Duran Men’s Golf Association sees increase in numbers, excitement


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Heather Cooney of sponsor HD Dental, left, poses with the top finishers from the Duran Men's Golf Association league's Chase for the Cup event. Pictured are Howard Heidel, left, Mike Mitchell, Ed Facas, Robbie Rosenberger and Jeff Henning.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

 

League play in the Duran Men’s Golf Association continues to grow in not only the number of players taking part, but in the excitement of the competition.

The league began play in October with as many as 80 players on the course each week. The top 48 qualified for the Chase for the Cup.

The two-week event concluded at the end of March, with prize money provided by sponsors HD Dental and Golf Carts Unlimited.

“It’s definitely grown each year, I would say by an average of eight, 10 guys,” Duran Head Golf Professional Matt Morrison said of the league. “We’re reaching our capacity.

“Having all the prize money and the exciting finish down the stretch creates excitement. Weekly attendance is good because they don’t want to miss getting their points. It always comes down to a half a point between 48th and 49th (place), so literally, a half-a-point can cost someone hundreds of dollars in
prize money.”

This year’s league featured five flights, including the newly created Red Flight for players over 75.

Jeff Henning shot 79 with a handicap of nine for an overall score total of 70 to win Flight A. He was followed by Steve Ochs and there was a three-way tie for third between Robbie Rosenberger, John Creighton and Joe Lentini.

Flight B went to Howard Heidel, followed by Tom Bartlett, Steve Parlefsky and Bruce Miller.

In Flight C, the winner was Jim Lloyd. Joe Tully came in second, with Fred Lipe and Bill Bjork tying for third place. Jim Cravens finished fifth.

The Red Flight title went to Mike Mitchell. John Lynaugh was second, Howard Dunn was third and Jack Purvis finished fourth.

For at least the second consecutive year, one of the flights required a few extra holes to determine the winner. In Flight D, Ed Farcas and John Tomcsik both finished with 63 after their handicaps were included.

Farcas eventually won on the third playoff hole. Rich DiPatri was third and Augie Velten took fourth.

“Talk about coming down to the end,” Morrison said. “It was a good finish.”