Nick Politi, left, and Pete Fazio hoist the Larry and Harry Cup after winning the Barfly Open golf tournament on Tuesday in Lake Placid. (Photo provided)

LAKE PLACID – A total of 106 golfers negotiated intermittent rain and threatening storms on Tuesday to raise money for the Tri-Lakes Humane Society.

In a two-man scramble format, the team of Nick Politi and Pete Fazio shot a 5 under par 66 to win the annual Barfly Open golf tournament at Lake Placid Club Links Course.

Politi and Fazio edged the father-son team of Shawn and Brady Trembley by one shot, with the duo of Joe Jessmer and Perry Babcock, Sr. three shots behind in third place after a 2-under 69.

Tom and Lynne Meldrim posted a 1 under par 70 to win the mixed division. The women’s category went to Ellen Cerminara and Christi Chambers with an 83.

As dangerous weather conditions approached the course, players were brought to safety. Those who did not complete their last holes received pars.

While the exact amount of funds raised has not been determined by press time, tournament organizers John and Marie Morgan of JFM Sports, Inc. said the precise total is forthcoming.

“Once we close the books, we anticipate a significant amount will have been raised,” said Mary Morgan. “We hope it will be a total record thanks to the generosity of all the players and sponsors. We can never thank them enough.

“We also have to thank Lake Placid Club pro Jim Beauregard and tournament coordinator Sepp Eigenmann for their excellent work in organizing the event in adverse weather conditions.”

On Tuesday Walter McClure and Ed (Dr Y) Yanchitis joined the field as the only players to date back to the Barfly Open in 1978.

Each tournament has a Tri-Lakes Humane Society mascot. The 2022 edition featured Scooby, a two-year-old half-breed who welcomed all participants. Several times over the past few years, the mascot has been adopted by one of Barfly’s players.

David Ploof, one of the original founders of this event, was honored with a minute of silence. Ploof has spent many years in the local bar and restaurant community. He died on August 26 at the age of 71.


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