April 14, 2015-By Don Nichols
The weather resembled last week’s match–heavy rain the day before and into the evening, but clear skies and soggy for Tuesday. The conditions, however, did not stop yet another full field of 20 ATAGers to show up for the front nine competition. Although the “lift, clean, and place” rule was in effect, the heavy air and the wet, no roll, fairways made it difficult for most of the field, resulting in an average gross score of 11 over par and and average net score of 2 over par.
11 Under Taketh! 3 Under Giveth! The last team to start ended up the best team at the finish with a net score of 11 under, jettisoning the hopeful 9 under Commissioner’s Team to yet another meaningless second place finish. This week the spoils of victory went to the foursome of Bill Buist, Frank Corrigan, Jim Williamson, and Mike Schmal, who were presented their Golden Ale Trophy by the execrable (I think that means “lousy”) 3 under team of Danny Morris, PJ Wade, Kevin McGlynn, and Anthony Morgan.
Schmal Takes It All! Mike Schmal, a purported 12 handicapper, followed his last week’s round of 38 on the back nine with another 38 on the front nine to take both Medalist honors and the low net bounty of twenty bucks for the second week in a row. Schmal both opened and finished with a bogey but managed to sandwich par in between. (An investigation is underway by the ATAG Handicap Committee to see if Mr. Schmal has been recording his ATAG scores.)
Houle Repeats! Eighteen handicapper Tom Houle grabbed his second consecutive Pink Lady with a net score of 9 over par, fashioning three triples on top of two doubles to edge past PJ Wade who lost the tie breaker by having the better low gross score. Houle was so excited about his back to back victories that he invited his son to join him in the Men’s Grill.
Shots Of The Day! Bill Meagher received Shot Of The Day honors for his approach shot on hole # 5 which hit the pin before settling next to the hole for a tap in birdie-“net eagle”. A close second was Craig Sellner’s tee shot on # 9 which landed within 4 feet of the hole which he followed with a precarious putt for a birdie-“net eagle”. Tom Kisgen was nominated for his bunker shot on # 9 that landed within 2 feet of the hole to save par (“net birdie”) Scotty Greene also had a shot worthy of note (sort of). His approach on # 8 went sideways some 30 yards before ending up in one of the adjoining homes’ back yards.
Birdie Train Advances! The Birdie Club added four of the wonderful “one-unders” thanks to individual contributions by Bill Meagher, Jeff Kohn, PJ Wade, and Craig Sellner, with Sellner making the prestigious club for the first time this year.
Final Team Results: 4-14-15 Front Nine
Buist, Corrigan, Williamson, Schmal -11
Martin, Sellner, Kohn, Nichols -9
Meagher, Healy, Colbath, Kisgen -6
Houle, Jobson, Thornton, Greene -4
Morris, Wade, McGlynn, Morgan -3
-The players initially gathered on the upper deck but lightning and foreboding skies indicated that it would be prudent to move the post round gathering to the Men’s Grill where tables and chairs were pulled together for the benefit of both the players and the bar tenders.
-The din of the Grill bar crowd, however, made it difficult to communicate so the ATAG camaraderie was held in check somewhat, with some leaving early, including the Commissioner, while others elected to have dinner and converse with whomever was sitting next to them.
–Kevin McGlynn came off the DL for his first ATAG match of the year and ended up with the highest individual gross score and a contributing member of the losing team. (welcome back)
–PJ Wade was given a Day Pass from Bad Golfers Anonymous and had an encouraging start with a booming drive on # 1 that led to a birdie-“net eagle”. He followed that with a triple, four doubles, and two more triples and was immediately summoned back to BGA for further treatment.
–Twenty five handicapper Frank Corrigan, who has a garage full of Pink Ladies, has made noticeable improvement in his game, posting a score of 47, his best score in five years.
That’s it for this week’s recap. Check out the photos in the Gallery and the ATAG quotes in the sidebar and scroll down for the individual scores from today’s match.
Final Leader Board 4-14-15 Front Nine Gross / Net