Like all great golf games, it came down to a single hole.
Then a single putt.
“It came down to my putt, which was about a two-footer,” said Leif Lassen, a member of the men’s golf league champion team, Super A. “I thought it was a gimme, and all of a sudden it’s important.”
When Super A and Total Truck were tied 8-8 after 18 holes in the Whitehorse men’s golf league finals, the teams played an extra hole to determine the season champions Thursday at Mountain View Golf Course.
Competing in a match-play-style round in which pairs of players from each team compete for points at every hole, Super A became the league champions with a 5-3 win on the playoff hole.
“Do we have to talk about that? It’s the only one I lost!” said Scott McCarthy, captain of the Super A team, avoiding a question about the playoff hole.
“No, I lost a couple others,” added McCarthy, admitting he was exaggerating. “But that was the important one I lost!”
Lassen won Super A’s final two points to break a 3-3 tie by draining his two-foot putt after team mates McCarthy lost, Mike Sheppard tied and Chris Richards won.
The awards ceremony was the scene of some facetious controversy when members of the Super A team accused the Total Truck team of recruiting a ringer for the playoffs.
“I was a spare,” said Tom Amson, president of Mountain View and a member of the Total Truck team, responding to the Super A accusation.
“They would (call me a ringer). I mean, if they’re looking at me, it may look like I’m a ringer — from where they’re looking! They’re looking from the trees a lot.
“No wonder I look like a ringer to them, they’re looking from so far away!”
Super A, who led their Nicholas division throughout the summer, finished the regular season in first, while Total Truck shared the corresponding honour in the Palmer division.
The two divisions were comprised of a total of 30 teams and played 18 meets throughout the season.
For years, the league randomly assorted teams into the Palmer and Nicholas divisions. However, next year teams will be divided on the basis of skill.
“Some like the competition and some say the hell with it,” explained Jim Pollock, who sits on the two-person committee of the league.
“The executive before never thought it was necessary,” added Pollock. “We poled the teams last year and they said they’d like to do it that way, make it a little evener.”
The flexibility of the league is not only evident in the variety of games played, alternating between best-ball, stroke-play, individual match and others each week, but also in its altruistic attitude towards the players.
“Whatever the group wants, we’ll change,” said Pollock. “If we have teams that want different games, then we’ll put in different games and things like that. It’s not a set-in-stone league, it’s more of what-everybody-wants sort of thing.”
Thirty teams is about average for the league, but organizers hope they can add a couple teams next season with the help of additional sponsorship.
“We fluctuate from 28 up to 36, depending on how many sponsors they can get and how many teams can get together,” said Pollock. “The sponsors have paid for the time and the club.”