September 1, 2015-By Don Nichols
It was another full field on a hot and muggy Tuesday afternoon where the onerous back nine links of the Ansley Golf Club once again had its way with the players. The average gross score was 11 over, the average net was 3 over, only four ATAGers were net under par (and that was barely) and there was an intense competition for the “who sucked more” sponsoring team as well as the individual Pink Lady.
One group of players had no difficulty, however, tackling the back forty. The team of Tim Martin, Brooks Cowles, William Thornton, and Tom Kisgen crushed the rest of the field with a score of 10 under, with the next best score at 6 under. Three other teams finished at the bottom at 2 under, and it took the tiebreaker card comparison to determine that the Commissioner’s Team of Danny Morris, Tom Player, Frank Corrigan, and Don Nichols would have to pony up to the winners.
Schmal Has Best Score! Martin Does It Again! Eleven handicapper Mike Schmal topped the field with a score of 40 and Tim Martin won his fifth Low Net of the year with a net score of 2 under, causing some to suggest we should change the name to the Tim Martin Low Net Award. The victory gives Martin a commanding lead to repeat as Sandbagger Of The Year.
A Fight For The Pinkster! Four players–Jim Williamson, Tom Player, David Danzig, and Kevin McGlynn–went head to head in an exciting match to see who would get the “sucked more” moniker affixed to their name on the leaderboard. McGlynn took the early lead with consecutive triples on the first three holes, but “Old Tom” Player put together three consecutive triples of his own late in the match to catch up with McGlynn, Williamson, and Danzig at net 6 over par, with McGlynn and Player coming to #18 all square. Player blew his chances on the concluding hole by sinking a long putt for bogey, making McGlynn (who easily made double bogey) the outright winner of his fourth Pink Lady of the year.
Shots Of The Day! William Thornton, after dunking his tee shot in the creek on number 18, takes a drop and then flies it into the cup to save par. Meanwhile, his playing partner Brooks Cowles also had an errant tee shot, landing in an unplayable lie next to the pool fence. He opted to return to the tee and launched his second “Bubba” attempt which headed straight for the hole before stopping a foot short for a tap in bogey-“net par”.
Birdie Train Continues To Roll! Three tweeters were deposited into the Birdie Club account thanks to single contributions from William Thornton, Brooks Cowles, and Jason Albaum (David Danzig guest)
Final Team Results: 9-1-15 Back Nine
Martin, Kisgen, Cowles, Thornton -10
Kohn, Sawyer, McGlynn, Gooding -6
Schmal, Williamson, Houle, Wymer -2
Danzig, Albaum, Colbath, Meagher -2
Corrigan, Morris, Player, Nichols -2 (tie breaker)
-The Commissioner was out last week but ATAGer John Wymer stepped up to be the Acting Commissioner and reported that a field of 11 players took on the friendly front nine. Bill Meagher won Medalist honors with a 38, Tim Martin and John Wymer shared the pithy low net purse (probably why there was no chip off) and Mike Schmal won his first Pink Lady with his worst ever ATAG score of 50–net 9 over par. Individual scores and birdies were reported to the Commissioner who duly recorded them in the ATAG stats. ATAGer PJ Wade made an odd cameo appearance, showing up in street clothes and playing two or three holes (and making a non recordable birdie on one of them) before disappearing into the night where it was rumored he was returning to his part time job as an Uber driver.
-This week the porch was lively as usual as the beers flowed and the chicken wings were downed. Anthony Morgan made a cameo appearance and was chastised for missing the last six weeks of ATAG.
-And, speaking of missing matches, Marty Arnold continues to remain on the DL after having hand surgery and hopes to rejoin the ATAG Tour soon.
-Much of the discussion was centered around the “ATAG Ireland International Team” of eight players–Russ Jobson, Doug Healy, Ron Majors, Jim Williamson, Kevin McGlynn. Tom Player, Tom Houle, and Don Nichols who had just returned from what they described as a “great adventure,” playing six days of golf on the southwest side of Ireland where they were met with challenging yet gorgeous golf courses with stunning views, oftentimes perplexing weather, and lively Irish pubs and restaurants. One of the highlights of the trip was the surprise “cameo” appearance of ATAG Founding Member Danny Morris who, along with his wife Connie, showed up at the Doonbeg Golf Links on the southwest coast of County Clare, Ireland, while the group was having lunch. The visit has now been recorded as the “All Time ATAG Cameo Appearance.”
That’s it for the recap of the last two ATAG matches (the one before was a rain out). Next Tuesday the Club is closed for the Labor Day holiday so the next match will be September 15.
Check out the photos in the Gallery and scroll down for the individual scores of today’s match.
Leaderboard 9-1-15 Back Nine Gross/Net
Albaum (guest) 38/35