With one round of the Inter Club Tournament settled in the scorecards, St. Clair Golf Club holds a slight lead.
St. Clair, who hosted the alternate shot formatted first round, is taking 24.5 points into the second round. Port Huron Golf Club is close behind with 18.5 points and Port Huron Elks — who is looking for their sixth win in a row — is in third with 10.5.
Today’s second round in the heat will be played at Port Huron Elks in a best ball format. Sunday’s final round will hold double the points as they’ll play individual match play at Port Huron Golf Club.
St. Clair’s Ed Nadolski and Tommy Cataldo took full advantage of their home course and snatched all three points from Port Huron’s Tim Burgess and Dan Pink.
“We had opportunities where we were looking for positioning,” Nadolski said. “Home course advantage was huge for us in our group, especially for putting because we knew where to keep the ball throughout the hole.”
Nadolski and Cataldo weren’t the only St. Clair men to sweep all three points. Bill Hughes/Caesar Motis and Jim Johnson/Dan Moran also came through with sweeps.
After the round Johnson was obviously happy with where his club stood, but he knows Sunday’s individual stroke play round is where the money is made.
“It’s important to get a lead, but there’s so many points to get on Sunday,” Johnson said. “But hey, it’s a lot easier going in with points than coming from behind.”
Only need one
Port Huron Golf Club had a pair of golden memories on the course today as two members had hole-in-ones.
Bob Funk aced the 182 yard second hole. The perfect shot certainly helped as him and Tom Jackson took all three pints today.
David Ernst had his hole-in-one on the 152 twelfth hole with a three iron, giving himself his first ace.
“I actually did not see it go in — I thought it rolled beyond,” Ernst said. “I was very excited. Very, very excited. You didn’t hear the cheer?”
The day’s scoring
Earning points for St. Clair Golf Club was Cataldo/Nadolski 3-0 over Port Huron’s Burgess/Pink; Hughes/Motis 3-0 over Elks’ Phipps/Bowman; Jackson/Golembiewski 2.5-.5 over Elks’ Heimbach/Murdick; Rose/DiCristofaro 2.5-.5 over Port Huron’s Partipilo/Rogers; Johnson/Moran 3-0 over Elks’ Chambless/Buckingham; Carr/Brusatori 2-1 over Port Huron’s Ojczyk/Koschnitzke; McIntosh/Goodell 2-1 over Elks’ Catanzaro/Laming; Ameel/Skrypek 2.5-.5 over Port Huron’s Lawrence/Ernst; Vrana/Petitpren 2-1 over Elks’ Immel/Stevenson.
The scorers for Port Huron Golf Club were Grace/Dolph 3-0 over St. Clair’s Frederick/Rorah; Pruett/McNeil 3-0 over Elks’ Easton/Green; Jackson/Funk 3-0 over Elks’ Conroy/Goodrich; McNamee/Uppleger 2.5-.5 over Elks’ Hicks/Larzelere.
Port Huron Elks had wins from Gourlay/Ernst 2-1 over Port Huron’s Schulz/Mericka; Rogers-Allen 2.5-.5 over St. Clair’s Ignasiak/Parsons; Nichols/Falk 2-1 over Port Huron’s Beck/Lozen.
The rare ties on the course were Port Huron’s Wood/Paterson and Elks’ Mertz/Howard; St. Clair’s Forster/Cole and Port Huron’s Emerick/Herring.
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