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Sawmill Creek team wins North Coast Invitational

Butch Wagner • Aug 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

There is something about the even numbered years that brings out the best in the Sawmill Creek team in the Ladies' North Coast Invitational.

They are 5-0 in the 10-year history of the event that now pits the best representatives from four courses — Eagle Creek Golf Club, Sawmill, Thunderbird Hills and Woussickett.

The hosts for the 2014 tournament ran away from their rivals to extend the string of victories for the even years — 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and now 2014.

A new format was used this year with the lowest net scores for 17 members of each team used to determine the champion.

Each team had 18 players at the outset of the 8 a.m. shotgun starting time.

Sawmill Creek, led by the mother-daughter combination of Sylvia Mazza and her daughter, Jennifer Mazza-Bork, finished with 1,309 net strokes (with handicap) compared to 1,351 for runner-up Eagle Creek. Thunderbird Hills placed third at 1,420 and Woussickett wound up at 1,445.

Jen Mazza-Bork fired the lowest net round of the day at 61 as a result of 103 on a 41 handicap. Meanwhile, Sylvia Mazza ranked second in the net listings at 65 with a 90 on her 25 handicap.

They were the only players to shoot under net 70.

The low round of the day was produced by Eagle Creek's Tacy Bond who finished with an 89, one shot ahead of Sylvia Mazza.

 Lisa Nestor and Nancy Bleile, both of Eagle Creek, were next in line with actual scores of 93 and 94 respectively on the 5,074-yard par 71 layout — which played tougher than usual because of wet conditions that played havoc with the participants who relied on getting distance with the roll.

Kim Martello of Sawmill Creek also carded a 94.

"I had four three-putts and a four-putt, other than that I had a good day," said the 16 handicapped who finished with 39 putts for the day, and had two birdies (Nos. 6 and 10).

As for Mazza-Bork, the 103 was her best round of the season.

"This is my first year at Sawmill and my lowest score. I'll admit, I practiced the other day for this tournament and I'm happy I beat mom," she said.

She has been playing golf for 25 years.

Sylvia Mazza had knee surgery last November and is just getting back to playing regularly.

"I have a brand new knee that works perfectly and today's score was my best in the last three years," she said.

Also for the champions, Roberta Kessler had a net 71 while Theresa Herold and Sandy Zelvy posted net 72s, Brenda Delamatre 73, Ginny Corbett 74, Evelyn Torski and Patti Sager 79s, Linda Hebert and Iris Kuebeler 80.

The other members of the winning team were Karen Bork, Kathy Durham, Linda Wilson, Lois Myers, Mary Lou White, Marge Manion and Sandy Schiefley.

All of the Sawmill players had net scores of 88 and under, a key reason for the runaway title.

For Eagle Creek, the 2013 champion, Marge Baldwin had the lowest net round of 72 (111 on a 39 handicap) and Bond was next with 89 on a 16 handicap for net 73, the same total compiled by Deb Esch who had 109 on a 36 handicap.

Erin Lendrum and Lynn Espik were next for the Norwalk group with net 74s. Donna Coe and Nestor checked in with 76s, Bleile 77, Annette Stroud and Meg Waugh 81s, Karen Schneider and Patty Richards 82, Marcia Robinson and Donna Pittenger 83s, Nancy Dilger 85 and Juanita Lopez 88.

Other members were Brenda Friend, Peggy Heydinger and Sue Jump.

For Thunderbird, Karen Kennedy and Becky Freeman shared the low round with 104s and Jan Bostic had the low net score of 74, one stroke ahead of Becky Freeman and Sharyn Fry.

Also for Thunderbird, Karen Tillack's net was 78, followed by Betty Meese (80), Martha Bodde and Linda Plumb with 81s, Kennedy 82, Cathy Ontko 83, Ann Portteus 84 and Linda Solet 86.

The other representatives were Barb Wobser, Theresa Recard, Sharon Dubois, Nicky Keller, Sally Hoffman, Marge Malloy, Jane Manley, Jane Bade and Judy Perry.

Julie Tiell fashioned the low score of the day for Woussickett with 98 while Linda Wenner shot 104 and Pat Szekely 106.

In the net department, Nancy Herl had 104 on a 30 handicap for 74 and Linda Fehnrich was next with 102 on a 27 handicap for 75. Tiell and Linda Moon were next in line at net 77s.

Also for Woussickett in net scoring, Erin Terry and Dianne Farrar had 78s, Szekely 79, Shirley Goins 80, Wenner 86 and Sharon Kenney 88.

Other players on the roster were Sue Krynock, Chico Bird, Liz Koleno, Brenda Pflieger, Pat Wilson, Peggy Myers, Joan Ackerman and Loreen Brown.

Four longest putt awards were presented, one to each member of a team.

The winners were Roberta Kessler of Sawmill on No. 2, Margaret Baldwin of Eagle Creek on No.9, Martha Bodde of Thunderbird Hills on No. 11 and Shirley Goins of Woussickett on No. 18.

"We were fortunate to get our tournament in and the girls had fun today for the most part, despite the fact the course played so long because of the wet conditions," said Ginny Corbett, tournament director.

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