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Saturday, September 23, 2023
Sports: Jacques scores in men’s league, Williams wins match play
Deborah Williams, left, and Maureen Taylor battled cool and windy conditions last week in the final round of match play competition. Williams won a close match. SUPPLIED

Rainy weather and soggy fairways forced cancellation of several leagues the past few days at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club.

However, the weather wasn’t a factor in last Thursday’s men’s competition.

Sharp-shooting former hockey pro Jeff Jacques was the big winner, hitting his tee shot on #9 closest to the pin to scoop a birdie and some cash in the gross skins game.

He also nailed his approach on #2 closer than anyone else to grab another prize.

Meanwhile, Matt Szczurko’s 1-over 37 led all players to win low gross honours. Mike Freel’s 23 points was tops in modified Stableford scoring.

Other winners were: Zach Luis (longest drive #1), Jim Rye (closest to the pin #4), Kurt Hamm (longest putt #6), and Marc Sandwell (longest putt #7).

Wil Neufeld won a gross skin with a birdie on #2 and net skins went to Bill Smethurst (#2) and Al Demray (#9).

In last week’s WOOFs league, Patrick Craig’s score of 37 was the low gross winner, while Ted Wiens won low net (33). Ted Baker was closest to the pin on #4.

The wind was a big factor in last Tuesday’s 18-hole women’s league play, where landing tee shots in the fairway on the par 4s and par 5s earned two golfers some prizes.

Christine Earl and Carolyn Porter were the straight-shooters, each hitting 10 fairways. Other winners were: Cathy Murray (closest to the pin #4) while Lisa Allen (#3) and Janice White (#2) both picked up birdie prizes.

Best gross scores were: Martha Cruikshank (85), Allen (90), Yolanda Henry (95), Maria Townley (96) and Brenda Bell (97).

Net winners were: Cruikshank (70), Allen (73), Townley (74), Bell (75) and Sharron Marlow (76).

The nine-hole women’s league wrapped up its annual match play competition last week.

In cool and windy conditions, Deborah Williams won a close-fought match over Maureen Taylor to earn the title.

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