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PAWTUCKET, Rhode Island– On Thursday at Pawtucket Country Club, 52 teams of two competed for the Cris Eaton Foursomes Trophy, which is the second of seven Mass Golf Women’s Tournaments on tap for the 2019 schedule. Based on the players handicaps, competitors were separated into two different flights. The A-B flight consisted of competitors whose handicap reached up to 18.0 while the C-D-E flight consisted of competitors whose handicap ranged from 18.1 to 36.0. The tournament consisted of two shotgun tournaments, with competitors from both flights competing in either the morning or afternoon rounds.
The Tournament follows the “Chapman System,” which states that the teammates competing in the 18 Hole tournament each drive the ball off the tee, hitting their partner’s ball and then select a ball which they alternate hitting until in the hole.
The duo of Shannon Johnson and Megan Buck, who play out of Brockton’s Thorny Lea Golf Club, led the field by shooting a 7-under 66 at Pawtucket Country Club. The pair finished the event with birdie-eagle-birdie over their last three holes. Johnson and Buck were 6 strokes better than the second place finishers of Sue Curtin (Charles River CC) and Chelsea Curtis (George Wright GC), who finished with a 1-under 72. This is the second year in a row Curtin and Curtis have been runner-ups to their close friends.
“This is always a tournament we look forward to every year,” said Buck. “It’s just fun to play with your friend and compete against your friends to get the season going.”
“We had some good vibes going into this tournament,” said Johnson. “We never really got ourselves into too sticky of a situation on any holes which is good. It was a pretty low key round and I think that’s kind of what opened the door and let us freewheel at some of the hole locations.”
Joining Johnson and Buck in the winner’s circle is the team of Sharon Woodward (Acushnet River Valley GC) and Sharon Christian (Poquoy Brook GC) who won the Gross Division in the C-D-E Flight by one stroke.
Mass Golf encourages golfers to participate in the 2020 Cris Eaton tournament. Entries are open to amateur golfers who have an active Mass Golf/GHIN Handicap Index at any public, private, semi-private, municipal or non-real estate Mass Golf member course/club not exceeding 36.0.0 – (as determined by the May 15, 2020 Handicap Revision), or who have completed their handicap certification.
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