ORLEANS–The Orleans Country Country Club could not have asked for better conditions for this year's Arthur Mandros Memorial Member/Guest Golf Tournament.
"It turned out to be a great event," said
O.C.C. Club Pro Horace Archer with a smile.
"We had two days of great weather and we had people who enjoyed themselves, had dinners and played great with great sportsmanship. What else can I say."
After a fantastic Saturday of action and another great round Sunday morning, the eight teams were divided into two flights for the shoot-out to determine the winners of the tournament.
Andre´Fateux and Alan Bonneau, who won the Precept flight, were the first ones done with their play-down, and waited to see who would emerge for the other group.
Their opponents would be Caleb Longe from Charlotte who owns a camp in the area, and his partner Joe Danaher from Hinesburg who plays out of the Cedar Knolls Country Club.
In order to advance to the championship, Danaher had to best Dick Rivard in a chip-off on the third hole, and he handled the task with ease, besting Rivard to punch his teams' ticket to the final.
With spectators watching on, the two teams teed off on the par four 18th hole.
Bonneau led off with a tough shot that sliced towards the right and thankfully bounced off a tree and skirted to the edge of the fairway.
Longe followed him with a blast that hooked right and landed in between two trees.
Fauteux's second shot put his team in a good position to get to the green.
Danaher chipped the ball back on the fairway, and Longe sent a nice shot, placing the ball on the green in a good position for par.
Shot number three for team Bonneau/ Fauteaux had the ball land just over the green, leaving a potential chip for par, but more realistically it was looking to be a bogey at best.
It would not get that far.
Fauteux's chip did not make it on the green and he and his partner conceded victory to the Chittenden County duo.
"We played great on Saturday, struggled a little bit today (Sunday) and managed just to sneak into the shoot-out and from there it is history," said Longe after play concluded.
Added Danaher, who had been joking about riding his partner into the play-offs all afternoon, "My partner is a hell of a golfer, and that shot he made on the last hole nailed it. Hopefully I didn't put to many spur marks into this horse."
All of the flight winners received a gift certificate to the O.C.C. Pro Shop, and the overall winners took home brand new golf bags.
The event raised $830.00 for the Arthur Mandros Scholarship, and was split between four winners: Matt Morin, Patrick Kipp, Kristen Gagnon and Devin Morely.
Here are all of the winners of eight flights:
Titleist - Peter Kipp, Reg Rhodes, Slazenger - Ralph Chase, Keith Johnson, Bridgestone - Caleb Longe, Joe Danaher, Precept - Andre´Fauteaux, Alan Bonneau, Nike - Paul Wheeler, Norm Legge, Calloway - Réal Parent, Mike Beregeron, Srixon - Paul "Whacker" Racine, Dick Rivard, Top Flight - Blane Perkins, Dennis Hussey