An ugly win, is still a win. It’s just not as satisfying.
That was basically Phil Mullin’s feeling after winning the Mountain View Club Championships, a closed tournament for members over the weekend.
Mullin took the open men’s title with a 76 on Saturday and a 77 on Sunday for a gross score of 153. However, with a couple three-putts and a few bogeys, he knows it was not his best performance.
“They are decent scores, but the way I was hitting the ball I thought I should have been about even par both days,” said Mullin. “I’m happy to win, but at the same time I’m disappointed with how I did it.”
Taking second was this year’s Yukon Open champion, Blaine Tessier, who hit a combined score of 161. Although finishing eight strokes back, Tessier did close the gap to a couple strokes by the start of Sunday’s back-nine. But in what he considers a turning point on hole 12, Mullin made par with a 35-foot putt while Tessier missed his birdie putt.
“If I didn’t make that putt, it would have been a different story,” said Mullin. “I think we would have been one stroke different with a few holes to play. It would have changed the tone of the round.”
Mullin, missed the Yukon Open because he was away competing at the BC Amateur Championship in Kootenay, BC, where he failed to make the cut. Mullin, Yukon’s 2009 men’s champion, earned the BC Amateur spot – the Yukon’s only men’s spot – in June.
Matt Lafferty, playing in the senior men’s division from the white tees, ended the first round with the best score on the day, hitting one less than Mullin with a 75.
Lafferty, who finished with the third highest score overall with a 157, won the Yukon Open’s senior men’s division in 2009.
The women’s division was a bit of a replay of the Yukon Open with friends and rivals Bergitte Hunter and Ingrid Fawcus chasing each other on the scorecard. In the end, it had the same results with Hunter snagging the title with a gross score of 179 and Fawcus coming second with 186.
Results (gross score)
1st Phil Mullin – 153
2nd Blaine Tessier – 161
Men’s second flight
1st Marcel Barrault – 174
2nd Steve Fraser – 181
1st Matt Lafferty – 157
2nd Jim Harris – 162
Senior men’s second flight
1st Bob Morris – 180
2nd Ron Moore – 187
1st Birgitte Hunter – 179
2nd Ingrid Fawcus – 186
1st Steven Harlow – 168
2nd Josh Harlow – 168
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