Former CVCC golf quartet reigns at D Knowles Classic

A quartet of players circa 1970s and '80s vintage Candlewood Valley Country Club competition resurrected their games Sept. 18 to capture first place in the sixth annual D Knowles Classic Memorial golf tournament.

Nearly 130 players participated at Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton in an event which provides scholarship funds each year for four New Milford High School graduates.

The tournament is held in memory of Don Knowles of New Milford, a businessman and avid golfer who died Dec. 1, 2003.

The championship foursome of Don Baker Jr., Betty Guman, Paul McKeegan and Peter Wilkes fired a 13-under-par scramble score of 59 over the windswept, scenic Fairview layout.

Six teams deadlocked at 11-under-par 61, led by the second low gross team of Fairview owner Bob Ferrarotti, Fairview pro Bob Sparks, Stonybrook golf course pro Rich Bredice and Hy Ruwet. Third gross was captured by the father-son tandem of Peter and Jim Hulbut and the brother combination of C.J. and Michael Kersten.

Net honors were shared by three other teams which had also fired gross 61: Lou Neto, Kevin Bieber, Matt Reed and John Bogues; Bob Dangaard, Bill Doran, John Sprindis and Al Sprindis; and husband and wife Ray and Carol Underwood, Fritz Johnson and Darren Dutcher.

Booming the longest drive for women on both the 6th and 15th holes was 2008 NMHS graduate Erika Bates, a D Knowles scholarship recipient who is a sophomore at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Longest drive for men on the 6th hole was Sean Bratton, a graduate student who was the first D Knowles scholarship recipient in 2004. John Poletto was the long drive winner on the 15th hole.

Closest to the pin laurels were earned by Taconic Golf Club assistant pro Erik Tiele at 9' on the 4th hole; Eric Muttilainen at 9'1" on the 7th hole; Mike Kersten at 8'10" on the 10th hole; Bill Kamp at 4'7" on the 12th hole; Eric Muttilainen at 23'5" on the par-four, 14th hole; and New Milford police officer Ron Young at 21' on the par-four, 17th hole.