Yeomans wins Pro-Senior at Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds
By Geoff Converse
Greg Yeomans (on right), of The Bay Club, playing the Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course for the first time, didn’t let his lack of course knowledge get in the way of the day’s best round at the annual BackOffice Associates Pro-Senior Championship.
Yeomans shot an even-par 71 over the well-manicured 6,735-yard Marstons Mills layout in the championship, which opened the fall schedule of the Cape Cod Chapter of the New England PGA.
Tied for second at one-over-par 72 were Mick Herron of Bay Pointe Country Club and Ballymeade Country Club’s Craig Garris. Jim Knowles of Highland Links was fourth after shooting a 73 and alone in fifth after a 74 was Tom Tobey of Bay Pointe, last week’s winner of the Chapter Championship.
“Not because I had a decent round, but this is a really fun golf course that was in tremendous condition,” Yeomans said. “I didn’t know what to expect when I got here, but this was a real treat. It rewards you for good shots and penalizes you for bad ones.”
Yeomans logged four birdies during his round and four bogeys. Three of those bogeys were on par-5 holes.
“If I could have played the par-5s better, I could have put up a pretty good number,” Yeomans said. “That’s usually where I can get some birdies, but not today.”
Herron’s 1-over round featured a number of “close-but-no-cigar” putts that failed to fall. “I burned a lot of edges out there,” Herron said. “I hit the ball well, but the greens killed me.”
Garris also had his issues putting, which cost him a chance for the win.
“I was 2-under after 11 holes,” Garris explained. ” Then I bogeyed four of the last seven holes. I stink. I’ll bet you I had no less than 40 putts out there. I was flagging the pins all day, but missed no less than five birdie putts inside 10 feet.”
For Knowles, it was a rare appearance in a chapter event in which he played like someone who should be battling for Player of the Year honors.
“I hit the ball pretty well,” Knowles said. “I made a lot of pars but I missed too many puts for me to have a good scoring round. But, I’ll take a 73. No complaints.”
For Tobey it was a round where he failed to make key puts. “I just couldn’t convert the putts I needed to,” he said.
In team play, Bob Chase of Quashnet Valley and his amateur partners Fred Hazelton, Matt Dupuy and Fred Walker, who shot the low round of the day among the amateurs (72), captured the team gross honor shooting a 63.
The winning net team was Bob Giusti of the Country Club of Halifax and his amateur partners Paul Nisby, Jack Drysdale and Bill Marginson. They combined for a 59.
Next up on the Chapter schedule is the popular two-day pro-am at Sankaty Head Golf Club on Oct. 7 and 8 on Nantucket.