Two For the Price of One
Blackstone & Rochester Go Low
- Chatham, MA
On what was a typical October day on the Cape, players were greeted with both loads of sunshine, and tons of wind. Gusts up to 40mph made the playing conditions even tougher on the already challenging Eastward Ho! layout. Even with playing conditions being extremely difficult, both Blackstone National (Stephens) & Rochester Country Club (Smestad) fired impressive rounds of 5-under par 137. With Blackstone's first shot of the day being the tee ball on the extremely challenging 210-yard par 3, it was game on out of the gate. Professional Matt Stephens threw in an eagle of his own on the par-5 17th, and it was off and running for the Blackstone boys. Great play from Stephens and his Amateurs (Anderson/Beckwith/Holmes) combined to match the best round of the day.
It was equally important to start fast for the Northerners out of Rochester. Right out of the gate, they were faced with the 18th, a long par-4 playing dead into the wind making it even more difficult. Three back nine birdies from Professional Brett Smestad matched with some superb play from his amateurs Troy Joncas, Stacy Levesque, and Matt Nekoroski, all blended together for an impressive team win on day three.
Blackstone National & Rochester CC had plenty of great play right behind them. Vesper CC (Turner) turned in a sub-4 138, and both Salem CC (Hanefeld) and Falmouth CC (Warren) played well, firing 3-under 139. Course conditions were exceptional, and the weather cooperated once again as the field was greeted with tons of sun, and temps rising up into the mid-50's. As Thursday rolls around the corner, temps will drop, and winds will pick up as the field turns their attention to Wianno Club for the final leg of Cape Week!
Wood & Salem CC Take Day 2 of Cape Week
Kevin Wood, PGA and his Salem Country Club team always enjoy their week on Cape Cod. This year, that may be the case even more so. Starting on the 18th, the Salem CC team saw the beautiful New Seabury track almost in its intended order. After all four players took care of business on their starting hole with four pars, the group went on a great stretch of play through the middle part of the front-9. In this 2 Best Ball of 4, Gross + Net format, the team had a double-eagle on the 3rd, a birdie on 4, and added another birdie on the challenging 5th. Ultimately, the Salem squad fired a 9-under par 135 to take home first on the day. Congrats to Kevin Wood and his amateur partners Andy Nekeroski, Jonathan Nekoroski, and Brian Nowak.
Wood and his partners just clipped two teams nipping at their heels by a shot, firing an 8-under par 136 in the 2 Best Ball of 4, Gross + Net format to take home the second piece of the Fall Festival week. Rochester Country Club and City Golf Boston, led by Brett Smested & Pat French, both finished just short with those scores of 136. Blackstone National (Bruso), Cyprian Keyes (Hickey), and Blackstone National (Stephens) rounded out the top of the field, all firing great rounds of 7-under par 137. Course conditions were exceptional, and the weather cooperated once again as the field was greeted with tons of sun, and temps rising up into the mid-50's. Now, the field turns their attention to the highly-tauted Eastward Ho! Country Club for Day 3!