July 26, 2016-By Don Nichols
There were no volunteers for the write up this week and no photographs were taken, but the match results are shown below along with some of my observations in the Men’s Grill where all 20 players gathered to escape the heat after their rounds.
It was a repeat of last week’s Front Nine match which was washed out mid round by a vengeful late afternoon rain storm. This week it was clear skies but a continuation of the 95+ degree heat.
Winning Team: -11 Doug Gooding, Brooks Cowles, Ed McCormack, and Kevin McGlynn (a last minute walk on to replace Henry Sawyer who was a late cancellation)
Sponsoring Team: -4 Frank Corrigan, Craig Sellner, Tom Houle, and Pat Murphy (Dropped 3 shots on the last hole to earn DAL status)
Low Gross: 42 Doug Gooding, Scotty Greene, Lee Pearson, Bill Meagher
Low Net: -2 Doug Gooding, Scotty Greene, and Kevin McGlynn. The course was busy so no opportunity for chip off (and no one other than the three were interested in watching a chip off and leaving the air conditioned confines of the Grill) so the three elected to split the pot. McGlynn was especially excited, wondering how long it had been since he won low net. (Records show it was October 5, 2015)
Pink Lady: Tim Martin +5 The golf gods apparently noticed his last two rounds of 39 and rained down four double bogeys on the unsuspecting ATAG All Star for a score of 48.
Birdies: 6 of them—the most this year. The Birdie Club graciously accepted deposits from Ron Majors, Scotty Greene, Brooks Cowles, Lee Pearson, William Thornton and Doug Gooding, with Gooding making the prestigious roster for the first time this year. Majors and Thornton are currently the leaders in the clubhouse with five birdies each.
Grill And Other Happenings:
Speed of play continued to improve. The 5:00 pm group was off the green as I arrived at 7:00 pm and the other four teams were not far behind so it was an orderly procession into the Grill where scorecards were collected and the match results announced by the Commissioner.
Birthday Cake Surprise. It was John Wymer’s birthday and his thoughtful wife had prearranged delivery of a delicious birthday cake for all players to share. Kerry the barkeep took charge and did the slicing and the serving, and the surprise dessert was consumed in short order. When pressed about which birthday year it was, John claimed he had turned 57 which was met with loud guffaws. (the silver headed devil was obviously employing the old “subtract 10” trick whenever someone asks your age)
Having a Hawk Attack. The Ansley Hawk continues to circle the course for its prey and scored a hit on hole # 8. As relayed by eyewitness Doug Healy, “two in our group laid up on #8. As they headed down the hill, they ran headlong into the Ansley Hawk, now about 18 in tall and standing over a squirrel buffet. His full attention switched to the circling golfers and would- be photographers until the threat was too much and he took to the air. By the time we were putting he was back to enjoying his dinner.”
Grumblings. Bill Meagher was overheard grumbling about the top dressing on the greens and then abruptly left. Tom Houle was overheard blaming Craig Sellner for his poor play after Sellner commented that Houle did not take a big enough back swing. Pat Murphy could not understand and could not be convinced as to why a player with an odd number handicap gets the extra stroke on the front nine instead of the more logical (to him) back nine. ATAG photographer Tim Martin, when asked if he took photos replied , “No, I was waiting for the chip off and no one came down. When I got back half the group was gone. I never knew who won what.” (Another example of players leaving early and another reason why gathering on the ATAG Upper Deck is more conducive to the ATAG experience.)
On The DL? Scotty Greene was observed holding an ice bag over his knee, suggesting that knee surgery may soon be in his future. Likewise, Danny Morris was also seen sitting with a bag of ice behind his back. Russ Jobson has been sidelined with a bad back for the last 3 weeks, injured, ironically, while using the back extension exercise equipment in the fitness center. And, finally, yours truly has been sidelined for the past 9 weeks with a “strain of left side intercostal muscle, fascia, and tendon of lower back, and a thoracic strain of the upper right infraspinatus muscle.” (that means both low and upper back pain) Physical therapy is ongoing and healing is progressing but takes longer when you are an “older” person. Hope to be back soon, possibly next week.
Whatever Happened To? PJ Wade. Not one ATAG appearance so far this year and did not attend the annual steak night or reply to the invitation. (Rumors are that he is now a semi-professional baseball player.) Anthony Morgan. Attended opening day and Steak Night but has not been seen since. Both players are subject to having their ATAG Tour Card suspended.
That’s it for this week’s recap. Scroll down for the individual scores and look for the Call For Players on Sunday night.
Final Leaderboard 7-26-2106 Front Nine Gross / Net