New format highlights Duran Men’s Golf Association season


The Duran Men's Golf Association recently completed its season. Pictured are Duran Head Golf Pro Matt Morrison, left, flight winners Ed Facas and John Creighton and Duran General Manager Dave Tomczak.

photo by Carl Kotala

A new format made for some exciting golf during this season’s league play for the Duran Men’s Golf Association.

Rather than have one big flight with a variety of skill levels mixed into one, the format was set up this season so that players with similar handicaps would play against each other.

That meant there were four flights overall this season.

“It was better,” Duran head golf pro Matt Morrison said. “It was more competitive. Everyone seemed happier that they were playing against similar competition.

“We had great weather. HD Dental was a major sponsor again, which entitled us to play for over $2,000 worth of prizes.”

A field of more than 75 players began competing last October, earning points each week based on their order of finish

That group was then trimmed to 48 players who qualified for the Chase for the Cup, which took place over two weeks.

The championship round was played at the end of March. All finalists received gift cards based on where they placed.

In Flight A, Tom Bergeron and John Creighton finished tied after 18 holes, each shooting 74 with a 6 handicap for a score of 68. The two men went into a playoff that lasted three holes before Creighton emerged victorious.

Joe Lentini finished third in the group, followed by John Kaier and Smike Johnson.

Flight B saw John Wierda shoot a low round of 78 (with a 15 handicap) to claim the top spot. Howard Heidel was second, followed by John Pugsley and Jack Jaust.

Ernie Dorling was the champion in Flight C. John Sherry came in second, while Joe Tully was third and George Stergious was fourth.

Ed Facas had the low score to win Flight D. He was followed by Mark Brown, Mike Hachee and Mike Stricker.