By Rick Colvin
Winning a team Stableford competition requires all members of the team to carry some of the burden. But in the March 4 LMGA event on Marshwood several of the winning teams had players who contributed more than their share.
The team of Kevin Olson, Don Snyder, and Thomas Richards won the 1st flight with 143 points and five birdies among them. Olson had three of those birdies — on the 4th, 14th and 16th holes—and scored 39 points, the second highest in the field. Richards also birdied the 16th; and Snyder birdied the notoriously difficult 13th. Celebrating each of the birdies with Fireball, the team still managed to play well the entire round. Both Richards and Snyder had commendable scores of 24 points.
The top individual scorer in the field was Bob Benson, who scored 40 points to lead the team of Ron Thomas, Ed O’Donnell, Bob Kaplan, and Benson to a second-place finish in the 1st Flight with 138 points. Benson had to scramble to make most of his points. For example, on his first hole, the 10th, Benson put his drive into the left fairway bunker but he managed to get out and put it on the green close enough to sink a putt for par. His approach on the 11th was in one of the greenside bunkers but he managed to get up and down for par. Bunkers also were involved in Benson’s pars on the 15th and 1st holes. A 20-foot putt went in for a birdie on 13.
The team of Jim Dwyer, Dan Malachuk, Eric Rosenstock, and Edgar Yu scored 134 points to claim third place in the 1st flight.
In the 2nd flight, the team of David Brown, Bruce Gingold, Martin Halper, and Rick Saunders won with 135 points; in second place with 132 points was the team of Dave Angell, Michael McCarty, Randy Hatch, and Bill Wolod; the team of Alan Kane, Mike Munro, Peter Quinn, and Doug Snyder also scored 132 points but placed third after comparing scorecards. Quinn, with 39 points, and Snyder, with 37 points, provided standout performances. Quinn said he took it as a good omen when he and Snyder both birdied the 2nd hole, Quinn after hitting out of a bunker from 60 yards to 10 feet from the hole.
New member Steve O’Loughlin and his wife, Denise, moved to The Landings from Sterling, Mass. in January. Steve retired as a sales manager for the Mitutoyo Corporation, a Japanese multinational that makes sophisticated measuring instruments, including computer-based metrology systems. Metrology is the scientific study of measurement.
All male members of The Landings Club in good standing are eligible to join the Landings Mens Golf Assn. The LMGA sponsors weekly competitions as well as the Bouchillon-Ambrose Cup, a yearlong competition among four teams named after the four Landings clubhouses. Members can plan as often or as little as they like.