From left to right, Jody Knoren, Matt Liles and Justin Seymour watch Seymour’s putt on the sixth hole at Tabers Lakeside Stand and Golf Center during the inaugural Tabers Fall Classic presented by 105.5 WIGY on Sunday. Seymour made a two on the hole, and finished fourth in the tournament. Liles led after Round 1 and finished eighth. Knoren placed ninth. Submitted photo

AUBURN — Mark Novicki of Connecticut known as “Highlighter” in mini golf circles, overcame a tough first round, fired the low round of the tourney in Round 2 and held off a fierce comeback attempt in the third and final round to earn a win in the inaugural Tabers Fall Classic presented by 105.5 WIGY at Tabers Lakeside Stand and Golf Center.

Holding a four-shot advantage heading into the final round, Highlighter played the front nine in 19, including an ace on the ninth hole, to maintain a four-shot lead over Pat Sheridan, who also carded a 19 on the front.

Sean Boulanger and Dan Brochu, a pair of local players, fell back a bit with a 21 and a 22, respectively.

Highlighter slipped a bit to begin the back nine, and made three 3s and a 4 over the next five holes. Meanwhile, Brochu was warming up another charge to the top.

The Tabers Fall League champion and Summer League runner-up, Brochu closed the second round with three aces over four holes to pull into a tie for second.

Dan Brochu is all smiles after finishing his third round at Tabers Lakeside Stand and Golf Center during the inaugural Tabers Fall Classic presented by 105.5 WIGY on Sunday. Brochu finished with three aces in the final four holes to place second in the tournament. He had a remarkable nine aces in three rounds. Submitted photo

Brochu did it again in the final round, carding aces on 15, 16 and 17 to shoot a back-nine 18, putting the pressure on the leader.

But Highlighter stayed strong. He rolled in an ace on 15 to match Brochu, and carded 2s on 16, 17 and 18 to hold on for a three-stroke victory.

Sheridan fell off the lead pace on the rigorous 13th hole, taking the maximum score of six, but still shot a final-round 42 after a 2-1-2-2-2 finish to finish tied for third with Justin Seymour. Sheridan aced the first playoff hole (No. 1), to earn third place. It was his third ace on the hole in four tries on the day.

Following Seymour in fifth place was Boulanger. Back-to-back 41s in the first two rounds had positioned him in the lead group, but a pair of 4s in the final round led to a 43.

Justin Pelletier rallied for a sixth-place finish with a back-nine 18 in the final round. After a second-best 39 in the opening round, Pelletier struggled to a 46 in Round 2, which left him in ninth position. A 41 in the third round moved him into the money.

Jon Mercier finished in seventh, while first-round leader Matt Liles won a playoff against Jordy Knoren for the final money position. Knoren placed ninth, while Tabers regulars Nathan Fournier and Ken Daigle tied for 10th.

Brochu earned the Pedro O’Hara’s prize for most holes-in-one with his nine aces, and also won the Fran’s Restaurant prize as the best Tabers League finisher.

In addition to the $300 first prize and golf medal, Highlighter also earned the Break Coffee Shop “Leader at the Break” prize as the second-round leader, the Dubois Cafe prize for the best single round of 18 holes, and the Putting Penguin prize pack for winning a weeklong social media contest.

Melissa Patrie won the Little Joe’s prize for best female finisher, and Matt Liles earned the other Break Coffee Shop “Leader at the Break” prize for his first-round 38.


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