Walter Hartley won on the first hole of a playoff against Dennis Mello to win the 2020 Southers Marsh Club Championship.  We had a record 30 players for the event, which was awesome to see.  Thank you so much to everyone who played!

Recap

First Round Leaders
1. Bill Bacchiochhi – 66
2. George Costa – 67
3. Tom Audette – 71
4. Jay Rowles – 72
5.(t) Steve Buffington – 73
5.(t) Dave LaRose – 73
5.(t) Dennis Mello – 73
8.(t) Walter Hartley – 74
8.(t) Reed Bacchiocchi – 74

The front nine was a struggle yesterday.  In the last 2 groups no one made a birdie on the front, but there was trouble left and right.  George Costa started his weekend by breaking his eight iron practicing Friday afternoon and then started with a triple bogey on 1.  Tom Audette got his triple out of the way on 4, and then Bill Bacchiocchi 5 putted on 6 after missing a 3″ tap in for par.  The only one who even thought about making a move was Steve Buffington who birdied 2 and 4 before making a string of bogies.  The highlight of the front nine was a hole-in-one by Dave LaRose on 7.  Quietly, defending champ Reed Bacchiocchi, Dennis Mello, and Walter Hartley all had decent front nines to pull into the lead pack after being 7 and 8 strokes back.  Paul Rodrigues shot 34 to pull within one stroke, and Steve Hart had the low front nine score of 33 to get onto the first page of the leaderboard.  

27 Hole Leaders
1.(t) George Costa – 67-42=109
1.(t) Reed Bacchiocchi – 74-35=109
1.(t) Dennis Mello – 73-36=109
4.(t) Bill Bacchiocchi – 66-44=110
4.(t) Walter Hartley – 74-36=110
4.(t) Paul Rodrigues – 76-34=110
7.(t) Jay Rowles – 72-39=111
7.(t) Nick Baker – 77-34=111
9.(t) Steve Buffington – 73-39-112
9.(t) Steve Hart – 79-33-112
9.(t) Andy Rosen – 77-35=112

After 27 holes, there were 11 players within 3 shots of the lead, and it was really anyone’s jacket to grab.  With so much action, I will now mark 5 players with their time of death…

Hart – Hole 10 – Double Bogey
Rosen – Hole 12 – Double Bogey
Rodrigues – Hole 12 – Triple Bogey
Buffington – Hole 13 – Double Bogey
Baker – Hole 15 – Triple Bogey

Leaders with 4 holes left…..
1. Dennis Mello – 125
2. George Costa – 126
3.(t) Walter Hartley – 127
3.(t) Bill Bacchiocchi – 127
5. Reed Bacchiocchi – 128
6.(t) Jay Rowles – 129
6.(t) Nick Baker – 129

At this point every stroke counted.  Rowles made a birdie on 15 but was too far back at this point.  Billy Bacchiocchi made unfortunate bogies on 15 and 18 to just miss out on the playoff.  Hartley and Reed both made costly bogies on 16.  Costa took doubles on 16 and 17 to take himself out of contention.  Mello also bogied 15 and then made a double on 17 that cost him a win in regulation.

Second Round Scores
1.(t) Dennis Mello – 73-69=142
1.(t) Walter Hartley – 72-68=142
3.(t) Bill Bacchiocchi – 66-77=143
3.(t) Reed Bacchiocchi – 74-69=143
5. George Costa 67-77=144

First Ever Playoff in Southers Marsh Club Championship History

There was a capacity crowd on the deck and lawn when Hartley and Mello went back to the 18th tee  for the playoff.  We’ll gloss over the details, but Walter gutted it out to take the hole and win his first Club Championship.  

Thank you very much to everyone who played.  We’re really happy with the level of participation, and we will be planning another event for September, so please stay tuned.

Saturday Skins
Holes 2 and 4 – Steve Buffington
Hole 7 – Dave LaRose – Hole-in-One
Hole 8 – Nick Baker
Hole 9 – Paul Rodrigues
Holes 10 and 17 – Daraugh McCann
Hole 11 – Tom Audette
Hole 12 – Colin Dillon
Hole 13 – Dennis Mello
Hole 15 – Jason Rowles

Net Winners
Players can’t win in both gross and net (top 3 places pay for each)
1.(t) Bobby Henderson – 154-110
1.(t) Steve Hart – 148-110
3. George Costa – 144-116