Politi-Fazio win second straight Barfly Open Golf Tournament
45th annual tournament draws record 126 players
LAKE PLACID — The scramble team of Nick Politi and Pete Fazio combined for a 6 under par round of 64 to win the 45th Annual Barfly Open Golf Tournament on Sept. 12 at the Lake Placid Club Mountain Course.
For Politi and Fazio, it was their second consecutive victory after shooting an identical 6 under 64 on the LPC’s Links Course last September. Politi credited Fazio for contributing a number of lengthy putts on the way to their title. The twosome will get a chance to set a new Barfly standard next year: win for the third straight year.
The event brought out a tournament record 126 players. The 2022 tournament generated $8,000. That figure is expected to be surpassed in 2023 when the accounting is completed.
In the tournament format that required each team to have a minimum handicap of 20, the runner-up team of Rhett “Always a threat” Colby and Frankie Puck fired 5 under 65. Colby has won this event multiple times with different partners. He credited Puck, his first-time partner, for his stellar play from the tee and on the greens. Puck took the long drive award on the 13th hole.
“We needed one more birdie and just barely missed it on the final hole,” said Colby.
Bryan Morgan and Ian Huntsberger, a friend of Morgan’s from Park City, Utah, were third at 3 under par 67. This was Huntsberger’s Barfly debut, playing in his father Steve’s memory. The elder Huntsberger had previously played with Morgan, however, Steve passed late last year. Ian remarked afterward how content he was to place third, saying he felt his dad’s presence throughout the round.
Tom and Lynne Meldrim captured the mixed team division, shooting 73 despite some problems in the middle of the round. Second place went to Cherie and Fritz Mehler.
Cathy Wigger and Michele Hill collected the women’s championship, with Christi Chambers and Liz Cerminara second.
Other individual prizes went to Politi for closest to the pin on the par 3 eighth hole; Tom Rath, closest to the hole on the par 3 fourth; Charlotte Mehrtens, closest to the pin on the par 3 17th; Dennis Gallagher, long drive on the seventh hole; and Ashley Pittman, long drive on the 10th.