July 29, 2014-By Don Nichols
It was a gorgeous day –most likely one of the reasons for an oversubscribed response to this week’s Call For Players that caused the Commissioner to have to deny spots to 4 players with weak attendance records.
On such a pleasant, sunny day with blue skies and no humidity, and fully recovered greens and plush fairways awaiting, you could sense the excitement as 20 players gathered into five prearranged teams on the friendly front nine to challenge for the Golden Ale Trophy.
COMMISSIONER’S TEAM WINS TIE BREAKER!
This week’s Commissioner’s Team of Tom Kisgen, Henry Sawyer, Brooks Cowles, and Don Nichols emerged as the victor by finishing at 11 under and then easily winning the tie breaker hole to take home the coveted liquid trophy. The victory marked the second time that this particular Commissioner’s Team pairing has come out on top. (so don’t be surprised to see more of this “random” pairing.)
The tiebreaker method also came into play to see who would be this week’s benefactor as two teams waddled in at 5 under. A quick review of the scorecards revealed that the dubious privilege would go to the official DAL team of Bill Meagher, Mike Gaddis, Danny Morris, and Marty Arnold.
IT’S HOULE-A-MAN DAY! It turned out to be Tom Houle’s day as the twenty handicapper grabbed both Medalist and Low Net honors and also was the sole contributor to the Birdie Club. (His first admittance into the prestigious club). Houle’s gross score of 41 was the day’s best, resulting in a winning low net score of 5 under that enabled him to pocket the 21 dollar bills.
ARNOLD GETS THE PINKSTER! Eighteen handicapper Marty Arnold took home his third Pinkster of the year with a net score of 8 under, slipping by a hard charging Russ Jobson whose double, triple, triple finish still came up two shots short of Arnold’s “sucked more” score, which was aided by four triples and a double.
SHOTS OF THE DAY! (not really) After hitting his approach shot from atop the hill on # 8, Scotty Greene lost control of his pull cart (ok, trolley) which made a beeline for the creek where it finally came to a halt after tumbling in. Also, Doug Healy’s tee shot on # 9 landed within 4 feet of the pin, setting up an excellent opportunity for birdie and a sure par. He three putted the four footer for a bogey. (Such are the trials and tribulations of high handicappers )
Final Team Results 7-29-14 Front Nine
Kisgen, Sawyer, Cowles, Nichols -11 (tiebreaker)
Healy, Houle, Williamson, McGlynn -11
Schmal, Gooding, Sellner, Buist -7
Greene, Jobson, Morgan, Martin -5
Meagher, Gaddis, Morris, Arnold -5 (tiebreaker)
Final Individual Results: Gross / Net
Houle 41 / 31
Schmal 42 / 36
Meagher 42 / 40
Martin 44 / 36
Williamson 44 / 36
Gaddis 44 / 36
Nichols 45 / 34
Kisgen 45 / 34
Healy 45 / 36
Morris 45 / 36
Gooding 45 /37
Greene 45 / 39
Cowles 46 / 35
Sawyer 47 / 35
McGlynn 49 / 38
Morgan 49 / 39
Sellner 51 / 39
Jobson 52 / 42
Arnold 53 / 44
– A gorgeous night on the porch as players waited for each of the five teams to finish. Chairs and tables had been dutifully pulled together by the first group but it quickly became apparent that they had miscalculated the number of chairs needed. Rather than face an uprising from their peers, they quickly corrected the oversight by bringing in banquet chairs from the adjoining dining room.
-It was a hearty night of socializing and laughter and, for the first time in a long while, new jokes were told by Danny Morris, Don Nichols, and Brooks Cowles–all of which were well received by the joke starved group.
-PJ Wade made yet another cameo appearance on the porch and announced that he would soon be coming off the DL and is eager to rejoin the ATAG Tour.
-The Commissioner, this week on the winning team, was noted to be drinking a margarita instead of a beer but ATAG rules clearly state that the winning prize shall be one of the Club’s fine selection of beers rather than the hard stuff. However, Mike Gaddis, this week on the losing team, volunteered to buy the Commish a margarita. ( and thus a dangerous precedent may have been set.)
-The losing team of Bill Meagher, Mike Gaddis, Danny Morris, and Marty Arnold were upset by their play and requested the opportunity to be paired again. (for a repeat, defeat?) The Commissioner said he would oblige.
That’s it for this week. Next week we take on the more difficult back nine. See you then!