August 12, 2014-By Don Nichols
It was the “friendly front nine” and another pretty day that drew a full capacity field of 20 players this past Tuesday. The course was in great condition and the mood was upbeat as the first tee ball was struck at precisely 5 pm to get the match underway.
13 UNDER GETS THE COMPLIMENTARY BREW! With five foursomes in the competition, it took a while for the last group to make its way up to the porch. But when they did, and plunked down a score card that read 13 under, the Commissioner immediately announced “we have a winner” , much to the delight of Tom Kisgen, Jeff Colbath, Craig Sellner, and William Thornton. (But this was much to the chagrin of the first group whose score of 10 under seemed to be the likely winner as each of the other teams reported in.) The real surprise came in determining who would be the purveyors of the fine barley to the victors. The second group sat forlornly on the porch with a score of 6 under, resigned to their fate. But, in keeping with the saying “there’s always someone who sucks more”, the fourth group pairing of Jim Williamson, Kevin McGlynn, Brooks Cowles, and Bill Buist staggered up to the porch and sheepishly laid down a score card that read 5 under, whereupon the winners quickly placed their order and the fourth group put their money back in their pockets and sighed in relief.
M.O.G DAY! It turned out to be the Michael O. Gaddis day as the 15 handicapper was both Medalist and Low Net winner, firing a 41 for a net 3 under to pocket the 20 one dollar bills. This marked the second time this year that M.O.G has won both Medalist and Low Net and the third time he has won the Low Net, making him tied with Danny Morris as the leader in the clubhouse for Sandbagger Of The Year. (Gaddis, however, leads as Top Money Winner with $55 vs $50)
THREE WAY TIE FOR PINK LADY! Since changing the format to High Net vs High Gross, the Pink Lady competition has opened the door for many more participants and, like last week, there were three players that tied for this week’s unenviable award. Coming in with a net 4 over par was the unlikely trio of Danny Morris, Henry Sawyer, and Ron Majors, each of whom is more known for their production at the other end of the spectrum. Majors, an 8 handicap, was shocked to learn that he had earned his first Pinkster and thus it is his photo that appears in the Gallery as a testament to his own personal milestone.
MARTIN HAS SHOT OF THE DAY! Fourteen handicapper Tim Martin received Shot Of The Day honors for his 155 yd tee shot on # 9 that ended up as a tap in for a birdie.
BIRDIE TRAIN CONTINUES TO ROLL! The Birdie Train continued its steady roll, aided this week by a total of four contributions thanks to individual deposits by Mike Gaddis, Tim Martin, Craig Sellner, and Jeff Colbath, with the latter two players joining the prestigious Birdie Club roster for the first time this year.
Final Team Results: 8-12-14 Front Nine
Kisgen, Thornton, Colbath, Sellner -13
Schmal, Houle, Wymer, Corrigan -10
Gaddis, Morris, Majors, Nichols – 9
Healy, Gooding, Martin, Sawyer – 6
Williamson, McGlynn, Cowles, Buist – 5
-It was another pleasant evening on the porch for drinking beer and consuming chicken wings while waiting for the match results. Although the tables had been pulled together, the large size of the group resulted in two or more different conversations between those seated close to each other, but there was no hollering across the tables like the bar room scene in last week’s post round gathering in the Men’s Grill.
-PJ Wade made yet another cameo appearance on the porch, making sure that ATAGers didn’t forget him and vowing to return to the Tour once his ailing back heals. His dedication to ATAG was duly noted by the Commissioner and all of those present.
-Speaking of dedication to ATAG, check out the photo of Doug Healy in the Gallery section. While vacationing at Atlantic City, Healy was strolling along the Boardwalk and, in an impulsive move , (or was it a drunken stupor?) decided to get a tattoo that reflects his dedication to the ATAG fraternity. (much like newly enlisted drunken sailors , Healy was conned into thinking that it was only temporary)
-Anthony Morgan was spotted walking past the clubhouse carrying his golf bag strapped to his shoulders, appearing to have completed a non ATAG golf round on an ATAG Tuesday, which is strictly forbidden by ATAG By Laws. The Commissioner quickly dispatched an ATAG security team to question Morgan which reported back that Morgan was simply dropping by the Club to pick up his clubs before heading out of town so he was cleared of any wrong doing. (although a follow up investigation has been ordered.)
That’s it for this week. Scroll down to see the individual scores of today’s match. Next week’s match will likely have higher scores since it will be on the dastardly back nine. Hope to see you then!
Final Standings: 8-12-14 Front Nine Gross / Net
Gaddis 41 / 33
Martin 43 / 36
Schmal 43 / 37
Thornton 44 / 36
Majors 44 / 40
Colbath 45 / 35
Wymer 46 / 35
Williamson 46 / 36
Gooding 46 / 38
Kisgen 47 / 36
McGlynn 47 / 36
Cowles 47 / 37
Houle 47 / 37
Healy 48 / 39
Sawyer 48 / 40
Corrigan 49 / 36
Nichols 49 / 38
Morris 49 / 40
Buist 50 / 38
Sellner 52 / 38