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Centaur Golf Classic feasts on fine weather

The saying goes that a bad day on the golf course is still better than a good day in the office.

It’s even better with a good day on the golf course.

Such was the case recently at the Quinnatisset Country Club in Thompson which, once again, hosted the Woodstock Academy Centaur Classic Golf Tournament.

“This was Year 11 and it was probably the most perfect weather day that we’ve ever had. We always hope that it doesn’t rain, even 95-100 degrees is better than rain. But there was a good breeze, the temperature was perfect in the low 80’s and the sun was out. It was a marvelous day for golf,” said Woodstock Academy director of alumni relations Brad Favreau who organized the event.

Not only was the weather great, but the turnout was as well with 37 foursomes taking to the course to participate.

“The course was in great shape despite some heavy rain a couple of days before. It was beautiful as always,” Favreau said.

That meant some low scoring.

The quartet of Ryan Salvas, Phil Baldwin, and Brendan and Jared Meehan went low, finishing with a 19-under par 53 in the scramble-format tournament.

“That team was a wagon,” Favreau said with a smile. “They had some big hitters in that group. They knew the course, which is always helpful, plus they had some guys who knocked some putts down.”

The team of David Ryan, David Josephs, Greg Hoaglund and Michael Luzzi were second, five strokes back.

Lynn Converse took home two prizes as she finished with the longest drive for the women on the 12th hole and also knocked it closest to the pin on the 13th hole, coming within 14-feet, 6-inches.

Chad Schofield had the longest drive for the men on the fifth hole and Sam Sondak was closest to the pin on the seventh, putting his tee shot within 3-feet, 8-inches of the cup.

Unlike last year, however, there were no hole-in-one shots that went down.

“It’s a great day getting together with alumni, donors, and sponsors,” Favreau said.

The money raised by the tournament goes to the Woodstock Academy athletic department.

Among the items that have been funded by the tournament include netting on the Bentley Athletic turf field to help prevent the different athletic balls from being lost in the woods and jackets for Eastern Connecticut Conference winners, things that fall outside the normal athletic operations budget.

“It’s always a great day. Everyone is happy when they leave. It was another success,” Favreau said.