Chagnon, Jacob clinch Barfly golf title

The winning team of Chris Jacob, left, and Denis Chagnon, right, hold the Barfly Open Golf Tournament trophy after shooting 4 under 67 to win by one stroke on Sept. 14 at the Whiteface Club and Resort in Lake Placid. (Provided photos)

LAKE PLACID –Denis Chagnon and Chris Jacob captured the men’s division of the Barfly Open Golf Tournament last Tuesday, shooting 4 under par 67 in the two-person scramble format at the Whiteface Club and Resort in Lake Placid.

The winners, led by Chagnon’s heated putter, posted seven birdies on their card en route to victory.

Five-time PGA Tour winner Danny Edwards and wife Mary Edwards, who come up to Lake Placid in the summer each year, took the mixed team category, also firing 67 over the narrow, wooded layout.

It was the 43rd edition of the event, with 104 players entered, the event raised funds for the Tri-Lakes Humane Society, and this year returned to the site of the initial Barfly tournament in 1978, which saw 48 players tee it up. This was the Barfly’s 11th visit to the track near the shores of Lake Placid lake.

The competition offered time for reflection on the legacy of the Barfly, which features players from the regional bar, restaurant and hotel community. A number of players have book-ended the tournament, including Ed “Dr. Y” Yanchitis, Bryan Morgan and Walter McClure, who were also there in the first year. The late Jim Vize played in the augural event, and his son, Keegan, a salesman for High Peaks Distributing, participated in 2021. PGA Professional J. Peter Martin was also there in the first year, and he was honored with a special Barfly tribute.

Barfly tournament organizers presented J. Peter Martin, Whiteface Club PGA Professional, with a thank-you for his long-standing support of the Barfly tournament which dates back to the inaugural event in 1978. (Provided photo)

James Piraino and Chuck Frost were a stroke behind Chagnon and Jacob, with Joe Jesmer and Perry Babcock Sr. teaming up for a 1-under 70 and third place.

Lynn and Tom Meldrin posted 76 to claim the runner-up spot in the mixed team category. Lorraine and Steve Bell were next at 77.

The Barfly tournament offered a skins game that saw Nick Politi and Peter Fazio claim the lone skin with a birdie on the par 4, fifth hole. It was good for $1,000 which they promptly donated half back to the humane society.

Kelly Morgan Dupree won the women’s long drive contest, while Frost and Tanner Manning claimed the two men’s long drive prizes. Tee shots had to finish in the fairway to qualify.

Len Sweeney and Keegan McClure were the closest to the pin winners.

The shotgun start morphed into an afternoon awards ceremony at the clubhouse dining room.

“We had so much help on running the event and we needed it with the largest Barfly crowd ever,” said tourney organizer Marie Morgan, who has been involved for the last 31 years. “My husband John and I are very much dog people, and this gives us great pride in supporting the Tri-Lakes Humane Society. It is so gratifying to see how generous all of the golfers are to this cause.”


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