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Oct. 21, 2021 | Thursday
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Golf: Yamamotos win annual Matrimonial Cup
Cheryl and Robert Yamamoto receive the 2021 Matrimonial Cup from Cal Cochrane, one of the organizers of the tournament. (Kevin MacLean)

They faced pressure akin to playing the back nine of the Master's on a Sunday but 35 couples happily duelled it out in the Matrimonial Cup tournament at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club.

For the participants, Friday's competition was perhaps their toughest test on the links: The alternate shot format ensured that many of the partners got to play from parts of the course to which they'd never before ventured.

Women tend to hit the ball up the middle of the fairway, while gentlemen have been known to travel all over the acreage following their errant shots.

But it was all in fun (mostly) and despite the jokes about the "Divorce Cup" being the logical followup, everyone was still on speaking terms at the al fresco luncheon and trophy presentation near the 18th hole.

Cheryl and Robert Yamamoto were crowned the 2021 champions, combining for a score of 90 and net of 67 – which gave them a three-shot victory over Janice and Jim McMacken.

Carolyn and Drew Porter were third with net 72, closely followed by Sue and David Gagne and Jennifer and Jim Meszaros (both 73).

The Yamamotos could also have won a prize for best decor, as their power cart was festooned with "Mrs. & Mrs." signage and Cheryl sported a bridal veil and all-white attire. The groom was dashing in formal black from head to toe.

A second flight, for couples with one partner either a social member or without an official handicap, was won by Jo Holden and Rai Lauge (73). Runners-up were John and Michelle Scott, and Diana Dimmer and Sharmini Mahadevan, and Sean and Stephanie Simpson (all net 75).

WOMEN'S RESULTS: Club champ Yolanda Henry had the best low gross in 18 hole women's league play last Tuesday. She shot 91.

Susan Gagne, Brenda Bell and Margot Richardson were next with 93.

Low net winner was Shelley Samson (70) followed by Bell (72) and Gagne (73). Gagne also finished with a birdie on #18.

MEN'S RESULTS: Kurt Hamm's 22 points were tops under the modified Stableford scoring system in men's league play last Thursday.

Hamm also scooped a $65 gross skin with a birdie on the par-3 fourth hole.

Other top point-getters were David Jackson (21) and Peter Chilibeck, Ted Wiens, Ian Rutherford and John Gursky with 20 each.

Chilibeck also won $200 for the lone net skin (#1).

Jim McMacken had the lowest gross score, a 1-under 35. He also won a $65 gross skin for a birdie on #2. Closest to the pin winners were Paul Jacot (#4) and A.J. Harlond (#9).