Note: This week’s commentary is offered by Pat Murphy (nicknamed “Father Pat” by Brooks Cowles) who rejoined the ATAG Tour this year following his retirement.
August 30, 2016-By Pat Murphy
I am pleased to author the final August 2016 ATAG results for Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
Enjoy the content as the Commissioner gently sent me a note to let me know I was in for the matches this week, but added a note as follows: From Don, Pat you are in…Can you do the write-up this week? Talk about the ultimate ATAG Hobson’s Choice! No play on words Russ.
Here are the results from this week’s match:
Winning Team: -11 (via tie breaker) Greene, Murphy, Sawyer, Kisgen
Sponsor: -4 Healy, Wymer, McCormack, Martin
Others: Thornhill, Pearson, Houle, Kohn -11
Batelaan, Player, McGlynn, Nichols -9
Gaddis, Colbath, Majors, Williamson -6
Low Gross: Majors 38
Low Net: Kohn -2 (in four way chip off with Player, Nichols, and Majors)
Pink Lady: Colbath net +8
Birdies: Total of 3 : Thornhill-#11, Kohn-#12, Nichols #14
Shot Of The Day, we did not have many choices but Commissioner Don nominated Kevin McGlynn for his booming tee shot on #15 that went past the second bunker on the left and secondly, for Kevin’s most unusual “negative yardage fairway wood shot on #13,” that went straight up in the air and then fell down some five yards to his left before rolling behind him.
After another 90+ temperature ATAG match, the planned cool refines of the Men’s Grill was full of rather loud groups of 2016 NFL Fantasy Football League partiers, so the ATAG players ascended to the top of the Ansley outdoor decks and the ATAG lounge.
The winning team enjoyed drinks from the Sponsors- Mr. Healy, Mr. Wymer, Mr. McCormack (winning team member in 3 of last 4 ATAG matches) and Mr. Martin. Scotty, Tom K, Henry and yours truly appreciated the cold brews. However, birthday man on Monday, Scotty Greene, humbly offered his beverage to the Commissioner, as Scotty was overserved at his birthday celebration the day before.
“I truly enjoy ATAG each week and respect the playing members, stories and conversation after the matches finish.”
A few other observations of note: Richard Batelaan will play in shorts. No cameo appearances this week. There was a terrific playoff on a difficult 18th hole chip off, as Jeff Kohn put spin on a shot that snuggled just closer to the flag stick than Ron Major’s masterful flop shot into the hardening green. Jeff enjoyed collecting the ATAG pot of $20, making a remarkable return on his one dollar investment, and saved his original investment dollar for the first matches in September.
Now before you go to the Commissioners notes, a memory for the August 30th matches. Scroll back to the top, and read the first word of each of the first three paragraphs, and you will get my honorable and humble thoughts as the ATAG author this week and every match. ” I Enjoy ATAG!”
That’s it for the week. Please scroll down for the individual scores and check out the Tim Martin photography in the Gallery. Thanks for the great shots Tim!
Clever recap from “Father Pat” who at first took on this assignment with trepidation.
The last match of August was the 21st match of this year and there will be no ATAG next Tuesday due to the Labor Day Holiday. Looking at the calendar , there are only five, possibly six, more weeks of ATAG before the Club closes the course for the annual Halloween Boo Bash.
John Wymer and Jim Williamson suggested that ATAG should have an ATAG Cup competition over the last few weeks of ATAG, borrowing on the Fed-Ex Cup championship series of tournaments. As usual when someone makes a suggestion for ATAG, the Commissioner immediately appoints them as chairmen, so Mr. Wymer and Mr. Williamson were appointed as Co-Chairmen, with an assist from Doug Healy, to study the matter and to present a White Paper to the Commissioner for his consideration. The trio envision an exciting conclusion to the season with a larger pot of dollar bills for a four week cumulative low net payoff. Details as to qualifications, pay out, etc., are to be included in the White Paper which must be neatly typed and double spaced before being submitted to the Commissioner who will take it under advisement.
Brooks Cowles was a late cancellation, saying that a “pipe broke and he was out” but gave no further information, causing some to wonder just what kind of pipe he was talking about. Fortunately, he was replaced by Jeff Kohn who, serendipitously, ended up winning Low Net.
Congratulations go to ATAGer “Two Glove” Tom Thornhill, the winner of the Third Flight in this past weekend’s Club Championship, proving once again that playing on the ATAG Tour is a great enabler for honing one’s game to compete with the finest mid to high handicappers that the Club has to offer.
Finally, on a side note, here is something that perhaps the major sports news outlets should pick up on. ATAGer Mike Schmal is in Dublin, Ireland, attending his two sons football games on the same day this Saturday–his college age son who plays for Boston College in its game with Georgia Tech, and later in the day his high school age son who plays for Westminster High School. Not many Dads will be able to have that kind of special moment in their lives.
Final Individual Results 8-30-16 Back Nine Gross/Net