June 27, 2017-By Doug Healy
The headline pretty much says it all. We had a full turnout for what was to become a red letter day in ATAG history. Taking only a few practice chips before striding to the first tee, Commissioner Nichols immediately parred the first hole showing that his self-imposed layoff had little effect on his game – at least on that hole. Too bad his playing partner did not record his net 3 properly and as a result understated their team score by a stroke. No harm done though as a one stroke pick up made no difference in the eventual outcome of the match. Truth be told, there were side bets on the Commissioner’s final 9 hole score covering a wide array of outcomes, but no money changed hands.
No question that the highlight of the night was Bill Meagher who knocked in his 6th career ace on #18 with a 6 iron from 165 yards. The ball flew straight at the pin and with a bounce or two dropped in with teammates shouting and numerous spectators applauding from the porch. This was the selfless act of a man, who after single handedly carrying his team for 8 holes, reached deep to give his all keeping us out of DAL by a mere 2 strokes. You can do the math. This was only the second recorded ATAG hole in one, the other coming from former ATAG’er Bill Benning on #9, (137 yd wedge)an event he still reminds us of in occasional emails. In a generous show of support, the new men’s grill was overwhelmed with thirsty patrons looking to get in on the traditional free drink. It was later stated that the $250.00 house max on free drinks via the Hole in One Club was reached in less than 30 minutes – an impressive feat when you consider that we have only 2 bartenders. Congrats to Bill.
The winning team of Thornhill, Kohn, Gooding and Danzig posted an outstanding-12 including birdies on 13 by Kohn and 14 by Gooding. Mr. Gooding had a particularly successful round coming in at 40/33. DAL was team 4 including Colbath, Cowles, Schmal, and Greene at -1, a desultory showing even on the difficult back 9. Close review of their scorecard was impossible due to scratchy penmanship and excessive cross-outs.
Team 2 with Martin, Majors, McGlynn and Player put up a respectable -8 picking up 7 strokes between 13 and 16. Ron Majors had a very solid round with 36/32 winning both low gross and low net. Teams 3 with Williamson, Healy, Meagher and Lewis and Team 1 with Gaddis, Morris, Nichols, and Sellner demonstrated the “hollowing out” of the middle class by posting -3 and -2 respectively. Craig Sellner ran away with the Pink Lady shooting 60/47. Shot of the day, which in all likelihood will be shot of the year, goes to Bill Meagher for his hole in one on #18.
The final item this week is a LOUD ATAG THANK YOU to Scotty Greene for once again opening up his house to the group for Steak Night. This year’s event was well attended by 24 members even after a last minute rescheduling due to inclement weather. This year, Master Chefs Craig Sellner and Jeff Colbath grilled the steaks to perfection despite working under the most challenging conditions. Scotty’s monstrous backyard gas grilling station failed to ignite requiring the Chefs to improvise on a couple of Green Eggs including one in next door neighbor Ed McCormack’s yard. You can expect to see their stunning performance on TV later this year. Thanks also to Jim Williamson, Ron Majors, and Kevin McGlynn for their assistance in organizing this popular event.
There will be no ATAG next Tuesday July 4th.
COMMISSIONER’S COMMENT: A great thanks to the warm welcome given me by all the players including Assistant Pro Tyler Hays and ATAG Cart Girl Courtney Phillips who, I might add, ran to give me a hug when I inadvertently passed by her grumbling about missing a short putt (one of many that day). It was good to see the ATAG spirit alive and well on a special afternoon (noted cameos by William Thornton and Frank Corrigan) that saw only the second Hole In One in ATAG History (10 years apart almost to the day) and the mood was definitely upbeat on the newly designed and expanded Men’s Grill Porch. The chicken wings were once again plentiful and it did not go without notice that the replenished winged wonders were personally brought out by our own General Manager David Sheppard.
The long layoff from golf apparently had little effect on my game as I picked up right where I left off when I contemplated giving up the game—resuming my mastery of doing whatever it takes on each hole to make the bogey instead of the par, the double bogey instead of the bogey, and the triple instead of the double. (On a positive note, the President of the Atlanta chapter of Bad Golfers Anonymous reached out and told me that they are still holding a space for me, but I had to agree to be committed.)
That being said, it was very relaxing to be around my golf buddies again without the responsibilities that have now been assumed by Doug Healy and the Substitute Commissioners. (sounds like a rock band) I now find myself anxiously awaiting the “newsletter write up” each week to see who did what and hope to play more ATAG rounds this year. Regardless, I look forward to continuing to monitor ATAG, record the weekly stats and publish the ATAG Reporter.
Team and individual scores as follows:
Team 1 (-2) – Gaddis 46/40, Morris 45/36, Nichols 51/40, Sellner 60/47
Team 2 (-8) – Martin 43/36, Majors 36/32, McGlynn 55/43, Player 50/39
Team 3 (-3) – Williamson 45/37, Healy 50/44, Meagher 37/34, Lewis 48/40
Team 4 (-1) – Colbath 51/40, Cowles 48/39, Schmal 42/36, Greene 42/35
Team 5 (-12) – Thornhill 42/37, Kohn 39/34, Gooding 45/40, Danzig 48/37