At Templewood Golf Course, the fight against cancer continues.
In what has become an annual summer tradition, women golfers, clad mostly in pink, from across the Central Mass. area gathered to play a round of golf and, more importantly, to help raise funds in the battle against the disease.
A noble battle, indeed, with every golfer in the 40-player field, aware of, through a personal story or through someone else’s story, of the dangers and consequences of cancer and the importance of keeping up the valiant fight.
According to the National Cancer Institute, by 2040, the number of new cancer cases worldwide per year is expected to rise to 29.5 million and the number of cancer-related deaths to 16.4 million.
“The tournament was a great success,” said Templewood GC pro shop manager Rena Amidon, who noted that the proceeds from the tourney were sent to the Cancer Support Fund of Central Mass.
Winner: Cancer Support Fund of Central Mass
Winning first place honors with a score of 71 was the team of Judy Walker, Kelly Jancaitis, Aileen Iverson-Doyle and Kim Bellio.
The runner-up team at 73 included Terry Rae, Karen Hopkins, Joanne McGovern and Robin Hartnett.
Before the tournament got underway, Patty Waytynen, from the CMass Cancer Support Fund, spoke to the participants about the organization and its services including garnering funds for gas gift cards, groceries, prescriptions, financial assistance for purchasing needed medical equipment, for paying utility bills, and restorative and complementary care services recommended by cancer patients’ care teams.
Amanda Dibble sang the National Anthem and the Fight Song before the shotgun start of the tournament in the morning. When the tournament was completed, lunch was served under the pavilion at Templewood, catered by KRO’s on the Common in Templeton.
“It was a fun day and great to be able to support the cause,” said golfer Karen Mae Johnson of Baldwinville.
GHS hoop tournament
Congratulations to the team of Mike Fitzsimmons, Dan Fluet, Ripp Charters and Matt Santos for their first-place finish at the Gardner High Basketball Boosters Tournament last Friday at Gardner Municipal Golf Course. The champions bolted to a scramble-format 29 on the front nine and a 31 on the back for an impressive 11-under-par 60 total.
That 60 score was tied by the team of Tony Sylvester, Paul Hebert, Kevin Costello and Tim Hebert, but after a match of cards, the foursome settled for the runner-up spot.
Of the 84 players divided into four-golfer teams, a solid grandad, father and son squad consisting of GMGC multiple major winner Pete Gamache Sr., Pete Gamache Jr. and Cam Gamache, along with Cam’s middle school classmate Alex Lajoie, carded a 62, just a couple of shots out of the lead.
Second-Chance tourney postponed
The popular Second-Chance Four Ball Tournament was a weekend victim of tropical storm Henri, and will be rescheduled to Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 5 at GMGC. Saturday’s weather was fine for the opening round, but the format of the event requires a follow-up round when golfers can get a second chance on each hole to improve their scores.
Senior Cup standings tighten
The race to the top of the Central Mass Senior Tour Senior Cup is getting interesting as the 2021 season closes in on its final weeks, heading into September and October. Currently, as the Tour enters Southampton Country Club on Thursday, Charlie Kuizinas is in first place, followed by Jeff Albert, Jim DeCarolis, Dennis Lanciani, Dante Petrozzi, Bob Holland, Steve Vaine, Rick Bradford, Ed Connolly Jr. and Jim Tamulen.
Also, a tip of the golf cap to Tour Director DeCarolis for shooting his age recently at GMGC. DeCarolis, a few weeks before his 75th birthday, fired a terrific 3-over-par 74.
Congratulations to Jack Ladeau for his hole-in-one earlier this month at GMGC. Using an 8-iron from the white tees on the 145-yard, par-3 eighth hole, Ladeau notched his third career ace while Jim Kallio, Jim DeCarolis and Rick “Happy” Hennemann were the witnesses.
Also, kudos to GMGC’s Kelly Jancaitis who won the Gardner Women’s Golf Association’s Annual Shootout while outlasting a strong field of women golfers on August 15.
Do you find slow play on the golf course bothersome? Jason Gay in a recent Wall Street Journal article reported on quite an antidote to those golfers who spend way too much time on practice swings and lining up putts from every angle. It’s called Speedgolf, and Gay highlights Lauren Cupp, of Rome, N.Y., the fastest women golfer in the world.
The 36-year-old Cupp, carrying only a driver, putter, six and nine iron and a wedge, carded a 1-under-par 72 in a Speedgolf tournament in early August while running, yes running, the course after each shot. She finished her round in a record time of 50 minutes, 48 seconds, less than a quarter of the average time it takes to finish 18 holes.
“Total strokes plus time of round equals your ‘Speedgolf’ score,” wrote Gay. Cupp’s 122:48 shattered the prior world record by nearly four minutes.