Playoffs needed to decide Lincs golf title
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Jun 03, 2009  |  Vote 0    0

Playoffs needed to decide Lincs golf title

St. Marys Journal Argus

A great team effort, capped by a great individual shot.That's one way to describe how the foursome of Kellen Fifield, Jon McPhail, Stew Cardiff and Bill McPhail won the 26th annual Jr. B Lincolns' golf tournament Saturday at St. Marys Golf and Country Club.Sixteen teams (64 golfers) took part in the Texas Scramble format.At the end of the regulation 18 holes, the Fifield team and the foursome of Pat Payton, Steve Karlik, Donna Greer and Nelson Goad were tied atop the leader board with nine-under-par scores of 63.To break the tie, tourney organizers informed both teams that they could select one player for a sudden-death playoff on the par 4, No 10 hole. Fifield was picked to represent his team, and Greer was chosen to represent her foursome.After both players hit good tee-shots, Fifield fired a beautiful wedge shot from 140 yards out to within just one foot of the cup. Greer's approach shot, meanwhile, went a little long and into a sand trap. Greer was forced to hole her difficult bunker shot, and when she didn't, Fifield's teammates started celebrating after he easily tapped in for birdie."We were a good team today," Cardiff told the Journal Argus. "The young guys were long drivers, and Bill and I chipped and putted well."During the regulation 18 holes, the Fifield team (31-32) had 10 birdies and one bogey (No. 11). Team members said they almost eagled both the No. 2 and No. 15 holes, settling for birdies instead.On No. 18, Jon McPhail bombed his tee-shot to within 20 feet of the green and they easily made birdie.Greer plays extremely wellThe Payton foursome, meanwhile, collected nine birdies and nine pars during their solid round (33-30). They were led by Donna Greer, a former St. Marys Ladies club champion, who played extremely well all day.Two of Greer's more memorable shots were chipping in for birdie on the tough par 3 No. 11 hole, and making a tricky birdie putt on No. 17. Both shots won ‘skins' for her team.Third place, with an eight-under-par score of 64, went to the young team of Daryl Sterkenburg, Mike Glover, Mike Davis and Norm Coulthard. Led by Sterkenburg, they had splits of 32-32.Fourth place, with a seven-under 65, went to the foursome of Bob Hearn, Kevin Talsma, Dave Graff and Jason Clarke.The team of John Queenan, Brett Harlton, Don Taylor and Dwain Smith finished fifth with six-under 66.24 hole sponsorsThanks to the hard work of John Froud and the Lincs' executive, there were 24 hole sponsors this year. Although there were fewer teams playing this year, the Lincolns were pleased that hole sponsorship was up."To me, it shows that the town has lots of support for the St. Marys Lincolns," tourney chairman Ed Parkinson said.This year's hole sponsors were as follows: Hubbard Pharmacy, Bickell Construction, St. Marys Building Centre, Canadian Cart Sales, S.G. Cubberley Plumbing and Heating, Meadowridge Properties Inc., Stonetown Foodland, Dowler-Karn, Grantham Dairy, Fraser Asphalt Paving, Waghorn, Stephens, Sipos and Paulton, K&B's Place,  Stonetown Physiotherapy, St.Marys Subway, Harris Garage, St.Marys Cement Co., employees of Vet. Purchasing, McDonald's Independent Grocer, D.F.K. Equipment Sales, Dunny's Sports, Tradition Mutual Insurance, Q Ray Ionic Bracelets, Pathway Fish and Chips, and McCann Construction.The following four restaurants also provided gift certificates: Damens, Coffee Culture, Woolfy's and Wildstone Bar and Grill.  Tourney notes:'Ed Parkinson thanked Rick and Sandy Fifield for having the golf course in "great shape."'Closest-to-the-pin prizes went to: Mike Zurbrigg (No. 7), Marianne Noyes (No. 9), David St. Louis (No. 11) and Scott Graham (No. 16). 'Greg Noyes had the longest drive on No. 2.'Norm Penney won a ‘skin' for his team when he holed his approach shot on the par 5, No. 6 hole for eagle from 120 yards out.'John Queenan's team won a skin for a birdie on the par 4, No. 13 hole. Teammate Dwain Smith sunk an 80-foot putt for the birdie 3.

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