Published on August 16, 2013
Among those taking part in the recent Brookfield Golf Club men’s championship were, from left, Mike Henderson, Ryan Sutherland, Gene Bell, Robert Putnam and Steve Locke.
Published on August 16, 2013
Brookfield Golf Club women’s championship participants included, from left, Kate Coulter, Chris Bernard, Annie Woodworth, Denise Snow, Pat MacPhee and Charlene Locke.
Putnam, Bernard rise to the occasion
It was nearly 33 years ago when the Brookfield Elks defeated the host Saskatoon A’s 4-3 to win the Canadian senior men’s fastball championship and the winning pitcher that early September day in 1980 was Robert Putnam.
CUTLINE #1: Among those taking part in the recent Brookfield Golf Club men’s championship were, from left, Mike Henderson, Ryan Sutherland, Gene Bell, Robert Putnam and Steve Locke. SUBMITTED
CUTLINE #2: Brookfield Golf Club women’s championship participants included, from left, Kate Coulter, Chris Bernard, Annie Woodworth, Denise Snow, Pat MacPhee and Charlene Locke. SUBMITTED
Flash forward to last Sunday and Putnam was once again in the limelight, carding a 36-hole score of 145 to capture the Brookfield Golf & Country Club men’s championship.
It was Putnam’s first time winning the event. Not bad for a 59-year-old.
“Golf has always been a challenge,” said Putnam, a resident of Brookfield. “I was very close last year and this year I was glad I was able to stay focused and pay attention for two days.”
Putnam recalled Charlene Locke giving the leaderboard update at the 13th hole.
“This told me I was pretty close,” he said. “I really had to concentrate from that point on.”
Two of Putnam’s friends – Mike Henderson (147) and 13-time club champion Steve Locke (148) – finished second and third. They were also former members of the Canadian champion Elks.
“Everyone was thrilled for Robert winning the tournament,” said Henderson, a two-time club champion. “I enjoy competition but if I wasn’t going to win it I’m certainly glad Putty did.”
Derek Meek (148) and Ryan Sutherland (149) also finished in the top five.
Meek, of Fall River and a member at Brookfield since 1993, also applauded Putnam.
“It was very competitive,” Meek said. “Everyone had a really good time during these past two days. There was no quivering over rulings – Brookfield is always such a friendly environment. We were fortunate weather wise on Saturday and had only one rain delay. There was some wind Sunday but overall it was a great weekend of golf.”
Gene Bell, one of the oldest participating golfers at 71, won the super senior men’s club title.
“My theory is if you’re not having fun then you’re trying too hard,” said the Truro resident. “I had a real fun weekend with a great group of golfers.”
In women’s play, Chris Bernard shot a 36-hole score of 164 to win her 22nd club championship in 24 years.
Denise Snow (181) was runner-up with Kate Coulter (187) Annie Woodworth (191) and Charlene Locke (193) rounding out the top five.
Bernard’s phenomenal record caught the attention of Woodworth, winner of the super senior ladies title.
“Chris is a very strong golfer,” said Woodworth, a former outstanding provincial softball player. “She has a tremendous mental game. She makes great iron shots and always takes her time to study every situation.”
Pat MacPhee (197) settled for a sixth place finish in women‘s play.
“I have no complaints, look at how much fun everyone had this weekend,” said MacPhee, of Shubenacadie. “I get so much out of playing golf. The competition is great and I continually meet nice people. The two club championships provided a lot of enjoyment and excitement this weekend.”
Lyle Carter’s sports column appears every Saturday in the Truro Daily News. If you have a story idea, contact him at 673-2857.