- Tom Caruso
2023-HARBOUR CUP/STATracker Week-7 Highlights
(thru: 4/14/2023… 17-rounds)
The 2023 race for the HARBOUR CUP completed its 7th week of play.
Here are some notable Week-7 highlights
NOLAN, SWAN GRAB MASTERS LEAD
Once again, mother nature interceded in yet another week of play in the 2023 season. Friday's round was rained out, adding pressure to the month-long Masters' competition here at HPGC. Players are now left with only five applicable dates to make their mark in this year's STATracker Masters.
But, with the 2nd week of April completed, the two lowest net scores are now in play to get a reference on how the competition is proceeding. MARK NOLAN fired a 66 in Monday's round to add to his one under-par score in week one. He and KEITH SWAN now find themselves tied for the lead after two weeks of scores, at 7 under. The full leaderboard will be posted at the clubhouse Monday morning. Nolan's big round on Monday garnered him 39 points with a 1st place team finish, 2 birdies and 2 holeouts. Although Nolan has played in only 6 of 17 rounds, he has moved up into the top 20 at #15.
His time on the Florida circuit seems to be paying off here early, in the 2023 season. Meanwhile, last year's "Winners Circle" champ, Keith Swan, was on the same winning team, once again, with Nolan.
Swan had a great first Masters week, as his 7 under comes from those scores. Swan is currently ranked #8.
STAN KOONCE (#2) gained more ground on frontrunner PAUL CORMIER during week seven. Koonce gained 30 points for the week in his 2 rounds, while Cormier had 13 points in Monday's round, but got shutout in Wednesday's MGA "Chili-Clash" tournament. Koonce sits just 42 points behind Cormier after week 7. Cormier maintains his first place position for the 5th week in a row in the Combined and still in first place in the Tournaments standings.
On Wednesday, the MGA held its 3rd tournament of the season, the "Chili Clash." First place had to be determined by a scorecard tie-breaker and it was the team of Koonce, Lange, Furman and Guerierro claiming that victory over the team of Aiuto, Hice, Ervin and Edmundson. And speaking of DAVE LANGE, the MGA's current president, he had the best day of all players in the tournament, grabbing 15 points for the round in a game not friendly to getting STATracker points. Lange had the 1st place team finish, a CTP and a sandy, to push him up to the 15th spot in the Tournament standings.
FINAL RESULTS FOR MGA Tournament/#3…The "Chili Clash"
1st Place: Koonce, Lange, Furman, Guerierro… 262 (won tie-breaker)
2nd Place: Aiuto, Hice, Ervin, Edmundson… 262
3rd Place: Smith, Macaulay, Bedenbaugh, Sandall… 272
4th Place: Pillow, Caruso, Henke, Seyerle… 283
Coming up this week
Bald Eagles will play on Monday, 4/17… and on Friday, 4/21
The MGA hosts an individual playdate on Wednesday, 4/19
All three scheduled rounds coming up in Week-8 are eligible for posting in the MASTERS competition