Kim Walecka and Kevin Walecka, who play out of Country Club of New Bedford in Dartmouth, teamed up to shoot a 6-over-par 77 and tie for second place in the Women's Golf Association of Massachusetts Sheeran Trophy played Wednesday at the par-71 Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee.
The Waleckas shot a 37 on the front and a 40 on the back in an event that featured 18-hole mixed foursomes with selected drives and alternate shot. They tied for fifth low net with a 2-over 73.
"We hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens," Kim Walecka said. "We used my drives and Kevin's approach shots. There was a lot of strategy involved. You had to think about what club you wanted to hit. It wasn't straight driver off the tee."
It was a good day for the couple, who had never played at Willowbend before. It was also a marathon for Kevin Walecka, an anesthesiologist who worked a 24-hour shift in order to get the day off.
"The course was in very good shape. It was a thinker's course," Kim Walecka said. "I kind of lost Kevin at the end of the day. He was pretty tired, but he toughed it out."
Acushnet River Valley Golf Club's Lori Keegan and Joe D'Acci finished in a tie for 30th with a 19-over 90 (42-48) and tied for 10th with a net score of 3-over 74.
Allendale Country Club's Randi Arruda and George Arruda tied for 32nd with a 20-over 91 (42-49) and finished 28th with a net score of 7-over 78.
Kim Walecka is a two-time winner of the CCNB Women's Fourball with Wannamoisett Country Club's Rosemary Zehntner. The pair teamed up to win back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014.
Pelletier, Silva miss cut at Mid-Amateur
Local golfers Ryan Pelletier and Kevin Silva took part in this week's U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in Georgia, but neither made the cut after two rounds of stroke play at Capital City Club in Atlanta and Atlanta National Golf Club in Milton. Both finished at 10-over-par 151. Pelletier, who grew up in Acushnet and lives in Mansfield, opened with a 77 at Capital City and followed that up with a 74 at Atlantic National. Silva, who's from New Bedford, shot a 74 in the first round at Capital City and carded a 74 at Atlantic National on day two.
Silva and West Bridgewater's Mike Calef have already qualified for the 2018 U.S. Amateur Fourball Championship, which will be played May 19-23 at Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, Florida. They earned their spot in the field after shooting a 9-under-par 62 and tying for first place in a qualifier played Sept. 12 at Black Rock Country Club in Hingham.
Little Harbor News
Nancy Rose, Beth Geary. Phyllis Russo and Joan Collins shot a 57 to tie for first place with the team of Dianne Wheeler, Ann Roche, Anita Poyant and Rebecca McLaughlin in a scrambled tournament played Wednesday at Little Harbor Country Club in Wareham.
Two teams tied for third place with 58's — Pebbles Holmes, Shirley Collins, Addie Burchsted and Linda Dorgan, and Kathy Macedo, Viv Gallerani, Celeste LeBoeuf and Audrey Demers.
Closest-to-the-pin honors went to Andrea Matoes (first hole), Nancy Rose (11th) and Geary (15th).
In a Ladies Quota Tournament played on Oct. 8, Candace Mclean, Marilyn Burton, Jane Egan and Rita Scalzi combined for a winning score of +14. Dyan Kieltyka, Edith Larkin, Rebecca McCullough and Russo finished second at +6 and the third-place score of +4 was recorded by Sandy Devlin, Helen Simmons, Nancy Chase and Rose Murphy.
Closest-to-the-pin winners were Jean Connaughton (second hole), Marion Murphy (11th) and Pam Debrosse (17th).
Two teams battled to a tie for first-place tie in the A Flight with 42's in a Ladies Best-Ball In Flight Tournament played Sept. 27 — Connaughton, Linda Mowles, Judy Niemi and Macedo, and Helen Simmons, Gail Sim, Kieltyka and Linda Donaghey.
Burchsted, Vern Ewer and LeBoeuf teamed up to shoot a 41 and take first place in the B Flight. McCullough, Gallerani and Sally Billington finished first with a 49 in the C Flight.
Closest-to-the-pin honors were earned by Macedo (second hole) and Janet Perkins (11th). Out of 47 players, no one hit the green at 17.
Junior Cardoso and Eric Bonneau teamed up to shoot the first low-net score in a Fall Classic Tournament held this past weekend. Tim Rezendes and Bob Mitchell carded the first low-gross score. Two teams tied for second low net — John Pope and Mike Reedy and Jordan Amorin and Paul Amorin. The fourth low-net score was posted by the team of Eric Farias and Gabe Tavares.
In other news at the club, Marc Francis won the men's club championship for the third year in a row. Justin DeBortoli finished as the runner-up. Tom Luoto won the Open Division, Stan Bickmann finished first in the Senior Division and Val Tower finished as the ladies club champion.
Mike Reedy and Chris Santos successfully defended their championship by posting the low-net score of 257 (64, 65, 62, 66) in the 62nd Annual Ressie Days Tournament at Reservation Golf Club in Mattapoisett.
Tyler Hemingway and Jerry Wedge (64-69-59-68—260) finished second in the tournament, which was played over two weekends and wrapped up on Sunday, Sept. 24.
Charlie Rider and Armando Rosa took low-gross honors.
Holes In One
Mike Reedy used a 7-iron to make his first career ace at the par-3, 149-yard seventh hole at Reservation Golf Club in Mattapoisett. The shot was witnessed during an Oct. 2 round by Gary Arruda, Tony Balestracci and Steve Medeiros.
Tyler Araujo made his first-ever hole in one after pulling out his 7-iron on the par-3, 170-yard third hole at Allendale Country Club in North Dartmouth. Araujo, who works in the Allendale pro shop, made the ace during a round on Sept. 15. The shot was witnessed by Mike Hochman and Mike Lemelin.
The Back Nine Turkey Open will be played Friday, Nov. 24, at the Back Nine Club in Lakeville. The tournament will get underway with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. The entry fee is $60 per two-player team and includes greens fees, a cart, closest-to-the-pin contests and food. The field will be limited to the first 36 team applications received. For more information, call the pro shop at (508) 947-9991.
A Men's Fall Shootout is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Back Nine Club in Lakeville. The 27-hole tournament will feature three nine-hole formats — scramble, alternate shot and best ball. Tee times are available between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The field will be limited to the first 36 two-man teams. The entry fee is $160 per team and includes greens fees, a cart and prizes, with lunch on the go during play. For more information, call the pro shop at (508) 947-9991.
Ed Collins can be reached at (508) 979-4469 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @EdCollinsSCT