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Saturday, November 26, 2022
Golf: Women take pro to school and then he returns the favour



Eight members of the Niagara-on-the-Lake 18 hole women's league beat the club pro in a fun shootout competition last Tuesday morning.

But he turned the tables on them a week later and this Tuesday, no one came close to knocking him off.

Every season, pro Billy Simkin goodnaturedly puts himself on the line and lets the women have a shot at outperforming him from the tee on the course's par-3 fourth hole.

Some years the pro has dominated, some years the women have "schooled" him.

Last week it was the latter as Lisa Allen, Carroll Baker, Donna Lailey, Sharron Marlow, Carolyn Porter, Margot Richardson, Cathy Taylor and Robin Williams all managed to beat the pro.

There was a tough elevated back-tier pin placement, said Simkin, noting his wedge shots repeatedly hit the ridge and rolled back, while the women rolled their shots up closer than his.

It was all in fun, though, and Simkin said it was "great to see so many women happy" with beating the pro at his own game.

But he vowed a rematch and this week, with a similar pin placement but a different angle from the tee box, his pitching wedge was working well.

He landed at least one of his shots within a couple of feet of the hole. No word yet on if it will be best two-out-of-three.

MEN'S RESULTS: Lefty John Sobil was crowned winner of the WOOFs Cup last week, winning the one-day, nine-hole tournament. Last year's winner Jim Meszaros was second and Grant Williams was right behind in third place.

This week, four players tied for first with 39 but Peter Falconer was the winner through scoring retrogression. Low net was Charlie Rate with 34. Richard Cook won the hidden hole (#1) and Darryl Fry was closest to the pin on #4. Ernie Jensen won $58 in the 50/50 draw.

In Thursday men's league action, Stephen Levy led the field in modified Stableford scoring with 22 points. Jim Meszaros, Randy Busbridge and Tom Elltoft were second with 21. Bob Chertion, Jim Ricci, Joe Interisano, Norm Kerr and John Gursky tied for third with 20.

James Grigjanis-Meusel again had the low gross with a 1-under 35.

Winners of $50 net skins were Stephen Jenkins (#1), Dow Wright (#3), Bernard Marlow (#7) and John Reynolds (#8). Gross skins worth $20 went to Jenkins (#1), Rai Lauge (#2), Kevin MacLean (#3), Grigjanis-Meusel (#4, #5), Ted Wiens (#6) and A.J. Harlond (#9).

Closest to the pin were Mark Derbyshire (#4) and Harlond (#9).