy, just ask Lynne O'Neill. Lynne in the past three years has finished runner-up twice in the Ladies Club Championship, coming oh-so-close in 2012 in a sudden-death playoff against former club champ Susan Cronin.
This year's contest wouldn't be any less of a challenge. As Sunday's final round hit the halfway mark, Lynne found herself 3 shots back of tournament leader Kim Brooks, but began her upwards climb on number 11, knocking her approach shot close and making the putt for birdie. Over the next 4 holes she erased the deficit and jumped out to a 2 shot lead. Things were good, right? They were except for a bit of "weather" that moved into the area.
Fortunately, and to her credit, Lynne didn't let the wind, rain and lightning that forced a 25-minute stoppage of play put a damper on her game and she held her two-stroke lead through the final hole, finishing the day with a 78 and the 2014 Ladies Club Championship title.
» » Ladies Club Championship Results
Practice Range Etiquette 101: Divot Patterns
July 23 - As many members may know, Hatherly's practice range experiences a great deal of wear during the course of a season. In fact, last fall the grass practice tee had to be closed to play for the season and allowed to "heal" due to unusually high wear.
However, every member who uses the grass practice tee could help eliminate much of the wear that occurs from hitting balls if he/she pays close attention to their "divot pattern" during practice.
Ugly sight. The image above is an example of what not to do on the practice tee.
The link below will open an excellent 2-minute video that demonstrates the proper and most efficient divot pattern to strive for when hitting balls on the range. Please take a moment to watch the video. It will most likely be an "I never knew that" moment.
» » Preferred Divot Patterns