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The 47th Kirkwood Memorial Golf Tournament Summary

The 47th Annual Kirkwood Golf Tournament was played at Stowe Country Club last week. The event drew 144 players again this year, playing in two-man teams. The weather was exceptionally friendly and the course conditions were excellent. Superintendent Scott Rossi and his crew worked magic to get the greens in shape after the tough winter. The Stowe Country Club staff, led by Ron Philo, Director of Golf, and club manager, Josh Nicholls, were perfect hosts. The Kirkwood committee, chaired by Scot Baraw, organizes the tournament each year, started in 1967 by the club professional, Joe Kirkwood. Stowe Junior Golf is the beneficiary of the tournament. Nine youngsters were awarded club memberships this summer.

Thursday’s better-ball qualifying round resulted in playoffs for the lowest gross and net scores. The Jeff Hadley Cup (low gross) was won by Scott Holbrook and Kevin VandenBerg over Andy Donatello and Andy Light with a score of 67. The Stan-Marc Wright Trophy was won by John Galle and John Ready over Fred Bashara and Doug Teetor with net 62. Jeff Hadley was a pro at SCC; Stan-Marc Wright, a club founder.

Two players had a Hole-in-One; Bill Bond #15 on Saturday; Mark Severance #4 on Sunday.

The seventy-two teams are divided into nine flights based on the qualifying scores. Match play within the flights of eight teams make the weekend competitive for the entire field. The complete results are available on the Kirkwood Tournament web-site, www.kirkwoodgolftournament.com.

The 2014 Joe Kirkwood Champions are Scott Holbrook and Kevin VandenBerg, besting Andy Donatello and Andy Light. The runners-up are awarded the Stu Baraw Sr. Trophy. The winners are added to the champion’s plaque that adorns the clubhouse dining room wall.

The flight final results –

First Flight winners are awarded the Larry Swanson Memorial Trophy – Sal Vespa and Phil Amell won over Bruce Emerson and Shawn Goodell.

2nd – GL Harvie and Jon Landry over Steve McCartney and Bill Meckert in extra holes.

3rd – Bill Schaaf and Tim Schaaf over Bob Davison & Danny Andrade.

4th – Bill Bond and John Colburn over Tom Kristiansen and Jim Mogan.

5th – Tom Burgess III and Chris Mancini over Jimmy Garfinkle and Cary Weiss.

6th – Tom Bonnette and James Carroll over Tim Halvorson and Dennis Wells.

7th – Lee Burgess and Pete Sakash over Lynn Altadonna and Chris Altadonna.

8th – Ed Stahl and Reid Williams over Norm Fromm and Steven Jones.

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Kirkwood Golf Committee Awards High School Senior Golfer Bridget Martin

Sowe High School senior (2014), Bridget Martin, received the Outstanding Senior Golfer Award from the Kirkwood Golf Committee.  The Kirkwood Golf Tournament is an annual event that began in 1967 when Joe Kirkwood was the Head Professional at Stowe CC.  The proceeds of the tournament support Junior Golf in the Stowe Area, introducing the game to youngsters from 2nd grade through high school.

The committee recognized Bridget for exemplifying the character that the game of golf hopes to instill in young players.  The Stowe junior golf program seeks to introduce the game and instill life-long character traits in young players – Honesty, Confidence, Courtesy, Respect, Sportsmanship, Perseverance, Integrity, Responsibility and Judgment.   The $1000 award included a certificate with the following words crafted by Coach Chris Eaton:

Bridget has been an excellent student athlete on the golf team the past 3 years. Bridget started playing golf as a freshman and quickly picked up the game.  She has expressed confidence, courtesy, and sportsmanship while competing for Stowe High School in regular season matches as well as the State Tournament.  Bridget has shown integrity and perseverance when faced with tough matches and conditions that could frustrate any player.  She likes the challenge of the game and how it has helped her improve her concentration and focus. Bridget has proved to be a great example of what the game of golf instills in players.

Bridget Martin

Coach Chris Eaton; Outstanding Player of the Year, Bridget Martin; and Scot Baraw, Kirkwood Committee Chair, are beaming at the Award Ceremony held at Stowe Country Club on June 11, 2014

 

 

 

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Old Videos featuring Joe Kirkwood

EXHIBITION GOLF

 

“CUT IT OUT!”

 

“NOW … YOU GOLFERS …”

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2014 Registration Opens Soon

Registration for the 47th Annual Kirkwood Memorial Golf Tournament will be opening soon. Please see the Schedule of Events for changes for this year. We are going to a two shotgun starts on Thursday for qualifying, The tournament recognized increasing demands for midday tee times and wants to emphasize socializing  during the weekend, especially on Thursday night’s Cocktail Party and Calcutta.

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Early Registration Thank You

We want to thank everyone who has taken advantage of early online registration. Online registration allows you to pay with a credit card and select your tee time for Thursday’s qualifer. Please visit KirkwoodGolfTournament.com to register and join the email list. Kirkwood emails will keep you up-to-date on this year’s and future Kirkwood events.

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