BY ALAIN MEUSE
Tom ‘Dick’ Burnett, a 54-young more-than-fair golfer, summed up Derek Boudreau’s command performance at the recent club championship this way: “He was lights out all three days. His putting was truly amazing. It really wasn’t a race.”
Boudreau shot something like 20 under for the Labour Day event, beating last year’s winner Morgan Penney for the win.
A quick perusal of the trophies lined up against one wall of the former golf pro shop at The Links will verify that the name Boudreau is on a lot of the silverware.
Derek’s father was Rick Boudreau, who headed the grounds crew at the club for many years before his untimely death. Rick was among a cadre of my south-end Yarmouth friends from days of yore and when we met on the links we rarely discussed golf but talked about trout fishing on the Barios, East Branch, Big and Little Brooks, etc.
We did discuss putting one time on the old 18th hole. He passed me his putter, which was very wee, niblick-like, and I remember him stressing ‘feel’ as an important component of that part of the game. He was also high on his grandson Sam Boudreau as an upcoming golfer.
Rick won the club championship three times.
His son Derek took over in 2001.
With his win on Labour Day, it marked the eleventh time his name will be on that trophy.
And it doesn’t stop there.
There used to be a Father & Son tournament named after former club champion Manny Amirault.
Derek and his father won this event 10 times. He won the Fred Jook Munroe fall classic twice; once with his father and again with his son Sam, and this latter pair is on the Mooney Trophy. Sam was the junior champion two years ago.
Derek once shot 61, a record for the Yarmouth Links.
These feats are going to be hard to beat, but in sports everything’s possible, but in this case highly improbable.
When Rick passed away, the Rick Boudreau Memorial was instigated and Derek has won it three times. He was three times the club’s junior champion.
Derek also won the Vic Rodney, a very popular event at this club, three times as well as the opening tournament, the Clara Caie, thrice.
He’s participated in the Goudey Cup 11 times (a popular number with this guy) and he’s far from done, now devoting his golfing to both Yarmouth and Clare.
RESULTS OF RECENT TOURNAMENTS—Club championship. 1st gross Derek Boudreau. 1st net Jordan Bain. 2nd division: 1st gross George Watkins. 1st net Jon Gallagher. 3rd division: 1st gross Glenn Whitehouse. 1st net Josh Watkins. Low senior: Thomas ‘Dick’ Barnett. Super Senior Gold Tees. Gross Imrich Kiraly. Net Conrad LeBlanc. Ladies champion: Sheila Pothier. Senior champion Lynn Doucette. Super senior champion Pat Caldwell.
The Yarmouth Links group won their annual tussle with the River Hills group when the event was held in Yarmouth recently. Twenty players from each club are on the teams. The next day a mixed tournament was held and the winner were Maggie d’Entremont and Randy Scoville following a playoff. 1st net were Paula and George Watkins.
About the annual Goudey Cup: Four area golf clubs participate. Ryan Goudey has played in all 23 of these events. Derek Boudreau and Faron Surette made the squad 17 times and Wally Sisco on 14 occasions….
Two holes-in-one to report in August. The first was recorded by Matt Thibedeau on #1. He was playing with his dad Darren. The second occurred Aug. 25 and Jeff Reardon recorded this feat on #7. He was playing with Chuck Sisco and Gary Smith. This was Reardon’s third ace—he actually has five but two of them were up his sleeves!