After the 62 competing players completed regulation play for the annual Morrisburg Golf Club’s Men’s Open on Saturday, June 21, a foursome found themselves heading back to the ninth tee.
The foursome consisted of Morrisburg Golf Club members Randy Casselman, Bob Mann and Matt O’Neil along with Lombard Glen golfer Travis Coughlin all of whom finished the 18 holes of play tied for low gross with 76’s to force a playoff.
After the first hole of sudden death play, Casselman and Mann put away their clubs with bogey fives. Coughlin stayed alive by dropping a 12 foot putt for a par, and O’Neil went down for a four with two putts.
Second time around, the momentum swung to Coughlin when O’Neil put his drive out of bounds on the par four, dog leg left, 305-yard ninth hole. Coughlin played safe for his par to claim the 2014 Men’s Open championship.
Coughlin played a steady game throughout the 18 holes. He turned the corner with a 38 and brought it home with a matching 38. After nine holes, O’Neil was one stroke back with a 39 to which he added a two over par 37.
Bob Mann’s 76 gave him the low net win in A flight with a 66 net score.
Following the 76s to a fabulous Open prize table was a 77 shot by Prescott golfer Tony Gilson and a pair of 78s shot by Rob Kimberly of Prescott and Paul Nooyen of Ottawa Hylands.
The final A flight golfer to break 80 was 2013 defending champ Lance LePage with a 79. LePage won the tournament in 2013 with a 73.
Leading the way in B flight was Lee Beaupre who won the flight with a 77, two strokes better than defending B champ Dave McClenaghan with his 79 total. The 79 gave McClenaghan the B net win with a 66 net score. Both are Morrisburg club golfers.
B flight was a strong Morrisburg affair with the next four winners all from the host club.
Donnie Mabo and Mike Laurin finished tieds with 81’s and Shawn Hummell shot an 84. Larry Gallinger tied Upper Canada’s Jim Beckstead with an 85.
The C flight win went to Will Mann of the Kingston area with an 87.
He was chased by Morrisburg golfers Steve Boucher with an 88 and Doug Warner with an 89.
Warner’s 89 gave him the C flight net championship with a 65 net.
Nationview golfers Ritchie Pitt (89) and Gary Smith (90) were next up.