July 22, 2014-By Don Nichols
It was day full of overcast skies with the threat of rain but, by tee time, the skies had cleared to reveal another beautiful Tuesday afternoon for the ATAG Tour. This week a full field of 20 players took on the tough back nine.
15 UNDER SETS THE BAR FOR THE BACK NINE! The team of Doug Healy, Kieran Quinn, Ed McCormick, and Scotty Greene set the bar for the back nine this year, coming in at 15 under after picking up four shots on the last hole. The Commissioner’s Team, third group off the tee, sat on the porch confident of victory after picking up two shots on the last hole to end up at 12 under (matching the best back nine score this year) and were annoyed that it took so long for the last team to turn in their scorecard so that they could get their free beer. (the Commissioner even threatened to DQ the group for their tardiness in delaying the outcome of the match.) Finally score keeper Doug Healy came to the porch (apparently after showering and changing clothes) and plunked the scorecard down on the table declaring that “he would have a Bud”.
The last time an ATAG team posted a 15 under score on the back nine was on June 30, 2009, when Henry Sawyer, Scotty Greene, Jeff Colbath, and Jeff McClellan claimed the first place prize. (However, before the aforementioned players get too giddy, the all time record score for the back nine remains at 18 under, posted on October 10, 2006, by the team of Brad Reese, David Danzig, Dick Pease, and yours truly).
The only other drama was determining who would be this week’s purveyor of the Golden Ale as two teams finished at 4 under. A quick review of the scorecards revealed that the team of Russ Jobson, Doug Gooding, Henry Sawyer, and Frank Corrigan deserved the “sucked more” moniker after making net double bogey on the tiebreaker hole.
BILL MEAGHER IS MEDALIST (again) Single digiter Bill Meagher posted a 38 to follow his 36 on the front last week for the best score of the day to capture Medalist honors. This marks the 5th time Meagher has finished atop the Leaderboard out of the ten matches he has played. (Although he is quick to tell you that he has not once received any monetary reward no matter how well he has played. These kind of complaints from single digit handicappers fall on deaf ears to high handicappers.)
DOUG HEALY WINS LOW NET! 18 handicapper Doug Healy birdied the last hole to end up with a score of 40, for a net 5 under to pocket the 20 one dollar bills, marking his first Low Net since April 2011.
COLBATH TAKES ANOTHER COLD BATH! Nineteen handicapper Jeff Colbath matched his opening day score of 54 to end up with his fifth Pinkster of the year with a net 9 over par.
MEAGHER HAS SHOT OF THE DAY! Bill Meagher had Shot Of The Day, following up a booming tee shot on # 1 with a 9 iron that ended up 4 inches from the hole. (he reportedly made the putt for his first birdie of the day) Doug Healy received honorable mention for hitting the pin with a 50 foot pitch shot on #16 and then sinking the 15 foot putt to save par.
BIRDIE CLUB ADMITS TWO MORE MEMBERS! John Wymer and Doug Healy were admitted into the prestigious club for the first time this year. Wymer holed out a 20 footer on # 12 and Healy concluded his round with a 15 footer. Also making contributions were Scotty Greene who also birdied #18, and Bill Meagher who dropped in two more to add to his cumulative total and keep his lead atop the Birdie Club roster.
Final Team/Individual Results: 7-22-2014 Back Nine
Healy (40), Greene (41), McCormick (50), Quinn (51 ) -15 Morgan (46), Majors (40), Wymer (46), Nichols (45) -12 Kohn(46), Sellner (55), Meagher (38), Kisgen (46) -5 Martin (46), Colbath (54), Williamson (42), Cass (46) -4 Gooding (47), Sawyer (44), Corrigan (55), Jobson (46) -4
-Another great night on the porch as the tables and chairs were dutifully assembled by the first group to enable a communal conversation between the players while consuming one or more cold ones and chowing down on the complimentary chicken wings.
-Commissioner’s Team player John Wymer appeared on the porch after showering and changing into a suit and tie, apparently dressing for the occasion to receive what he thought would be a free beer after his team posted what they thought was a winning 12 under score.
-PJ Wade made an early cameo appearance and greeted each team as they finished their round. William Thornton made a late cameo appearance and joined the few remaining ATAGers who opted to have last call at the Pool Bar. (an ATAG first)
-Tom Houle was a late cancellation but promised to join the group on the porch. He did not. A Letter of Reprimand has been placed in his file. Fortunately, Ben Cass returned to the ATAG Tour by answering the call to the back up list.
That’s it for this week. The next match is on the Friendly Front Nine.
See you then!