July 21, 2015-By Don Nichols
The horn from the Early Warning Detection System (EWDS) once again became a thorn to ATAGers, halting play twice on a clear, sunny day with no evidence of lightning or thunder in the skies, only to give the all clear triple blast shortly after players had just left the course. The nuisance blast, which has now replaced common sense human judgment, apparently is triggered whenever there is a reported lightning strike anywhere in central Georgia or neighboring Alabama that could conceivably travel “lightning quick” to the Ansley Golf Course links.
Despite the delays and the frustration, the 17th match of the 2015 season was able to be completed although one team elected to withdraw (read DQ) rather than go back out and deal with the wait brought about when other non ATAG golfers got in front of them when the all clear horn was sounded for the second time. Nevertheless, here are the results:
Winning Team: -15 Tom Kisgen, Ron Majors, Anthony Morgan, and Don Nichols. This score sets the bar for the front nine. Ironically, the same random pairing set the bar for the back nine at -13 on 6-30-15.
Sponsor: The Commissioner declared the DAL team to be the DQ team of John Wymer, Frank Corrigan, Tom Houle, and Jeff Kohn which only finished four holes (where they were four under)
Low Gross: Ron Majors and Bill Meagher 40
Low Net: Don Nichols -3
Pink Lady: Doug Gooding +5
Birdies: Ron Majors, Brooks Cowles, and Henry Sawyer, with Sawyer making the club for the first time this year.
Shot Of The Day: Don Nichols sinks a 25 foot downhill putt on # 8 for a double bogey which, in the end, enabled him to slip by playing partner Tom Kisgen by one stroke for the Low Net win.
Final Team Results: 7-21-15 Front Nine
Kisgen, Majors, Morgan, Nichols -15
Cowles, Sawyer, Sellner, Meagher -11
Morris, Williamson, Martin, Gooding -6
-It was a hot and humid night so the players gathered in the Grill where they were joined by cameos from Kevin McGlynn and William Thornton.
–ATAG photographer Tim Martin failed to take photos–but not to worry, stock photos were on hand.
–Jeff Kohn failed to appear in the Grill for the match results after withdrawing from the match and being declared a DQ sponsor. A beer was charged to his tab and a letter has been placed in his file.
–Danny Morris suggested that for future matches consideration should be given for a “half time” gathering in the Grill, noting that the players enjoyed the mid round beer and chicken wings after being required to leave the course after the horn blast.
-On a side note, ATAGers Doug Healy and Jim Williamson were defeated in their Billy Jones Match Play on the 19th hole when apparently one of them missed a makeable 5 foot putt. It was not mentioned who failed in the putt attempt but it was obvious that Doug Healy was missing from this week’s ATAG match and it was rumored that the dynamic duo had mutually decided to “spend some time apart” from each other.
That’s it for this week’s recap. Check out the photos in the Gallery and scroll down for the individual scores from today’s match.
Final Leaderboard: 7-21-15 Front Nine Gross/Net