Dave Stewart shot a 70 low net to claim first place at the Seven Hills Golf & Country Club’s Fall Handicap.
Stewart, who has a 14 handicap, took out both Ken Turner and George Genoe over 18 holes on a clear October afternoon that featured beautiful sunny weather.
“We were all in a group going toe-to-toe to see who would come out with the low net,” said Stewart. “Poor ol’ George had a tough time — Ken played not too bad, but I still managed to squeak by him with an 84 gross.”
He added he started the day off “really well — I shot a par on one and a bogey on two, but then I shot a seven on three… I played pretty well from there on until eight on the back nine, where I shot another seven. I only took two seven’s all day.”
Stewart said number nine was the toughest hole on the course for the group. “It had a really bad slope, and George and Ken had some hard times going up and down it, but I managed to sneak one in somehow.”
While Genoe had a bit of a rough round on the course, “Turner was giving me some competition at times, but luckily his putter wasn’t working that good,” said Stewart, adding Turner actually came back on him “A few times — we play golf pretty similarly, and we always have some good healthy competition.”
He said his best shot of the day was on “number seven on the back nine, I knocked it about 180 yards and it came within four feet of the pin”, and his putting overall “was pretty good, I felt steady — I missed a couple short ones, but also made some great long ones.”
Stewart will be getting his name on the Fall Handicap plaque, which will be his third engraving, as he has also won the Ironman and the Spring Handicap in the past. He has been golfing here on the North Island since 1985, and he started off “playing in Port Alice for a little while, which is what got me in to it — That course is good for your irons, but it’s a tough walk.”
As for Seven Hills, Stewart just loves “the beauty of it — we’re pretty spoiled here, no condos, no nothing. It’s just you, the trees, and the odd bear.”
He works part time in the Pro Shop, volunteers to groom the bunkers on Tuesdays, and tries to play the course around “once or twice a week, because it’s a beautiful place to be.”
Seven Hills has the Ironman tournament coming up on Oct. 22, and Stewart is hoping “as many people as possible come out for it, this is the last competition before the winter, so the more the merrier. Come play a tougher version of the course, you’ll see it’s a real little jewel out here.”