RUSS JOBSON’S DAY!


June 4, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was another great sunny and blue sky afternoon for ATAG as four teams gathered on the first tee, with one team having to rely on a draw partner after a cancellation right at the 5:00 pm tee time. (Turned out the threesome did not need any help.)

RUSS JOBSON STUNS THE FIELD!  Twenty two handicapper Russ Jobson had his best ATAG round since 2012, firing a 41 with two birdies to win Low Net at 6 under. (Much to the disappointment of Doug Healy who sat confidently on the porch with a score of 5 under until Jobson’s team climbed the stairs. Jobson also grabbed Shot of the Day honors when his approach shot on # 1 hit the flag stick, leaving him only a short putt for his first birdie of the day.

PEARSON IS MEDALIST WINNER ONCE AGAIN!   Ten handicapper Lee Pearson posted the best gross score of 38, the fourth week in a row for medalist honors.

15 UNDER TAKES HOME THE GOLD!  The team of Lee Pearson, Russ Jobson, Anthony Morgan, and draw partner William Thornton received the free brewsky with a score of 15 under which sets the bar for the front nine. The trio actually trumped the field with a score of 13 under but a draw partner was still needed to see who would be the benefactor of a free beer compliments of the DAL team of Bill Meagher, Tim Martin, Tom Houle, and John Wymer which started first, but finished last with a net score of 8 under.

JOBSON SAVES THE BIRDIE CLUB!    Russ Jobson’s two birdies were the only ones of the day, and marked a dramatic first time admittance into the prestigious club which now boast 17 members.

GOODING NOT SO GOOD!  Doug Gooding reluctantly but graciously accepted the Pink Lady after posting a score of 49–the highest in the field–for a net 4 over par. (If there is any consolation, net 4 over is the lowest over par score so far this year.)

Final Results: 6-4-2014  Front Nine

Pearson (38), Jobson (41) , Morgan (48), Thornton(draw)                                                 -15

Arnold (47), Gooding (49), Williamson (44), Healy (40)                                                      -12

Thornton (46), Greene (42), Kohn (44), Nichols (43)                                                            -10

Meagher (40), Martin (45), Houle (45), Wymer (48)                                                           -8  

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

-A beautiful evening on the porch with a dramatic, gorgeous, sun set skyline captured on camera and portrayed in the Gallery section.

-The prearranged side by side tables once again set the stage for a group discussion, the topics of which were many—including the U.S. Open qualifier at Settindown the day before and the hardest ranked holes on the course, the new Top Golf multi-level driving range development in Alpharetta which makes golf a social media event for the entire family, and the once well known bars and restaurants of Atlanta that are no more.

-It was William Thornton’s 46th birthday and the players surprised him with a birthday cake and a slightly off key rendition of Happy Birthday. In a serendipity moment, Thornton also was selected as the draw partner for the winning threesome.

-It was also determined that Anthony Morgan, at age 33, is the youngest player on the ATAG Tour, giving hope that ATAG may yet continue after all of us old guys have passed on. The Commissioner even suggested that Morgan should be the first in line for  Commissioner In Training for the next generation of players.

David Danzig sent an e-mail cancellation at 5:01 pm, citing sudden and unforeseen family responsibilities, but depriving stand by Jeff Colbath of a spot in the field. The cancellation had a valid reason, but, of course, is not an excuse so a Letter of Reprimand has been placed in Danzig’s file.

Bill Meagher and Lee Pearson, each of whom played 18 holes earlier in the day, left shortly after the match results were announced and did not stay to participate in the socializing and their quick departure was commented on by several of the players. The Commissioner did not issue a formal reprimand but did note that such actions often determines who does or does not make the cut when the field is oversubscribed.

That’s it for this week’s recap. Next week we take on the more arduous back nine.  See you then!

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BEST DAY OF THE YEAR!


May 20, 2014-By Don Nichols

“This is definitely the #1 best day of the year for ATAG–very pleasant, no humidity” remarked core ATAGer Jim Williamson as he sat on the porch admiring the sunset. And that it was–the best day of the year –sunny, crystal blue skies and a gentle breeze that saw 16 ATAGers go after the coveted Golden Ale Trophy.

It was definitely the best day of the year for ten handicapper Lee Pearson who fired a one under 35, the first time someone has broken par since 2011 when Jim Bernhardt, Mike Schmal, and Rick Eaton posted the same score.  (The all time record still stands at 33, posted by former ATAGer Brad Reese in the same year.)  Pearson’s net 6 under, by virtue of one bogey offset by two birdies, also enabled him to pocket the 16 dollar low net purse, much to the disappointment of Anthony Morgan who came to the porch thinking for sure his net 5 under score would win it.

It was definitely not the best day of the year for core ATAGer Danny Morris who captured Pink Lady honors with a net score of 8 over par. Morris, a former winner of Sandbagger of the Year as well as winner of low net several times, was a little off his game, so to speak, scowling and double bogeying his way around the cruel back nine links.

Taking home the Golden Ale Trophy was this week’s Commissioner’s Team of Lee Pearson, Tom Houle, Don Nichols, and Danny Morris who posted a net score of 7 under for a one shot victory (well, it was actually pretty much Lee Pearson with a little help from his playing partners). Serving as this week’s sponsor was the team of Craig Sellner, Kevin McGlynn, William Thornton, and Ron Majors who finished DAL at 4 under.

Shot of the Day goes to Lee Pearson for his birdie putt from off the green on #11 utilizing a most unusual approach. Nichols had chipped his third shot to within two inches of the hole but, at the request of Pearson,  elected to leave the ball there rather than marking it or tapping it in. Pearson, demonstrating excellent billiards skills, then took dead aim with his putter for Nichols’ ball and managed to hit the stationery target which went one way while Pearson’s ball obligingly ricocheted into the hole for a birdie-“net eagle”. Nichols, in accordance with the rules, then replaced his ball and tapped it in for par-“net birdie”.

And, speaking of birdies, the Birdie Club added five birdies to its coffers this week–two from Lee Pearson, and one each from Ron Majors, Anthony Morgan, and Frank Corrigan, with Morgan and Corrigan admitted to the prestigious club for the first time this season.

Final Results: 5-20-14 Back Nine

Pearson (35), Houle (51), Morris (53), Nichols (48)                             -7

Morgan (41), Kohn (45), Buist (50), Kisgen (52)                                   -6

Colbath (51), Martin (40), Williamson (49), Corrigan (50)               -5

Sellner (55), McGlynn (49), Thornton (48), Majors (39)                   -4

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

-It was a great night on the porch as chairs and tables were prearranged by the first group to be side by side to enable story telling and group discussions instead of the separate private table discussions. The prearrangement by the first group to finish was a  suggestion left by one ATAGer  in the Commissioner’s Suggestion Box–a suggestion the Commissioner deemed to be good enough to be an ATAG policy going forward. (First to the chicken wings now comes with a price)

-The fact that there was a Commissioner’s Suggestion Box came as a surprise to the players, but it has always been there. All one need do is send their suggestion to the Commissioner’s e-mail address and complete confidentiality is assured. Another suggestion that the Commissioner brought to the table was a proposal that anyone who cancels within 2 hours of their tee time be fined $10 with such fine applied to the cost of the end of the year awards banquet. This, of course, created a stir, as so far there has never been any kind of monetary punishment for infractions. Some were in favor and others were not. (predictably those who have been guilty of late cancellation). The Commissioner agreed to table the matter for future discussion and to review the ATAG Bylaws to see if an amendment would be required to impose such monetary punishment.

The table arrangement set the stage for Jeff Kohn to entertain the group with one zinger joke after another, eliciting laughter that has not been heard for quite a while and restoring the ATAG ambiance of old.

That’s it for this week’s match recap. There will be no ATAG next Tuesday since the Club will be closed after the Memorial Day holiday. Look for the Call For Players on Monday, June 3, 2014. See you then!

 

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Williamson Subs For Ailing Commish!


5-13-14-By Jim Williamson (The Commish was unable to get off his sick bed for the second week in a row, but core ATAGer Jim Williamson agreed to take charge. Below is his account of the results of the match)

The May 13th ATAG start was a little chaotic. None of the teams ended up as the Commissioner had paired them due to last minute cancellations and tardiness. However, the round was successfully completed and the winning team (see below) received their cool liquid trophy and all the usual praise from the other teams.

Final Results: 5-13-14 Front Nine

Winning Team: -11    Jeff Kohn (43), John Wymer (45), Tom Player (44), Ron Majors (41)

DAL:   -2          Bill Buist (48), Steve Bates (45),  Jim Williamson (46),  T. Kisgen-Draw (52)

Other Teams Skating Through:

Doug Gooding (44), Tom Houle (46), Brooks Cowles (45),  Tom Kisgen (52)                     -10

Mike Gaddis (46), Lee Pearson (40), William Thornton (42), Russ Jobson (47)                 -6

Low Gross:  Lee Pearson (40)

Low Net: Brooks Cowles (chip off over Tom Player)          -3

Pink Lady: Tie Between Tom Kisgen and Steve Bates.      +5 Net   (However, Bates may have been suffering from whiplash because of the earlier chaos of the day. He was informed he was in, then out, and then back in.

Shot of the Day:  Brooks Cowles landed approximately 2 feet from the pin from a difficult ball placement for the chip off to win low net.

Birdie Club: The Birdie Club was shut out.

 

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ATAG BIDS ADIEU TO ASST PRO EDDIE GODEFROID!


Dateline: Ansley Golf Club  5-6-14; By Substitute Commissioner Doug Healy (the Commish was a little under the weather and could not attend this week’s match. Below is Mr. Healy’s recap):

Great weather and a decent turnout of 17 early season ATAGers set the stage for the 8th match of the year. Commissioner Nichols was notably absent and Substitute Commissioner Healy temporarily ascended to the throne. The seat was still warm as Healy expertly herded the players into their respective teams after a few last minute changes in the line-up. The results are as follows:

Team 1:     Williamson (49), Colbath (51), Martin (49), Kisgen (46) finished DAL at -2

Team 2:     Morris (47), Greene (46), Jobson (50), Majors (42) finished next to DAL at -4

Team 3:     Healy (43), McGlynn (47), Wade (43) and draw partner finished second at -8

Team 4:     Pearson (36), Buist (48), Gaddis (45) and draw partner finished first at -9

Team 5:     Kohn (43), Meagher (38), Danzig (57) and draw partner finished third at -6

The scoring table was in a state of confusion with three teams needing draw partners, cash coming in for low net, the hurried assembly of our gift to Eddie and a cold chicken sandwich waiting to be eaten. Danny Morris escalated the tension by repeatedly threatening to call Commissioner Nichols back into action.

After a short delay, the scores were announced and as usual the winning team enjoyed their bounty of free beer. Other notables include low net winner Lee Pearson at a net 31 and Pink Lady David Danzig at net 45. Two nominees for shot of the day were PJ Wade who smashed a 335 yard drive on number 15 (still needed to make a 7 footer for par), and Jeff Kohn who, after landing his second shot on 14 into the bunker on 4, improbably made the 130 yard up and down for a birdie.

While everyone was enjoying the excellent weather and conversation on the ATAG skybox, our Assistant Pro Eddie Godefroid made a cameo appearance to a standing ovation by the group. As we had recently learned, Eddie has decided to return to school at St Louis University and pursue a degree in theology. A finer young man we could not imagine. It was a pleasure for us to present Eddie with a small token of our appreciation for his service to the Club and our group of reprobates in particular. Everyone wishes Eddie the best in his new pursuits.

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15 PLAYERS TAKE ON THE FRIENDLY FRONT


April 29, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was another beautiful Tuesday afternoon that saw 15 players take on the friendly front nine after one participant was a late cancellation.

TIE BREAKER DETERMINES WINNER IN CLOSE MATCH!   Two teams came in with the best score of 11 under, and it took three playoff holes to determine the winner—which was the team of Doug Gooding, David Danzig, Tom Houle, and draw partner Tom Kisgen (who happened to be on the other 11 under team.  Kisgen turned out to be a popular draw partner, bringing the threesome’s score up from 4 under to 11 under.)

COMMISH’S TEAM TAKES FIRST LOSS!  The Commissioner’s Team of PJ Wade, John Wymer, Anthony Morgan, and Don Nichols surprisingly found themselves at the bottom of the heap with a not too shabby score of 8 under–usually good enough to skate through.

TIM MARTIN HAS BEST GROSS SCORE!  Tim Martin’s score of 42 was the best of the bunch in a Meagher-less field.

RUSS JOBSON WINS LOW NET IN 3-WAY CHIP OFFTom Houle, Don Nichols, and Russ Jobson ended up at 3 under, setting up a dramatic three way  chip off –orchestrated by Doug Healy who placed the ball in the rough requiring a delicate chip just over the rough to a slippery back pin location. Nichols drew first and managed to bounce it in the rough and onto the green where it rolled some 15 feet past the pin.  Houle went next and daringly lofted  a pitch shot that landed gently on the green and cozied up to within 18 inches of the hole–clearly appearing to be the winner.  But an undaunted Russ Jobson followed with a likewise daring lob shot that landed just on the edge of the green and slid down towards the hole before passing just inside Houle’s ball to earn the 15 one dollar bills.

DON NICHOLS HAS SHOT OF THE DAY!   The 22 handicapper chipped in from about 25 feet on #4 for a birdie-net 1 on the double popping hole.

BIRDIE CLUB AVOIDS SHUT OUT!  Only one bird on this day, compliments of the Nichols chip in on #4, who joined the club for the first time this year.

PJ WADE EARNS FIRST EVER PINK LADY!  Fourteen handicapper PJ Wade earned his first Pink Lady after firing a 49 for a net 6 over par.  Opening with back to back triples, the usually reliable Wade never found par and added a couple of doubles on his way to his highest ATAG score.

Final Results: 4-29-14 Front Nine

Houle (43), Gooding (44), Danzig (51), Kisgen (draw)                                        -11 tie breaker

Healy (49) Arnold (48), Kisgen (47), Martin (42)                                                 -11

Jobson (44) Williamson (46), Schmal (45), Roberds (53)                                   -10

Wade (49), Morgan (48), Wymer (51), Nichols (44)                                               -8

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

-It was a beautiful evening, so the players gathered on the porch and many stayed well into the evening talking about a myriad of things. One topic revolved around the number of idiotic reality tv shows on the air today, prompting Doug Healy to suggest that ATAG would be a good candidate for its own reality show since we already have the cast of characters.

-Brooks Cowles was a late cancellation, citing a business conflict which is a valid reason–but not an excuse. A Letter of Reprimand has been placed in his file.

-On a side note, several ATAGers did well in last weekend’s Member- Member Tournament, especially 7th Flight winners Doug Healy and Jim Williamson who took home a bunch of cash as well as the crystal trophy.  ATAGers Bill Buist and John Wymer placed third in the 8th Flight and Marty Arnold and Mike Schmal likewise placed third in the 6th Flight.

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SKIES CLEAR FOR ATAG!


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

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

-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!

 

 

 

 

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ANOTHER FULL FIELD!


April 8, 2014-By Don Nichols

Following last week’s full slate, this week saw another full field of 20 players that gathered on the friendly front nine on a breezy but pleasant Tuesday afternoon that followed a day of heavy rain. The Commissioner once again invoked the “lift, clean, and replace anywhere except the hazards” rule, but the course was remarkably in good shape with little or no standing water. (Something that would have been unheard of years ago)

10 UNDER TAKES IT!  COMMISH’S “21 CLUB” TEAM EDGED OUT!

The foursome of Jim Williamson, Doug Gooding, Bill Meagher, and Ron Majors got the complimentary golden ale by posting a score of 10 under to slip by the Commissioner’s “21 Club” (all four players with 21 handicaps) which was right behind them at 9 under. The winners leaped to the lead on # 7, doubling their score from 4 under to 8 under, then picked up two more on # 8 before salvaging par on # 9 to top the leaderboard.

The right to be the day’s sponsor was decided by the tie breaker system which resulted in the last group to tee off ending up in the “buy zone” with a net score of 4 under. Losing the tie breaker hole # 6 and seeing their Club bill dinged ($5.13 incl tax) was the team of Lee Pearson, Tom Kisgen, Frank Corrigan, and Al Roberds. Also crying in their beer, so to speak, was the team of Mike Gaddis, PJ Wade, Tim Martin, and Bill Buist which approached # 9  at what would have been a tie for the winning score at 10 under– but the ill fated foursome choked on the pressure cooker three balls counting finishing hole and dropped four shots.

Bill Meagher posted the best score of the day with a 37, matching his score on Opening Day. The five handicapper (and only single digiter in the field) opened with back to back bogeys and added one more later, but pulled it together with birdies on the two par 5’s to end up at one over and all alone at the top of the leaderboard.

Ron Majors and Commissioner Don Nichols each finished at a net 3 under but Majors won the sudden death  “chip off”.  The more highly skilled Majors offered to skip the chip off and split the bounty, but the Commissioner insisted that the good weather and remaining day light called for a resumption of the ATAG tradition of one winner. (and so, basically, the Commish took one for the team. You would have thought that Mr. Majors, flushed with cash, would have at least offered to buy the Commish a beer. Just saying.)

Frank Corrigan, last year’s Pink Lady Champion, grabbed his first Pinkster of the year in only his third try, finishing at the bottom of the leaderboard with a net score of 9 over. The 25 handicapper, had one of his miserable days, doubling and tripling his way around the  front links, with a strong triple, triple, triple finish to ink his name right behind Jeff Colbath on the season’s Leaders in the Clubhouse.

Shot of the Day went to Jim Williamson, known for his prowess with the wedge, who chipped in from 70 feet out on # 7 for a birdie-“net eagle”.  It was the second week in a row that Mr. Williamson was noted for Shot Of The Day. Honorable mention  was given to the Commissioner who managed to save bogey-“net par”  on # 8 after seemingly having an unplayable lie in the holly bushes behind the green. Acting as if he had practiced what amounted to a trick shot a million times, the Commish gripped down low on his sand wedge, planted his face into the bushes away from the hole, spread his feet apart, and hit the ball backwards between his legs. The scarred but functional Pro V 1 proceeded to cooperatively bounce gingerly onto the green and then roll down to within two feet of the pin,  much to the amazement of his appreciative playing partners.

The Birdie Club doubled its production from the prior week, recording 6 of the elusive “one unders“. Bill Meagher was credited with a generous donation of two tweeters to go along with single contributions by Ron Majors, Jim Williamson, Kevin McGlynn, and Bill Buist. It was Buist’s first entry into the Birdie Club since the 2012 season.

Final Results/Scores: 4-8-2014 Front Nine

Williamson (45), Gooding (48) , Meagher (37), Majors (39)                   -10

Wymer (50), McGlynn (51), Jobson (48), Nichols (44)                              -9

Gaddis (50), Wade (43), Martin (44), Buist (46)                                           -6

Colbath (52), Healy (45), Arnold (50), Morris (45)                                      -4

Roberds (50), Pearson (45), Corrigan (58), Kisgen (48)                            -4 

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

-The players initially gathered on the upper deck to enjoy the “coolish” weather and wait for the match results and then re-convened to the Grill to consume additional beers and chicken wings.

-Bill Meagher once again lamented the fact that the winner of Low Gross gets nothing but a photo op while the low net winner pockets the cash. His complaint was met with deaf ears by the predominately high handicap ATAG Tour players. The Commissioner noted that, as the only single digit handicapper on the ATAG Tour, Mr. Meagher should win the Low Gross in every match he plays ,and thus a recurring photo on the Gallery page of this blog  should be enough validation for his ego.

-There was much discussion of the change in the format of the upcoming Member-Member Tournament from the traditional two man best ball to an alternate shot/shamble format. Players were surprised and disappointed in the change and were unanimously opposed to the new format which is a clear disadvantage to the high handicappers who, despite getting strokes,  are known to zing one or two out of bounds (or worse) in any given round, and the fact that they may be stroking on said hole does not mitigate the disaster.

-The Commissioner missed last week’s match as he was attending the annual Commissioner’s Conference in La Jolla, California, where all the commissioners were treated to an 18 hole round on the Torrey Pines South Course, site of the 2008 U.S. Open, and the future 2021 Open.  And, at the subsequent Awards Banquet that evening, the Commissioner was also pleased to graciously receive, on behalf of ATAG,  an award from the U.S.G.A for having the”Best Golf group In America That Plays A Competitive 9 Holes Of Golf After Work On A Tuesday During Daylight Savings Time.” Players should be proud of this recognition considering the number of golf groups throughout the country that were in contention.

That’s it for the recap of this week’s match. Scroll down to see the results of last week’s match which was chronicled by Acting Commissioner Danny Morris.

Recap of 4-1-2014 Match-By Danny Morris

It was an absolutely perfect Atlanta spring weather afternoon. Temp at 78 degrees. Light breeze. The match was set for 20 players. All were on time and ready to play. We teed off under the leadership of Eddie at exactly 4:51. The lead group of Martin, Houle, Jobson, and Cowles were chomping at the bit to get going and they set a pace that was impossible to match. That group finished significantly ahead of Group 2 however; their score didn’t match their speed, they were -1 as a team.

Wings and beer awaited the whole bunch and there were independent, lively conversations at the four or five tables spread around the ATAG upper deck. The team of Anthony Morgan, David Danzig, Tom Player, and William Thornton bought beers for Bill Meagher, Danny Morris, Jim Williamson, and Mike Gaddis.

Low Net-Danny Morris (34)= $20;  Low Gross-Ron Majors (41),  Pink Lady-Marty Arnold (44)

Shot of the Day- On hole 13, after two long shots, Jim Williamson ended up in the bunker next to the #4 green. From about 140 yards, Jim picked it clean out of the bunker and stuck it on the green about 20 feet away and just missed the birdie, settling for wonderful fairway “sandy par”.

Interesting fact–The team of Corrigan, Arnold, Kohn, and Kisgen gave back four shots on the last hole. It wouldn’t have changed their position on the leader board but it would have made them all happier.

Birdie Club-Morris, Martin, and Majors

There was intense movie discussion with several conflicting reviews of Wolf of Wall Street offered up by several folks. Word is, the F-word is uttered 507 times in this movie. I saw the movie and I think that might be a little light. Probably closer to 750.  Overall, a generally lovely day of golf. No explanation of the mediocre scoring–it wasn’t the course or the weather.

Final Results/Scores: 4-1-2014 Back Nine

Meagher (42), Morris (43), Williamson (45) , Gaddis (43)                       -9

Wymer (48), Healy (45) , Majors (41), Colbath (52)                                    -7

Corrigan (48), Arnold (53), Kohn (44), Kisgen (48)                                    -2

Cowles (49) Jobson (50) , Houle (52), Martin (45)                                       -1

Morgan (51), Danzig (54), Thornton (49), Player (45)                                +2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COLD WINDS WHIPSAW THE FIELD!


March 25, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was supposed to be 54 degrees and a little windy, but by tee time the temperature had dropped below 50 and was joined by a ferocious blast of cold arctic air and gale force winds that whipsawed the players as they struggled to finish their rounds. This, the first  “official” Spring match of 2014, was played under the toughest conditions on record for an official ATAG match, and the scores reflected it.

The winning team at 5 under was the foursome of Tom Houle, Danny Morris, Ron Majors, and John Wymer who picked up four shots over the last 4 holes despite the tough weather conditions. The Commissioner’s Team was also at 5 under--until they played the last hole and dropped 3 shots to end up in the penultimate place in the field.

This week’s sponsor of the Golden Ale Trophy was the team of Mike Gaddis, Doug Gooding, Lee Pearson, and Russ Jobson who dropped two shots on the last two holes to edge past the Commissioner’s Team and end up DAL with a score of 1 under.

Mike Gaddis won honorary Low Gross with a score of 42  and also took home the loot for the Low Net at 2 under. Mr. Gaddis seemingly ignored the conditions and played steady bogey/par golf while avoiding the double bogey, the only one in the field who managed to do so. (Mr. Gaddis was also fortuitously picked as the random draw partner for the threesome of Kevin McGlynn, Jeff Colbath, and Brooks Cowles who by their lonesome were 3 over until Mr. Gaddis’s scores led them out of the cellar to end up at 3 under.)

Jeff Colbath won the Pink Lady for the second consecutive week, edging past a flailing Anthony Morgan to end up with a record net 10 over par.  Mr. Colbath declined a photograph or to speak to this reporter after the round, but a review of his scorecard revealed a dazzling display of unusually high scores for the 19 handicapper –opening with three triples, followed by one gasping bogey, and then doubling out for the record net Pinkster score.

How bad was the golf today? The Birdie Club was totally shut out but if there is a Double Bogey Club, it now has initially admitted 14 members with 40 deposits to their credit. (not to mention the 15 triples recorded by the field of 15.)

Final Results: 3-25-2014 Front Nine

Houle (45), Morris (47), Majors (44), Wymer (51)                                -5

McGlynn (48), Cowles (51), Colbath (56), Gaddis-Draw                      -3

Healy (49), Martin (50), Nichols (49), Morgan (53)                             -2

Gaddis (42), Jobson (53), Pearson (44), Gooding (49)                         -1

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER 

-It may not have been a polar vortex or an Alberta Clipper, but it was downright cold, and wind burns were evident across the players faces, so there was no hesitation to head to the warm confines of the Men’s Grill as each player finished their rounds. Once again, it was a loud bar room scene that essentially ruled out telling jokes or stories.

-Many were wondering out loud why the Commissioner did not cancel the match, knowing that he was adverse to playing in cold weather. (The Commissioner wondered that as well, but confessed that he did not want to have to take the grief from the diehards that play on the ATAG Tour and that he was still working on his winter handicap)

-The team of Mike Gaddis, Russ Jobson, Doug Gooding, and Lee Pearson were cited for slow play, falling three holes behind the group in front of them and, as the last pairing, delaying the outcome of the match. A Letter of Reprimand has been placed in each of their files.

-During the off season, six ATAGers–Danny Morris, Kevin McGlynn, Craig Sellner, Frank Corrigan, and Ron Majors — participated in a “Pilates for Golfers” class and received a Certificate of Achievement from their instructor. However, there has been no noticeable improvement in their game, so the Commissioner ordered the “Pilotos” to attend a remedial course scheduled for next May

-The Commissioner announced that he would miss next week’s back nine match as he will be attending the annual Commissioner’s Conference in La Jolla, California. Core ATAGer Danny Morris agreed to be the Acting Commissioner and to send out the Call For Players, arrange for the pairings, and keep the stats.

That’s it for this week. Hopefully, next week the weather will be more conducive to golf versus skiing on the slopes. See you when I get back!

 

 

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20 ATAGers TACKLE DIFFICULT PLAYING CONDITIONS!


WET BACK NINE TAKES ITS TOLL!

March 18, 2014-By Don Nichols

Well, it turns out that last week’s opening day–a beautiful, sunny 75 degree day– was merely a head fake by Mother Nature, as this week’s field was greeted with a dreary, wet,  49 degree afternoon that made the ornery back nine even more difficult than usual.

And, despite being able to roll the ball everywhere ( except,of course, the hazards), the thin, wet, and essentially “grass-less” lies made it difficult for most everyone as evidenced by the higher scores (average gross score of 12 over par) and only one birdie compared to the 8 that were recorded last week.

9 Under Wins It!    One team did not seem too bothered by the conditions, however, posting a net score of 9 under which is a good back nine score even in good conditions. Seen sucking down the complimentary suds were Danny Morris, Craig Sellner, Mike Schmal, and Kevin McGlynn who raced to a fast lead of 7 under over the first four holes before settling down to the winning score of 9 under, despite dropping one shot on the last hole.

This week’s sponsor of the Golden Ale Trophy was the embattled team of Doug Healy, Tom Houle, Russ Jobson, and Tom Kisgen which struggled to get in the red, finally did so, then bogeyed the last two holes to finish at 1 over par to claim the Dead Ass Last award.Their paltry performance was much to the relief of two other slacker teams which were not too far behind with scores of even par and 2 under. (proving, once again, that no matter how bad you suck, there is always someone who sucks more)

Mike Schmal posted the best low gross of the day with a score of 41–one of the few times during an ATAG round that the best gross score did not start with a 3.    Nevertheless, the twelve handicapper dealt with the elements, opened with the only birdie of the day, avoided the double bogey man, and played basic par/bogey golf.

Danny Morris and Mike Schmal shared low net honors with net scores of 2 under. (2 under is usually not good enough to win low net but it was on this particular bad golf day). Due to the darkness, the pair agreed to accept the Commissioner’s recommendation to split the pot instead of heading back out to the course for a chip off.

The Pink Lady (now awarded to the highest net score) had a lot of suitors, with seven players  limping in with scores of 50 and above. But out-classing  them all was the duo of Tom Kisgen and Jeff Colbath who put on a dazzling display of triples and doubles to end up tied with the best high net score of 9 over par.

Final Results 3-18-2014 Back Nine

Schmal (41), Morris (44), Sellner (53), McGlynn (52)                    -9

Meagher (43), Wade (44), Martin (44), Greene (47)                       -6

Thornton (44), Williamson (46), Nichols (49), Player (52)            -2

Kohn (43), Morgan (48),  Danzig (54), Colbath (54)                       even

Healy (47), Jobson (49), Houle (50), Kisgen (56)                              +1

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

-Due to the dreary day, the players gathered in the Men’s Grill where they commandeered several tables, resulting in a loud bar room scene and making it hard to communicate across the tables. The loud atmosphere, as well as the presence of other non ATAG Ansley members in the Grill, resulted in no jokes or stories, just mostly separate table discussions and devoid of the ATAG camaraderie. (Let’s face it. The Grill, while convenient, just doesn’t have the gemutlichkeit of the upper deck porch.)

-Marty Arnold was a game day cancellation but was replaced by stand by PJ Wade who is making an attempt to improve upon his ATAG attendance record this year.

-The team of David Danzig, Jeff Colbath, Anthony Morgan, and Jeff Kohn was cited for slow play, finishing some 30 minutes after the team in front of them and delaying the determination of the match results. A Letter Of Reprimand has been placed in each player’s file.

-Team 4 scorekeeper Tom Houle was lambasted by the Commissioner for failing to turn in a completed score card in the ATAG format which also delayed the determination of the match results. A Letter of Reprimand has likewise been placed in his file.

That’s it for this week. Hopefully we will see some better weather and some better golf next Tuesday when we return to the friendly front nine. See you then!

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ATAG OPENS 2014 SEASON!


GORGEOUS DAY GREETS 19 PLAYERS!

March 11, 2014-By Don Nichols

It had been the winter of discontent. Bitter cold, snow, ice, and cabin fever had cast its gloomy shadow over Atlanta for several weeks, so it was no wonder that the mood was ebullient when 19 ATAGers gathered on the first tee on a sunny, gorgeous 75 degree day to kick off, or, rather, “tee off” the 2014 season. Mother Nature once again showed her favoritism for ATAG, delaying the normally cold, harsh March winds until the next day, because on this day it was early Spring and the players relished it.

After warmly greeting each other, core ATAGer honoree Doug Healy  (who later had to WD) got the match started with the opening tee shot (captured on film, it was, unfortunately, not in play, requiring the desperate follow up mulligan which did manage to barely clear the creek)

Commissioner’s Team Trounces The Field! After opening last year’s season opener with a loss, this week’s randomly selected Commissioner’s Team of Danny Morris, Mike Gaddis, Ron Majors, and Don Nichols obliterated the field with a net score of 13 under. (ok, so maybe they were not so randomly picked by the Commissioner who was determined this year not to start the season with a loss.)

First Sponsor Of The Year: PJ Wade, Frank Corrigan, Jeff Kohn, and Marty Arnold (draw partner)   -5     The threesome of Wade, Corrigan, and Kohn finished at 5 under and only needed help on one hole to escape the cellar, but their draw partner Marty Arnold could not provide any improvement to their pitiful score as the misfit was just as dastardly as they were.

Low Gross:  Bill Meagher   37    As the only single digiter in the field, Bill Meagher demonstrated how one is supposed to play the game, posting two birdies to offset three bogeys for the best golf score of the day and the best round of the year. (that may hold up for a while considering the general skill level of players on the ATAG Tour)

Low Net:  PJ Wade   -3    Wade got some solace from being on the losing team by posting the best low net of the day as the 11 handicapper fired the second best round of 39 and put 19 bucks in his pocket which isn’t bad for a day’s work.

Pink Lady:  The award was formally given to out of state member Al Roberds, who was in town for the day, for his net score of 6 over par. However, a post round review of the scorecards revealed that Marty Arnold likewise had a net score of 6 over which was duly posted in the 2014 stats.

Shot Of The DayScotty Greene for holing out a 60 foot putt from off the green on # 4 for a birdie-“net eagle”.  Honorable mention went to Mike Gaddis for sinking a 40 ft downhill breaking putt on # 1 for a birdie-“net eagle”.

Birdies Galore! The Birdie Club got off to a great start with 8 tweeters, thanks to double contributions from  Mike Gaddis, Bill Meagher, and PJ Wade and single deposits by Scotty Greene and Ron Majors. This was the best production of the Birdie Club since April of 2011 and perhaps is a harbinger of some good golf ahead.

Final Results: 3-11-2014 Front Nine

Morris (45), Gaddis (41), Majors (41) Nichols (49)                     -13

McGlynn (48), Martin (46),  Meagher (37), Roberds (55)          -6

Arnold (52), Player (44) , Kisgen (52), Healy WD (Nichols draw)     -6

Buist (47), Greene (46), Cowles (45), Houle (52)                                       -6

Wade (39), Kohn (46), Corrigan (54), Arnold (draw)                             -5

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

-After initially assembling in the Grill to chow down on the complimentary chicken wings, the players moved outside to the top deck to enjoy the beautiful sunset and to wait for the match results and get re-acquainted after a long five month layoff from their weekly “ATAG fix”.

-Despite several of the regular players being out of town or otherwise unavailable, a field of 19 players was assembled, opening the door for those who would normally have not made the cut due to weak attendance records.

-Honoree Doug Healy had to withdraw after four holes after the sudden inexplicable onslaught of a nosebleed that refused to stop. (we later learned that the gusher eventually bled out but he may be a pint low right now)

-Tim Martin said he was so excited about opening day that he couldn’t sleep the night before. (No wonder, ATAG has been his own personal ATM machine after winning low net seven times last year and pocketing over $100). He also used the opportunity to sell $5 Boy Scout Camp Cards which can be used for dollar for dollar credit at Publix– (a “no- brain er” sales pitch that got a lot of takers willing to help a good cause.)

-Marty Arnold suggested to the Commissioner that ATAG should have a week end golf trip on one of the Alabama Golf Trail courses. The Commissioner agreed it was a good idea and immediately appointed Arnold as the event planner, tasked with organizing the entire event– including setting the date and arranging for the tee times, pairings, and lodging.

-And, speaking of Arnold, a few weeks prior the Commissioner sent Arnold down to the Cayman Islands on the ATAG corporate jet to meet with Arnold Palmer (yes, the Arnold Palmer) to see if the renowned Mr. Palmer would be willing to attend the ATAG opening day. (scroll down in the Gallery section). Mr. Palmer politely declined, saying he would be tied up with his own Arnold Palmer Invitational next week in Orlando, but may consider an appearance on the ATAG Tour on a future date if ATAG would, in turn, come to his tournament next week.  Any volunteers?

-On a side note, a rumor that ATAGers David Danzig and Lee Pearson are having an affair has been confirmed. A film crew from the reality TV show “Cheaters” caught the pair (who were conspicuously absent on opening day) sharing a ski lift ride in Vail, Colorado. (Scroll down in the Gallery section. Other photos were apparently taken but will not be posted on this site.)

That’s it for Opening Day, as we now look forward to another year of fun, good and bad golf, laughter, and the famed ATAG camaraderie. Look for the Call For Players for next week’s back nine match. See you then.

-The Commish

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