ATAG 2014 CLOSES WITH OFFICIAL CEREMONY!


ATAG REPORTER RECEIVES RAVE REVIEWS!

11-4-2014-By Don Nichols

The 2014 ATAG season officially ended this past Tuesday with a catered end of year award ceremony in a private suite of the Ansley Golf Club which was attended by more than twenty ATAGers.

ATAG CFO Doug Healy was emcee of of the event and did his usual admirable job of rewarding staff members and presenting the awards to this year’s recipients which included team awards for best front nine and back nine scores at 15 under, and the worst DAL net score of 4 over. Individual awards went to:

Best Attendance Record: Tim Martin  24 out of 27 matches

Best Low Gross: Bill Meagher   36   (Lee Pearson’s 34 was not recognized since he did not attend)

Best Low Net:  Russ Jobson, Tim Martin, and Lee Pearson     -6

Top Money Winner and Sandbagger Of The Year:     Mike Gaddis

-Eagle Club Winners: Jeff Colbath and Bill Meagher

Birdie Club Champion: Bill Meagher

Pink Lady Champion:  Marty Arnold

Strongest Link (most net beers won):   Don Nichols

-Weakest Link (most net beers bought: Marty Arnold and Frank Corrigan)

-Jokester Of The Year:  Jeff Kohn

In addition to the awards, the Commissioner presented a spreadsheet of individual statistics for the 2014 season which included a recap of each week’s pairings and scores and each player’s individual score and attendance and won/loss record. The stats also included a record of Letters of Reprimand that were issued to those who gave late cancellation notices, were guilty of slow play, or otherwise misbehaved.

The official ceremonies ended with the players presenting the Commissioner, to his shock and amazement, with a new car (check out the Gallery) in hopes that he would continue his realm which, all things considered, he agreed to do.

And, as a final note, it was announced that the ATAG Reporter was the recipient of this year’s “Best Chronicle of a Nine Hole Golf Match in America”, receiving numerous rave reviews, some of which are shown below: (these are real reviews, folks, and the Editor would like to thank his entire staff for the timeless hours they put into publishing this chronicle each and every week)

“COMPELLING…ENOUGH TO MAKE A MODERN SOUL LOOK       INWARD!”-Anita Gates-New York Times

“ENGROSSING AND INFORMATIVE FROM START TO FINISH!”-Earnest Hardy-The Village Voice

“BRILLIANT ON SO MANY LEVELS!”-Betsey Sharkey-Los Angeles Times

“PALPABLY ELECTRIC..THE ACTION IS PERILOUSLY REAL!” -Washington Post

See you next year after the winter meetings between the Commissioner and the ATAG Council where plans for the 2015 season will be finalized.

–The Commish

 

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16 PLAYERS CLOSE OUT 2014 SEASON!


October 21, 2014-By Don Nichols

After last week’s inclement weather forced a cancellation, the final ATAG match of 2014 was graced with a beautiful, sunny day that saw 16 players show up on the first tee to compete one last time for the coveted Golden Ale Trophy.

COMMISSIONER’S TEAM ENDS SEASON AS IT BEGAN–VICTORIOUS!

This week’s Commissioner’s Team of Danny Morris, Ron Majors, Mike Schmal, and Don Nichols fired a best ball score of 9 under to win the right to sip the complimentary golden brew for the last match of the season. The Commissioner was quick to point out that the Commissioner’s Team also won the opening match of the 2014 season and admitted that he had, indeed, purposely assembled the same team for the finale. However, plans went awry when Mike Gaddis was late in arriving, causing the Commish to substitute 12 handicapper Mike Schmal for the 14 handicapper Gaddis. But, that turned out to be a fortuitous change to the line up as Schmal played one of his best rounds of the year to help lead the Commish’s Team to victory. ( a quick look at the score cards revealed that the “original” Commish’ s Team would have finished 4 under)

Stepping up to earn sponsorship rights to present the victors with their free brewsky was the 6 under team of Scotty Greene, Frank Corrigan, Jeff Kohn, and Tom Kisgen, while the other two teams came in at 7 under each.

Meagher and Schmal Tie For Low Gross!  Bill Meagher and Mike Schmal each fired a 39 to share Medalist honors.

Schmal Wins Low Net in Chip Off!  Mike Schmal and Tim Martin each finished at a net 3 under, setting up a chip off in the failing daylight. The co-winners wanted to just split the spot but the other players demanded a chip off and the Commissioner agreed to comply with the wishes of the majority. Martin lost the coin flip and went first and flubbed his attempt which set the stage for Schmal to merely plop the ball onto the green (where it damn near went in), enabling him to pocket the 16 one dollar bills for his second low net win of the season.

Healy and Corrigan Share The Pinkster!  Sixteen handicapper Doug Healy and twenty five handicapper Frank Corrigan shared the “sucked more” moniker,  each posting a net score of 5 over par. Since Corrigan has a garage full of Pinksters, the Commish awarded the last Pinkster of the year to first time winner Healy who feigned a smiling acceptance. (Healy later blamed teammate Tim Martin for buying him drinks during the round.)

Birdie Club Finishes With A Flourish!  The Birdie Club ended the season with a flurry of 6 birdies from the field of 16 thanks to double contributions from Tim Martin and Mike Schmal, and single deposits from Tom Kisgen and Bill Meagher.  Five handicapper Meagher ended up as the top Birdie maker of the year with 13, but fourteen handicapper Tim Martin made it interesting, posting four birdies in his last two matches, to finish just 3 birdies short of Meagher.

Final Results: 10-21-14    Front Nine

Morris, Schmal, Majors, Nichols                                                          -9

Arnold, Healy, Martin, Meagher                                                           -7

Buist, Gaddis, Williamson, Kohn                                                          -7

Kisgen, Colbath, Corrigan, Greene                                                        -6

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER:

-It was a beautiful evening and the mood was festive as players relished their last gathering on the upper deck porch, with many staying past 8:30 pm, including long time Ansley member Al Roberds who made a surprise cameo appearance.

-It was announced that the end of the year party and awards presentation would be held in the Tennis Center on November 4th, where ATAGers will have a private venue to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while reflecting on the season and experiencing the famed ATAG camaraderie one last time before the winter off season.

Some of the highlights of the season:

27 weeks of nine hole matches with an average field of 18 players and only four rain outs.

18 “cameo” appearances by players who could not make the match but did not want  to miss out on socializing with their fellow ATAGers.

not one, but two Eagles, (one by Bill Meagher and one by Jeff Colbath), breaking a six year drought, and the Birdie Club roster ended up with 33 different players who contributed a total of 89 birdies over the 27 matches. (Compared to last year when only 64 birdies were recorded by 24 players over a total of 29 matches.)

16 different Low Net money winners shared a total purse of $444 (not equally, mind you), while 20 different players were awarded the Pink Lady.

-the match on March 25 was played in the toughest weather conditions on record as a sudden arctic blast accompanied by strong winds arrived during the round (a day earlier than forecast) but the 16 players saw it through before hastily retreating to the Men’s Grill at the conclusion of their round.

-the Commissioner’s Team broke its losing streak and ended up as the top winning team for the season, restoring its rightful place on the ATAG Tour.

That’s it for this year, a year that seemingly went by faster than the others–but that seems to be the case every year since ATAG “officially” began in 2001. Like the prior years, this season again embodied what has become the spirit of the ATAG fraternity, a special fellowship of Ansley Golf Club members who gather every Tuesday after work for a friendly but competitive nine hole round of golf followed by a few beers while discussing their rounds.

In closing, the Commissioner, on behalf of ATAG,  would especially like to thank the Ansley Golf Club staff for its assistance and cooperation in making sure the ATAG experience is possible. There is not a finer golf staff in Atlanta, so to you, we say “thanks for your support” and see you next year!

 

 

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ATAG RETURNS TO ITS ROOTS!


October 7, 2014-By Don Nichols

Due to the lack of available early tee times, and the fact that a full field of 20 players had signed up, the Commissioner deemed it necessary to forgo individual scoring in order for all teams to finish before the early approaching darkness. Thus, on this Tuesday, ATAG returned to its original roots of team match play only, with players required to pick up after the team’s best possible scores had been recorded. So, no individual scores, no plaudits for Low Gross or Low Net, and no lambasting for the Pink Lady– but everyone did finish in time to beat the nightfall.

COMMISSIONER’S TEAM TAKES IT AGAIN!   The Commissioner’s Team–this week Craig Sellner, Tim Martin, Doug Gooding, and Don Nichols–won for the second week in a row, posting a score of 11 under on the ever tough back nine. The team relied heavily on Tim Martin whose score was needed and used on 6 holes with the other teammates contributing on the other 3 holes to bring the team total to 11 under. Martin, who had two birdies including a chip in, would have been able to post a score of 38 and been in contention for low net at 4 under. However, it seems that it is also true that “no matter how good you play, there is always someone better” .  Today Martin’s net score would have been bettered by John Wymer whose score was relied upon by his team on every hole. The twenty handicapper would have taken it all (twenty bucks) with a net of 6 under which would have put him in a tie for the best low net of the year. Well, would have, could have, should have–today was all about the team.

DEAD ASS LAST AT EVEN PAR!  There was a real battle for DAL, with the first group sitting on the porch with a score of 1 under, waiting to see to whom they would be presenting the Golden Ale Trophy. But, as proven time and time again, “there is always someone who sucks more” and that moniker was applied this week to the woebegone foursome of Ron Majors, Brooks Cowles, Marty Arnold, and Bill Buist who dropped two shots on the last hole to end up at even par and outright win the right to be the sponsor of the match.

SHOTS OF THE DAY!  Two most excellent shots were reported.   Jeff Kohn narrowly missed an eagle on # 14 after his approach shot landed 3 inches from the hole for a tap in birdie, and Tim Martin chipped in for a birdie on # 16.  Brooks Cowles and Doug Healy received honorable mention for their respective tee shots on the first hole. Healy sent one of his patented line drive laser shots towards the street (saved by a tree branch) while Cowles likewise directed his opening line drive blast towards the street in the direction of the defenseless automobiles parked on the side of the street.  A resounding “thud” was heard as the errant missile found its way under the belly of one of the unsuspecting vehicles. (note to self: never park on the street when players are on the course.)

BIRDIE TRAIN CONTINUES TO ROLL!  The Birdie Club added three more to its total thanks to the aforementioned Birdie Club members Jeff Kohn and Tim Martin (with Martin making a double deposit with birdies on #13 and #16)

Final Team Results: 10-7-14   Back Nine

Sellner, Martin, Gooding, Nichols                                                                 -11

Sawyer, Morris, Player, Wymer                                                                      -8

Colbath, Jobson, Meagher, Kohn                                                                   -6

Williamson, Thornton, Greene, Healy                                                           -1

Majors, Cowles, Arnold, Buist                                                                          even

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

-It was a beautiful but boisterous night on the porch, and even though the tables had been dutifully pulled together, it was mostly individual conversations between those seated close to each other. But the beer was flowing, the chicken wings were scarfed down, and a good time was had by all.

That’s it for this week. Next week, weather permitting, we return to the friendly front for the penultimate ATAG match of the 2014 season.

 

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19 PLAYERS ENJOY THE FRIENDLY FRONT!


Here is a recap of last week’s episode of the ATAG Tour reality show:

September 30, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was the last day of September and another beautiful day that saw 19 ATAGers step up to the first tee of the friendly front nine of the Ansley Golf Club, drawn to the immaculate greens and lush fairways that beckoned against the clear blue skies.

COMMISSIONER’S TEAM VICTORIOUS!  This week’s Commissioner’s Team of nineteen handicappers Jeff Colbath, Brooks Cowles, Tom Player, and Don Nichols blasted the field with a score of 13 under, enabling them to capture the Golden Ale Trophy–this week the complimentary beverage provided by the team of Mike Gaddis, Tom Houle, Bill Meagher, and Mike Schmal who finished at 8 under and then lost the tiebreaker to earn full sponsorship rights.

MEAGHER BREAKS SLUMP!  Single digiter Bill Meagher broke out of his recent ATAG slump, firing a 37 for the best round of the day and his best ATAG score since early April.

SAWYER EDGES PAST 3 OTHERS TO WIN LOW NET!    Seventeen handicapper Henry Sawyer won his third low net of the year, firing a 41 for a net 4 under, enabling him to slip by Tom Houle, Jeff Colbath, and Marty Arnold who were one stroke back.  (Hmm, would have been an interesting chip off) Interesting to note that Sawyer earned the Pinkster two weeks ago with a net 13 over par, took a week off, and then returned this week to shoot a net 4 under. (Sawyer declined to say what he did during the off week to bring his game back but it is believed he attended a 7 day golf boot camp)

MCGLYNN AND GADDIS SHARE PINK LADY!  It was not a good day for Kevin McGlynn and Mike Gaddis (the leading money winner), as each reported the day’s high net of 6 over. 

SHOT OF THE DAY! THE EAGLE SOARS AGAIN!  Jeff Colbath rolled in an unlikely “156 yard putt” on the first hole for an Eagle, getting the Commissioner’s team off to a great start. No one saw the mysterious shot and Colbath admitted he had no clue where the ball ended up after he bladed his approach shot and last saw it skimming along the ground toward the green. After 5  minutes of fruitless searching in the bushes behind the green, a resigned Colbath walked past the hole, happened to peer in, and was greeted by a slightly nicked Bridgestone e6 smiling sheepishly up at him. The event marked the second Eagle for Colbath in ATAG competition (the first occurring in 2007) and the first made on a Par 4 since the one recorded by former ATAGer Andy Tyber in 2008.

BIRDS A CHIRPING!   The Birdies were chirping as 5 birds were contributed to the club’s coffers thanks to individual contributions from Bill Meagher, Mike Schmal, Jeff Kohn, Jeff Colbath (yes, a birdie and an eagle), and Tom Player, the latter making the club’s roster for the first time this year.

FINAL RESULTS: 9-30-14  FRONT NINE

Colbath, Cowles, Player, Nichols                                                          -13

Kohn, Morris, Arnold, Healy                                                                  -10

Sellner, McGlynn, Williamson, Sawyer                                                 -9

Corrigan, Wymer, Majors,  Schmal (draw partner)                          -8

Meagher, Gaddis, Schmal, Houle                                                              -8 (tie breaker)

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER:

-Another beautiful evening on the porch and the mood was boisterous as players talked about their rounds. Bill Meagher nominated Mike Schmal for honorable mention for Shot Of The Day, describing how Schmal managed in successive shots to “hit a person, then hit the beverage cart, and then hit a tree.”

-There was much discussion about the U.S. team’s failure in the Ryder Cup and many agreed that U.S. captain Tom Watson was to blame. This prompted Tom Player to rise and offer a toast to the Commissioner who, week in and week out, effectively uses the “pod system” to field competitive teams for match play.

Mike Schmal was randomly selected by the last group’s threesome to be their draw partner, enabling that team to go from 6 under to 8 under, putting them in a tie with the other 8 under team (which included Schmal) for the right to be the day’s sponsor.  (Schmal’s score on the tie breaker hole was not needed by the threesome, so his rightful team ended up on the buy side.)

John Wymer was proudly wearing a golf visor autographed by Phil Mickelson that he recently won in a charity auction. The Commissioner eagerly offered to also autograph the visor but Wymer politely declined the offer.

-The Low Net pot was one dollar shot but no one would admit that he had failed to put in the entry fee. An investigation is pending.

Russ Jobson made yet another cameo appearance on the porch–his 4th of the season.

-The 2014 ATAG season is winding down, with only three more matches before the club closes the course for the annual Boo Bash on November 28, and Daylight Savings Time will have ended before the following Tuesday.

That’s it for this week’s recap. Check out the photos in the Gallery and scroll down for the individual scores from today’s match.

9-30-2014  Front Nine  Individual Results    Gross / Net

Meagher                                                                     37 / 35

Majors                                                                        39 / 34

Schmal                                                                        41 / 35

Sawyer                                                                        41 / 32

Kohn                                                                           42 / 35

Houle                                                                          42 / 33

Arnold                                                                         43 / 33

Colbath                                                                       43 / 33

Healy                                                                           44 / 37

Nichols                                                                        45 / 35

Williamson                                                                 45 / 36

Cowles                                                                          47 / 37

Player                                                                            47 / 37

Corrigan                                                                        48 / 35

Morris                                                                            48 / 40

Gaddis                                                                            48 / 41

Wymer                                                                            49 / 38

Sellner                                                                            51 / 37

McGlynn                                                                        52 / 41

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Recap Of 9-24-14 and 9-17-14 ATAG Matches


9-24-14-By Acting Commissioner Danny Morris (Commish was out sick)

Four teams for the back nine match and weather was perfect.

Winners: William Thornton, Doug Gooding, Bill Buist, Todd Jefferies  -7

Losers: Bill Meagher, Russ Jobson, Danny Morris, Ron Majors  -2

Low Gross: Ben Cass  39

Low Net: Ben Cass    -2  (he received great grief about his expanded handicap)

Pink Lady: Russ Jobson  +8

Birdies:  Danny Morris, Scotty Greene, Tim Martin

Cameos:  Kevin McGlynn

Jokes:  Tom Player, Tom Kisgen, Jeff Kohn. Most of them funny, some of the retreads.

We were off at 4:51 and it was fine for the last group but I suspect we will need to move to 4:30 in the next couple of weeks.

Relatively early departure for most. The deck was mostly cleared by 8:15.

Think that’s pretty much it. There was a request to have a letter put in the Commissioner’s file for missing the round. I talked them off the ledge by telling them that the Commish phoned in his absence early and in fact sounded awful and probably was really sick and not just faking it. Also, we were pretty sure the Commissioner didn’t have a “file” on himself.

Individual Scores: 9-24-14 Back Nine   Gross / Net

Cass                                                                        39 / 34

Kisgen                                                                    47 / 36

Thornton                                                               43 / 36

Wymer                                                                   47 / 36

Martin                                                                    42 / 36

Jefferies                                                                  42 / 37

Morris                                                                     45 / 37

Buist                                                                         49 / 38

Majors                                                                      42 / 38

Greene                                                                       45 / 39

Gooding                                                                      47 / 39

Kohn                                                                            45 / 39

Schmal                                                                         47 / 42

Player                                                                           51 / 42

Meagher                                                                       43 / 42

Jobson                                                                          53 / 44

 

9-16-14 ATAG Results-Brief Recap-By Don Nichols (the Commish was headed out of town and did not have time to complete the full report)

Four Teams. Front Nine Match. Beautiful weather

Winning Team:  Mike Gaddis, Jim Williamson, Frank Corrigan, Marty Arnold      -8

Sponsor:   Brooks Cowles, Mike Schmal, Jeff Kohn, Henry Sawyer                             -1

Low Gross:  Mike Gaddis   42

Low Net:  Mike Gaddis    -1

Pink Lady:  Henry Sawyer    +13

Birdies:   Jeff Colbath

Cameos:  Tom Houle

Comments:  Beautiful night on the porch.  Williamson initially reported a net score of 1 under which would have tied for low net but then recalled that he had picked up on a hole and arbitrarily taken a double bogey and thus acknowledged that Gaddis should be the sole winner.  The Commish had work to do at the office and left early.

Final Individual Results: 9-16-14 Front Nine     Gross Scores

Gaddis                                          42

Williamson                                  45

Morris                                           45

Cowles                                           46

Kohn                                              46

Thornton                                      46

Schmal                                          46

McGlynn                                      47

Colbath                                          47

Kisgen                                            48

Player                                             48

Arnold                                             48

Nichols                                            51

Jobson                                             51

Sawyer                                             52

Corrigan                                          51

 

 

 

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BACK NINE TAKES ITS TOLL!


(Here is what you missed in this Tuesday’s episode of the ATAG Tour)

September 9, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was probably the prettiest day of the year, and the golf course could not have been in better shape, but once again the ornery back nine inflicted its pain on the day’s field of 15 players, with only one ATAGer able to break par.

6 Under Is The Winner!  The pairing of Bill Meagher, Mike Schmal, Kieran Quinn, and John Wymer received the complimentary brewsky by posting the best score of the day at 6 under. No one else was close, reporting scores of 3 under, 2 under, and even par, with the latter score ringing the bell for Dead Ass Last (DAL) for the team of Tom Kisgen, Jeff Kohn, Marty Arnold, and unlucky draw partner Anthony Morgan.

MEAGHER IS MEDALIST AGAIN!  As the only single digit handicapper in the field, Bill Meagher’s score of 40 was the best of the day, though clearly not one of his better days.

WILLIAMSON TAKES LOW NET!  Seventeen handicapper Jim Williamson was the only player to break par, firing a 43 for a net 1 under to pocket the Low Net bounty of 15 one dollar bills, his first low net win this year.

ARNOLD TAKES ANOTHER PINKSTER!  Core ATAGer Marty Arnold pocketed his fourth Pink Lady of the year, firing a blistering 52 for a net 7 over par. Arnold’s day was apparently one of “Double, Double, Toil and Trouble” (with a couple of triples to spare) for the eighteen handicapper. New Ansley member Todd Jefferies, playing in his first ATAG match (and on the Commissioner’s Team no less) apparently felt the pressure of competing on the ATAG Tour, as the eleven handicapper was right behind Arnold with a net of 6 over par. (he vowed to improve on that if given another invite)

SHOT OF THE DAY ADDS NEW MEMBER TO THE BIRDIE CLUB!  Twenty six handicapper Kieran Quinn had the Shot Of The Day on the Par 5 number 13, holing out from 60 yards for a birdie-“net double eagle” (also known as an “albatross”) on the two popping hole and granting him immediate admission into the prestigious 2014 Birdie Club which now boasts 31 members. Quinn’s birdie was the only one of the day but good enough to keep the Birdie Train rolling.

Final Team Results: 9-9-14 Back Nine

Meagher, Schmal, Wymer, Quinn                                                               -6

Morgan, McGlynn, Houle, Martin                                                               -3

Morris, Williamson, Jefferies, Nichols                                                       -2

Kisgen, Arnold, Kohn, Morgan (draw partner)                                     even

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

-Another great night on the porch watching the sunset and enjoying the fine evening air while waiting for the match results. The tables and chairs had dutifully been assembled by the first group which enabled everyone to converse easily with each other while consuming one cold beverage after another and chowing down on complimentary chicken wings and  barbecue sliders.

-There were cameo appearances by David Danzig, Russ Jobson, and Henry Sawyer–with Sawyer’s appearance expanded by his walking along with the Commissioner’s Team during its round and then joining everyone on the porch. (Russ Jobson still holds the title for most cameo appearances this year,  proving that ATAG, for him, is more than just an opportunity to play an organized 9-hole round of golf.)

Bill Meagher and Mike Schmal had to leave early and thus were not there to receive their complimentary spoils of war. In such instances, ATAG ByLaws provide that the Commissioner shall receive the unclaimed compensation, lest only two of the sponsors of the match would have to pony up, thereby giving a free ride to the other two. The Commissioner gleefully invoked the Bylaw requirement and two Heineken drafts were brought to his table.

-The ATAG tradition of joke telling appears to have resumed. This week Tim Martin offered two tales as did Jeff Kohn, followed by yet another feeble attempt by Marty Arnold. Failing to partake in the group story telling, and thereby annoying the Commissioner,  were Tom Houle, Anthony Morgan, and John Wymer who were more preoccupied with talking among themselves about their participation in this week end’s Old School Invitational Tournament. A Letter of Reprimand for this rude behavior has been placed in each of their files.

-The Commissioner noted that, although  the ATAG roster is full, there is an ongoing quest to enlist younger (and hopefully better) players so that ATAG can continue its tradition over the years. (in other words, right now ATAG has too many high handicapper old farts–including the Commissioner –whose shelf life expiration dates are accelerating. This directive bodes well for younger Ansley members such as the 36 yr old Todd Jefferies who played in today’s match.

That’s it for this week’s recap. Scroll down for the individual scores and check out the photos in the Gallery. Next week we go back to the friendly front nine where the scores are likely to be much better. Due to the shorter days, we will be starting earlier than usual.

Final Individual Results: 9-9-14 Back Nine   Gross / Net

Meagher                                                       40 / 38

Martin                                                           42 / 36

Williamson                                                   43 / 33

Kohn                                                               44 / 37

Schmal                                                            44 / 39

Jefferies                                                          47 / 42

Nichols                                                            48 / 37

Wymer                                                             48 / 37

Quinn                                                               49 / 36

Kisgen                                                              49 / 38

Houle                                                                49 / 40

Morris                                                               49 / 41

Morgan                                                             50 / 42

McGlynn                                                           51 / 41

Arnold                                                               52 / 43

 

 

 

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FIVE TEAMS BID FOR THE GOLD!


(Here’s what you missed in last week’s episode)

August 26, 2014-By Don Nichols

Another beautiful day, another full field of 2o players eager to jump on the friendly front nine in their quest for the golden ale and the hope that maybe, just maybe, play well enough for one of them to pocket the low net bounty.

Commissioner’s Team Trumps Field With 11 Under!  This week’s Commissioner’s Team of Tom Houle, John Wymer, Tom Kisgen, and Don Nichols managed to “ham and egg” their way around the front nine links, each player contributing when necessary, to post the best score of the day at 11 under. Nobody else was close, with two teams at 6 under and two at 5 under, with the latter two teams going head to head in a two hole tiebreaker before the loser (we like to call them the “sponsor”) could be determined. That privilege went to the 5 under team of Scotty Greene, David Danzig, Ed McCormack, and Craig Sellner.

Martin Takes Low Gross and Low Net!   ATAG All-Star Tim Martin proved once again that he can play a good 9 hole round on a Tuesday afternoon at the Ansley Golf Course. The thirteen handicapper avoided the double bogey and managed to make par on 7 out of the 9 holes to fire a 38 to win Medalist honors, and a net 5 under to take home the 20 one dollar bills. The low net win marked the second such victory (plus a chip off loss) for the mid handicapper.

Danzig Gets His Second Pink Lady!  Twenty Five handicapper David Danzig, playing in only his fifth ATAG match this year, showed the rust from his layoff by pocketing his second Pinkster with a net score of 9 over par. Opening with a respectable bogey-“net par”, it was mixture of doubles and triples thereafter, good enough to outlast a hard charging Ed McCormack who was only three shots behind

BIRDIE CLUB SHUT OUT BUT EAGLE CLUB ADMITS NEW MEMBER!   It has been a long dry spell but the highly exclusive ATAG Eagle Club is proud to announce that long time ATAGer Bill Meagher joined the ranks with his eagle on the #5 par five hole, following a booming drive and subsequent three wood to within four feet of the hole (also Shot Of The Day). It is believed that this was the first eagle since former ATAGer Andy Tyber and current ATAGer PJ Wade accomplished the same feat in 2008. (Tyber’s on #4 and Wade’s on #5). Meagher’s eagle brings the total eagle count during ATAG competition to 7.(well, since official stats began being recorded in 2006). Current ATAGers in the Eagle Club include Bill Meagher (2014) PJ Wade (2008)  Ron Majors (2007), and Jeff Colbath (2007)–each of whom made their prized score on hole # 5.  The only Hole in One recorded in ATAG competition remains the one made by former ATAGer Bill Benning on April 24, 2007.

Final Team Results: 8-26-14  Front Nine

Houle, Kisgen, Wymer, Nichols                                                              -11

Thornton, Martin, Morris, Majors                                                           -6

Kohn, Gaddis, Healy, Buist                                                                        -6

Colbath, Williamson, Meagher, Sawyer                                                   -5

Greene, Danzig, Sellner, McCormack                                                       -5 (tiebreaker)

Commissioner’s Corner:

-Everyone enjoyed the evening air on the ATAG Sky Box where it was a little louder than usual while the Commissioner tabulated the results. But things finally calmed down, conversations resumed across the tables, and then later an old fashioned joke fest began. Contributing jokesters included Jeff Colbath, Danny Morris, Jeff Kohn (who fired off two), Tom Kisgen, John Wymer, and Ed McCormack. Even though most, if not all, of the jokes had been told before, it was good to hear once again the laughter and the moans coming from the delighted audience.

ATAG now has a radio celebrity (sort of). David Danzig is a regular contributor to the WSB radio show “Atlanta Living” hosted by Belinda Skelton on Saturday afternoons. Danzig may not be a good golfer, but apparently he is a good “Yelper”, showing a knack for visiting area restaurants and giving his on air reviews followed by write ups, along with photos, on his own web site “Breaking Chews”.

-The prediction that “one or more ATAGers will be in the money in the Club Championship” proved to be true.  Mike Gaddis placed second in the fourth flight after coming from the bottom of the heap by firing a round of 80 on the second day at Settindown, and the Commissioner managed to tie for second place in the sixth flight after finishing with a good back nine on the Settindown course. Each player acknowledged that their success was due to the high level of weekly competition on the ATAG Tour.

Tom Kisgen appears to be the “Strongest Link” for this season–at least so far.  The twenty one handicapper has been on the winning team eight times, including this week’s participation on the Commissioner’s Team.

That’s it for this week’s highlights of the ATAG Reality Show. Check out the photos in the Gallery and scroll down for the individual scores. Don’t miss next week’s episode which takes place on the unfriendly back nine.

Final Individual Results  8-26-14  Front Nine    Gross / Net

Martin                                     38 / 31

Greene                                    40 / 33

Meagher                                 42 / 37

Majors                                     42 / 38

Healy                                       43 / 34

Thornton                                44 / 36

Houle                                       45 / 35

Gaddis                                     45 / 37

Sawyer                                    46 / 38

Morris                                     46 / 38

Nichols                                    47 / 36

Williamson                             48 / 39

Wymer                                     48 / 37

Kohn                                         48 / 41

Kisgen                                      50 / 38

Sellner                                     50 / 36

Colbath                                    50 / 40

Buist                                         51 / 39

McCormack                            57 / 42

Danzig                                      58 / 45

 

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RAIN DELAY SOAKS SOME–BUT NO PROBLEM!


August 19, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was a full field of 20 players who showed up to take on the challenging back nine on a sunny Tuesday afternoon although, unfortunately, five regular ATAGers were denied a spot due to an oversubscribed response to the Call For Players.

The sunny afternoon, however, suddenly turned dark mid way through the round, followed by a downpour that caught ATAGers unaware and unprepared, essentially soaking those who failed to pack rain gear or who were too far away from shelter. But, not to worry. The deluge only lasted about 20 minutes or so and everyone resumed their places on the course and continued toward their quest for the Golden Ale Trophy.

8 UNDER GETS THE LIQUID GOLD REFRESHMENT!  First out of the chute ended up the first in the standings, as the team of Tom Kisgen, Mike Schmal, Tom Player, and Henry Sawyer cruised to the winning score of 8 under despite dropping a shot on the always difficult # 18. And, speaking of dropping shots, the team of Scotty Greene, Doug Gooding, PJ Wade, and Jeff Colbath set a new ATAG record–dropping 6 shots on the last hole-– to end up at 1 under. They were relieved to learn, however, that the axiom “there’s always someone who sucks more” proved to be true again this week as the team of Bill Meagher, Mike Gaddis, Danny Morris, and Marty Arnold dropped one shot on the last hole to go from 1 under to even par to earn the sponsorship rights.  Ironically, this woebegone repeat pairing was by special request to the Commissioner after they finished DAL on the front nine three weeks prior.

Tom Player Rakes It In!    This week it was Tom Player that the Golf Gods found favor with, as the nineteen handicapper’s score of 42 was good enough to tie for Medalist honors with Tim Martin and outright win the twenty dollars Low Net bounty with a net score of 3 under.

GREENE GETS FIRST PINKSTER!  Someone the Golf Gods did not find favor with was fourteen handicapper Scotty Greene who plummeted to the bottom of the leader board with a gross score of 54, resulting in a net  11 over par. His nightmarish round started with two doubles and a quad and then ended with another quad to claim his first Pinkster. (Not too far behind with a net 8 over par was none other than single digit handicapper and perennial medalist winner Bill Meagher who replaced his usual birdies with two triples.

BIRDIE CLUB ADDS NEW MEMBER.  Marty Arnold joined the prestigious club with a birdie on # 18, and Doug Healy and Jeff Colbath increased their membership status with one bird each.

Final Team Results  8-19-14  Back Nine

Schmal, Player, Sawyer, Kisgen                                                                                  -8

Jobson, Williamson, Healy, Nichols                                                                          -6

Martin, Majors, McGlynn, Sellner                                                                              -5

Greene, Gooding, Colbath, Wade                                                                                -1

Meagher, Gaddis, Morris, Arnold                                                                               even

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

-For some reason there were no tables or chairs on the upper deck so the players were forced to convene in the Men’s Grill which was essentially empty and thus dominated by the ATAG players. It was not as rowdy as the last Men’s Grill gathering but still lacked the camaraderie cohesiveness atmosphere of the ATAG Sky Box.

-There was some discussion as to whether or not the Meagher et al DAL  team would want (or should get) yet another repeat pairing. They are to discuss the matter among themselves and then later let the Commissioner know if they want another chance. (The Commissioner is always ready to oblige a repeat pairing–but only if it is a losing team.)

-That’s it for this week. Good luck to those ATAGers who are competing in this week end’s Club Championship. (I believe there are 8 players including yours truly). The Commissioner expects ATAGers to do well and predicts that one or more will be in the money.

Check out the photos in the Gallery and scroll down for the individual scores from today’s field:

8-19-14 Final Individual Results   Gross / Net

Player                                             42 / 33

Martin                                            41 / 36

Schmal                                           43 / 37

Colbath                                           44 / 35

Healy                                              44 / 36

Gaddis                                            44 / 37

Majors                                            44 / 41

Sawyer                                            45 / 37

Meagher                                         45 / 44

Wade                                               46 / 38

Nichols                                            47 / 37

Williamson                                     47 / 39

Morris                                              47 / 39

Kisgen                                              48 / 38

Arnold                                              49 / 39

McGlynn                                         50 / 40

Gooding                                           50 / 42

Sellner                                              51 / 37

Jobson                                              52 / 42

Greene                                              54 / 47

 

 

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ANOTHER FULLY SUBSCRIBED FIELD!


August 12, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was the “friendly front nine” and another pretty day that drew a full capacity field of 20 players this past Tuesday. The course was in great condition and the mood was upbeat as the first tee ball was struck at precisely 5 pm to get the match underway.

13 UNDER GETS THE COMPLIMENTARY BREW!  With five foursomes in the competition, it took a while for the last group to make its way up to the porch. But when they did, and plunked down a score card that read 13 under, the Commissioner immediately announced “we have a winner” , much to the delight of Tom Kisgen, Jeff Colbath, Craig Sellner, and William Thornton.  (But this was much to the chagrin of the first group whose score of 10 under seemed to be the likely winner as each of the other teams reported in.)  The real surprise came in determining who would be the purveyors of the fine barley to the victors. The second group sat forlornly on the porch with a score of 6 under, resigned to their fate. But, in keeping with the saying “there’s always someone who sucks more”, the fourth group pairing of Jim Williamson, Kevin McGlynn, Brooks Cowles, and Bill Buist staggered up to the porch and sheepishly laid down a score card that read 5 under, whereupon the winners quickly placed their order and the fourth group put their money back in their pockets and sighed in relief.

M.O.G DAY!  It turned out to be the Michael O. Gaddis day as the 15 handicapper was both Medalist and Low Net winner, firing a 41 for a net 3 under to pocket the 20 one dollar bills. This marked the second time this year that M.O.G has won both Medalist and Low Net and the third time he has won the Low Net, making him tied with Danny Morris as the leader in the clubhouse for Sandbagger Of The Year. (Gaddis, however, leads as Top Money Winner with $55 vs $50)

THREE WAY TIE FOR PINK LADY!  Since changing the format to High Net vs High Gross, the Pink Lady competition has opened the door for many more participants and, like last week, there were three players that tied for this week’s unenviable award. Coming in with a net 4 over par was the unlikely trio of Danny Morris, Henry Sawyer, and Ron Majors, each of whom is more known for their production at the other end of the spectrum. Majors, an 8 handicap, was shocked to learn that he had earned his first Pinkster and thus it is his photo that appears in the Gallery as a testament to his own personal milestone.

MARTIN HAS SHOT OF THE DAY!   Fourteen handicapper Tim Martin received Shot Of The Day honors for his 155 yd tee shot on # 9 that ended up as a tap in for a birdie.

BIRDIE TRAIN CONTINUES TO ROLL!  The Birdie Train continued its steady roll, aided this week by a total of four contributions thanks to individual deposits by Mike Gaddis, Tim Martin, Craig Sellner, and Jeff Colbath, with the latter two players joining the prestigious Birdie Club roster for the first time this year.

Final Team Results: 8-12-14 Front Nine

Kisgen, Thornton, Colbath, Sellner                                                                   -13

Schmal, Houle, Wymer, Corrigan                                                                      -10

Gaddis, Morris, Majors, Nichols                                                                         – 9

Healy, Gooding, Martin, Sawyer                                                                         – 6

Williamson, McGlynn, Cowles, Buist                                                                 – 5

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER

-It was another pleasant evening on the porch for drinking beer and consuming chicken wings while waiting for the match results. Although the tables had been pulled together, the large size of the group resulted in two or more different conversations between those seated close to each other, but there was no hollering across the tables like the bar room scene in last week’s post round gathering in the Men’s Grill.

PJ Wade made yet another cameo appearance on the porch, making sure that ATAGers didn’t forget him and vowing to return to the Tour once his ailing back heals. His dedication to ATAG was duly noted by the Commissioner and all of those present.

-Speaking of dedication to ATAG, check out the photo of Doug Healy in the Gallery section. While vacationing at Atlantic City, Healy was strolling along the Boardwalk and, in an impulsive move , (or was it a drunken stupor?) decided to get a tattoo that reflects his dedication to the ATAG fraternity. (much like newly enlisted drunken sailors , Healy was conned into thinking that it was only temporary)

Anthony Morgan was spotted walking past the clubhouse carrying his golf bag strapped to his shoulders, appearing to have completed a non ATAG golf round on an ATAG Tuesday, which is strictly forbidden by ATAG By Laws. The Commissioner quickly dispatched an ATAG security team to question Morgan which reported back that Morgan was simply dropping by the Club to pick up his clubs before heading out of town so he was cleared of any wrong doing. (although a follow up investigation has been ordered.)

That’s it for this week. Scroll down to see the individual scores of today’s match. Next week’s match will likely have higher scores since it will be on the dastardly back nine. Hope to see you then!

 

Final Standings: 8-12-14  Front Nine  Gross / Net

Gaddis                                                   41 / 33

Martin                                                   43 / 36

Schmal                                                  43 / 37

Thornton                                              44 / 36

Majors                                                   44 / 40

Colbath                                                 45 / 35

Wymer                                                  46 / 35

Williamson                                          46 / 36

Gooding                                                 46 / 38

Kisgen                                                     47 / 36

McGlynn                                                 47 / 36

Cowles                                                      47 / 37

Houle                                                        47 / 37

Healy                                                         48 / 39

Sawyer                                                       48 / 40

Corrigan                                                    49 / 36

Nichols                                                       49 / 38

Morris                                                         49 / 40

Buist                                                            50 / 38

Sellner                                                         52 / 38

 

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A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR LESS THAN BEAUTIFUL GOLF!


August 5, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was hot and sunny, but still a beautiful day, and it was the mid point of the season, but most would have flunked their mid term exams judging by the high scores on this particular Tuesday afternoon. Out of a field of 19, only four players managed to break par while the others were administered a beat down by the ornery back nine, including four players who tied for the worst net score.

8 UNDER SLIPS BY THREE TEAMS  TO TAKE THE TROPHY!  COMMISH’S TEAM DAL!

The team of Scotty Greene, Marty Arnold, Henry Sawyer, and Tom Kisgen were second to finish but first atop the standings with a score of 8 under, picking up three shots on the last two holes to slip by three other teams who finished at 6 under. It wasn’t close at the other end as this week’s Commissioner’s Team of Bill Meagher, Tim Martin, Mike Schmal, and Don Nichols who was 3 under early in their round but then struggled down to even par at the end to earn sponsorship rights.

MEAGHER IS MEDALIST AGAIN!  Formerly 5 handicapper–now a 3- Bill Meagher once again trumped the field of high handicappers, posting a score of 39 (but a net 2 over) after faltering with two bogeys and a double (offset by one birdie).

KISGEN WINS LOW NET IN CHIP OFF!  Twenty one handicapper Tom Kisgen and twenty handicapper Tom Houle tied for low net at 3 under, setting the stage for a chip off in the twilight. Kisgen went first and lofted a nice pitch shot that landed on the green some 15 feet before the pin and then slowly rolled toward the hole–except the ball continued its slow roll some 5 feet past the hole, providing an opportunity for Houle.  Houle, last week’s low net winner, then stepped up and stubbed his shot some 3-4 feet, never making the green but making it an easy 19 bucks for Kisgen. (Perhaps his choking was aided by the Commissioner’s quiet admonition to Houle as he set up to the ball that ATAGers don’t like to see guys win low net two weeks in a row?)

PINK LADIES GALORE!  Talk about having a bad day, four players finished at a net 8 over par. Receiving their own individual Pinkster were William Thornton, Marty Arnold, Frank Corrigan, and Don Nichols, with the latter posting his worst ATAG score since 2006 (when official individual stats were first recorded.) The score cards of the Pinkster recipients revealed  an unsightly plethora of doubles and triples, sufficient enough to earn each person the  “sucked more” moniker.

BIRDIE TRAIN KEEPS ROLLING!  Despite the overall poor play of the field, the Birdie Club admitted one new member–Jeff Kohn–who opened his account with a two bird deposit. Also adding to their account with single deposits were Birdie Club members Jim Williamson, Doug Gooding, Tom Houle, and Bill Meagher.

Final Results 8-5-14  Back Nine

Greene, Sawyer, Arnold, Kisgen                                                                                    -8

Sellner, Healy, Morris, Jobson                                                                                      -6

Gooding, Corrigan, Kohn, Meagher (draw)                                                              -6

Williamson, Thornton, Houle, McCormick                                                               -6

Meagher, Martin, Schmal, Nichols                                                                             even

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER:

-The Club was hosting a private function on the ATAG upper deck so each group headed to the Grill as soon as they finished.  So, instead of the peaceful and pleasant story telling in the serene ambiance of  the upper deck porch, the atmosphere in the Grill was a typical bar room raucous scene with players shouting across the tables as the Commissioner tried to tabulate the results. Adding to the Commish’s consternation was the delay in receiving correctly completed score cards from the last two teams which delayed the selection of the Draw Partner and the final outcome of the match. This did not sit well with the Commish who, time and time again, has given instructions as to the proper way to fill out the score card in an ATAG match. (not to mention he had just shot his highest nine hole score ever)

-Shouting louder than the others was William Thornton who, upon entering the already noisy Grill,  vociferously lambasted the group playing in front of him for their slow play, causing Bill Meagher to politely suggest that Thornton may want to consider leaving. A Letter of Reprimand has been placed in Mr. Thornton’s file for “conduct unbecoming a member of ATAG.”

-While standing next to the bunker on #16, Tim Martin was struck by an errant tee shot from #15. No warning was given and the perpetrator did not come forward but it was from the threesome of Jeff Kohn, Doug Gooding, and William Thornton. The heat seeking missile found its mark and shook up Martin so much that he triple bogeyed the hole.

PJ Wade made yet another cameo appearance, this time greeting each group at the # 8 tee box before joining everyone in the Grill.

Ron Majors was a game day cancellation that necessitated selecting a draw partner for his team. Majors’ regular Tuesday morning game was pushed back to later in the day so he was faced with a decision–either play with his ATAG brotherhood fraternity, or diss them and play with the scalawag mercenaries in the Tuesday morning group. He chose the latter, and a letter has been placed in his file. (he did try to make amends by joining everyone in the Grill–but he had shown his cards and the harm had already been done).

-Not sure when the party ended, because the Commish was quick to leave the undisciplined scene after the chip off and the final results were announced.

That’s it for this week. Scroll down for the individual scores.

8-5-14 Back Nine Final Standings   Gross / Net

Meagher-1st Gross                           39 / 38

Kohn -3rd Net                                    42 / 35

Kisgen-1st Net                                   43 / 33

Houle-2nd Net                                   43 / 33

Gooding-3rd Net                                43 / 35

Schmal                                                  44 / 38

Healy                                                     45 / 38

Morris                                                   45 / 37

Williamson                                           46 / 38

Sawyer                                                   46 / 39

Greene                                                    46 / 39

Martin                                                     47 / 40

Jobson                                                    50 / 41

Thornton                                                51 / 44

McCormick                                            53 / 40

Arnold                                                     53 / 44

Sellner                                                    53 / 40

Nichols                                                   54 / 44

Corrigan                                                 56 / 44

 

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