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Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Sports: Slick putt proves profitable as Murray cashes in
Glen Murray's putting prowess led to a nice payday last week at the NOTL Golf Club. (Robin Foster)


Lefty Glen Murray was a winner on the course and on the putting green last Thursday, becoming the first golfer to cash in on the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club men’s league putting contest.

Murray sank a hard-breaking 20-foot putt to scoop the prize money that had grown to $420.

Each week one participant gets to try his luck at sinking a long putt.

No one had turned the trick all season and the distance would shrink one foot each week, waiting for someone to nail it. And the prize money would grow.

Murray also won a gross skin for a birdie on the sixth hole.

Meanwhile, former club champion Stephen Warboys was in fine form, shooting a 1-under 35 to take low gross. He also totalled 22 points in modified Stableford scoring, good for top spot.

Other winners were: Zach Luis (longest drive #1, longest putt #6), Don Stewart (closest to the pin on #2), Cal Cochrane (closest to pin on #4), Todd Watson (longest putt #7) and Larry Bourk (closest to pin #9).

Net skins: Stewart (#1 and #2), Bernard Marlow (#4) and Peter Chilibeck (#9). Gross skins went to: Warboys (#2), Ricky Watson (#5) and James Grigjanis-Meusel (#7).

Participants in the Friday Couples League literally had to roll the dice in their weekly scramble.

After every foursome had teed off, players rolled one die to determine whose drive was used.

That meant some excellent shots went unused and some, uh, miscues won the roll.

First place went to Maria and Brodie Townley, Carolyn and Drew Porter who shot an admirable 2-under 34. Second, by retrogression, were Eileen and Jack Hanna, Kim and Oleh Hrycko, also with 34.

Janice and Jim McMacken, Peggy Larder and Gerry Shelly also broke par with a 35, while Julie and Bill Smethurst, Marilyn and Cal Cochrane were fourth with even-par 36.

Jeff Brookhouser was closest to the pin winner on #4, while longest putts on #8 were sunk by Ron Newman and Maria Townley.

Patrick Craig was the big winner in this Tuesday’s men’s WOOFs league, carding a 1-over 37 to win low gross and sharing closest to the pin honours on #9 with Ken Burr.

Ian Rutherford was low net with 30 and Jeff Jacques won the hidden hole with a spectacular eagle 2 on the eighth hole.

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