Dugas storms way to Island Classic victory
Shoots 6 under par at two-day event at Sankaty Head
By Geoff Converse
NANTUCKET - Eric Dugas, an assistant at Old Sandwich Golf Club in Manomet, stormed the island of Nantucket and captured the annual two-day Cape Cod Chapter of the New England PGA Island Classic late last week, shooting a 6-under-par 138.
He finished three shots better than runner up Tom Tobey of Bay Pointe Country Club, the current leader in the battle to win the Wessner Award accumulating the most points throughout the chapter schedule.
Finishing third in the two-day event that is played on the classic Sankaty Head Golf Club seaside links was Rusty Gunnarson of Rochester Golf Course, last year's Wessner Award winner. Gunnarson posted a 145 over the two rounds on the layout.
Hyannisport's Mike Haberl was alone in fourth place at 146, one stroke better than host pro Mark Heartfield.
Dugas captured both days' events, winning the opening day with a5-under-par 67 - one better than Tobey's 68 - and the second round sawhim with the only sub-par round of the day, a 1-under-par 71.
Dugas, who played on the Nauset Regional High School Team that captured the state crown in 1999, has played in very few chapter tournaments. Otherwise he might be battling for the Wessner honor himself.
On Nantucket, Dugas captured both days' events, winning the opening day with a 5-under-par 67 - one better than Tobey's 68 - and the second round saw him with the only sub-par round of the day, a 1-under-par 71. Tobey was the only other golfer to finish the two rounds under par (-3).
With his two second-place finishes, Tobey stretched his lead in the Wessner points race, which determines the chapter player of the year, over Greg Yeomans, who is alone in second place. Tobey leads 114.5-to-111.
In team play, Dugas again figured in the top spot in gross score as he and teammates Chuck Dockendorff, Mike Marooney and John Stanton finished third the first day, captured the second day's competition and collected the overall prize with a two-day total of 131.
The net division was considerably tighter with three teams tying for the overall champion.
Hyannis Golf Club's Mike Ghelfi, the director of golf for the Town of Barnstable, and his team of John Silvia III, Dana Savoie and Rick Rainville finished at 127.
Tying them at the top spot were the teams of Dan Hart of the Golf Club at Cape Cod and his amateur partners Robert Todd, Gary Hollick and Ryan O'Rourke, and longtime Cape resident and teacher Bob Quirk out of the Harmon Club and his partners Graham Oneashian, Pat Scanlon and Norm Boutin.
Next up on the chapter slate is its annual meeting at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20 at the Hyannis Golf Club. That will be followed by a Pro-Pro blind draw event.