Editor’s Note: The following recap by this week’s reporter Doug Healy was not received until late last night, minutes before press deadline, leaving the editor no choice but to publish the contents as written.
May 16, 2017-By Doug Healy
As much time as has been spent on the weather in this chronicle, I did not think it possible to plow any new ground on that subject, however, as is often the case, I was soon to be proven completely wrong. More on that in a minute.
First the basics. A full field of 20 posted for the event and went off the back a full 5 minutes ahead of our scheduled starting time. Little did we know that we would need all of that time and considerably more, but I digress.
First off was Team 1 consisting of Tim Martin, Tom Kisgen, William Thornton and Anthony Morgan. Ultimately finishing in 2nd place at -9, the highlights of their round included a single birdie by Morgan on #11, a three stroke pick up on #15 courtesy of “two stroking Tom”, and an epic 3 stroke drop on the final 2 holes. Team 2 with Healy, Colbath, Houle and Pearson fired an uninspiring -7 spending most of the evening expecting to host the eventual winners. The group enjoyed pleasant conversation but failed to produce any highlights in their round as even the usually stalwart Lee Pearson came in at 41/35. Team 3; Kohn, Majors, Williamson and Schmal had an equally droll evening but came in at -8, earning them a spot in the no-buy zone. After rocking along at -1/-2 for 5 holes they started a nice progression on 15 but in the end would have needed to play 5 more holes equally well to close the gap. Team 4, our winners at -13, were unmatched. Tom Thornhill recorded 3 birdies earning himself a spot on the ATAG Handicap Watchlist while finishing 36/31 to capture Low Net for the evening. The names of Wymer, McGlynn and Sellner were also shown on the scorecard.
(Commissioner’s Comment: Tom “Two Glove” Thornhill has been taking money from Ansley Golf Club members for the twenty five years I have known him. To his credit, he cleverly plays to his handicap over the course of a season, making it hard to prosecute as a sandbagger–but he has an uncanny knack to better that handicap when there is money on the line.)
Back to the early starting time and the weather. It was exactly 8:12 pm when Meagher and Gaddis strode into the lounge looking wasted and complaining about the weather which immediately sent the ATAG’ers into, and I kid you not, a spontaneous rendition of the first stanza of Let It Snow. It was no Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but it was certainly “corny” in true ATAG fashion. It was some time later that Jobson and Buist made it to the clubhouse with their DAL -6 scorecard in hand finally allowing the winners their due refreshment. Meagher’s birdie on 15 was their only noteworthy accomplishment.
(Commissioner’s Comment: Pretty easy to read between the lines here about slow play. The match started five minutes early but players in the last group were noted to be arriving some 2 hours 45 minutes or so after the start of their round. Apparently the ATAG “hit when ready” rule is not being enforced)
Not surprisingly, Tom Thornhill earned low gross and low net with his 36/31 and William Thornton shagged the Pink Lady with a net 42. There were 3 birdies by Thornhill and 1 each by Meagher and Morgan. Individual and team scores as follows:
Team 1 (-9) Martin 45/39, Kisgen 47/35, Thornton 49/42 and Morgan 43/33
Team 2 (-7) Healy 47/40, Colbath 48/37, Houle 45/37 and Pearson 41/35
Team 3 (-8) Kohn 42/37, Majors 37/34, Williamson 45/37 and Schmal 41/36
Team 4 (-13) Thornhill 36/31, Wymer 48/37, McGlynn 46/35 and Sellner 49/37
Team 4 (-6) Jobson 48/38, Buist 47/36, Gaddis 45/39 and Meagher 39/37
That’s it for this week. Check out the photos in the Gallery.