DARTMOUTH — It transpired about two several years ago, but Sue Stykowski and Linda Lemieux will never ever forget the second.
Caught in a torrential downpour for the duration of the championship match of the 2019 Women’s Invitational Four-Ball at Region Club of New Bedford, the teammates took deal with below an overhang at the par-four sixth hole and a little something in the mud caught their eye.
“It was a pink poker chip with angel wings in the middle,” mentioned Lemieux. who life in the North Conclude of New Bedford and functions in the pro store at Whaling Metropolis Golf System. “We had no concept exactly where it came from, but we consider it was a signal from (event founder) Inez (Mello).”
Mello passed away at age 92 in Oct of 2018. Volunteers who function at the event wear pink shirts and are known as “angels.” They continue to keep observe of scores, get the job done as system marshals and man the scorer’s tent, among the other points.
The sixth hole proved to be a pivotal one for Stykowski and Lemieux, a member at Whaling Town and Acushnet River Valley. They took off their raingear and proceeded to get the future three holes to go 1 up at the change in advance of proceeding to notch a 3-and-2 acquire around Sandy Tillett (who also functions in the professional store at Whaling Metropolis) and Barbara Grunkemeyer.
Lemieux continue to has the poker chip and she’ll have it this week when she and Stykowski endeavor to protect their championship in the 42nd edition of the match, a one of a kind five-day celebration that begins on Monday and celebrates the club’s female customers and their company.
“We did not get a likelihood to play final year because of COVID, so it really is likely to be remarkable acquiring back again to enjoying,” explained Stykowski, a retired second-quality trainer from Dartmouth and two-time tournament winner who teamed with Elaine Ferreira to take property the championship trophy in 2007. “It is the ideal women’s tournament in New England, with a good deal of terrific gamers and groups. Successful again to back is tough. We’re going to have our hands complete, but it really is a pleasurable 7 days and we’re hunting forward to the challenge.”
The two have regarded every single other for a very long time and they love each individual other’s company.
“We are comfortable with each individual other. We do a fantastic task selecting every single other up,” Stykowski stated. “We have a lot of entertaining and it can be constantly a fantastic 7 days on and off the course.”
Stykowski and Lemieux, a retired 3rd-grade trainer, stored taking part in throughout the pandemic and they were equipped to get with each other and play a follow spherical at CCNB on Wednesday.
“Golfing was 1 of the number of points you could do,” Lemieux said. “I played a whole lot past year. It was a fantastic way to get out of the residence for some workout and fresh air.”
Stykowski, who was in a position to engage in a pair of moments a week last yr, grew up close to the 10th tee off Hathaway Street in New Bedford and she was released to golf at the age of 17 when she would be a part of her brother, Bob, CCNB head professional John Gilholm and his daughter for classes at the par-4 eighth gap.
“John is the only instructor I ever had,” Stykowski claimed. “He knew a whole lot about the golfing swing and he gave me a ton of excellent suggestions. Anytime I was acquiring hassle, he’d convey to me to seize my seven iron and meet up with him at the eighth gap.”
This year’s tournament will feature 28 groups. 4 will have 1st-spherical byes: Stykowski and Lemieux as the defending champs and the a few major seeds, Nicki Demakis and Julie Shaw (Winery of Escondido in California), Carla Fitzgerald and Christine Cochis (Cape Dread Nationwide in Leland, N.C.) and Sue Sylvia and Chris Torpey (Acushnet River Valley).
The subject involves two other returning championship teams — Sheila Tierney-Curry and Patty Sullivan (2018) and Kim Walecka and Rosemary Zehntner (2013 and 2014). Tierney-Curry also completed 1st in 2000 with Chris Loud and 2009 with Rosemary LeBlanc. who cannot participate in this yr because of a damaged wrist. Sullivan plays out of Reservation Golfing Club in Mattapoisett when Zehntner is a member at Turtle Creek Club in Tequesta, Fla.
Past winners who are playing with distinctive partners this time all-around consist of Sandy Tillett (1998 and 2003 with Donna Doyle), Karen Marcos (2001 with Enid Weinshel), Charlotte Oliveira (2002 with the late Christine Galligan), Deb Hynes (2004 with Sarah Valentini), Sylvia (2010 with Jan Santos), Demakis (2016 with Fitzgerald) and Pat Ansay (2017 with Temple Mitchell).
Tillett (Whaling Metropolis) will be portion of a guest-visitor group with Gracie Colony (Pensacola Region Club in Florida). Marcos (Segregansett Place Club in Taunton) will enjoy with Barbara Younger (CCNB). Charlotte Oliveira (Bay Club at Mattapoisett) will staff up with Annette Mallen (CCNB), Hynes will play with Terry Garrett (Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville) and Ansay will associate with Mary Jane Muello (Olde Scotland Hyperlinks in Bridgewater).
JoAnn Squillante, a two-time winner with Courtney Teser (2008) and Acushnet River Valley’s Denise Belanger (2015), is not enjoying this week but will provide as the starter at the 10th hole. Belanger will play with Diane Lacoste, the tournament committee chairwoman.
Rochelle Pelletier, who watched last week as her spouse, David, and son, Kyle, teamed up to gain the CCNB men’s four-ball, will partner with Sue Rebeiro (Acushnet River Valley).
This year’s match honorees are Pat McKenna, who won back-to-back titles with Betty Spooner in 1985 and 1986, and Miriam London, who served as the starter at the 10th gap the past 10 years. Both equally passed away in the spring. McKenna donated the McKenna Trophy, which will be offered to this week’s successful workforce by her granddaughter, Carlin Moroney.