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SANDWICH, Massachusetts – The Sheeran Trophy will have four new names etched onto it this year instead of its traditional two.
Married couples Nick and Caroline Wilder of Andover and Jay and Jane Fiste (Gannon GC) split the Sheeran Trophy title after both shot 3-over-par 74 to tie for First Gross after the first and only round of the tournament Tuesday at The Ridge Club.
Wednesday’s second and final round was called off due to adverse weather conditions and upcoming greens aerification, making winners out of the top finishers in the first round.
The Sheeran Trophy continues to be a tournament for legally married partners (one must be female) to compete together against other couples in a selected drive, alternate shot format where 40% of combined handicaps are used.
The Wilder and Fiste duos edged out 2017 Sheeran champs Jamie Hass and Emily Hess (Blue Hill CC) by three strokes in the shotgun style format. The Wilders started on the 16th hole and despite bogeys on the 4th, 9th and 14th, they made par the rest of the way. The Fiste team started on the 17th and made birdie on the 5th hole (par 4, 372 yards) and 7th hole (par 3, 177 yards) to move to 1-under through nine holes. However, they made bogey on the 9th, 11th, 14th and 16th to fall back to 3-over.
Joe Dacci Jr. and Lori Keegan (Acushnet River Valley) and Doug and Lisa Riel (Wyckoff GC) both took First Net honors with a tie at 2-under.
In total, 31 couples competed in the tournament.
SHEERAN TROPHY HISTORY
The Sheeran Trophy started in 1959, and was won by Mr & Mrs Albert Bower. It was renamed in 1972 when its trophy was presented to the WGAM by Dr. and Mrs. Paul Sheeran of Winchester Country Club.