NEWPORT — The 13th annual Hawaiian Shirt Open took place at the Newport Golf Club on Sunday. This annual event keeps growing to support graduating seniors at Sunapee and Newport high schools, with 34 teams and over 140 golfers on the course for this event started by the Tuohy family.
“My mom and dad (Judy and Tom Tuohy) were so proud of this community and everything about it, so this tournament captures the spirit of what is great about living here,” said Lynne Tuohy.
Josh Tuohy, a.k.a. ”The Big Kahuna,” began the day welcoming everyone to “honor the community, families and friends for this special tournament” with a shotgun start and best ball format.
A bagpipe played as the golfers sped off to their starting holes. There were prizes and “tasting” holes scattered all over the course. An air cannon manned by Kyle Desmarais was set up on hole 13 that allowed the golfers to blast a shot down range without the use of a golf club.
At the end of the long day, everyone had fun and there was some serious golf being played. The winning team, “The Cheap Beer Lovers,” shot an under-16 score of 55. Ricky Marsh, Matt Joslin, Matt Botko and Tyler Silver belonged on the winning group.
Team Dartmouth, captained by Steve Wood, finished one stroke behind with a round of 56 while Team Upper Valley Lawn Care and its leader, Justin Bemis, finished third, posting a 57 on the par-71 course.
The long drive winners were Vicki Goodrich for the ladies while Matt Wood claimed the top prize for the guys. Doug Lantigua dropped in a hole in one on the 13th but because he used an air cannon, it didn’t make the record books — however, Adam Greg, closest to the pin, did.
Tons of prizes were had for everyone. The post-event Hawaiian Shirt Buffet was once again created by Chef Aric Eaglestone, kitchen manager and food guru at nearby Salt Hill Pub in Newport. (Aric’s house-cured pastrami was once again a huge hit.) When the 50/50 number was drawn, Tom Frye was the winner and immediately said, “Put it back in the fund,” donating his winning $400 pot back to the scholarship fund.
“I’m not sure how many volunteers are here but there are a lot. Plus the sponsors and donations to help this event is just remarkable,” said Lynne Tuohy. “Some teams have been doing this the whole 13 years, including the Huberts and McLaughlins to name a few.”