Bay Pointe pro fires 3-under-par 67
Moves ahead in Wessner Points battle with Yeomans
By Geoff Converse
OSTERVILLE - When Bay Pointe Country Club head pro Tom Tobey is on his game, it makes people think that he should be playing in aPGA Tour qualifying event rather than a Cape Cod Chapter of the NewEngland PGA Pro-Am.
Earlier this week saw one of those days as Tobey blistered theWianno Golf Club on Tuesday for a 3-under-par 67, winning the BackOffice Associates Pro-Am by an eye-popping five shots over runners-up Tom Rooney of LeBaron Hills and Kittansett's Steve Demmer.
Tobey attacked the 6,022-yard layout from the start, birdying hisfirst hole (the 12th as the event used a shotgun start.) However, hehad a couple of hiccups on the 18th and again on the first to drop backto 1-over-par before he heated up with five birdies in seven holes(Numbers 4 through 11) and was within one more birdie of tying thecompetitive course record of 65 that has stood since 1954. However, hebogeyed his final hole to finish at 67.
"There were some holes where I really grinded out there," Tobeysaid. "I love coming here in spite of not always doing well. This is agolf course where you always think you can score low. But, somehow, itjumps up and bites you and you realize it's not that easy to scorehere, in spite of it being in unbelievably good shape and the greensrolling pure."
Tobey has been on fire most of this fall in chapter and New England Section events. His win yesterday, coupled with Greg Yeomans finishing tied for 12th place, enabled the Bay Pointe head pro to surgeahead in the Wessner Points battle to determine the Chapter's Player ofthe Year.
Tobey holds a slim 2½-point edge on Yeomans with next Tuesday'sPro-Am event at Cranberry Valley the final points event on theschedule. This is the tightest Wessner Points battle the chapter hasseen in over seven years.
There was a tie for fourth after both Louie Rivers of Foxborough Country Club (and formerly an assistant at Hyannisport) and Cape Cod National's Matt Walsh each posted a 73.
"This is a fun course to play, especially when we are fortunateenough to have a great weather day like today," Demmer said of his 72."I putted well - who wouldn't on these great greens - and it was a goodday for me."
Rooney, who works at LeBaron Hills, site of this year's ChapterChampionship, started with a birdie, but struggled on the next threeholes going 5-over-par before settling down and getting into a goodgroove.
"This is the first time I've seen this course," Rooney said. "It's magnificent. The greens were excellent."
Rooney rebounded from his rough stretch with a four hole stringwhere he made three birdies to bring himself back to 2-over-par for theday.
Walsh logged his best round since rupturing his Achilles tendon in the spring. He started playing golf again in late summer.
"This is the first round I've had below 80 since I hurt theAchilles," he said. "I guess I can take my clubs off eBay now that Iproved I can play a little bit."
In team play, Walsh and his amateur partners Hugh Walsh (his father), Jeff Banta and Art Anderson Jr. topped the gross score division with a 63. In net play, Jay Wick of Old Sandwich Golf Club and his partners Doug Mayo, Mike Walker and Mike Marooney (a former Oyster Harbors assistant and now back in the amateur fold), blistered the layout for a 59.