October 2, 2012-By Don Nichols
After two days of a steady downpour, eighteen ATAGers showed up on an overcast, but dry, afternoon to take on the more difficult back nine on a wet, but remarkably playable course (no standing water). Tee time pairings had been sent out beforehand based upon the order of e-mail response to the Call For Players, but the Commissioner, seeing the dark overcast skies and mindful of the fact that daylight would be short lived, resorted to “whoever showed up first on the tee” as a means of determining teams and getting the match underway and completed as quickly as possible.
9 UNDER TAKES IT! DRAW PARTNERS DETERMINE OUTCOME!
The threesome of Ron Majors, John Wymer, and Marty Arnold finished at 3 under but was catapulted to first place with a score of 9 under after randomly picking Don Nichols (he had a good day) as their draw partner. The other threesome in the field-Russ Jobson, Anthony Morgan, and Mike Schmal-was not so lucky, finishing at +1, and improving only to the DAL score of -1 after picking Danny Morris (he didn’t have a good day) as their draw partner.
Final Results/Scores 10-2-012 Back Nine
Ron Majors (36), John Wymer (49), Marty Arnold (50), Don Nichols-Draw (42) -9
Danny Morris (46), Scotty Greene (44), Tom Kisgen (46), Tim Martin (49) -7
Jim Williamson (43), Henry Sawyer (48), William Thornton (41),Bill Buist (48) -6
Doug Healy (53), Frank Corrigan (54), Bill Meagher (42), Don Nichols (42) -4
Russ Jobson (47), Anthony Morgan (47), Mike Schmal (44), Danny Morris-Draw(46) -1
The following players earned individual recognition:
BRAD REESE LOW GROSS AWARD: Ron Majors 36 The seven handicapper has his best ATAG round of the year, and his best score since September 29, 2009, when he also posted a 36 on the back nine. At even par through the first seven holes, Majors stumbled with a bogey on #17, then redeemed his great round with a birdie on # 18. The even par score of 36 matches former ATAGer Brad Reese for the best round of the year.
LOW NET WINNER: Ron Majors 3 under It’s rare when the Low Gross winner also wins Low Net but Majors’ net 3 under was one better than William Thornton and Don Nichols who had assumed that they would be in a chip off.
SHOT OF THE DAY: Ron Majors 36 of them.
PINK LADY WINNER: Frank Corrigan (54) This was a drama that unfolded right before the eyes of this writer. Playing in the same foursome as twenty five handicapper Corrigan, fifteen handicapper Doug Healy played steadily poor golf, double bogeying just about every hole and even once double hitting a chip shot, and appeared to be a sure lock to win his first Pink Lady of the year. Meanwhile, Corrigan, uncharacteristically playing under some semblance of control, was four shots ahead of Healy going into the last two holes before making a final desperate run at the end, finishing with a double and a max 7 to squeak by a disappointed Healy who could only manage to make bogey (sinks a long putt) and par (gets up and down) on the two finishing holes. The pivotal point was Corrigan’s ferocious laser sideways shank tee shot on # 18 that tore through the bushes and over the fence into the far end of the lower parking lot where, fortunately, only the sound of ball meeting asphalt could be heard.
BIRDIE CLUB: The Birdie Train kept rolling, although at a slower pace, as three birds were donated by Birdie Club members, Ron Majors, Bill Meagher, and Don Nichols. Majors remains the Birdie Club leader with a total of 9 birds.
COMMISSIONER’S CORNER (Observations Of The Commish)
-The players gathered on the upper deck, this time mostly under soft moonlight as the sunset evenings grow shorter and shorter. As usual, the wings were plentiful, the beer was cold, and there were the usual barbs and sarcasms amongst the players.
-There was a mild controversy over the selection process for the draw partners for both of the threesome pairings. The Commissioner did not wait for the last threesome to finish (they were dragging and late to report to the porch) and, instead, used the scorecards of the three foursomes that had completed their rounds as a pool of twelve players to be selected at random by each of the two threesomes. (the number picked that correlated to that person’s name on the three shuffled score cards). This worked out fine for the Commish who was luckily drawn by the winning team but did not go so well for Danny Morris who saw himself suddenly on the losing team. Morris filed a formal protest saying the pool should have consisted of all 18 players in the field. The Commissioner agreed to address this issue during the winter meetings.
-And, speaking of the winter meetings, they are not that far off as there now remains only two more ATAG matches for the 2012 season. The match originally scheduled for October 16 will not be held so that ATAG Steak Night can be hosted during daylight hours. (Details to follow as to time, place, and cost in a separate e-mail blast to the ATAG roster). The match originally scheduled for the last Tuesday of Daylight Savings Time-Oct 30-has also been cancelled due to the course being closed for the Ansley “Boo Bash”.
-The Commissioner announced that he would miss next week’s match as he will be attending the National Commissioner’s Conference in San Francisco. Deputy Commissioner Danny Morris agreed to send out the Call For Players, assemble the pairings, and keep the stats.
That’s it for this week’s recap of the Back Nine match. Look for the Call For Players from Danny Morris early Monday morning.