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ANDOVER, Massachusetts – On Thursday at Indian Ridge Country Club, 148 teams of two competed for the Cris Eaton Foursomes Trophy, the second of seven Mass Golf Women’s Tournaments on the 2018 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.
Following a non-traditional playing style called the “Chapman System,” Cris Eaton Foursomes teammates competed in an 18-hole tournament where they switch golf balls after their tee shots, and select the one best ball after their second shots. Following their second shots, teammates play alternate shot until the ball is holed.
Three days removed from finishing first and fourth, respectively, at the Edith Noblit Baker Trophy Women’s Championship at Bass River Golf Course, the team of Shannon Johnson and Megan Buck, residences of Norton who compete out of Thorny Lea Golf Club, took the top spot in the field, combining to shoot a 3-under 71 to edge the runner-ups by one stroke.
“It’s always fun to win,” said Johnson on the team’s second straight win in the annual tournament. “This is kind of an interesting format. You don’t really play your own ball, so it’s tough to get in your own rhythm, but we had some really good shots and putts.”
The team of Johnson and Buck bested the team of Chelsea Curtis (William J. Devine GC) and Sue Curtin (Boston GC), their longtime Mass Golf competitors and friends, by one stroke.
“It’s more fun to win when your playing with a friend,” said Buck on playing with Chelsea and Sue. “You have that teamwork and comradery, so it makes it a little more fun afterwards to celebrate.”
Both teams were the only ones to finish under par. The duos were paired together in the foursome in Thursday’s afternoon round.
Along with Buck and Johnson, the Wenham Country Club team of Joan McClellan and Marie Grondin took the title in the C-D-E Flight, also edging the next best team in the flight by one stroke.
Mass Golf encourages golfers to participate in the 2019 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, 2018 Handicap Revision), or who have completed their handicap certification.
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