With so many formidable teams in a stellar field, Leslie Arakelian of Pinehaven Country Club and Jackie Quinn of Wiltwyck were expecting lower scores during the final round of the Capital District Women’s Open Tuesday at The Edison Club.
They were right, but despite challenges from several former champions, Arakelian and Quinn went even lower than their talented rivals, shooting a one-under-par 71 to pull away to a four-shot victory.
They posted a two-day total of even-par 144 to beat 10 teams in the loaded championship flight.
It was the second straight CD Women’s Open victory for Arakelian and Quinn, who teamed together for the first time last year and now are among the top best-ball duos in the Northeastern Women’s Golf Association.
Tied for second were former titlists Pat Mayne of Western Turnpike with Karen Feldman of Olde Kinderhook and the Ballston Spa Country Club tandem of Sue Kahler and Suzie Mansfield. Each team shot a 72 for a two-day total of 148.
“I’m surprised the scores weren’t even lower,” said Arakelian, a four-time winner of the NEWGA Championship. “The only thing I can think of is that the rough was higher than usual. Sometimes, it was difficult getting out of the rough.”
“You couldn’t tell what kind of shot you were going to have if you weren’t in the fairway,” said Quinn, a 12-time club champion at Wiltwyck. “Everyone got a lot of flyers out of the rough, and it was a little tougher to control your shot to the green.”
But both Arakelian and Quinn agreed that the greens were rolling beautifully.
“I like the course better when it’s a little softer, rather than when it’s hard and fast,” said Quinn.
Quinn collected birdies on the fourth and 17th holes, and although Arakelian only added one birdie, on No. 3, Quinn said that her partner carried the team on the final day.
“I think we both played well,” said Arakelian. “We played very consistently. The greens were a little quicker than they were in the first round, and that helped us both.”
Arakelian and Quinn made only two bogeys in the final round. One was a three-putt by both players.
“It was a lot of fun, and that’s the most important thing. We play well together,” said Arakelian. “We both struggled here and there during the first two days, but we were both there when the other player needed help. We hung in there very well.”
Arakelian and Quinn plan to travel together when they both compete at the New York State Senior and Super Senior Women’s Amateur next month at The Brookwoods Golf Club.
“We played better than we did the first day, but we still left at least four birdie putts out there,” said Feldman, who along with Mayne have won numerous best-ball events throughout the Capital Region.
First-day leaders Mary Ellen Burt, the head women’s basketball coach at Union College, and Julia Paolina finished fourth in the championship flight with a 79-151, while Darcie Trapasso with Betsy Drambour (79-152) and Heather Morrison and Jennifer DiOrio (74-152) tied for fifth.
Jill Kane and Patty Mort took the first flight with a 79-159, a stroke ahead of Jan Vincent and Ilene Gaffney. Judy Mysliborski and Joann Whalen won the second flight with an 84-163, while Donna Heskett, the leader in the NEWGA player of the year standings, combined with Mary Ellen Trumball for an 82-165 to capture the third flight.
Championship Flight — Gross: Arakelian-Quinn 71-144, Feldman-Mayne 72-148, Kahler-Mansfield 72-148, Burt-Paolina 79-151, Morrison-DiOrio 74-152, Trapasso-Drambour 79-152, Harkins-Nevulis 75-153, Kolnick-Potter 77-154, Oppedisano-Ramos 83-162, Healey-Lee 80-166. Net: Morrison-DiOrio 131, Harkins-Nevulis 133, Trapasso-Drambour 134.
First Flight — Gross: Kane-Mort 79-159, Libertore-Young 80-159, Vincent-Gaffney 79-160, Chambers-Lawson 84-162, Taylor-Delanoy 80-162, Poulin-Aiello 84-171, Greenwood-Koehler 91-182. Net: Libertore-Young 132, Taylor-Delanoy 134, Poulin-Aiello 147.
Second Flight — Gross: Mysliborski-Whalen 84-163, Dugan-Weckter 84-165, Assey-Sciurba 82-167, DiGesare-Bramley 84-170, Hartranft-Goodale 83-170, Jakob-Tucker 84-172, Naftzger-Stack 88-180, VanAlstine-Cottrell 89-188. Net: Dugan-Weckter 129, Hartranft-Goodale 135, Jakob-Tucker 135.
Third Flight — Gross: Heskett-Trumball 82-165, Cushing-Squazzo 83-169, Sabatello-Wayand 88-174, Walsh-DuBois 86-178, Ferris-Richards 89-178, Capuano-Mantas 90-178, Laiacona-Mannix 90-180, O’Hare-Fennessy 88-182, Comanzo-Koper 93-183, Prokop-Pettrone 95-192, Blau-Carr 94-197. Net: Cushing-Squazzo 125, Capuano-Mantas 134, Laiacona-Mannix 139.