Tom Boisvert plays in the 40th Faulconer Invitational It was a wet, raw weekend, not ideal weather for golf. Lake Monticello PGA Golf Pro Mark Marshall watched the radar and juggled tee times. Course Superintendent Jim Prucnal and his crew did yeoman’s work to keep the Lake Monticello course playable. The contestants played under threatening and overcast skies, and through some real rain and a lot of drizzle. In the end, the 40th Faulconer Invitational was completed on May 21 and 22, as scheduled, with no playing delays.

The competition in the prestigious amateur men’s open division was intense.  Lee Fisher, who played college golf at Longwood University, emerged the winner by a single stroke over Steve DeMasters and Brian Bassett. Two-time defending champion Phil Mahone was three strokes off the pace, and finished fourth. After the awards ceremony, Fisher noted that this was his first time playing in the Faulconer tournament, and that he had only played on the Lake course once before “about ten years ago in a Captain’s choice event.” Fisher shot a sizzling one under par 71 on Saturday from the white tees to tie for the lead going into Sunday.  An under par score is an impressive accomplishment on the difficult Lake Monticello course for a player who is unfamiliar with the course.

On Sunday, the championship flight players teed off from the back tees and no one challenged par. Fisher shot 78 on Sunday and the top four finishers in the tournament turned in two 78s and two 79s. Because the course was wet and soggy, drives off the tee were getting very restricted run. Fisher commented that “it seemed at times like we were playing an 8,000 yard course” (instead of nearly 7,000.) However, Fisher complimented the Lake staff on the work that was done to make the tournament happen and noted that he definitely will be back next year.

A total of 84 golfers signed up to play in the Faulconer tournament this year. A few did not show up due to the threatening weather, but the participation level was a definite success. There were three divisions: the open men’s division, the senior’s division for players 50 and over, and the super senior’s division for players 65 and over. In the senior division, Leon Roday took the title, shooting a birdie on the first play-off hole, to give him a win over Keith Meyers. Both players shot 151 for the two rounds, with Roday registering an outstanding 71 on Saturday. In the super senior’s division, Michael Morgan was the winner with a 153, including a 71 on Sunday. Richard Condrey was the runner up with a 156. The seniors and super seniors played from the forward, or gold tees, both days.

The prize for low score by a junior went to Bruce Stouffer who shot a 161. The prize for low score by a Lake Monticello resident was won by Lake Monticello Chief of Police Tom Boisvert who tied with Scott Garrison at 158. Boisvert was declared the winner based on an established procedure of matching score cards. A prize was also awarded for the low score by a player using the old fashioned hickory clubs. It went to Skip Platt, who shot 164.