NEW ORLEANS — Most of Tuesday’s opening matches were close, with 19 out of 34 decided in the final two holes and 11 of them not determined until the final hole.
But Team Acadiana came through in the great majority of those matches, giving the local delegation a 24-10 lead on the first day of the 16th annual Acadiana Cup international golf event.
The local team won six and halved four of the 11 matches decided on the final green, and won six of eight decided on the next-to-last hole at TPC Louisiana in Tuesday’s best-ball competition against the Team International squad from France, Belgium and Canada.
The event continues Thursday with 34 two-person scramble matches at Gray Plantation in Lake Charles. The competition wraps up Friday with 68 individual matches slated for The Wetlands.
The six local teams winning their best-ball matches on the final hole were Gary Hood and Tony Tramel (1 up), Ron Gaubert and Rusty Wilson (1 up), Cheryl Neu and Mike Ledet (2 up), Rachel Montiville and Gerald Bertinot (2 up), Wayne Shullaw and Thomas Hutton (1 up) and Jack Arceneaux and Francis DeBlanc (2 up).
Winning on the 17th hole for the locals were Curtis LeBlanc and Richael Degeytaire, Bob Hammack and Mike Welborn, Russell Montiville and Allen Jones, Bob Hardy and Ken Rabalais (all 2 and 1), Robert Vonderheide and Tony Gibbs, and Gaynal Alleman and Steven Pulkowski (both 3 and 1).
Ronald Martin, captain of the Canadian contingent, and Normand Daigle took a 2-and-1 win over Laura LeBlanc and Guy LaFleur of Team Acadiana, Lilianne Comeaux and Patrick Russo of the Poitiers, France, group posted a 2-and-1 win over Team Acadiana’s Janice Ehni and Luis Mora, and Leandre Desjardins and Eloi Arsenault of Canada took a final-hole 2-up win over Bruce Jordan and James Orth of Team Acadiana.
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