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Golf: Women cruise to big win over men in team competition



Clobbered. Routed. Thrashed. Beaten. Overmatched. Just not their day.

Pick your description, but no matter how you measure it, a friendly annual competition between the men's Ryder Cup team and the women's Solheim squad of Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club was really no contest.

The women walked all over the men Friday in the 18-hole match play tourney, winning on points 35-13. 

The format takes official golf handicaps into consideration so both men and women were eligible for strokes to help their scoring. 

Points were first accumulated in nine holes of alternative shot play as 16 players competed on each side.

In the first nine, teams of two that won more holes than their opponent earned two points each. A tie was worth one. As a result, the women built a comfortable, but not insurmountable 11-5 lead.

The final nine holes was a better ball format, in which the best score of each pair counted. Teams also could earn up to two points for winning the overall match. Again, lower handicap male and female players had to give extra strokes to their counterparts.

The men were confident they could overcome their deficit, but it simply was not to be. The women dominated the back nine as well.

Even the guys' overall total of 13 points flattered them thanks to the last group of the day. Alan Robb and Don Cruikshank pulled off a final hole miracle with some excellent putting.

Robb, settled a 70-foot birdie putt a foot from the hole and Cruikshank made a tough par putt, to give their team a 5-1 win over the tough duo of Margot Richardson and Marie Ellison. The teams had tied on the first nine and kept it close till the final shots.

It was all in fun and the spirit of camaraderie, acknowledged men's captain Harry Huizer. However, the gents admitted they would have been much happier with a win. Or at least a closer finish.

In the eight times the event has been held, the men have won four times, the women three and one year ended in a tie, Huizer said. The women have won twice in the past three years.

Huizer promises his team will be ready for next year's rematch.

Following the competition and trophy presentation, the teams dined al fresco and physically distanced on tables set up on the first tee. 

MEN'S LEAGUE: Robert Patterson and John Wiens led the way with 21 points each in the modified Stableford scoring format in Thursday's men's league competition.

Five other players were right on their heels with 20 points each: Ken Porter, Jim Sifton, Glenn Young, Lou Puglisi and Paul Shelestowski.

Young and Stephen Warboys shared low gross honours, shooting 1-over 37.

Net skins worth $45 each went to John Wiens (#3), Warren Tutton (#5), Mark Edwards (#7) and Arthur Wozinski (#8).

Gross skins of $55 were won by Warboys (#3), Wil Neufeld (#4) and John Sobil (#6).