Perhaps the toughest annual test of golf was contested at the NOTL Golf Club last week, as almost 30 couples teed off in the Matrimonial Cup tournament.
The one-day, 18-hole event is viewed with fear and trepidation by many participants because the rules are unlike almost any other tournament.
Couples play together in an alternate-shot format, with the women teeing off on the odd-numbered holes and men on the even.
Simple enough, but as anyone who plays the game will tell you, women usually hit the ball straight up the middle, avoiding trees, deep rough, bunkers and Lake Ontario.
Men tend to hit the ball … into all those places. So the tourney format often forces the women to play from areas they have never previously explored on the narrow, tree-lined course.
But all turned out well, few grumbles were heard and everyone was still talking at the post-tournament barbecue.
May Chang and Kevin MacLean (full disclosure: he is managing editor of The Lake Report) were crowned winners, shooting 82 and a net score of 73 (after handicap deductions).
Right on their heels were past Matrimonial champions Mike and Yolanda Henry, with 83 and net of 75. In third place were low-handicappers Louise Robitaille and Stephen Warboys, shooting 78 and net 76.
David and Donna Lailey and Ginny and Paul Green shared the "most honest" prize.
Dean and Susan McCann, in Gatsby-like wedding attire, were the obvious choice for best-dressed couple. The colourful Maria and Brodie Townley were runners-up.
MEN'S LEAGUE: Brodie Townley and Mike Henry rode their momentum into Thursday's men's league competitions, tying with Dragan Racic for top honours with 22 points in the modified Stableford scoring format.
Joe Interisano and Dean Sanders were second with 20 points each.
Townley also took the low gross prize with his stellar 1-under 35.
Net skins worth $90 each went to Mike Eagen (#1) and Bill Jenkins (#7).