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MATTAPOISETT, Massachusetts – Following the completion of the second day of the 2018 Sheeran Trophy Tuesday at The Bay Club at Mattapoisett, day-one leaders Temple and Bob Mitchell held on to earn their first career victory in the annual team tournament.
The winning couple, who reside in nearby Marion, carded a 3-over par 74 on Monday in the 18-hole team tournament to finish atop the leaderboard.
They bested the team of Kerry Dolan and Meg Watson, of Crumpin-Fox Club, who shot a 5-over par 76 on Monday as well as the team of Kris and Ross Henderson, who tallied a 6-over par 77 to lead the 24 couples in the field on Tuesday to place third overall.
In Monday’s first round, the first round of Mass Golf’s only team tournament consisting of married couples, the team of Bob & Temple Mitchell got off to a good start in the selected drive, alternate shot format tournament. The 18-hole event saw Team Mitchell fire a 3-over par 74 while holding a two-stroke lead over the second place team of Kerry Dolan and Meg Watson.
The team of Mitchell & Mitchell, from nearby Marion, who hold their handicap indexes at Whaling City Golf Course and Allendale Country Club, respectively, birdied their first hole in the shotgun style format where they started on the par-3 14th hole, which was playing at 180 yards. The couple also carded birdie on the par-4 5th hole, which played at 376 yards to pace their round, which also included 11 made pars.
The Henderson team was able to post a day-low score of 6-over par 77 on Tuesday, but when all scores were tallied it was Temple and Bob Mitchell who had sealed what was their first career their victory in the tournament, beating out the other 51 teams who competed in either Monday or Tuesday’s 18-hole round.
Earlier this season, Temple Mitchell was victorious in the annual Mother & Son Team Tournament, where she and her son Jackson, a member of the UMass Dartmouth men’s golf team, edged Nashawtuc Country Club’s MJ and Stephen Wagner in a USGA recommended match of cards after both teams shot even-par 72’s at LeBaron Hills Country Club.
The Sheeran Trophy originated in 1959, and was renamed in 1972 when its trophy was presented to the WGAM by Dr. and Mrs. Paul Sheeran of Winchester Country Club.