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Big Paddle 2008

3-11-2008
Hartford Golf Club
Hartford, CT
The annual Big Paddle tournament was held on Sunday, March 9, at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford, CT.  The Big Paddle event goes back over 30 years, and has always featured both great competition and sportsmanship.  The four competing clubs were Essex, CT; Longmeadow, MA; Shelter Harbor Inn in Westerly, RI; and the host Hartford.  details




 

Each club had a lineup of four men’s doubles teams, with a round robin format in which each club played each other.

Two-time defending champs Essex swept Hartford 4-0 and then beat Longmeadow 3-1.  Shelter Harbor split 2-2 with Longmeadow and defeated Hartford 4-0.  Hartford and Longmeadow split 2-2.  Going into the final round of matches, Essex was 7-1, while Shelter Harbor was 6-2.  Therefore Shelter Harbor needed to win at least three of its four matches against Essex to take the Big Paddle back to the Shelter Harbor Inn (yes, there really is a giant paddle as a prize for the winning team).  As it turned out, all four matches went to three sets.

In the first match out, Shelter Harbor’s #3 team of Duncan Welch / George Moore defeated the Essex #3 team of John Cunningham / Matt Holmes. At #1 doubles, Shelter Harbor’s Marc Porter / Pete Harvey beat Chris Gaudreau / Jerry Albrikes.  Then Dan and Pete McCormick of Shelter Harbor won the clinching match at #2 doubles against Mike Fried / Geoff Cartier.  In the last match of the day, the Essex #4 team of Carl Bergstrom / Roddy Diotelevi defeated Russ Burgess and Scott Ferguson.

In the final standings, Shelter Harbor finished 9-3, just ahead of 8-4 Essex.  Naran Dhamodharan / Alex Seiler were the stars for the Longmeadow team, going 3-0 at #1 doubles.  Phil Rockwell, who played in the first Big Paddle event in 1977, teamed with Ned Shanahan at #4 doubles and got Hartford its first win of the day against Longmeadow. Gil Keegan once again captained the Hartford team and was a very gracious host for the competition.


 
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