It’s been a career year for Gerry Shelly on the links at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club.
The amiable octogenarian has been a regular winner all season in the Thursday men’s league, taking long drive, closest to the pin and scoring prizes regularly.
On Friday night, he and his wife Peggy Larder were named Couple of the Year at the wrap-up gathering of the Couples league.
And on Tuesday he shared top honours with Peter Falconer in the WOOFer’s Cup competition, a net score tournament for participants in the Tuesday WOOFs league.
The Couples league honoured Shelly and Larder in recognition of their active support of the weekly “Nine and Dine” league, said Cal Cochrane, one of the co-ordinators of the league.
Each week couples play a friendly nine-hole game, followed by dinner at the club.
“They are a couple who displayed great camaraderie on the course as everyone enjoyed being paired with them,” Cochrane said.
“And in turn they were more than delighted to be paired with several of the many new members of NOTL Couples and helping those new members to connect with others, which is one of the main benefits of joining our league.”
The winning didn’t end there for Shelly. Last Thursday he scooped the most Stableford points in men’s league play and also won a net skin on the fifth hole.
Quite a run for the retired Toronto car dealer.
Other Thursday winners were: Low gross, James Grigjanis-Meusel (37); longest putt, Ricky Watson (#2); longest drive, A.J. Harlond (#3); closest to the pin, Joe Doria (#4), Dan Regan (#9); closest to the 150 marker, John Thomson (#8). Noel Morris won a net skin on #6 and gross skins went to Watson (#2), Jim Meszaros (#6) and John Reynolds (#8).
Reynolds also was tops in WOOFs play this Tuesday, shooting a one-over 37. Don Allen had low net (35) and Meszaros was closest to the pin on #4. Bill Farnell won the hidden hole with a birdie on #3.
In nine-hole women’s league competition for the Gretchen Ormston Memorial Trophy, Cathy Saytar won the A flight with a two-day total of 96. Bonnie Lamourie took the B flight with a score of 115.
Top scores this week were: low gross: Saytar (51), Trish Anthony, Marlene Sibbald and Ruth Dowsett (54), and Suzanne Rate (55). Net scores: Candace MacLean and Lamourie (37), Penny Bannister and Saytar (39), Linda Williams and Sibbald (40).
Jill Planche had the longest putt and Barb Werner hit the longest drive. Werner also chipped in on #6 and MacLean chipped in on # 7.
The Tuesday nine and 18-hole women’s leagues are wrapping up their seasons next week with a joint celebration.
Deborah Williams noted the nine-holers competed for six trophies this season and “as we wind down, Tuesday, Sept. 20, was simply a fun game of golf.”
“We look forward to the camaraderie next Tuesday playing with the 18-hole ladies in our closing scramble and returning next season.”