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Goodfellas Open: Wilson and Daley Win in Maine
18 Aug 2007
see also: Goodfellas Open 2007, Samoset Resort Golf Course

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ROCKLAND, Maine (August 18, 2007) -- In an unprecedented break with tradition, Tournament Chairman Pete Wlodkowski brought the Goodfellas "Down Maine" for their 16th annual event on August 17 and 18. The host course, Samoset Resort On The Ocean, didn't disappoint.

After a near rainout on Saturday morning, the second round commenced at 1:30pm. The now-traditional GFO "cut" and emergency nine were eliminated, and the event was played at 36 holes.

That was plenty of time to make up three shots, and then some, for partners Toby Daley and John Wilson, Daley swinging from the left side of the ball and Wilson from the right.

Wilson, of Boston, and Daley, of Manchester-By-The-Sea, Mass. took the title, thanks to a remarkable best ball of 6-under 64 in blustery Saturday afternoon conditions. At the Saturday tournament dinner, Wilson was quick to give credit to his partner's stellar play.

"Toby was awesome," said Wilson. "His game has really come a long way."

Indeed, Daley blew right past the title of "most improved player" and onto the GFO trophy with four natural birdies. He got the team off to a fast start with a birdie for net eagle on the par 4 second hole, then added another at the 6th, an uphill par 4 that shares a green with the par 3 third at the highest point on the oceanside front nine.

On the 190 yard 13th, a water-guarded three shotter that derailed several teams, Daley made another birdie that quickly erased the two strokes the team lost with a net double-bogey at the 12th. The team touched 7-under after Daley's final birdie at the 17th, but gave one back at the par 4 eighteenth, the toughest hole on the course. From the back tees, the hole plays 478 yards, with the wet fairway offering zero bounce and wind in the face forcing many players to lay up in front of the hazard that guards the green.

It was Daley's 7-for-5 that kept the team alive.

"I hooked my tee shot into the 1st fairway," said Daley. "From there it was back to the fairway, over the green onto the driving range, and finally into the hole for seven."

Wilson was far from sitting in the cart and watching. He contributed four shots on the front nine by saving Daley at Nos. 7 and 8. It all netted out to an incredible score given the wet and windy conditions. The team's 71-65-135 was three strokes clear of Pete "The Dave" Davison and Brian Currie, who finished in second place at 138.

Davison and Currie also had a strong second day performance, posting a 5-under 65 on solid play from Davison (who desperately wants to shed the title of "best player to have never won a GFO") and more than enough contributions from Currie.

Relaxed by the piano performance he put on for the 'fellas (and some hotel guests) in the dining room during the rain delay, Currie made seven pars and a birdie (at No. 3) during the round.

Davison was quick to grab the scorecards to figure out what a team of Currie and Daley would have posted had they been teamed together. The number? 59.

Defending co-champ Kevin D'Arcy of Stowe, Vermont and partner Will Tracy (who grew up in Springfield, Vt. and attended UVM) fired a 2-under 68 to take the round one lead. They were the only players under par on day one, as players struggled with the tricky Samoset layout. After closing with a solid 71, they finished alone in third at 139.

Newcomer Dave "Linxter" Lincoln, of Germantown, TN, hit it 7', 4" to grab closest to the pin on No. 11, while Dave "Bucky" MacCallum got long drive by flying his driver by the Pete "The Wad" Wlodkowski 3-wood shot that was holding up for long drive on the 18th for a good part of the day.

"Kid, it was way by you kid - I didn't even think that long drive marker was ours," said MacCallum.

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Final results from the 2007 Goodfellas Open, played at the 6548 yard, Par 70 Samoset Resort Golf Course follow:

Team
First Last 80 % City State
Rd1
Rd2
Tot
9
John Wilson 14 Boston MA
71
64
135
9
Toby Daley 19 Manchester-By-The-Sea MA
7
Peter Davison 1 West Hartford CT
73
65
138
7
Brian Currie 19 Bedford MA
12
Will Tracy 8 Lebanon CT
68
71
139
12
Kevin D'Arcy 20 Stowe VT
2
Dave Lincoln 7 Germantown TN
73
70
143
2
Mike McNamara 16 Wellesley MA
5
Rick Peterson 6 Clifton VA
74
70
144
5
Tom Mosel 18 Charlestown MA
6
Ron Klein 10 Concord MA
70
74
144
6
Mark Hoffman 14 Dover MA
3
David MacCallum 4 Pembroke MA
70
77
147
3
Brian O'Sullivan 23 Marshfield MA
11
Kevin Harlen 6 Silver Spring MD
72
79
151
11
Timothy Fraser 14 Wellesley MA
8
Pete Wlodkowski 4 Carlsbad CA
82
70
152
8
Jack Thomas 26 Wellesley MA
10
Bob Vernaglia 8 Wayland MA
75
78
153
10
Bob McNamara 26 Lexington MA
1
Rich Horgan 14 Belmont MA
88
73
161
1
Stephen Rich 17 Wellesley MA
4
Carmine Sarno 10 Topsfield MA
84
78
162
4
Chris Higgins 19 Brookline MA

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