Copenace, Platt win Open titles
He already was trailing the pack entering Sunday and didn’t exactly get off to a heavenly start.
But with the tournament on the line in the final two holes, Norman “Mike” Copenace had the shooter’s touch as the ground caved underneath the feet of his competition.
Playing in the first flight with Scott Fawcett, Jordan Sinclair, and Greg Ward, Copenace’s opening-round 76 on Saturday had him two strokes behind the other three.
A double-bogey on the first hole, followed by bogeys at both the second and third, threatened to put Copenace in too deep of a hole.
But Copenace steadied himself and recorded back-to-back birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 to build some momentum.
On the back nine, two more birdies at Nos. 14 and 16 had him within hailing distance of the lead.
Then at No. 17, Copenace holed his par putt before watching Fawcett bogey and Sinclair triple-bogey to put him up by a stroke.
The 18th was no kinder to his playing partners, as they both bogeyed while Copenace tapped for par for a round of 75 to seal the victory (151).
Fawcett and Sinclair each finished two strokes back after identical rounds of 74 on Saturday and 79 on Sunday for a two-day total of 153, with Fawcett getting the nod for second via a countback.
Ward—no stranger to success at Heron Landing in competition—tossed away his chance at the title with a rare meltdown.
The multiple tournament champ posted four double-bogeys on his way to a back-nine 45 for a round of 82 to finish another three shots back (156).
In the men’s second flight, Jeromy Wensley was the recipient of more generosity as he finished in first with matching rounds of 81 for a 162 total.
It was a final hole to forget for Blake Mainville, who lost the lead—and the tournament—with a bogey on the 18th to finish second by one shot (163).
Mel Larson also had the flight in hand but imploded with a quadruple-bogey eight on the 17th and a quintuple-bogey 10 on the 18th.
He wound up third in the flight (169).
Peter Sas (170) was fourth while Ed Notonance rounded out the second flight in fifth (173).
The third flight was not as close as the first two, with Harold Big George (163) coasting to a five-shot victory over Harry Klyne (168).
Joe Jack was third (169).
The fourth flight, meanwhile, came down to a countback, with Robert Perreault edging Bruce Kelly after both recorded rounds of 91 and 90.
Terry Dolk was third (193) while John Big George was fourth (202).
In the Ladies’ Open, Kay Platt rallied from a four-shot deficit after Round 1 to edge Diane Cobiness by one shot for the championship.
Cobiness’ 82 on Saturday had her looking at an easy win after Platt’s 86.
But a birdie on No. 15 on Sunday pulled Platt even.
Then when she parred the 17th, compared to a bogey by Cobiness on the same hole, the lead was hers and so was the title after each double-bogeyed the 18th.
Sandra Windego was third in the first flight (183).
In the second fight, Redgut Babes’ fastball pitcher Tracy Morningstar went from fireballer to long driver to post rounds of 91 and 88 to defeat Virginia Big George (182) by three strokes.
Louella Big George was third (214).