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Lyndes and Cameron take top honors at Merlino's Tournament

NCCC players take a field trip to Biddeford Saco

Celebrating their win in the “Trek to the Beach Open” are the eight NCCC women whose two teams “took it all” last Saturday. They are Gay Folland, Lydia Lansing, Linda Kelleher (hiding?) Sue Hoople, Nancy Morris, Peg Boddy, Ann Rourke and Maureen Soraghan. Are the guys willing to do a rematch? Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
June 11, 2009
especially happy as they were blessed with two days of beautiful weather with not even a hint of the downpours that have often plagued this long running event.

Six places were honored for both gross and net scores in four divisions, making the list of prizewinners too long for total inclusion here. Following are the top three places in each division: Division 0-10 Gross: First, Mike Doucette; Second, Bill Ela; third, Mark Patterson. Net: First, Dave Proia; Second, Denny Nesbitt; Third, Gary Arkwell.

Division 11-14 Gross: First, Bob Watkins; Second, Roger Garland; third, Dave Avery. Net: First, Scott Merrill; Second, Curt Smith; Third, Mike Clifford.

Division 15-22 Gross: First, Brian Smith; Second, Moe Thibedeau; Third, John Longley. Net First: Greg Holden; Second, Bob McGowan; Third, Cider Berry.

Division 23-36 Gross: First, Mike Simone; Second, Bruce Bartnett; Third, Grayson Carrier. Net: First, Tony Vellotti; Second John McKenna; Third, Nick McMahon.

Shooting the lowest two-day combined score of 146, Cocheco's Jim Lyndes claimed the Overall Gross Prize. Paul Cameron from Abenaque carded at net 130 to become the Overall Net Winner. Saturday was an especially good day for Paul who, at age 72, did better than shoot his age with a fine gross 70!

Sunday's festivities included many specialty golf prizes as well as innumerable raffle prizes, thanks to the generosity of area businesses. Tournament Chairman Rick Luciano expressed his gratitude to longtime major sponsor New Hampshire Distributors, who has donated so much to this tournament over the years. The proceeds of the Merlino's Tournament are divided between the Ham Arena and the Travis Roy Foundation.

Spring tourney at Wentworth

Also reveling in the beautiful weekend were 64 of Wentworth's members as they played their Spring Member/ Member Tournament.

Taking first place in the ladies division was team Rita Descoteaux/Gloria Hanson. Second place was tied between team Maureen Fitzgerald/Kathy Duane and team Kitty Kelly/Rena Pomerleau. In fourth place was team Barb Pinkham/Mary Lou Archibald.

The winning lineup in the men's division is as follows: First - Dave Lowry/Bill Catalucci; Second - Roy Lundquist/Ed Connolly; Third - George Pullen/Ron Pomerleau; Fourth - Wally Pimental/Steve LeMay. Long Drive honors were awarded to Frank McCarthy and Gwen Munroe while Todd Neil claimed Closest to the Pin.

Starting the season on the right track were four Wentworth members who carded their career rounds during the Member/Member Tournament. They were Kitty King with 86, Earl Hopkins shooting 87, Joan Palubniak at 91 and Maureen Fitzgerald breaking that 100 barrier with 98! Congrats to all.

If you're in Jackson on Monday nights, you may notice some heavy traffic as 75 players divided into 15 teams are back on the links at Wentworth for the popular annual Red Fox League.

After their first night of play, the Hale Merry's have the lead followed in second by the Glen Wedges and the Del Fuegos in third. Lots of heavy competition here in the weeks to come as the teams battle for the lead.

Other upcoming events at the Wentworth include Jen's Friends tournament on June 12 and the Mount Washington Ski Team event on June 19.

Hale's players at home & away

The On The Links travelers from Hale's took to the fairways of the Mt. Washington last week where Team Par Tee took the prize at -3. On their home course of Hale's Rainer Jansson and Kurt Smith tied at +4 in Men's League quota play. Dick Check was the Closest to the Pin winner. Sadly, Don Valliere has a new understanding of the old saying "drive for show and putt for dough" - he drove the fourth hole at Hale's but missed the eagle, and the birdie - had to settle for par!

If greenside sandtraps trip you up...

If those ball catching greenside sandtraps/bunkers are your downfall, Indian Mound Assistant Pro Fred Torres has a tip that may help.

"When a player is faced with a greenside bunker/sand trap shot, it's important to remember that a longer follow through or finish is necessary for the ball to land on the green. I encourage students to make a 50 to 75 percent backswing depending on the distance to the target, blasting the sand through the ball with focus on follow through. The goal should be to finish with your hands stopping at the top of the flag/pin (wherever that may be) while holding the finish position until the ball comes to rest. (It also looks cool!).

FYI: Think about getting the sand about one inch behind the ball to land on the green. Need to Know: As you address the ball remember to dig your feet into the sand so your feet are about one inch into the sand. This adjustment to set up will allow you to make contact about an inch behind the ball, which will result in a better shot out of the bunker."

Don Ho League at the Eagle

Back to Jackson and the Don Ho League at the Eagle, where the teams are halfway through the Spring round of play.

After four weeks the Aces Wild team has the lead at -21, one shot ahead of the Tire Kickers at -20. Tied in third at -18 are Greg's Bunch and the Jackson Six. During last week's Tuesday and Wednesday play the big hitters were Fred Fallen, Jeremiah Donaldson, Deb Meader and Evy Butler, who all claimed long drive prizes. Closest to the Pin honors went to Ian Meserve.

NCCC hits the "beach"

While their home course was taken up by Merlino's Tournament last weekend, 24 NCCC "guys and girls" took their game on the road in a "Trek to the Beach" trip to Biddeford Saco on Saturday, June 6.

The format was two man best ball and the result was surprising!! The tie team winners were both ladies teams.....tsk tsk, may be the last road trip with the guys for you girls!! Sharing the glory were teams Maureen Soraghan, Peg Boddy, Ann Rourke and Linda Kelleher, and team Lydia Lansing, Nancy Morris, Gay Folland and Sue Hoople. Closest to the Pin winners were Nancy Morris at 7', 1-1/2" and Tom Merrill at 12', 7-1/2". The group greatly enjoyed the Biddeford Saco Course and recommend it highly for a getaway destination.

With the season now in full swing, all area professionals are offering golf schools, clinics, group and private lessons, so if you have need of help — and who of us couldn't use a lesson or two? — give the pro shop of your choice a call; you're sure to find whatever help you need to improve your game.

Just in case you didn't know, Lee Trevino advises, "You can talk to a fade but a hook won't listen!" Send your golf-ism to beachbumpru@yahoo.com.

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