Nearly 100 of the area’s elite golfers gathered at the Honesdale Golf Club this weekend to compete in the 41st Annual Member/Guest.
According to longtime organizer Bob Simons, the 2012 event was an unqualified success.
“We couldn’t have asked for better weather and our head groundskeeper Chris Moran had the course in excellent shape...and that led to some very low scores,”?he told TWI Sports.
Honesdale’s Joe Lavenduski &?Sam Lewis of Montrose turned in the best scores of all. This dynamic links duo rolled through the preliminary rounds, then outdueled the team of Jeff Tamblyn & Curtis Haley in the last match. The final score was 1-up.
The next big event on the HGC summer schedule is the Memorial, which honors deceased members. That tournament is set for the weekend of July 7-9.
Lavenduski & Haley are no strangers to HGC’s top summer tourney.
Joe and Curtis had already captured two Member/Guest crowns before advancing to this Sunday’s grand finale. They punched their ticket to the title match by gutting out a 3&2 win over the team of Zach Tamblyn and Dr. Matt Haley.
On the other side of the bracket, Jeff Tamblyn and Curtis Haley were busy taking care of business. This talented twosome eliminated the defending champs (Tom Howe & Matt Froncek) in the other semi. The score was 3&2.
The final was deadlocked through the front nine, but Tamblyn & Haley surged into the lead with an early flurry on the back.
However, Lavenduski & Lewis caught fire as shadows began to creep across the lush HGC course. Joe and Sam strung together three straight birdies beginning at #15, then held on for dear life. Although they dropped the final hole, Joe and Sam still had enough for a razor-thin 1-up win.
The two will have their names inscribed on the “Markowski Cup,”?named in honor of the late Walter Markowski who passed away during this very tournament 10 years ago.
Championship Flight medalists were Jim Gardas & Howard Vroon, who posted a 64. They were eliminated from title contention in the quarters by Zach Tamblyn and?Dr. Matt Haley, 5&4.
In First Flight action, the team of Bob Simons and Dave Weber defeated Don Stanton and Mark Bartkowski to claim the top prize.
Weber converted a huge par putt on the 19th hole to give his team a thrilling 1-up sudden death win.
The father and?son pairing of Bob and Jordan Rogers took home Second Flight honors via a 2&1 victory over Frank Bannan and John Meyer.
In Third Flight competition, Rich Winkler teamed up with Bill McGinnis to defeat another father and son squad, Dr. Newton Mullins and Bryan Mullins. The final score was 3&2.
Page 2 of 2 - Fourth Flight action also went right down to the wire as the twosome of Mike McLain and Bill Hessling combined to down Andy and Evan Kussoff (2&1).
Finally, the team of Pete Goyette and Joe Gilhool survived a stiff test from “Carmody Squared” (Steve Sr. and Steve Jr.), recording a 3&2 triumph.
In addition to Jim Gardas and Vroon, other consolation winners include...
•Joe Gardas & Dan Vroon (1st Flight, 68).
•Mike Miller & Steven Doherty (2nd Flight, 76).
•Mike Birmelin & Jerry Burns (3rd Flight, 70).
•Pete VanDerwalker and Joe Adams (4th Flight, 76).
•Gary Mesko & Pete War-ner (5th Flight, 79).
Holes in One
Two golfers accomplished the sport’s ultimate feat during HGC’s 41st Annual Member/Guest.
Jim Fulkerson recorded an ace at #4. This hole, which is commonly called the “Rock Hole,” is a par 3 which measures 120 yards from tee to green.
Fulkerson used a 9-iron to make the shot, which was witnessed by playing partner Paul DePaoli and opponents Jeff Tamblyn and Curtis Haley.
Ryan Manley also turned the trick. A guest of Ralph Langendoerfer who calls Elmhurst Country Club his home course, Manley used a 7-iron to ace the seventh hole. This is a par 3 that measures 110 yards.
Manley used a wedge to make his memorable shot.