Tommy Howe & Matt Froncek ran roughshod over their competition this weekend at the 38th Annual Honesdale Golf Club Member/Guest Tournament.
For the ninth time in his storied links career, Tom Howe is celebrating a championship at Honesdale Golf Club.
On Sunday afternoon, he teamed up with partner Matt Froncek to claim the crown at the 38th Annual HGC Member/Guest Tournament.
Howe is a longtime member at HGC, while Froncek hails from Elkview Country Club in Greenfield Twp.
This dynamic links duo dominated the field throughout the event, which is held each year on the same weekend as the US Open.
Howe & Froncek punched their ticket to Sunday’s final by cruising to a 6&5 win over Joe Lavenduski &?Sam Lewis in the semis.
Irv Williams & Tom Powell were waiting for them in the grand finale. This veteran duo earned a spot in the title tilt by eliminating the team of Curtis Haley &?Jeff Tamblyn.
That one went right down to the final green before Williams & Powell emerged with a 1-up win.
Sunday’s last match was decided early on when Howe & Froncek scrambled for a key par at #4. Williams & Powell were on the green and looking at a birdie chance, but each man three putted for bogey.
From that point onward, Howe & Froncek rolled to a 4&3 decision.
Jimmy Gardas &?Howard Vroon earned medalist honors for this year’s Member/ Guest. The former champs fired a 6-under 64 in Friday’s qualifying round.
Gardas &?Vroon were eliminated in the quarters, suffering a 1-down loss to Lavenduski &?Lewis.
Dr. Newton Mullins &?Bryan Mullins also advanced to the quarterfinals, but were sent packing by Howe & Froncek (2&1).
Defending champions Eric Williams & Matt Haley also fell in the quarters, coming out on the short end of a 2&1 score against the team of Williams &?Powell.
A total of 48 teams and nearly 100 golfers played at HGC?this weekend.
The next major event on HGC’s summer schedule is the Memorial. This annual tourney is set for the weekend of July 8-9.