Nailing birdies on front nine, Mayne-Feldman duo repeats

A birdie barrage on the front nine helped Pat Mayne and Karen Feldman cruise to their second straigh
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A birdie barrage on the front nine helped Pat Mayne and Karen Feldman cruise to their second straight Gazette Women’s Best Ball Championship Saturday at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course.

Mayne, from Pinehaven Country Club, and Feldman, from Olde Kinderhook, fired a sizzling five-under-par 31 on the front and tacked on two more birdies to offset one bogey on the back for a six-under-par total of 66, four shots ahead of three teams tied with 70.

Mayne, who shot a 68 on her own ball, was four-under-par by herself on the front nine.

Mayne birdied the par-5 second hole, and both Mayne and Feldman rolled in birdies on the par-4 fourth.

Then the Mayne-Feldman tandem really heated up with three consec­utive birdies. Mayne birdied the par-4 seventh, Feldman birdied the par-4 eighth hole and Mayne closed out the front side with a birdie on the par-5 ninth hole.

“It’s pretty sad when you’re upset that you’ve got a birdie rather than an eagle on that hole,” said Feldman with a laugh.

Mayne three-putted for bogey on the 10th hole, but Feldman was there to pick up a crucial par that kept their team moving.

After Mayne just missed rolling in a birdie putt on No. 11, both she and Feldman birdied the par-5 12th hole. Mayne’s 25-foot eagle putt came up just short.

The only hole Mayne and Feldman both got into trouble on was the 135-yard par-3 13th hole. Mayne couldn’t decide which club to use, and she changed her mind several times. Then, she came up well short of the green. Feldman pulled her tee shot into the left bunker.

Although Mayne chipped up to four feet, she missed her par putt. Feldman blasted out of the bunker to about 15 feet and missed her par putt, as well, for the team’s only bogey.

With her ball below her feet and in a poor lie, Mayne misfired on her second shot on the par-5 14th hole, but then she pitched to about two feet to set up what appeared to be an easy birdie putt. She didn’t play quite enough break, however, and had to settle for par.

The only other problem Mayne and Feldman got into was on the 175-yard par-3 15th hole. Both players came up well short of the green, but they each managed to get up and down for par.

Mayne’s birdie putt on the par-5 16th hole closed out the scoring for her team. Both Mayne and Feldman settled for easy pars on the final two holes.

“I felt very good today,” said Mayne, who finished with six of her team’s nine birdies. “I knew we were playing well, but I didn’t want to know the score. I just wanted us to keep getting more birdies. I knew we were well under par on the front nine, but I didn’t ask Karen what the score was.

“My short irons were hit extremely well today, and I had a lot of birdie opportunities out there. I hit a lot of balls close today, and believe it or not, we both had a lot more opportunities. Karen and I left a few out there, but the greens were rolling true, and the course was in great condition.”

“Our goal was six-under-par, and that’s what we ended up shooting, but we weren’t thinking about getting any bogeys,” said Feldman, a former pro tennis player. “I haven’t played much golf lately, because I’ve been involved in politics. Pat was the hero today.”

Tied for second at two-under-par 70 were Leslie Arakelian of Pinehaven Country Club with Mary

Sicard of Queensbury Country Club, Chan Lee of Mohawk Golf Club with Ella Kelloge of Hiland Golf Club and the Ballston Spa Country Club duo of Betsy Drambour and Sue Delanoy, who won the title in 2006.

Sue Kahler and Suzie Mansfield of Ballston Spa Country Club tied Mohawk Golf Club’s Anne Poulin and Shawna Carroll and Amsterdam’s Donna Nevulis with Kathy Harkins with 71.

Brenda Adams and Lauren Pet­rake topped the B Division with a 72 gross. They were also the overall low net winners with a 52.

Carroll took the longest drive on the seventh hole. Feldman won the closest to the pin on No. 6 (seven feet, four inches) while Betty Chiffolo won the closest to the pin on the 17th hole (6-4).

Gross and net prizes were awarded to the top three teams in each of the two flights. All ties were broken with a matching of cards, starting with the back side.

RESULTS

(Par 72)

A Flight — Gross: Mayne-Feldman 66, Arakelian-Sicard 70, Lee-Kelloge 70, Drambour-Delanoy 70, Mansfield-Kahler 71, Nevulis-Harkins 71, Poulin-Caroll 71, Oppedisano-Ramos 72, Lawson-Jorgensen 72, Wayand-Tucker 73, Pappas-Couch 73, Burt-Sauers 74, Schiek-Sundberg 74, VanBuren-Milos 74, Trappaso-Gabel 75, Whalen-Lafleur 77, Naftzger-Andrews 77, Gerrity-Warczak 78, Lloyd-Wachtl 78, Van­Alstine-Cerutti 79, Walkanowski-Josseph 80, Martin-Stack 82, Assey-Taylor 83, Crowley-Greenwood 84, Sherlock-Wolcott 84. Net: Pappas-Couch 57, Poulin-Carroll 58, VanBuren-Milos 60.

B Flight — Gross: Adams-Petrake 72, Weckter-Goodale 78, Mysliborski-Giacobbe 78, Lampman-Reynolds 78, Cheon-Lee 81, Ryan-Clark 81, Aiello-Carroll 82, Tauzel-Cav­anaugh 82, Bramley-DiGesare 83, Sundling-Czelusniak 84, Gold-Mason 85, Chiffolo-O’Haire 85, Wayand-Cottrell 85, Sacks-Yee 86, Sheehan-Rizzo 86, Mantas-Dugan 87, Blau-Mahoney 87, Upjohn-Henderson 87, Hoorwitz-Nadler 87, Verno-Tuszynski 88, Starzenski-Hall 90, Blaha-Rossettie 90, D. Bryce-Guynup 92, Hoopes-Cross 92, J. Bryce-Saplin 95, Senich-Carrara 102. Net: D. Bryce-Guynup 57, Lampman-Reynolds 57, Sundling-Czelusniak 58.

Longest drive — Shawna Carroll (seventh hole).

Closest to pin — Karen Feldman (7-4, sixth hole); Betty Chiffolo (6-4, 17th hole).

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