April 22, 2014-By Don Nichols
A continuous light rain Tuesday afternoon suggested that, for the second week in a row, the ATAG match would be cancelled. (Last week was cancelled due to strong winds and dropping temperature from another one of those one day lingering winter”fronts”). This time, though, shortly before the first tee time, the rain stopped, the skies cleared, and the sixth match of the season was underway much to the delight of another full field of 20 players.
TIE BREAKER DETERMINES WINNER! Three teams turned in scorecards reading 9 under, resulting in the need to implement the tie breaker system that awards the Golden Ale to the best low net on the lowest handicap hole. (in this case, hole #16). That hole was won by the team of Jeff Kohn, Jeff Colbath, Anthony Morgan, and visitor Doc Hollingsworth (who was a last minute walk on to replace a last minute cancellation). Turns out the 18 handicapper Doc (a new Ansley member who is really a pastor), played a great part in the victory with his birdie-”net eagle” on the hardest hole on the back nine.
SAD SACK FOURSOME PONIES UP! The disadvantaged foursome of high handicappers Frank Corrigan, Craig Sellner, Bill Buist, and Brooks Cowles, an unintended pairing that was doomed from the start, resulted in a near record high score of 4 over. No tie breaker required there, as the day’s sponsor was known immediately after they turned in their score card.
MEAGHER TAKES LOW GROSS AGAIN! Six handicapper Bill Meagher again bested the field with a score of 39, taking Best Gross for his third time out of the five matches he has played. After stumbling with some early bogeys, he turned it around with a birdie on #16 that followed a 180 yard approach shot over the water to within 4 feet of the pin, then saved par on the last two holes.
GADDIS TAKES LOW NET AGAIN! Fifteen handicapper Mike Gaddis won Low Net for the second time this year which puts him in the lead for Top Money Winner (also known as Sandbagger Of The Year). Gaddis fired a 40 on the back nine links for a net score of 3 under which was good enough to pocket the 20 one dollar bills. In announcing the results of the Low Net, the Commissioner erred in saying that there would be a chip off between Gaddis and Meagher, forgetting that Meagher only got 3 shots and not his full 6 handicap. The Commish’s mistake was quickly corrected, but not before Bill Meagher had quickly descended the stairs to get his pitching wedge out of his bag in storage and to show up for the sudden death chip off–only to find no one there. He was a good sport about it, but did not return to the porch.
Corrigan Pockets Pink Lady With Blistering Round! (literally) Twenty six handicapper Frank Corrigan once again raised the bar for less than stellar golf, triple bogeying his way around the 9 hole back side links for a blistering score of 61 and a net 13 over par to capture yet another Pink Lady to add to his collection.
Birdie Club Adds 4 More! The Birdie Club added four more of the “one-unders” thanks to the collective efforts of Bill Meagher, Tim Martin, Mike Schmal, and walk- on Doc Hollingsworth.
Final Results: 4-22-2014 Back Nine
Houle (51) Thornton (45) Arnold (47) Majors (41) -3
Corrigan (61) Sellner (55) Cowles (55) Buist (49) +4
Meagher (39) Schmal (43) Martin (44) Nichols (51) -9
Williamson (44) Healy (47) Morris (44) Gaddis (40) -9
Kohn (44) Hollingsworth (47) Morgan (43) Colbath (50) -9
-The players gathered on the unoccupied smoker’s porch to discuss their rounds and have a few beers but were deprived of the much sought after chicken wings which earlier in the day had been scarfed up, and the usual replenishment was missing. (as was ATAG bar keep Connor who has been reassigned to Tuesday mornings.) Some players were heard griping and suggested to the Commissioner that he may want to move ATAG to another club that is more accommodating. The Commish said he would look into it but pointed out that it could be an expensive proposition.
-Doug Gooding was a last minute cancellation, betting that the rain would cause a cancellation and thus making other plans. He was wrong and a Letter of Reprimand was placed in his file.
-There was a surprise celebrity who showed up on the porch—famed guitarist Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. ATAG photographer Tim Martin was quick to recognize the celeb and snapped a photo which can be seen in the Gallery.
- There was a brief discussion about the new Georgia gun law that allows concealed guns to be allowed in bars and churches, which opened the door for the Commissioner to announce that, since golf courses, like churches, are considered sacred ground, he was ordering custom made ATAG logo Walther PK 380′s for each player. The Walther PK 380 is lightweight, has a slim design, and fits nicely in a golf bag and you never know when you may need protection. (However, those who cannot handle the frustrations of a bad golf round are not encouraged to conceal one in their bag.)
That’s it for this week’s recap. Next week, weather permitting as the forecast is not good, we return to the friendly front nine. See you then!