St. Marys, Ontario - Story by Pat Payton, St. Marys Independent
A London Fanshawe Golf Club golfer topped a full field last Wednesday in the annual Senior Men’s Invitational golf tournament at the St. Marys Golf and Country Club.
Chris Webb fired a one-under-par 71 to finish first overall in a field of 144 golfers --the biggest in the tourney’s history. The second best score (a two-over 74) belonged to Rick Fifield of the St. Marys Golf & Country Club. Three other golfers finished with 75s on a hot and sometimes windy day.
Webb had splits of 38-33 during his round. He pencilled in birdies on No. 2, No. 13 and No. 16, and bogeys on No. 4 and No. 8. Fifield was 36-38 during his round, picking up birdies on two par-5s -- No. 6 and No. 12.
Other top scores from local golfers were posted by Rich Parsons (79), Jim Craigmile (81), Merlin Malinowski (81), Mark Cuthbert (82), John Cooke (83) and Neil Dust (83).
Another London Fanshawe Golf Club golfer, Dick Harback, who had a 75, had the day’s best net score (29-29-58) by a margin of seven shots. Cooke, of St. Marys G&CC, also had one of the day’s best net scores (33-35-68), and finished first in the 66-70 age group with his 83.
Age group winners
In the 50-55 age group, Webb easily finished first with his 71. Darren DeVries was second with a 78 (39-39). Three other golfers finished with 82s.
In the 56-60 age group, Gerald Martin was at the top of the list with a 76 -- finishing one shot ahead of two other golfers.
Fifield had the best score (74) in the 61-65 age group -- finishing one shot ahead of two other golfers.
Ken Dunlop and Randy Marshall posted the best scores (77) in the 66-70 age group. With a net score of 68, Cooke tied for first in that category in this age group.
In the 71-75 age group, Dirk DeVries had the best score (42-40-82), one shot better than Vaughan Peckham (41-42-83).
Londoner Harback won the 76-and-over division with his 75 (38-37), one shot better than Derek Orr (38-38-76). Four other golfers in this age group shot in the 70s.
Golf is a great game, and it’s even better when there’s a friendly team competition involved. One of the annual traditions at St. Marys Golf & Country Club is the President’s Cup, where members line up on different sides for a couple days of matches.