Jesse Faile shot a 61 Sunday afternoon to set a new senior tees course record at Pinetuck Golf Club. Asked for his reaction when he learned he’d bested the club’s five-year-old record of 66, Faile was still kind of peeved.
“I missed a six-footer on the last hole,” said the 69-year-old with a laugh.
Faile posted eight birdies and an eagle en route to a 10-under-par 61, smashing the previous record.
“I think he was ecstatic about it,” said Lewis Murray, who has worked at Pinetuck for 30 years. “He’s always been a real good player.”
Faile, who is a zero handicap, eagled the par-5, 11th hole with an eight-foot putt. He then ran off birdies from the 13th to 16th holes, setting up a chance at a sub-60 round.
“I’ve been playing pretty good,” said Faile, whose Sunday foursome included Johnny Beverly, Paul Beckman and Harry Knight. “I shot even par Saturday, but I started out kind of bad. I had four bogies in the first five holes and I was tired from working all day Friday and kind of gave out. I just got kind of settled in and the last 31 holes I played, I think I was 14-under. I got that putter hot.”
Faile’s previous personal record was a 64 and he’s only been playing the senior tees for two years. Pinetuck’s new senior tees record definitely isn’t safe.
“That’s what the tees are for,” said Faile. “When you get old, you’ve got to move up, you know?”
Bret McCormick • 803-329-4032; Twitter: @BretJust1T