Cronin Memorial: Nolan/Alves win in playoff
26 Apr 2013
see also: Cronin Memorial Golf Tournament, Country Club of Halifax

From left: Tournament Director Roger E. McGovern,<br> Henry Alves, John Nolan, Head pro Bob Giusti
From left: Tournament Director Roger E. McGovern,
Henry Alves, John Nolan, Head pro Bob Giusti

HALIFAX, Mass. -- The final round of the 35th John Cronin Memorial Four-Ball Tournament was a testament to perseverance and love for the game of golf.

The host site, the Country Club of Halifax, doesn’t quite have the history of a St. Andrews in Scotland or Ballybunion in Ireland, but it sure did look and feel like it out there on a cold, wet, wind-swept afternoon.

Yet, as afternoon turned to evening, the tournament would not end as a playoff ensued in the Cronin Division (low handicaps) between John Nolan and Henry Alves of Easton CC versus former Mass. Golf Association Player of the Year Brian Higgins and Mark O’Sullivan.

All posted identical scores at 5-under-par 139 (71-68).Thus, it was back out into the cold and rain before Nolan and Alves defeated Higgins and O’Sullivan with a par on the second extra hole (No. 17) at 7:55 p.m. under the cover of darkness.

ABOUT THE Cronin Memorial

“The Cronin” is the first amateur golf tournament of the coming season in New England for skilled players.

This four ball stroke play event is contested at the Country Club of Halifax in Halifax, Massachusetts approximately 25 miles south of Boston MA.

The field is divided into two divisions. A Cronin Division with teams with a combined index of 8.0 or less; and a Lambert Division with teams who have a combined index of 8.1 and higher. There are typically over 170 players representing more than 45 courses in the eastern New England area over the 2 days of the tournament.

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