Apparently, hockey’s not the only thing Mike Eruzione can do with a stick in his hand. The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey hero can swing a pretty mean golf club, too.
Eruzione, along with his partner Hank Newman, won the net portion of the 54th Tedesco Cup tournament Saturday at the Marblehead club.
The Eruzione/Newman duo had a net 123. The pairs of Jim Katsos and Nick Katsos (125) and William Ackerman/David McKenna (127) finished second and third in net score respectively.
“The (Eruzione and Newman) played great for both days,” club pro Bob Green said. “They posted early in the morning and nobody made a strong run at them in the afternoon.”
The tournament wrapped on Saturday and Green said things went well throughout. The theme of the tournament was the renovations made on the course, which received positive feedback from both members and guests.
“The course was terrific,” Green said. “We dodged a major bullet with the weather. It makes for a difficult day if it rains. We have 192 players. Any delays put the tournament in jeopardy. It was very fortunate that we didn’t rain.
“The feedback we got was outstanding,” Green added. “Everybody loved it. Visually it’s outstanding. From a strategic standpoint, it’s outstanding. It was a home run. This was our coming out party. We have several teams and two thirds of the guests are annual visitors for the tournament. They know the course well and they thought it was outstanding. Everybody had a great time.”
Over the winter the club expanded 11 greens and added roughly 40 percent more sand to the course by either expanding bunkers or building new ones altogether. The club also allowed the fescue beyond the rough to grow even longer than normal, adding both a bigger challenge and better aesthetics to the course.
“We’re so excited about the changes to the golf course,” Green said. “The members have seen it now for six weeks in it’s finished condition. We’re really looking forward to the feedback from the guests. It’s like renovating a new house and having everybody come in and say ‘wow, this was a great job, we love it.'”
The Tedesco Cup is a guest-member better ball tournament. A total of 192 participants competed during the weekend in 96 two-person teams. The top gross score of the weekend belonged to Chris Drucas and Kevin Daly at 139. Drucas and Daly shot a 66 and were the defending Tedesco Cup champions coming into this weekend.
The duos of Cy Kilgore/Kevin Whalley, and Bill Crane/Kevin Bilo tied for the second in gross score (141).
The women’s Tedesco Cup will be played Monday and Tuesday. The club’s annual Invitational Fourball Tournament will be held the first weekend of August.
“As a staff, all parts of the club, we always look forward to hosting our guests,” Green said. “We have a very fun venue to showcase. It’s always fun to showcase our golf course.”