May 17, 2013

Cooke takes Masters North lead


MALONE — Tournament director Willie King wasn’t expecting scores this low during Thursday’s opening round in the 30th-Annual Masters North Golf Tournament at the Malone Golf Club’s East Course.

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Nine-time champion Graham Cooke carded a one-over-par 73 in extremely windy conditions to hold a one-stroke lead over Peter Malo and Chip Ward heading into today’s final round.

“I didn’t expect the scores to be as low like they were,” King said. “The course was set up where it was challenging, and the wind was brutal. The conditions were very difficult to play in (Thursday).

“But surprisingly, there were a lot of good scores. Graham shot a 73, and he never goes very high. That’s going to make him very tough to beat (today), especially with the conditions expected to be better.

“Shooting 74s like Peter and Chip did was also very impressive.”

At 76, three strokes back, were Troy Collins, Cody Roberts and Greg Wilson. Another stroke back, at 77, were Mike Patenaude, John Blain, Michael Jolin and Michael Roberts, who rallied on the back nine.

Fifteen golfers in the 42-player field broke 80 from the tournament tees, including defending champion David Passino Jr., who carded a 79. Matt King, a three-time Masters North runner-up, is at 78.

Passino denied Cooke his 10th green jacket last year when he won on the first playoff hole with an eagle.

Leading the Legends Field, which played from the white tees, was Gord Hanna with an 80.

Butch Plimpton was a stroke back at 81, while Phil Arsenault and two-time defending champion John Esterbrook shot 82.

Four strokes separate nine golfers in the Legends field.

“The Legends is up for grabs,” King said. “Anybody who shot 84 (Thursday) or better can still win it.”

Tee times for the Legends begin at 9:24 today, with the first group in the Masters North field going off at 10:12 a.m.

2013 Masters North results

First round

73- Graham Cooke

74- Peter Malo, Chip Ward

76- Troy Collins, Cody Roberts, Greg Wilson

77- Mike Patenaude, John Blain, Michael Roberts, Michael Jolin

78- Matt King, Paul Ahlgrim

79- Dave Johnston, Steve Moffat, David Passino Jr.

80- Zach Meade, Dave Kokes, Eric Labounty, Joe Tufo, Bart VanLeuvan, Ed Davis

81- Robin Weeden, Tom Raville, Tim Barcomb

82- Serge Dagenais, Jeff Fallon

83- Steve Ahlgrim, Graham Niles, Nick Politi

84- Chad Welch

85- Bob Hughes

86- Brandon Smith, Andrew Duso

87- Matt Davis, Tom Post

88- Don Mortenson, Steve Labombard

91- Bill Fisher

92- Jeff Delamater, Len Freitas

93- Kevin McKee

95- Ryan Kirkpatrick

2013 Masters North Legends

First round

80- Gord Hanna

81- Butch Plimpton

82- John Esterbrook, Phil Arsenault

83- Michael O’Connor, Pierre Archambault, Mickey Batten, Frank Kay

84- Bob Zuckerman

87- James Smith

88- Steve Johnson, Larry Jeffords

89- Gerry Murphy, John Tulloch

91- Dave Lamora, Chuck Voorhees

92- Paul Lambert

99- Pete Sorrell

Today’s tee times

Masters North Legends

9:24 a.m.- Paul Lambert, Dave Lamora

9:32 a.m.- Chuck Voorhees, Gerry Murphy, John Tulloch

9:40 a.m.- Steve Johnson, Larry Jeffords, James Smith

9:48 a.m.- Bob Zuckerman, Michael O’Connor, Pierre Archambault

9:56 a.m.- Mickey Batten, Frank Kay, John Esterbrook

10:04 a.m.- Phil Arsenault, Butch Plimpton, Gord Hanna

Masters North

10:12 a.m.- Ryan Kirkpatrick, Kevin McKee, Len Freitas

10:20 a.m.- Jeff Delamater, Bill Fisher, Steve Labombard

10:28 a.m.- Don Mortenson, Tom Post, Matt Davis

10:36 a.m.- Andrew Duso, Brandon Smith, Bob Hughes

10:44 a.m.- Chad Welch, Nick Politi, Graham Niles

10:52 a.m.- Steve Ahlgrim, Jeff Fallon, Serge Dagenais

11 a.m.- Tim Barcomb, Tom Raville, Robin Weeden

11:08 a.m.- Ed Davis, Bart VanLeuvan, Joe Tufo

11;16 a.m.- Eric Labounty, Dave Kokes, Zach Meade

11:24 a.m.- David Passino Jr., Steve Moffat, Dave Johnston

11:32 a.m.- Matt King, Paul Ahlgrim, Michael Jolin

11:40 a.m.- Michael Roberts, John Blain, Mike Patenaude

11:48 a.m.- Greg Wilson, Troy Collins, Cody Roberts

11:56 a.m.- Chip Ward, Peter Malo, Graham Cooke