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Cushman, Ware, Wisely and Stell are 2011 Beachview Champions

By Staff | Feb 23, 2011

The two-day Beachview Men’s Golf Championship came to an exciting conclusion on Saturday, Feb. 17. Forty-five players participated in the 36-hole tournament, competition was strong, and sudden death playoffs were required to determine two of the four Flight champions.

Bob Cushman is the 2011 Gold Champion, defeating runner up Jerry Mader on the first playoff hole. FedEx Cup contender Dick Chocol finished in third place, just two strokes back.

“It was pure dumb luck,” Cushman said, “but it was a real hoot to win. I had a few really good holes, but I didn’t play as well as I could have. I have to thank the club officers and the golf staff for all their hard work in putting the tournament together.”

It took Tom Ware two sudden-death playoff holes to defeat Jerry Shay for the B Flight Championship. Roger Triftshauser finished third, three lip-outs off the pace. Shay said he was leading Ware by one stroke going into the 36th hole when he hit his tee shot out of bounds. Then Ware hit his shot OB! Ware went on to win the hole, forcing the playoff. The first sudden-death hole was tied, but a rare “chunked” pitch shot by Shay on the second hole was the margin of victory for Ware.

“It’s great to play against a competitor like Tom,” Shay said. “Somebody has to lose, and today it was me.”

Dave Wisely shot a solid 86-82 to win the 2011 A Flight. Fred Zimmer, 2010 A Flight champion, finished second, four strokes off the pace, and Marty Gallagher, known around the club for his quick-witted verbal comebacks, was third.

“Did I win?” Wisely asked when contacted for a comment. “I had to leave right after the match to take my daughter to the airport.” When assured he was the 2011 champion, Wisely asked, “What’s the prize?” He’ll be handed a beautiful Luc Century glass trophy at the closing dinner in March.

In the Championship flight, Bill Stell held on with his steady game to repeat as Club Champion, thwarting intense and sustained challenges from Anthony “Bricks” Baldino, second place, and former champion and club president Bill Fellows, third place.

The trio was in a tight, tense match, tied after 29 holes, when Fellows buried his ball so deep in a sand trap he literally couldn’t find it. A complicated ruling was required from club professional Scott Hatto, and the process resulted in a triple bogie for Fellows, robbing him of all-important momentum.

Despite carrying a handicap five strokes higher than Stell, Baldino played brilliantly and matched Stell stroke for stroke until falling back on the 34th hole to the champion’s relentless bogie/par barrage.

“I was nervous,” said Stell, “and I opened the second round with double bogies. Bill and Tony are strong players and I was lucky to be able to hold them off.”