LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid's chief of police Bill Moore has been knocking at the door of victory during recent seasons in the annual Bar Fly Golf Tournament.
Playing on Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the 34th Bar Fly, Moore, and his partner Bill Fitzpatrick finally opened that door in the two-person scramble played at the Craig Wood Golf Course in Lake Placid.
Moore and Fitzpatrick, of Syracuse, claimed a three-stroke victory with a round of 65. The pair represented the Moose Lodge at Whiteface Inn, teaming up to play nearly flawless golf on Craig Wood's par-72 layout. Moore and Fitzpatrick completed a bogey-free round and notched seven birdies in the victory.
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The team of Bill Moore, left, and Bill Fitzpatrick are presented with the championship trophy by High Peaks Distributing general manager Jon Dubee following their victory Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the 34th annual Bar Fly golf tournament at Craig Wood Golf Course in Lake Placid.
"I've been third, fourth and finished second last year at the Whiteface Club," Moore said. "We've been climbing up there and we did it today. We made the birdies where we thought we could and didn't make any mistakes."
Only two teams turned in rounds below 70. Another Whiteface Moose Lodge twosome comprised of Andy Wiley and Mark Diperno finished second with a 68. Chris Erikson and Jesse Broadfoot of the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery placed third with a 70. There were a number of teams that came in right behind with rounds of 71.
Despite the win, Moore said his biggest satisfaction came from helping raise charity funds in the Bar Fly, which again donated money to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society.
"You always want to win, but more importantly, we were just happy to help out a good cause," Moore said. "It was a great day, conditions were perfect, and a lot of friends were here. The day couldn't have gone much better."
There were also first-place prizes for the women's and mixed divisions. Lake Placid's Brenda Abbott and Bambi Pedu, who represented Wiseguys, won the women's title with an 83. Frank Zeske and Lisa McKinty were playing for the Whiteface Club and won the mixed division with a solid round of 74.
"We had some good shots, and I made some putts to save par, and that was key," McKinty said.
Not only did McKinty head home with prizes for her win, she also walked off the course with a new addition to her family when she adopted "Lila," a young beagle-mix from the Human Society that visited the course for the tournament.
The annual Bar Fly drew a field of 114 golfers this year, and raised a record $7,000 for the Tri-Lakes Humane Society. The no-kill animal shelter got an added bonus this year, as there were no skins claimed during the tournament, and the entire $1,040 from the skins purse were donated to the cause.
The Bar Fly is organized by High Peaks Distributing of Saranac Lake and always offers unique and sought-after prizes that are provided by its beer and beverage distributors.