9th Annual Odetah Falls Classic
05 Oct 2010 at 20:16 | Published by: Blondie | Views: 5429 | News search | source: Patrick Sheridan
Bozrah, CT – September 26, 2010: While the Odetah Fall Classic (OFC) entered its 9th year, participants were met with a different course than in previous years. All 18 holes of Knoll & Holes were recarpeted in 2010 resulting in a few new challenges and forcing people to find new shots. Twenty-six players (20 pro and 6 amateur) attempted to best the new carpets. In the end, though, some familiar names topped the leaderboards of the OFC’s 3 separate tournaments.
The first tournament was a 4 round stroke play competition. In the past, high 30’s were a consistent score for the top few players, but this year only one player managed to break 40 in more than one round. Lee Stoddard of Maine did it in 3 rounds, finishing with 161 and winning the tournament for the second time in three years. The top four places rounded out as follows: 2nd - Mike Olson of Massachusetts (164), 3rd– John O’Leary of Connecticut (167), Tie for 4th – Pat Sheridan of Connecticut (168) and Bill Meizer of New York (168). Terri Lawson of Pennsylvania was the amateur stroke play winner shooting a 177.
The second tournament was a one round doubles tournament where any two players could team up. The best score on each hole for the team counted and handicaps (based on the stroke play tournament) were factored in to get a winner. Mandy Ranslow of Connecticut and Karin Rockwin of New York won that tournament shooting a team score of 40.
The last tournament of the day was the match play juggernaut. With seemingly every match going 18 holes or more, the tournament took more than 5 hours to finish and none of the top 8 from the stroke play tournament made it to the final 4. In the end, Steve Barrett of Connecticut (and winner of the 2010 Ice Breaker tournament on the same course) sealed the victory. Second went to Dusty Stoddard of Maine, 3rd to Nancy Gilchrist of Maine and 4th to Gary Cabral of Rhode Island. Terri Lawson won the amateur tournament, completing the singles sweep for the day