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2019 Last Gasp – Same as it Ever Was

Giving the year a nice circular narrative, the Last Gasp took place on a cold and rainy day, just like the Rebel Beach Am-Am all the way back 6 months prior.  However, in stark contrast to the first event of the year which gave us a first-time winner; the Last Gasp held no surprises whatsoever.  While there were a number of contenders shooting mid-40s on the front 9, there was never really a doubt who would walk away with the trophy at the end of the day.  Setting a new Boston record for winning the same event, Vin Ferraro captured his 5th(!!!) career Last Gasp title, breaking his tie with the Golden Bear (Mike Berk) who has won 4 Bratish Open titles.

The real drama played out with who would come out as the 2019 Chapter Money winner.  Michael Halbach came into the day with a healthy lead over Dan Morse ($0.60) and Andrew Gordon ($0.70), but he did his part to make it interesting shooting a net 100, finishing tied for 9th.  


This low finish kept hopes alive for the two chasers, if they could finish at or near the top.  Gordon finished in the 3rd group, at the time was the clubhouse leader and potentially the overall money winner shooting a net 91.  As more groups finished, Terry Boland had surpassed Gordon by shooting 90; however, hope was still alive as a second place check could be enough if Halbach was pushed down far enough.  But alas, it was not to be, as The Commish came in lowest of all, bumping Gordon to a 3rd place check, which was not enough to surpass Halbach’s season total.

Jeff Gallino popped in, finishing tied for 5th shooting 96, for his best finish since 2015; with Willy T. placing a respectable 7th from the blue tees. 

Nat Gordon, fresh off the birth of his twins, harnessed his new-found dad strength to capture both the front and back-9 long drives, en route to an 11th place finish. 

Jake Stowell took home most mediocre AND the back-9 CTP, finishing in a tie for 9th.  

Nobody won the closest to the pin (to be fair the hole was playing a daunting 135 yards with a back pin location – with the cold conditions, players may have had to club up to a 9-iron…).

Derek Peabody closed out the season in a familiar position, being awarded the Red Key; however, this will give him no such reprieve as it does not carry forward to next season.  For those following Derek’s roller coaster season he did finish 12th on the Chapter Money List (with event finishes of Last, 3rd, Last, 5th, 18th, 12th, Last) obliterating his previous career best of 25th.

The win vaulted Ferraro back to the top of the Career Global Money List, passing Todd Benoit who had leap-frogged him after the last event.  The Commish’s win also unwittingly aided Halbach in winning his 3rd career Chapter Money List title.  Halbach was followed closely by Morse (previous best 8th on the CML) and Gordon (previous best 6th on the CML) who each had the best season of their career.

Event Results

1.Vin Ferraro87$1.12
2.Terry Boland90$0.74
3.Andrew Gordon91$0.62
4.Mike Berk93$0.56
5.Daniel Morse96$0.47
5.Jeff Gallino96$0.47
7.William T. Gergits99$0.34
7.Jonathan Scully99$0.34
9.Jake Stowell100$0.22
9.Michael Halbach100$0.22
11.Nat Gordon104$0.12
12.Christopher Higgins105$0.06
13.Ryan Park107$0.06
14.Mark Moriarty108$0.04
15.Bill Cronin109$0.03
16.Padraic Lacey110$0.02
17.Derek Peabody118$0.00