Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Wes Walz and Daniel Tjarnqvist proved that the short game wins golf championships as they putted their way to a four-stroke victory at the Wild Best Ball Golf Tournament on Tuesday afternoon. The trio used some clutch putting form Tjarnqvist and Bouchard to claim the victory at The Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake, Minnesota.
|Place|| Leaderboard|| Score|
|1st|| Bouchard, Tjarnqvist, Walz|| -10|
|2nd|| Koivu, Mitchell, Veilleux, White|| -6|
|3rd|| Burns, Fernandez, Pouliot, Rolston|| -5|
|4th|| Ferguson, Nazarov, Roloson, Zyuzin|| -4|
|5th|| Boogaard, Chouinard, Dupuis, Schultz|| -3|
|6th|| Daigle, Henry, Kuba, Wanvig|| E|
"If I had to tell you the honest truth, I’d have to say that I provided a lot of the leadership, and the other two guys executed the shots. I didn’t have a lot to do with it, trust me. We started referring to Daniel as ’Jesper’ because he was knocking everything within four feet."
That meant Bouchard was the man with the flat stick providing the finishing work on the greens.
"I don’t know," he said of his putting success. "When I get on the greens, watch out!"
Willie Mitchell was happy with his team’s second place finish, but couldn’t help but think that they could have accomplished more.
"I was kind of spraying the ball everywhere," said a disgusted Mitchell. "Usually, I’m a scratch golfer shooting about two or three under, but I just couldn’t seem to pull it together."
Wild newcomer Scott Ferguson helped his foursome to a fourth place, four-under finish.
"I think Roloson was carrying us and we just tried to keep it on the fairway so we could let him take the next shot," said Ferguson.
The victory did not come without controversy as several Wild players complained about the team of scratch golfers that took first place. A few angry voices in the clubhouse accused Wes Walz of organizing the teams.
"I admit to nothing," stated a defiant Walz. "You’re not going to get anything from me."
"Only one guy in my group even plays golf and that’s Wanvig," said Alexander Daigle whose team finished dead last with an even par showing. "Butch and Walzy probably set it up like that."
"Well, we had Boogey, who is probably the worst golfer I have ever seen," said Marc Chouinard, winner of the longest putt competition when he snaked home a 12-footer. "He’s such a big guy with these little clubs in his hand. We started calling him ’Farmer’ for the amount of grass he was digging up. I think we used one of his shots that bounced off a tree and came back into play. That was it."
Despite the lack of a close finish, all of the Wild members were satisfied with the outing.
"It was a lot of fun," said Chouinard. "These types of outings are really good for team chemistry and it was nice to get out and talk and discuss the season and all that kind of stuff."
"And the weather was good," added Daigle.