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Uncle Brucey Wins Bratish, Takes Home More than One Set of Juggs!

This Write-Up Brought to You By: The MGABoston Chapter Reporter

In very un-Bratish conditions, 21 Boston medios were excited to compete for the most coveted trophy in the MGA, the Jugs.  After last season’s event took place during a flood, we were pleased to come out to mostly sunny skies and a dry track.  Although the day got off to a rocky start, with tour rookie Matt McDonough submitting to a ‘random’ cooler search, revealing the outside alcohol which the course prohibited.  Sportingly, the warden/starter allowed Matt to return the beers to his car as opposed to confiscating them, giving the rest of the group a chance to heckle and jeer as he performed the walk of shame to and from the parking lot.  Honestly… who gets caught bringing beer on the course?  Rookies…

As play began, it was clear the very un-mediocre standard Bratish scoring would be required to stay in contention, with many players in the high 30s/low 40s through 9-holes.  The back 9 would do an excellent job of separating the wheat from the chaff.  Final scores were surprisingly high, for the first 5 groups in anyway.  With just one group remaining on the course, the top two in the clubhouse were Dan Morse and Andrew Gordon; I guess someone forgot to tell them you’re not supposed to play as well from the BLUE TEES!  Morse was sitting on 88 after a lost ball (in a tree??) cost him two strokes on the 18th hole.  He was nearly inconsolable upon hearing Gordon was in with 87.

Then we saw it… The Golden Bear (Mike Berk to the uninitiated), playing in just his second tournament this season, sunk a long downhill-sliding putt and gave an emphatic fist-pump.  We all knew what that meant.  The 15 time winner (including 4 Bratish Open titles) had played well and surely won the tournament.  Not surprising, given Berk had won both the Long Drive and Closest to the Pin competitions.  Morse at least felt better; knowing the tree on 18 hadn’t cost him a shot at a victory, only 2nd place.  We all went about our business ordering more beers and waiting to see if we had won the 50-50 raffle.  Even Bruce Black, who played the round of his life alongside the Bear, was convinced he had been edged out.

After some tense moments awaiting the final scorecard submission, 

it was announced that the long putt the Bear had made on 18 had given him a 79, thus DQ’ing for the first time in his illustrious career!  

As a result of the Bear’s DQ, Bruce Black won his first MGA event with an 83, securing the Jugs as well as some new found groupies.  

It was a career day for Bruce, who had only shot under 100 once and had one Top 10 (an 8th place finish) on his MGA resume.  

Another career day was had by Mark Moriarty, who finished in a tie for 4th shooting 89.  Moriarty came out on fire, shooting a 40 on the front.  Despite the 9-stroke meltdown on the back nine (securing the meltdown award), Mark finished with his first ever top 10, as well as taking home the Net award with a handicap adjusted 59!

 

Next event on the schedule is the FORE! Championship, taking place at the Meadow in Peabody.  In a very gracious manor, chapter money list leader Andrew Gordon will not be participating, allowing the rest of the field a chance to make up ground with the year’s highest purse available.  Players better have their target golf ready, as the narrow and winding course punishes shots that stray offline.

 

Event Results

#NameScore"Money"
1.Bruce Black83$1.26
2.Andrew Gordon87$0.84
3.Daniel Morse88$0.70
4.Vin Ferraro89$0.56
4.Terry Boland89$0.56
4.Mark Moriarty89$0.56
7.Christos Christopoulos 90$0.39
7.Michael Halbach90$0.39
9.Padraic Lacey93$0.25
9.Matt Boland93$0.25
11.Andrew Southgate94$0.14
12.Justin Limoli96$0.07
13.Bobby Sprouts97$0.06
14.Matt McDonough99$0.04
14.Ryan Park99$0.04
16.George Hunt100$0.02
17.Jeff Gallino101$0.00
18.Derek Peabody102$0.00
19.Bill Cronin110$0.00
20.Eric Haney112$0.00
21.Mike BerkDQ$0.00