Mon., July 28 - Wed., July 30 - Thendara, NY

Father Leon Hart Champion - MIKE NEARY
Senior Division Champion - JOHN WISE

Ron Keller Low Gross Champion - DOUG HART/RICK STEWART

Mike Neary enjoys his capture of the Fr. Leon Hart trophy
John Wise, propelled by a great Round 2, was again Sr. Champ
 

Mike Neary captures 2003 Thendara Classic in record fashion
John Wise equally dominant in Seniors Division

 

Thendara - Fantastic weather found the Thendara/Old Forge area for the 2003 rendition of the Father Leon Hart Thendara Classic. This year's field counted 20 players, including defending champions Rick Stewart (Overall) and Musa Tannous (Seniors). When all was said and done, more was said than done by the majority of the field as Mike Neary and John Wise simply ran away with the tournament titles in the Overall and Seniors respectively.

Mike set a new 3-day low net scoring record of 188 to absolutely polish off the field in Tiger Woods-esque fashion. Mike kept his swing online all week with tallies of 89-89-85 to play well under his 25 handicap. Runner-up Ed Henry was a mere 21 shots behind at 209! The previous 3-day low net record was set 15 years ago by Doug Hart at 190. Doug is still playing great golf as his 210 net tied him with Big Todd Ford and Pete Sullivan of the Boston Beauties for 3rd place. Doug's gross total of 246 tied him with Rick Stewart for the mythical Keller Championship which acknowledges the best scratch golfer in the tourney.

John Wise manhandled the Senior Challenge Division to win by a dozen strokes over sophomore sensation Peter Elliott. Wise put the Seniors well behind him with an all-time personal Thendara best of 92 gross in the 2nd round. Elliott, sporting 55 less pounds on his frame, played well in the tourney and finished 10th in the Overall. Defending Seniors champion Tannous placed third as the repeat jinx continues to be a yearly fixture at Thendara.

As always the tournament served its purpose of bringing golfing friends and family together in the splendor of this Adirondack setting. The cookouts at Nick's Lake were full of laughter, food, and booze as deer and even bears roamed the area. World renown chef Andy Hart drove up on Tuesday from home to help brother Matt cook at the annual steak roast, which was excellent as usual. The Boston Beauties continue to bring their fun loving ways with them as they truly enjoy themselves, whether on the course or at the local drinking holes. Former Commissioner Tom Hart rode around the course as a ranger and dispenser of fructose so as to keep the speed of play moving along at a rightful clip. Dave Rebholz Sr. was sure to have a memorable tourney as he brought his sons Dave Jr. and Steve with him this year as a nice touch.

The Best Round of the Tourney this year would undoubtedly be Todd Ford's Monday effort of 77. Todd fired a beautiful 1-over 37 on the Front 9 and kept it together nicely on the tricky Back 9 to shoot the splendid score. Also worthy of note is Mike Neary's 85 on Day 3. Stellar straight play and timely putting put the final touches on his record-setting round while playing with the big boys Doug Hart and Todd Ford.

Finally, the Shot of the Tourney was registered by fan favorite Musa Tannous. On Wednesday, Moosey found the left side bunker of the infamous Indian Burial Ground Hole #9. Legend has it that there is a Cadillac buried under the center of this par 3. Musa looked to advance the ball toward the green only to blam a Sammy Sosa-like sand wedge into the restaurant. That is correct. Not near the restaurant or practice area, but literally into the open door of the restaurant where it playfully struck the bar and careened into the dining area near the couches. The waitress on duty aided in the finding of the ball so that Musa could order a sandwich, drink, light up a cigar, and put the finishing touches on his triple bogey. All the while Musa kept his sense of humor and smile. As Musa says "Sometimes you are the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you." Yep, sometimes you have to grin and "bear" it.

   
The venerable Commish of Yesteryear, Tom Hart
The lodging for the Thendara Classic, the CC Motel

2003 Thendara Classic Results

Finish
Name
Mon
Tues
Wed
Hand
Total
1
Mike Neary
89
89
85
25
188
2
Ed Henry
85
86
86
16
209
3
Doug Hart
78
82
86
12
210
3
Todd Ford
77
90
85
14
210
3
Pete Sullivan
89
92
89
20
210
6
John Wise
103
92
104
29
212
7
Chris Hart
94
90
92
19
219
8
Matt Hart
87
85
93
15
220
8
Dave Bauman
95
85
94
18
220
10
Pete Elliott
88
95
86
15
224
11
Rick Stewart
81
82
83
7
225
12
Dave Rebholz Sr.
113
111
106
33
231
13
Musa Tannous
95
95
93
17
232
14
Steve Rebholz
119
116
109
36
236
15
Mike Bauman
105
104
107
26
238
16
Rick Eisenhauer
103
97
111
24
239
16
Phil Hart
85
90
88
8
239
18
Pete Bonenfant
103
108
107
26
240
19
Dave Rebholz Jr.
118
120
119
36
249
20
Frank Bauman
116
121
129
30
276


2003 Thendara Classic Field

Nattily dressed Pete Bonenfant watches the flight of his ball
Chris "Blackstone the Magician" Hart finished as 2nd best Hart
Davey Bauman spent little time in the woods during 2nd day 85
Dave Rebholz Jr. golfed, fished, & drank - a true triathlete
Dave Rebholz Sr. - sponsored
by the Amish Futures Tour
Doug Hart was rock solid
as usual at Thendara
Rick Eisenhauer prepares to skim one off the pond on 13
Adkins Advocate Pete Elliott is a pleasure to have in the field
Golden hearted Franky Bauman takes a whack on #18
Ed "Big Cat" Henry launches
one from the Kitty Litter
John Wise appears to be fly fishing on his way to another Seniors title
Matt Hart felt like the Edmund Fitzgerald in Round 3
GQ star Mikey Bauman met a possible relative in the pool
Trick shot artist Musa Tannous plays one down the middle
Champion Mike Neary delivers a knockout blow with a good chip
Sodus honed Commish Phil Hart needed to imitate Trevino ON the golf course
Rick Stewart has shaved his head and GHIN with stellar play
I swear to God that Steve Rebholz never stopped smiling
Pete Sullivan played solid golf all week to finish tied for 3rd
Big Todd Ford played great and enjoyed his family as well



Front - Chris Hart
Middle - Doug Hart, Ed Henry, Tom Hart, John Wise, Dave Rebholz Sr.
Top - Phil Hart, Dave Bauman, Rick Stewart, Matt Hart, Mike Bauman

THENDARA CLASSIC CHAMPIONS
1979
Phil Hart
1984
Phil Hart
1989
Mark Hart
1994
Mike Ficalora
1999
Matt Hart
1980
Tom Hart
1985
Tom Hart
1990
Dave Bauman
1995
Ed Henry
2000
Tom Hart
1981
JJ Hart
1986
Joe Hart
1991
Mike Bauman
1996
Tom Clancy
2001
Chris Hart
1982
Ron Regoord
1987
Tom Hart
1992
Tim Draper
1997
John Wise
2002
Rick Stewart
1983
Chris Hart
1988
Doug Hart
1993
Frank Bauman
1998
Tom Clancy
2003
Mike Neary


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