Overall, this has been an outstanding weekend of weather and golf for the Boston Amateur Golf Society (BAGS) Fall Championship. The final round was held at Hyannis Golf Course on Sunday, September 28. The weather was just a bonus but the true memorable moments of the day were the brilliant golf shots made by the players.
The concluding round of the 36-hole event placed the leaders under pressure and produced some excellent play in both divisions, gross and Stableford net.
Leigh MacKay, from Plymouth, who led the gross division after Saturday’s three-over par 74, stumbled slightly to a six-over 77 but managed to win the championship by a five-shot margin. Jeremy White, from Marlboro, started the day in third place, but his second 78 boosted him into the silver medal. Brian Boyle, from Natick, slipped to an 84 after his opening round 75 and slipped from second to third.
The Stableford net division, which allows players to pick up after making a net double bogey, is based upon a points system where a par or net par is worth two points. Thus, 36 points would be considered an even-par score.
Major changes occurred at the top of the net leaderboard. Niall Madden, from Dorchester, whose 38 points on Saturday placed him seven points behind the 45 points of leader Jonathan Friel, from Braintree, shot an impressive 66 (-5), added 41 points for a total of 79, and leapfrogged to the net championship. Mark Bowers, from Seekonk, also shot 66 and added 41 points to his first round 35, and his 76 points captured second place. Saturday leader Friel, who shot 62 (-9) on Saturday for 45 points, fell to a net 77 on Sunday and 30 points, still good enough for the bronze medal.
Low rounds of the day went to Mike Martin of Boston, who shot a gross 74, and to John Baron of Sudbury, who shot a Stableford net 65 (-6) and earned 42 points.
At the end of the indian summer day, winners and also-rans all agreed that the Fall Championship at Olde Barnstable GC and Hyannis GC had been an extraordinary experience and a lot of fun. Tournament director Steve Ritter, who has run BAGS for many years, was delighted with the two-day event. He said, “What a weekend! We had two marvelous fall days on the Cape, both courses were in excellent condition, and the competition in both divisions was outstanding.”
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