Ruonala prevails for Cities crown

Sunday was over three decades in the making for Jody Ruonala.

Ruonala shot a 1-under-par 70 at Nashua Country Club to claim his first Nashua Cities tournament title after competing in the event for 30-plus years.

He shot a 75 in the first round at Green Meadow Golf Club’s Jungle Course and edged Alvirne senior Jack Brown by one stroke for the championship.

Brown was the co-leader after a 71 the first round Saturday and carded a 75 on Sunday. He was awarded the junior trophy.

Bob Lind (79-77-156) tied for 12th overall and won the senior trophy after matching cards with Gray Laliberte and John Sterling. The tournament used tie-breaking methods recommended by the USGA.

Eric McCoy took third place with consecutive rounds of 74. First-round co-leader John Devito and tournament director Ryan Brogan shared fourth place at 6-over.

Andrew Dratch, Chris Miele and Jeff Monahan tied for sixth with a score of 9-over. Ben Bouchard fired 75-78 for ninth place, while Kevin Gaynor and Patrick Paulson rounded out the top 10 in a tie at 12-over.

The tournament also served as a charity function for the Make a Wish Foundation (New Hampshire chapter) and raised over $3,000.

"We had great weather and great courses. (Ruonala) has played in the tourney for over 30 years and got his first taste of victory, so that was exciting. " Brogan said. "We want to thank Green Meadow and Nashua Country Club for hosting."