July 16, 2013-By Don Nichols
ATAG resumed its official season after electing to hold an optional match the prior week due to the recently punched and sanded greens. Eight players, excluding the Commissioner and other core ATAGers, opted for the optional match which was played under steamy hot conditions on an extremely wet course. Though the match was optional, the Commissioner agreed to include the players scores in the individual stats.
Today, ATAG was back in full force as 16 players took on the friendly front nine on a hot and sunny afternoon. The course was dry, but the previously punched greens had not fully recovered, resulting in putts that took on a slow and bumpy ride before getting into the hole, resulting in many three putts.
Taking home the Golden Ale was the pairing of Mike Schmal, Doug Gooding, Russ Jobson, and David Danzig who, teeing off last, finished three holes behind the group in front of them, receiving a letter in each of their files for slow play but nevertheless ending up with the best net score of 11 under. Called on to pony up was the woeful team of Lee Pearson, William Thornton, Jeff Kohn, and Jeff Colbath who combined to fashion a net 4 under.
Final Team Results: 7-16-2013
Schmal, Gooding, Jobson, Danzig -11
Sellner, Martin, Majors, Wymer -8
Williamson, Morris, Kisgen, Nichols -7
Pearson, Thornton, Kohn, Colbath -4
The following players earned individual recognition:
Low Gross: Ron Majors 37 The 7 handicapper played steady throughout, offsetting two bogeys with a birdie on the last hole. This marks the fourth low gross in as many weeks as Majors continues to bask in the limelight with little competition now that Brad Reese has left the ATAG Tour.
Low Net: Jeff Colbath -3 in Chip Off against Ron Majors who also finished at net 3 under. After the Commissioner placed the ball in the rough in a position that called for a downhill chip shot, twenty handicapper Colbath went first and deftly lifted the ball over the rough and onto the green and then watched it roll straight toward the hole, missing it by inches and stopping only a few feet away. Seven handicapper Majors followed by lofting his shot only a few feet into the air, only to watch it land in the rough, giving the supposedly lesser skilled Colbath 16 bucks in his pocket.
Pink Lady: David Danzig +7 net Danzig was nowhere to be seen after the match to recount his woeful round, but the scorecard indicated a bunch of triples and doubles that were plentiful enough to land him his 4th pinkster out of the six matches he has played this season.
Shot of the Day: Tom Kisgen His 150 yd approach shot on # 8 landed within 7 feet of the hole which he then followed with a slightly breaking right to left putt that found the center of the hole for a birdie.
Birdie Club: Three birds deposited. The train continues to roll, albeit slowly, but thankfully was fueled this week with individual birdie contributions from Ron Majors, Mike Schmal, and Tom Kisgen, with Kisgen making the prestigious club for the first time this year.
That’s it for the recap of this week’s match. Scroll down for the individual scores and check out the photos in the Gallery.
7-16-2013 Front Nine Final Leaderboard Gross / Net
Majors 37 / 33
Schmal 42 / 36
Colbath 44 / 33
Pearson 44 / 39
Williamson 45 / 37
Kisgen 45 /34
Martin 45 / 37
Jobson 46 / 36
Morris 46 / 38
Thornton 47 / 40
Wymer 48 / 37
Nichols 48 / 38
Sellner 51 / 39
Danzig 54 / 43