British Open thrills MDI watchers



This past weekend was almost one of historic proportion for golfers and golf fans. Tom Watson, at 59 years old, came within a yipped putt of winning the British Open. Despite this near miss at establishing myth and legend, the weekend provided the world with a comprehensive overview of everything that the game entails.

In the 149th year of the British Open, the world’s greatest player, Tiger Woods failed to make the two-day cut and was excluded from the final two days of competition. As mentioned, an almost victory by Watson (who would have been by far the oldest player to win a major) captivated the world and had the most stoic golf fans in the world whooping it up. A 16-year-old amateur from Italy, Matteo Manassero, came within four shots of winning – and that was with two bogies on the last three holes!

Mother Nature was on display with 25 mph winds combining with temperatures in the mid-50s in July to surround the players as they worked through the dramatic highs and lows. It would be a fair bet that 10 years from now, no one will remember that Stewart Cink won in a playoff – instead they will recall this as the year that Tom Watson almost won.

There was plenty of action at Kebo Valley Club in Bar Harbor as well. In the Ladies League on July 15, they played a team best ball format. June Swan and Betty Bryer won with a score of 34. Jill Lewis and Lydia Barnes were in second only a point behind at 35. The one-point differential continued to the next two spots with Jane Boynton and Hope Lewis scoring a 36 and Ann K. Lee and Marlene Hurd posting a 37.

Closest to the pin honors went to Jill Lewis on the sixth hole. In the Ladies Club Championship bracket, Lewis bested Boynton and will face Sue Goodman who beat Lynn Connelly. Ruth Appleyard got by Sue Hersey and will play Anne Lusby who defeated Tricia Gray. The ladies “Birdie Tree” is a poster located on the board outside of their locker room on which holes which are scored at a shot under par are posted. So far this season, Robin Emory has three birdies – one on each of the sixth, seventh and eighth holes. Appleyard, Donna Brignull, Lusby and Sally Vacca all have recorded a birdie as well.

The Men’s Twilight League on July 16 was won, on the “A” side, by Rob Rochon at +2. Second place was a tie at +1 between Alex Wade and Tim Ray. George Jellison and Randy Stanley were tied at even for third. Jellison was closest to the pin on 6 and Ray was closest on 9.

On the “B” side, Steve Caromile sandbagged his way to a +5 win with Jon Carter nipping at his heels at +4 and Tom Estes a tight third at +3. Peter Vacca had the pin on 4 and Gary Mohr knocked it closest on 15. The first half results for the league are in as well. Ray captained a team consisting of Goodie Goodwin, Brad Bicknell, Alex Wade, Rob Rochon, Jeff Hall, Kyle Richardson, John Hanscom, Edd Hamor, Brian Hamor and Tom Estes to a team total of 164. A distant second, at 154, were Jon Nicholson, D. Wass Chris Cambridge, Ed Iverson, S. Shelton, Kevin Walls, Ty Procter, Matt Losquadro, John Appleyard, Gary Mohr and Stan Boynton.

The Men’s Club Championship final match is set. Phil “Doc” Norton beat Jon Nicholson and Dan Sargeant and will face Wyman Tapley – who worked his way through Frank Derevere (as predicted) and Ron Tibbetts. Both Tapley and Norton are past Club Champions at Kebo, so the match which is slated to be played by July 25 should prove to be a good one, pitting Doc’s finesse and course knowledge against Tapley’s raw power and long drives. Speaking of Doc, he is the contact person who is arranging “An Evening with K.C.Jones.”. It will take place Friday, July 24 at 6 p.m. at the Kebo Valley Club. It is $65 a ticket to raise money for the MDI YMCA and will feature a dinner and entertainment with the Boston Celtic great and coach singing. Tickets will be entered into a drawing for two pairs of tickets to see the Celtics – who have acquired the great Rasheed Wallace in the off season – and a Titleist golf bag with the Kebo logo and autographed by K.C. You can reach Doc at 288-4795 for tickets.

Another key event for your calendar is the “Supporting the Promise of Susan G. Komen for the Cure” Ladies’ Invitational at Kebo Valley Golf Club Golf Scramble and Dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Any and all levels of golfers are welcome to participate in a golf event to raise awareness this energizing and wonderful cause. You do not have to be a member to play. Pay with checks for $20 made out to Rally for the Cure at registration beginning at 3:15 p.m. at Kebo. (For non-members, $20 to Kebo for greens fee) The shotgun start will be at 4:15 with a festive dinner barbecue to follow. For more information, please call, Ruth Appleyard at 288-0514.

Stay tuned to the column next week as we discuss the most expensive cart fees in Maine, why fat guys and 83-year-old men who have rented carts have to walk further on the course than someone who has not rented a cart, the balance or “yin and yang” of course revenue versus maintenance, the efficacy of more than 250 cart signs and their channeling effect, and what hidden treasure may be buried in the “Golden Triangle” of rough between the seventh fairway at Kebo, 12th tee and fairway and 11th green.

I can be contacted at home in the evenings at 288-5487 or by e-mail to [email protected] with suggestions or items of interest for this column.

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