It’s been a busy few weeks on the links at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club.
With the annual club championship tourney wrapped up, perhaps the second-biggest event of the season was played last week.
The Matrimonial Cup tourney pairs couples in what is probably the toughest format for men and women – 18 holes of alternate shots.
It’s not so difficult for the men, as women generally hit the ball in the fairway, straight and away from trouble spots. Gents, on the other hand, tend to tour the entire course, often visiting places into which their partners have never ventured.
This year, Sharron and Bernard Marlow came out on top in the competition with a net score of even-par 72.
“Our score on the back nine was a personal best for both of us, so I guess we worked well as a team,” Bernard said later.
“Our strategy was to stay out of trouble and not give our partner difficult shots and lies. A little bit of luck helped as our putts were dropping in the cup, not sitting on the rim like they usually do.”
They edged out Carolyn and Drew Porter, and Marilyn and Cal Cochrane (net 73), followed by Susan and David Gagne and Charlotte Kainola and Neville Da Silva (75).
Honorable mention went to low-handicappers Louise Robitaille and Stephen Warboys, who teamed up for an enviable gross score of 79.
In the non-member division, where only one partner is a club member, using the Callaway scoring system, Lenore and Rick Janes were first with 75, followed by Wendy and Bob Lowe (also 75) and Lois and Paul Chapman (78).
Earlier, a team of 14 women from the club competed in a field of 40 golfers in the long-running Wood trophy tournament in NOTL.
The NOTL crew, with a net score of 284, were crowned champions, led by Margot Richardson and Lisa Allen, who both carded a net 69, Ginny Green (72) and Carroll Baker, Chris Earl, Marie Ellison and Susan Gagne (74).
Richardson also won the Flo Monroe Memorial Low Net Senior Trophy.
Stefi Markovich of Port Colborne won low gross honours with a 1-over 73.
The nine-hole women’s league played for the Carmichael Cup on Aug. 9 and Marlene Sibbald prevailed, with a net score of 35.
Other best net scores: Candace Maclean (36), Catherine Novick (37) and Suzanne Rate and Barb Werner (38).
Best gross scores: Sibbald (48), Penny Green (49), and Ruth Dowsett and Rate (51).