Saturday July 20, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Country Club Presidents Cup tournament took place over the holiday weekend, with Saturday’s nine-hole matches determining Sunday’s championship rounds, all Net match play. Greg Montgomery made it to the final with a 2&1 victory over Jeff Houle, and 1 up over Jason Kelley. In the other bracket Dick Noel defeated Doug Fiske 2 up, and Keith Strand 3 & 2.

With a 2 up victory over Kirk Nims, Jeff Houle made it into the consolation match against Doug Fiske, who had advanced with a 2 & 1 victory over George Roberge. Fiske prevailed on Sunday, with a 5 & 4 win.

The Championship Match was a roller-coaster. Dick Noel surged to an early 5 up lead on the front 9, only to see Montgomery come back and tie the match on fourteen. But Noel hung on and took a 2 & 1 victory.

In the Ladies division, Alicia Field advanced to the final with a 2 up victory over Sheryl Libardoni and a 3 & 2 victory over Judy Manley. Kate Clark advanced to the final with a 2 & 1 victory over Sujin Dakin, and a 4 & 2 win over Marilyn Cassidy. Sheryl Libardoni advanced to the consolation match by default, Sujin Dakin by a 5 & 3 decision over Cyd Strand.

Both finals were nail-biters. Clark and Field were all even to the last hole, where Clark secured the 1 up victory. Sujin Dakin needed an extra hole to defeat Libardoni in the consolation match.

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The July 4 Member/Member Red, White & Blue tournament presented its 4-person teams with a strategic choice of which holes to play from a certain set of tees (Red, White or Blue). Women and Senior men had the choice to play nine holes from the red and nine from the blue. From there it was a two best ball event. Two teams tied with 144, but with lower back nine scores the team of Chris Worden, Brian Baker, Doug Wisse and Dwight Decker prevailed over Bob Kessen, Keith Strand, Dan Zumbruski, Eric Slade.

With 116, Larry Cassidy, Pierre Landry, Eileen Ranslow and Wally Musgrove took the Net honors by a stroke over Greg Montgomery, Anthony Zumbruski, Jim Coulombe, Wendy Scott.

Closest to the pin honors went to Jason Kelley (fourth hole, 1’4"), Bob Kessen (eighth, 4’2"), Doug Kroc (13th, 14’11") and John Murphy (16th, 8’3").

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Twelve teams competed in an alternate shot format at the Husband & Wife Tournament June 22. Pete and Jill Zachary took the Gross honors with a 73, Larry and Marilyn Cassidy runners-up with 85. Low Net honors went to Bob Kessen and Pamela Roberts with a 67; Keith and Cyd Strand were second with 70.

Walker places 5th

Mari Harter of the host Orleans club carded a final round of 81 for a 162 total to win the 2013 Ruth Raymond Jones Seniors’ Championship by three strokes over a charging Sue Bagley of St. Johnsbury. Bagley shot the best round of the day (79) to move into the runner-up spot with a 165 total. Rhonda Colvard of Burlington was third with a 168 total. Deidre Mahler of the Country Club of Vermont was fourth at 170, and Brattleboro’s Elizabeth Walker was fifth with a 171.

The Orleans team won the Pat Job Cup with a total of 433. Brattleboro was second.

Other area golfers in the field were: Nancy Gorham-LaSante of Bellows Falls, 177, and Brattleboro’s Alicia Field (178), Sherryl Libardoni (181), Lois Forester (182), Judith Manley (189), Barb Henry (193), Eileen Ranslow (201), Marilyn Cassidy (212), Iedje Hornsby (223).

CRVBL

BRATTLEBORO -- With all teams in the Connecticut River Valley Baseball League in action recently, the Chester/Saxtons Crush, the Walpole Wild Blue, the Claremont Cardinals and the Brattleboro River Rats emerged victorious.

The first place Chester/Saxtons Crush lived up to its name with an 11-3 win over the Putney Fossils. Andrew Robbins of the Crush hit a solo home run and pitchers Scott Renfro and Nick Wirkkala combined to allow Putney seven hits.

The Brattleboro River Rats won their second straight game, beating the Keene Black Dawgs 9-2. Brattleboro’s Todd Bell pitched the complete-game victory and catcher Sunny Lucas and second baseman Abe Klein each scored two runs.

This Sunday, six of the eight town teams are in action as Keene travels to Claremont for an 11 a.m. game. At the same time, Newport will be hosting Walpole, and Putney hosts Sunapee at Dummerston Field at 1 p.m. Admission to all CRVBL games is free, and to find out more about the area’s adult amateur league, visit the league website at http://www.crvbl.org/.

Chester/Saxtons currently leads the standings with a 9-1 mark. Putney is in sixth at 4-7 and Brattleboro is in eighth place at 2-10.

Pick-up softball

BRATTLEBORO -- West Brattleboro residents are invited to join the West Brattleboro Baptist Church for a pick-up softball game at noon on Sunday, July 21 at the Living Memorial Park Lower Field. Bring a sack lunch and a glove (if you have one). Drinks, bats and softballs will be provided. Come on out and watch or play with friends and neighbors in your West Brattleboro community. Questions can be directed to the West Brattleboro Baptist Church office at 802-257-0187.

Laporte hired

BRATTLEBORO -- Kraig Laporte was recently hired as the new Brattleboro Union High School varsity girls ice hockey coach. Laporte, who has been involved in Brattleboro youth hockey for several years, is replacing Linda Burke. Burke and assistant coach Linda Strom were outstanding leaders and role models, according to BUHS Athletic Director Chris Sawyer.