LAKE PLACID - Pouring rain early in the day gave way to ideal golf conditions in the afternoon as the 35th annual Bar Fly Golf Tournament was held Sept. 10 at the Craig Wood Golf Club.
The morning downpours made for a smaller field than the Bar Fly has become accustomed to, but the event still drew 66 players from across the area to compete in the two-person scramble that again raised money for the Tri-Lakes Humane Society.
Lake Placid residents JD Levitt and Nick Planty claimed a one-stroke victory with a 4-under-par round of 68. Representing Wiseguys, the pair posted a bogey-free round that included four birdies. They were rewarded with the Harry and Larry Cup, which is the winners' trophy that honors Harry Tucker and Larry Stringer, who ran establishments in Saranac Lake and loved the game of golf.
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JD Levitt, left and Nick Planty display the Harry and Larry Cup following their victory at Craig Wood in the 35th annual Bar Fly Golf Tournament.
Planty, who owns Wiseguys, also won the Bar Fly playing for his team 12 years ago on the day when the World Trade Center was attacked. Back then, Planty was paired with another Lake Placid golfer, Rhett Colby.
"It was a much more somber day back then," Planty said. "Although I wasn't on the team, Wiseguys also won this in 2010 and '09."
In addition to taking the title, Levitt also won the men's long drive contest.
"We never made a bogey, that was the key," Levitt said. "We just birdied the holes we should have and made pars. We had a good day."
"We made good shots," Planty added. "We hit greens in regulation and we made our putts. The putting was tough today. It was lightning fast, but we were making two putts for par all day. I'm pretty excited to be bringing Harry back to the bar."
Representing Shamrock, Gary Konkowski and John Tice finished runner-up with a 69. Three teams ended their day with two-under par rounds of 70, and Chad Owen and Rob Kane Jr. claimed third place, with a match of scorecards used to determine the order of finish. The twosome represented the Steak and Seafood in Lake Placid.
The Delta Blue team of Brianna Robison and Gerrick Smith won the mixed team title with a one-under par 71.
Smith was also one of four winners in men's closest-to-the-pin competitions along with Bob Blake, Casey Colby and Chris LaPierre. Mary Hoyt won both the women's closest-to-the-pin and long drive contests.
Last year's Bar Fly tournament raised $7,000 for the Humane Society. John Morgan, who organized the charity event, said he hoped Tuesday's tournament will bring in around $5,000 for the Saranac Lake-based shelter.
This year's Bar Fly sponsors were High Peaks Distributing, Rock Bottom Golf and Ray Cook Putters.
"It was a great, great day, and the golfers were so generous," Morgan said.