On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the 33rd annual Bar Fly Open Golf Tournament was held at the Whiteface Club, and 104 players on 52 teams filled the course for the two-person scramble event.
Over the years, the tournament has been a mid-September tradition in Lake Placid that draws many of the same avid golfers from across the region. Once again, the event benefitted the Tri-Lakes Humane Society and raised approximately $3,500 for the organization.
With some difficult pin placements on Whiteface’s 6,036-yard layout, there were only two scores turned in below par on the par-71 course. Saranac Lake’s Kurt Sturgeon teamed up with Lake Placid’s Sean Cassidy to take the victory, firing a 5-under par 66 to finish two strokes ahead of the next-closest twosome. Sturgeon and Cassidy were representing the Down Hill Grill.
Playing for the Adirondack Cafe, which is located at the Whiteface Club, Lake Placid’s Bill Moore and Bill Fitzpatrick finished runner-up with a round of 68. The pair turned in five birdies and had two bogeys on their way to shooting 3-under par.
Sturgeon and Moore actually teamed up last year in the tournament and neither golfer found the fortune that they did this time around.
“Bill and I, we finished dead last last year,” Sturgeon mused. “Today, I actually played pretty well, but Sean (Cassidy) he got most of the work done. Sean is a very good golfer.”
Two more Lake Placid golfers rounded out the top three as Nick Politi and Neil Ruocco carded an even-par 71. Just two days before, Politi finished in a tie for second place at the annual Craig Wood-Ray Randall Invitational, also held in Lake Placid.
Marie Morgan and Kristina Wheeler of Lake Placid took the women’s title with a round of 102 and Lisa Morenty and Don Mortensen won the mixed division with a 75.
The tournament also featured closest to the pin and long drive contests. Lisa McKenty and Carolyn Benty captured long drive titles for the women and Cory Reid, Pete Rach and Lee Nichols won the men’s competitions. Closest to the pin victories went to Bill Dowd, Larry Pickreign and Rob Milarney.
“I’ve been organizing this tournament for 25 of its 33 years, and it’s a great tournament and important event that benefits our community,” said Lake Placid’s John Morgan. “We are really fortunate we can continue to hold a tournament that attracts many of the same faces every year while raising money for worthwhile causes. Once again, the Bar Fly was a big success.”
High Peaks Distributing of Saranac Lake was the tournament’s main sponsor.
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Playing for the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, Chris Ericson chips onto the sixth green at the Whiteface Club during the 33rd annual Bar Fly Open. Ericson teamed up with Bill Ward to card a 2-over par 73 in the 52-team tournament.