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May. 27, 2022 | Friday
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Golf: Four women 'Beat the Pro' in shootout and Ross Smith wins coveted skins game



With one shot at glory and bragging rights, four members of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club came away winners when they took on pro Billy Simkin Tuesday.

Andrea Douglas, Sue Gagne, Yolanda Henry and Donna Lailey all managed to get their tee shots closer to the hole than the pro did in a shootout competition.

Simkin was on form, putting most of his tee shots on the short, 105-yard fourth hole to within about 10 feet of the pin. A few ended up inside three feet.

After only one person beat him last year, Simkin said he spent 12 months preparing. In 2019, only Barbara Ahluwalia got it closer. This year the 87-year-old phenom almost matched that but came up a little short.

MEN'S ACTION: The ageless Ross Smith scored a net eagle on the seventh hole, good for four points and a much-coveted $720 net skin in NOTL Golf Club  men's league action last Thursday.  

While Smith was busy collecting his winnings, Mark Derbyshire and Jim McMacken won the low gross prize with rounds of even-par 36.

Ken Hunter, with 23 points under the modified Stableford scoring system, took first overall, followed by Martin Vagners (22), and Lou Puglisi and Gerry Shelly (21). Gross skins, worth $20 each, went to Paul Dickson (#2 and #5), McMacken (#4) and Harry Huizer  (#7).