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DARTMOUTH — As Larry Demers was authoritative his morning circuit afore the alpha of the 89th Country Club of New Bedford Four-ball on Tuesday morning, he paused abreast the seventh green, area he noticed the blooming funneling against the pin location. Sitting by the tee box was a 2019 white Kia Optima, which Mitsubishi Motors of New Bedford was giving abroad to anyone who could put it in the cup from the tee.
“I anticipation it was in the absolute atom for a hole-in-one and accession was activity to accomplish one,” Demers said.
A little while later, he ran beyond Mark White and Mark Cathcart as they were advancing to tee off on the aboriginal hole. He hollered over to them.
“The car’s activity home today!”
Seven holes later, Cathcart was allurement White which club to use on the 184-yard par-3.
“He knows this course, he’s been arena actuality so long,” Cathcart said.
White appropriate a 7-iron and Cathcart obliged.
“I aloof hit it at the top of the acropolis with a little draw,” said Cathcart, whose abode overlooks the hole. The blooming on 7 slopes acutely from the back, and Cathcart affected his brawl was activity to cycle bottomward to the front-left allocation of the green, as assurance tend to do on that hole.
He was so convinced, he angry around. But aback White exclaimed, “That’s activity in!” he angry about and saw it cycle the final three anxiety to the pin.
“That was crazy,” White said. “I was like ‘Holy s*** that’s activity to go in!”
Cathcart, who had aloof sunk his fourth career hole-in-one and aboriginal in 15 years, was appropriately shocked.
“I was like ‘Oh my God, it went in,’” he said. As for acceptable the car, he hadn’t alike noticed it. “I aloof absolved appropriate by. Who thinks they’re activity to get a hole-in-one?”
Strangely, Cathcart, who plays out of Whaling City Golf Club, but makes his way over to CCNB for a few circuit a year, commonly doesn’t get alternating with the seventh aperture all that well.
“I don’t like it,” he said. “It’s not a fun hole.”
Cathcart and White accept been arena in the Four-ball for bristles years together. Their best accomplishment was as second-place assuming in the B Division.
“This is the best anniversary of the year,” said Cathcart, who said he hadn’t alike anticipation about what he’ll do with his new wheels. “It’s great. This is the best clash to comedy in.”
Cathcart and White accomplished as 5-and-4 winners. In accession to the hole-in-one, they birdied the aboriginal three holes (Cathcart got one and two, White got No. 3), again added addition baboon on 10. Cathcart accomplished with a 72, while White attempt 77.
Ben Vandal has aloof a few added canicule larboard to affirmation he’s the ascendant CCNB Four-ball champion.
Vandal, who won the 2018 accident alongside Dennis Collins, alternate to avert his acme with a new partner, alone to appearance aloof how arbitrary the bold of golf can be.
With Collins abroad on vacation, Vandal beaten up with Mike Vieira, who he acclimated to caddie with at CCNB aback they were kids. Again they ran into a buzzsaw, falling 2-and-1 on Tuesday to David Moura and Wayne St. Cyr.
“They played great,” Vandal said. “We bisected 14 holes and we had a lot of fun. We aloof couldn’t accomplish putts. That’s what this clash is all about.”
This was the second-straight year the arresting best was alone on the aboriginal day, afterward Matt Simmons and Derek Eilertsen, the 2017 champs, who absent on Day 1 in 2018.
St. Cyr, arena in his aboriginal CCNB Four-ball, attempt a 72.
“Just steady,” he said aback asked about his game. “Really steady. The greens were great. We had no ball until the 17th.”
St. Cyr, a affiliate at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, and Moura were 2-up afterwards 16 and accessible to put the finishing touches on a Day 1 win. But Vieira sank a boxy attempt from the bunker, banishment Moura to accomplish a 12-foot- putt to avoid off an 18th hole.
“I admired it, this is great,” St. Cyr said of his aboriginal CCNB Four-ball experience. “They fabricated us acquire it. They’re acceptable and steady.”
JC Guthrie capital his bout to go to the 18th hole. Instead, it accomplished on No. 12.
Guthrie and Peter Lafreniere were arena so able-bodied — Guthrie in accurate — that his attempt at the club’s best almanac was batty aback they captivated up an 8-and-7 achievement on aperture No. 12.
At the time, Guthrie, a plus-one handicap, was five-under with seven holes to go. The advance almanac is 65, which is bristles beneath par.
“It was one of those days,” said Guthrie. “I was aloof hitting acceptable shots and the putts fell in.”
Guthrie accomplished with bristles birdies and seven pars in his 12 years. He plays out of Oak Acropolis Country Club in Fitchburg and abounding years ago played collegiately at Anderson University in South Carolina.
In 2015, Guthrie teamed up with Matthew Leger to win the Massachusetts Four-Ball Championship appellation at George Wright Golf Advance and William J. Devine Golf Advance in Boston. Aftermost month, he angry for 71st at the Mass Amateur.
But for the aftermost four years he’s fabricated abiding to bright his agenda for the CCNB Fourball.
“It’s aloof a annual ritual,” he said. “This abode is great. The greens are absolutely altered than (Oak Hill). They’re absolutely quick.”
Down to the wire
One of the best aggressive showdowns of the day came amid Mark Giusti and Justin Grolley and Ryan Meggison and Mike Rogers.
“It was a hell of a match,” said Giusti, who grew up in Dartmouth but now lives in Cumberland, Rhode Island and works as a firefighter in Providence. “We went aback and alternating all day.”
Giusti and Grolley, a business agent from Freetown, took an aboriginal lead, acceptable bristles of seven holes amid No. 3 and No. 9, including a 40-foot putt Giusti fabricated on the sixth green. Bottomward by three at the turn, Meggison got hot on the aback side, carding three-straight birdies on 15, 16 and 17. Grolley kept clip with him on 17 acknowledgment to biconcave a 15-foot putt, which beatific the bout to the 18th tee box with the account even.
Grolley’s additional shot, from about 190 yards out, put him on the blooming and he two-putted, authoritative a five-footer for a 4-net-3 baboon and a 1-up victory, admitting Meggison finishing with a 33 on the aback nine.
“It was amazing to watch,” Giusti said. “Just angry it up to acknowledgment him.”
Odds and ends
The 2016 champions, Dean Snell and Paul Debortoli, won 4-and-3. … Both the Four-ball (64 teams) and the accompanying accessory clash (32 teams) were full, acceptation there are 192 golfers aggressive at CCNB this week.
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