SEASON CLOSES ON GORGEOUS DAY! COMMISSIONER TO LEAVE?


October 20, 2015-By Don Nichols

It was undoubtedly the prettiest day of the year that saw the close of the 2015 season–mid 70’s, a gentle breeze, and beautiful azure blue skies mixed with  cumulus clouds. Add that to the pristine fairways and greens of the Ansley Golf Course and no wonder there was a full field of 20 ATAGers who showed up to seek their revenge on the mean back nine. And that they did, posting some of the best back nine scores in weeks.

Tie Breaker Determines Winner!  Two teams brought the back nine to its knees, each posting a net score of 10 under, requiring the card comparison tie breaker on the lowest handicap hole. That comparison revealed the winner of the last Golden Ale Trophy of the season to be the team of Bill Meagher, Jim Williamson, David Danzig, and Mike Gaddis. Presenting the gratuitous cold libation was the woeful team of John Wymer, Jeff Colbath, Tom Houle, and Russ Jobson who finished at +1,  giving the back nine one last jab at an ATAG foursome.

Another Majors Day!  Ron Majors ended up taking both Medalist honors and the Low Net booty, firing a 37 for a net 3 under. (The Commissioner mistakenly announced that David Danzig’s 2 under score was the winner until corrected by the rightful owner Mr. Majors, hence the photo of Danzig in the Gallery dubbed “Dewey Defeats Truman.”

Shot Of The Day!  Danny Morris received Shot Of The Day honors for holing out from the left bunker on #13 to make par-“net birdie” and putting some salve in the wound for what was otherwise, for him, an exasperating day.

Birdie Club Closes Out With 4 More!  The Birdie Club ended up with a total of 87 of the hard to get “one-unders”, with this week’ s deposits coming from David Danzig–with two-and one each from Ron Majors, Jeff Kohn, and Kevin McGlynn with McGlynn making the prestigious roster for the first time this year. There were 26 ATAGers who were admitted into the elite club this year, meaning that four ATAGers were totally shut out (and you know who you are).

Houle Gets The Pinkster! The Commissioner originally announced that Danny Morris and Jeff Colbath would share Pink Lady honors at 8 over,  but a protesting Tom Houle caused the Commish to take a closer post round look at the score cards to see, staring at him, a net score of 11 over posted by Mr. Houle.

Team Results   10-20-15  Back Nine

Danzig, Meagher, Gaddis, Williamson                                                               -10 (tiebreaker)

Buist, McGlynn, Arnold, Majors                                                                          -10

Morris, Kohn, Healy, Nichols                                                                                -7

Greene, Corrigan, Player, Kisgen                                                                         -5

Wymer, Jobson, Houle, Colbath                                                                           +1

Commissioner’s Corner:

-The upper deck was being used for a Club function so the players commandeered the Men’s Grill to learn of the match results and chow down one last time on the chicken wings. The beer was also flowing and it was evident that the famed ATAG camaraderie had indeed been revived and was alive and well leading into next week’s closing ceremonies.

Kevin McGlynn appealed to the Commissioner to remove the letter placed in his file last week for his late cancellation in order to watch the Cubs playoff game, explaining that he had been requested by his 90+ year old mother to watch the game with her in her assisted living facility. The Commish has considered the appeal and, considering the altruistic motive and the fact the Cubs were swept by the Mets in the series, has approved the appeal and removed the castigating letter from his file.

Bill Buist was chastised for his score keeping, failing to circle the birdies on the scorecard. Buist, who has been playing on the ATAG Tour for several years, said that he was not aware of such a requirement and, further, had never seen a birdie before and didn’t know what the fuss was about.

That’s it for the recap of the final ATAG match of the season. You can scroll down for the individual scores and be sure to check out the photos in the Gallery.

It was another great season. There were 27 matches (same as last year) that garnered a total field of 496 players so a pretty good average of 18 players each week. The low net pool totaled $500 and fourteen different players were able to participate in it. As mentioned previously, there were a total of 87 birdies circled on the scorecards and no eagles–although Bill Meagher did have a chip in eagle on # 5  during the cancelled “unofficial” match.

On behalf of ATAG, the Commissioner would like to thank the golf staff of the Ansley Golf Club for arranging for the ATAG tee times each week, with a special thanks to Assistant Pro Tyler Hays for serving as the official ATAG starter. ATAGers are also appreciative of the cart attendants who made sure carts were ready and loaded, of the ATAG bar keeps Connor and Cary who tirelessly climbed the stairs each week to provide the post round food and beverage service, and of ATAG cart girl Courtney who made sure no one would go thirsty while on the course.

Well, folks, this could be the last issue of the ATAG Reporter as the Commissioner is not sure if he will return next season. As reported in the 4-17-15 issue of this paper, the Commissioner and the ATAG Compensation Committee could not come to terms on a contract extension beyond the 2015 season. Talks progressed throughout the year but mediation efforts failed, and the Commish has now become a free agent and has been contacted by other private clubs including an overture from the national Mediocre Golf Association (they even have their own web site–www.mgatour.com).

Whatever the outcome,  it has been a pleasure chronicling the play and behavior of the ATAG Tour players over all these years, and one need only to scroll down the Gallery section to see season after season unfold before one’s eyes. I look forward to next week’s closing ceremonies.

Final Leaderboard  10-20-15  Back Nine   Gross/Net

Majors                                                       37/33

Meagher                                                    38/35

Williamson                                               43/36

Kohn                                                           43/39

Gaddis                                                        44/38

Nichols                                                       45/35

Greene                                                         45/38

Danzig                                                          46/34

Buist                                                              46/35

Healy                                                             46/38

McGlynn                                                       47/37

Jobson                                                           49/39

Kisgen                                                             50/38

Wymer                                                            50/39

Arnold                                                             50/41

Player                                                               51/41

Morris                                                              51/44

Colbath                                                             52/42

Houle                                                                53/47

Corrigan                                                            54/42

 

 

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FRONT NINE CAPITULATES! BACK NINE AWAITS NEXT WEEK’S FINALE!


October 13, 2015-By Don Nichols

It was the penultimate match of the 2015 season and 20 ATAGers eagerly stepped up to the first tee for their last crack at the Front Nine which has been known to be more “player friendly” –and that proved to be the case this week, as the “Friendly Front” graciously cooperated by allowing some of the best team scores to date.

13 Under Wins It!  The last pairing of David Danzig, Brooks Cowles, William Thornton, and Scotty Greene came out on top with a net score of 13 under, dashing the hopes of the Commissioner’s Team who knew their score of 11 under had thus far bested the other teams. Two teams battled it out for sponsorship rights, but the team of Doug Healy, Russ Jobson, Jeff Colbath, and Doug Healy cleared up that issue and ended the suspense by dropping two shots on the last hole to finish DAL at 7 under.

Meagher is Medalist Again!  Six handicapper Bill Meagher topped the field with the best score of the day, posting a 39, for his 10th Low Gross honor this season.

Danzig Takes Low Net at 4 under!  Twenty five handicapper David Danzig collected the 20 dollar booty after posting a 45, his best score this season and a marked improvement over his last front nine score of 52.

Gooding Has Pink Face! Fourteen handicapper Doug Gooding took home his third Pink Lady of the season, posting a net 7 over par after a plethora of double bogeys on the (to him) not so friendly front nine.

Birdie Club Avoids Shutout!  There was only one birdie circled on the five scorecards and that belonged to the low net winner David Danzig who added his second tweeter of the year after making birdie on # 2.

Corrigan Nominated For Shot Of The Day!  Playing partner Lee Pearson nominated Frank Corrigan for Shot Of The Day. Blocked out behind the trees on #5, Corrigan skillfully managed to slice the ball out and around the trees to end up in the middle of the fairway setting up the opportunity to make birdie or par. (He did neither so it remains a “nomination.”)

Final Team Results: 10-13-15 Front Nine

Thornton, Danzig, Greene, Cowles                                                             -13

Meagher, Majors, Martin, Nichols                                                              -11

Williamson, Wymer, Arnold, Kisgen                                                          -10

Pearson, Corrigan, Sellner, Morris                                                              -8

Healy, Gooding, Jobson, Colbath                                                                 -7

Commissioner’s Corner:

-Another great night on the porch–beer flowing and wings flying amongst multiple conversations around the tables.

-A snafu in the tee time reservations caused two non ATAG pairings to be intermingled with the ATAG teams which delayed the start of the last group but it was able to finish before dark.

Brooks Cowles was struck in the neck (see Gallery) while standing on the number 2 tee box by a misguided line drive approach shot to number 1 green from a non ATAG foursome. No serious injury but Brooks, who is a lawyer, may later consider his options.

Kevin McGlynn and Mike Gaddis were late cancellations–Kevin opted for the Cubs playoff game over ATAG and Mike claimed last minute work interference. Fortunately their spots were quickly filled but a letter was nevertheless placed in each of their files.

Scotty Greene left before the match results were announced but was excused since he was a last minute substitution for one of the vacant spots. And, since he was on the winning team, his free brewsky went to the Commissioner in accordance with ATAG protocol.

-Former ATAGer Ben Cass made a cameo appearance on the porch.

That’s it for this week’s recap. Next week we close out the season with the dastardly back nine, and the Commissioner has challenged next week’s field to get its revenge and bring the bugbear back nine links to its knees.

Scroll down for the individual scores from today’s match and check out the photos in the Gallery.

Final Leaderboard  10-13-15   Front Nine    Gross/Net

Meagher                                                                    39/36

Pearson                                                                      40/35

Healy                                                                           41/33

Morris                                                                         42/34

Martin                                                                         43/35

Greene                                                                         43/36

Thornton                                                                     44/37

Majors                                                                          44/39

Danzig                                                                           45/32

Williamson                                                                   45/37

Kisgen                                                                            46/34

Nichols                                                                           47/36

Jobson                                                                            48/36

Cowles                                                                             48/38

Arnold                                                                             48/38

Sellner                                                                             48/38

Corrigan                                                                           50/38

Colbath                                                                             50/40

Gooding                                                                            50/43

Wymer                                                                               52/41

 

 

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OVERSUBSCRIBED FIELD! BACK NINE CRUEL AGAIN!


October 6, 2015-By Don Nichols

Well, looks like it worked. It seems that whenever you take something for granted, and then are told it was being taken away, it suddenly becomes important again. That was the case this week when the C0mmissioner’s Call For Players (after announcing the season would not be cancelled) elicited an oversubscribed response from 25 players, confirming that the ATAG spirit had indeed been rekindled. The Commish unfortunately had to deny five players from making the cut, basing the criteria on a combination of seniority and year to date attendance.

Since the last “official” ATAG match was an apathetic showing by only 11 players on the more arduous back nine, the Commissioner decided to repeat the back nine challenge with this week’s full slate of highly motivated players. It was a beautiful day, the motivation was there, but the caliber of play was almost as bad as the previous attempt, as the back nine proved even more difficult thanks to a few days of rain that produced little or no roll on the fairways, a wet and more grabbing rough, and greens slower than normal. The results?  Out of a 20 player field, the winning team score was only 3 under, the losing score was 1 over, the average individual gross score was 12 over, the average net score was 4 over, and there was only one player who ended up net under par (and that, barely).  No Shots Of The Day were reported and the Birdie Club narrowly avoided a shut out thanks to one lonely and late arriving birdie on # 16 by Mike Schmal.

Here are today’s dismal results:

Best Gross Score:  43   Tim Martin

Best Net Score:      35   Kevin McGlynn (his first this season)

Pink Lady:              +9  Marty Arnold (his 5th of the year)

Birdies:                    1     Mike Schmal

Winning Team:   -3 Ron Majors, Jeff Colbath, Danny Morris, Doug Gooding

Sponsor:               -1 John Wymer, Mike Schmal, William Thornton, Tom Houle

Other Teams:

-2    Kevin McGlynn, Bill Meagher, Marty Arnold, Scotty Greene

-2   Frank Corrigan, Doug Healy, Jim Williamson, Tim Martin

-1    Tom Kisgen, Brooks Cowles, Craig Sellner, Don Nichols

Commissioner’s Corner:

-The early 4:05 pm start enabled all five teams to finish before dark, and the first group to finish had dutifully made sure there were enough tables and chairs to accommodate everyone.

-The mood was upbeat, the ATAG bar keeps got a work out climbing the stairs to keep the beer flowing, and there was no short supply of chicken wings which were readily scarfed up. After the match results were announced, the conversations turned to mostly separate table discussions which is usually the case when there are no jokes or stories to be told, but all in all the ATAG camaraderie was never more present.

Only two more matches left, the friendly front nine next week and then, fittingly, one more crack a the unruly back nine.

Doug Healy did grab the attention of the crowd to announce that the ATAG end of the year party would be held on Tuesday-October 27–at 5:30 pm at the same venue as last  year.

That’s it for this week’s match recap. Scroll down for the individual scores and check out the photos in the Gallery.

Individual Scores:  10-6-15 Back Nine   Gross/Net

Martin                    43/36

Schmal                   44/39

Majors                    44/40

Meagher                 44/41

McGlynn                 45/35

Healy                        45/37

Morris                      45/38

Nichols                     47/37

Colbath                     48/38

Thornton                  48/42

Wymer                       49/38

Greene                       49/42

Williamson                50/43

Gooding                      50/43

Kisgen                          51/41

Houle                          51/43

Sellner                          52/40

Corrigan                        53/41

Arnold                           54/45

 

 

 

 

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PLAYERS IGNORE MATCH CANCELLATION AND TAKE MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS!


NOTE: The Commissioner cancelled this past Tuesday’s ATAG match after an all day rain that soaked the golf course even though the rain had stopped by late afternoon and there was some risk that more rain was on the way. The Commissioner didn’t think there would be any back lash considering the recent apathy amongst the players that had caused the Commish to earlier announce that he was going to cancel the rest of the season. However, there was indeed a back lash–as a group of vigilante ATAGers , in an unprecedented move, ignored the cancellation notice and made their way to the first tee, refusing to be denied their weekly ATAG fix.

Core ATAGer Doug Healy took it upon himself to take charge of the band of rebels and offers the following recap of the cancelled match.

10-29-15 ATAG SPIRIT ALIVE AND WELL!-By Doug Healy

It had been a tough week for the ATAG group. After last week’s low attendance rating, bad golf and an after party that had all the excitement of sitting shiva (look it up), the Commissioner announced that the remainder of the season would be cancelled. Not surprisingly, this was met with an outpouring of emails that for the most part pleaded “say it’s not so”, but talk is cheap and there was an undertone of uncertainty about the future of the group. Finally, the Commissioner released the call for players and things seemed back on track with a nearly full field of 17 signed up for the match. Then things took a turn for the worse. A full day of soaking rain had everyone on edge and another barrage of emails was circulated for the most part encouraging everyone to stay the course. It felt like we were in the Georgia locker room right before kickoff. Then, out of nowhere, 90 minutes before tee off, came a terse email from the Commissioner. After relying on what was clearly a “phoned in” forecast from ATAG meteorologist Jim (Cantore) Williamson, he announced that “this was not a good day for golf and that we would try again next week”.

More emails and more chatter, but then something incredible. In what has to be the greatest outpouring of support in the history of ATAG, 12 of the 17 players who signed up made a determined march up Montgomery Ferry Rd. to the first tee. Ansley member Chris Darley joined the group as a guest and it was clear the match was on. Without the Commissioner’s highly organized tee sheet, things were in chaos. Acting only on the authority of a field promotion to Acting Commissioner, this correspondent reorganized the players into groups as they showed and sent them on their way.

In the end, there was no rain until after the completion of the match, the course was only moderately soggy and the quality of play was pretty much on par which is to say, with the usual exceptions, not that good. Because of the unruly tee times, one group went off as a fivesome and one draw partner was selected to even things out.

The winning group of Martin, Darley, Meagher and Cowles posted a -6, somewhat below average for the front nine, but enough to beat out the second place team of Sellner, Arnold, Schmal and Kohn who came in at -5. Coming in DAL and sponsoring the winners with the coveted free brew were Healy, Majors, Jobson (dropped in the draw), McGlynn and Greene at -1. Low net was a tie between Scotty Greene and Chris Darley at -1, however the weather precluded the traditional chip off. It was then determined that the pot would be split, but in a grand gesture (which probably saved his life) Chris declined his share of the winnings and Scotty lunged across the table to gather in the dough. The shot of the day unquestionably goes to Bill Meagher who “War Eagled” #5 with a chip in from 12 yards off the green and the Pink Lady went to yours truly who limped in 51/43 after carding four 7’s on the round.

The rain, which did not begin to fall until after the last group finished, forced the group into the Grille for a boisterous after party where everyone congratulated themselves on a fine showing of ATAG spirit.

Individual Results:

Martin 45/38

Darley 41/35

Meagher 39/36

Cowles NA (missed #1 replaced for 1 hole by Jobson)

Sellner 52/39

Arnold 48/38

Schmal 42/37

Kohn 44/38

Healy 51/43

Majors 48/44

Jobson (drawn onto Team 1 for 1 hole) 48/37

McGlynn 51/41

Greene 43/35

Commissioner’s Corner:

The Commissioner is delighted to see that the ATAG spirit has been rekindled and thus is retracting his previous decision to cancel the season. Also,  he will not seek any disciplinary action against those insurgents who defied the Commissioner’s cancellation notice.

However, the statistics from this random unauthorized gathering will not be recorded (the match was, in fact, cancelled and it would not be fair to those who followed ATAG protocol and stayed at home)

Look for the Call For Players for next week’s official match early Monday morning. Three more weeks left in the 2015 season!

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ATAG DOLDRUMS! COMMISSIONER TO SHUT DOWN SEASON EARLY!


September 22, 2015-By Don Nichols

It was another beautiful day and the golf course conditions could not be better, but inexplicably only 11 players signed up to play and those that did turned out to be an apathetic bunch at best, posting some of the worst scores of the year–average score of 49/net 40 and no birdies or shots of the day.

Perhaps players were avoiding the more difficult back nine or perhaps the enthusiasm for ATAG has diminished in tandem with the early approaching darkness. Whatever the reason for the paltry showing and the paltry play, the Commissioner had seen enough and declared that the 2015 season will come to an abrupt halt next week, culminating in a shortened 25 week season.

Here are the pitiful results from today’s play:

Winner:   -4  Morris, Sawyer, Thornton, and draw partner Houle (ends up buying a beer for himself)

Sponsor:  +4    Healy, Kisgen, Kohn, Houle (sets the record for the worst team score)

The Other Team:  even par    McGlynn, Wymer, Williamson, Nichols

Low Gross/Low Net: William Thornton   42/35

Pink Lady  + 9  Jeff Kohn

Individual Scores:   Gross/Net   Back Nine

Thornton                                                      42/35

Sawyer                                                           45/37

Williamson                                                    46/39

Morris                                                             47/40

Nichols                                                            49/39

Healy                                                                49/42

Kohn                                                                 50/45

Wymer                                                              51/40

Houle                                                                 51/43

McGlynn                                                            52/42

Kisgen                                                                 53/41

-The players gathered on the upper deck and, with only 11 of them, the mood was quiet and more like a subdued committee meeting.  And speaking of committee meetings,  Steve Bates, head of the Ansley Grounds Committee which had convened earlier,  came up to the porch and gave a special insider report on the status of the tree removal and cart path relocation work at Settindown, resulting in a discussion that pretty much dominated the conversation amongst the players. Look for Steve’ s formal report to the general membership in a few weeks.

Bill Buist, a member of the grounds committee, made a cameo appearance as did Ron Majors.

That pretty much sums it up–an apathetic showing and an apathetic night on the porch. Check out the photos in the Gallery and look for the Call For Players for the ATAG Finale next week.

 

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AUTUMN ARRIVES EARLY BUT ATAGERS STUMBLE AFTER HOLIDAY LAYOFF!


September 15, 2015-By Don Nichols

Autumn arrived early on this mid September Tuesday– a beautiful 79 degree day on a beautiful golf course, but the week layoff after the Labor Day holiday evidently had an impact on the 19 player field as only four were able to break par on the friendly front nine, and the winning score was the lowest since opening day.

8 Under Takes It!  The pairing of Bill Meagher, Frank Corrigan, Mike Schmal, and Jeff Kohn finished at 8 under and assumed they would be in the middle of the pack for a front nine score but instead were treated to the Golden Ale Trophy with a lopsided victory. Finishing DAL was the ill fated pairing of Doug Healy, John Wymer, William Thornton, and Marty Arnold which easily clinched sponsorship rights as well as set the record for the worst front nine score this season with a net score of 2 over par.

Meagher is Medalist Again. Six handicapper Bill Meagher as usual posted the best gross score with a 38.

Highest Handicappers Share Low Net!  The highest handicappers in the field, twenty five handicapper Craig Sellner and twenty three handicapper Tom Kisgen shared Low Net at 2 under. (early approaching darkness prevented a chip off)

Arnold Crushes The Competition!  Nineteen handicapper Marty Arnold came off the DL and showed why he is a force to be reckoned with in the Pink Lady competition, posting a net 10 over par. Martin was able to fashion five doubles and three triples to skate past the nearest competitors and grab his fourth Pinkster of the year.

Shot Of The Day!  Russ Jobson holes out from off the green on # 1 to make par-“net birdie”, a rather unique way of making par since his ball never found the green after his tee shot landed in the middle of the fairway.

Birdies Scarce!  The Birdie Club avoided a shut out thanks to individual contributions from Bill Meagher (hole # 7) and Mike Gaddis (hole # 4)

Final Team Results: Front Nine

Meagher, Kohn, Schmal, Corrigan                                                              -8

Kisgen, Sawyer, Jobson, Nichols                                                                  -5

Sellner, Greene, Williamson, Player                                                            -5

Morris, Gaddis, Pearson, Jobson (draw)                                                    -3

Healy, Arnold, Wymer, Thornton                                                                +2

Commissioner’s Corner:

-A gorgeous photo op sunset greeted the players on the ATAG porch and, as noted by Tom Kisgen, “the spirit of ATAG was alive and well tonight on the upper porch at Ansley. I just thought this sunset might have been as nice as any I’ve seen from our porch above the Men’s Grill.”  (see Gallery)

Cameo appearances were made by Brooks Cowles and Ron Majors, with Majors recounting for all to hear his hole-in- one last Sunday on #7 at Settindown.

-The winning team of Meagher, Schmal, Corrigan, and Kohn was cited for slow play, not keeping up with the group in front of them and backing up the field for the last four holes.

Kevin McGlynn was a late notice withdrawal from the field due to a pressing business matter but was granted a reprieve from the Commissioner in light of his mistreatment in the last ATAG match as noted below.

-The ATAG Reporter is considered infallible when reporting the facts—as the facts are presented and is not liable for any misrepresentation of such facts. In the last ATAG match, Kevin McGlynn was lampooned for winning the Pink Lady and subjected to the famed ATAG ridicule after a clinching double bogey on the last hole. However, it was later brought to the attention of the Commissioner that McGlynn had actually made par on said hole and that score keeper Jeff Kohn had reversed their respective scores, giving himself the par and McGlynn the double. Accordingly, Mr.McGlynn has been exonerated and the stats have been revised to reflect the Pink Lady was actually earned by Tom Player, Jim Williamson, and David Danzig who each finished at a net 6 over par. Mr. Kohn had his score adjusted and received a Letter Of Reprimand in his file and is suspended from being score keeper for the rest of the season.

That’s it for this week’s recap. There are only five more matches left in the 2015 season. Check out the photos in the Gallery and scroll down for the individual scores from today’s match.

9-15-15 Final Results   Front Nine    Gross / Net

Meagher                                            38/35

Morris                                                42/35

Greene                                                44/37

Kohn                                                    44/38

Schmal                                                44/39

Healy                                                    45/37

Gaddis                                                  45/39

Kisgen                                                   46/34

Pearson                                                46/41

Sellner                                                   47/34

Sawyer                                                   47/38

Corrigan                                                48/36

Nichols                                                   48/37

Wymer                                                    48/37

Thornton                                                 48/41

Williamson                                             49/41

Jobson                                                      51/41

Player                                                        51/41

Arnold                                                       56/46

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BACK NINE PUNISHES AGAIN! ATAG IRELAND TEAM RETURNS HOME!


September 1, 2015-By Don Nichols

It was another full field on a hot and muggy Tuesday afternoon where the onerous back nine links of the Ansley Golf Club once again had its way with the players. The average gross score was 11 over, the average net was 3 over, only four ATAGers were net under par (and that was barely) and there was an intense competition for the “who sucked more” sponsoring team as well as the individual Pink Lady.

One group of players had no difficulty, however, tackling the back forty. The team of Tim Martin, Brooks Cowles, William Thornton, and Tom Kisgen crushed the rest of the field with a score of 10 under, with the next best score at 6 under. Three other teams finished at the bottom at 2 under, and it took the tiebreaker card comparison to determine that the Commissioner’s Team of Danny Morris, Tom Player, Frank Corrigan, and Don Nichols would have to pony up to the winners.

Schmal Has Best Score!  Martin Does It Again!  Eleven handicapper Mike Schmal topped the field with a score of 40 and Tim Martin won his fifth Low Net of the year with a net score of 2 under, causing some to suggest we should change the name to the Tim Martin Low Net Award. The victory gives Martin a commanding lead to repeat as Sandbagger Of The Year.

A Fight For The Pinkster!  Four players–Jim Williamson, Tom Player, David Danzig, and Kevin McGlynn–went head to head in an exciting match to see who would get the “sucked more” moniker affixed to their name on the leaderboard. McGlynn took the early lead with consecutive triples on the first three holes, but “Old Tom” Player put together three consecutive triples of his own late in the match to catch up with McGlynn, Williamson, and Danzig  at net 6 over par,  with McGlynn and Player coming to #18 all square.  Player blew his chances on the concluding hole by sinking a long putt for bogey, making McGlynn (who easily made double bogey) the outright winner of his fourth Pink Lady of the year.

Shots Of The Day!  William Thornton, after dunking his tee shot in the creek on number 18, takes a drop and then flies it into the cup to save par. Meanwhile, his playing partner Brooks Cowles also had an errant tee shot, landing in an unplayable lie next to the pool fence. He opted to return to the tee and launched his second “Bubba” attempt which headed straight for the hole before stopping a foot short for a tap in bogey-“net par”.

Birdie Train Continues To Roll!  Three tweeters were deposited into the Birdie Club account thanks to single contributions from William Thornton, Brooks Cowles, and Jason Albaum (David Danzig guest)

Final Team Results: 9-1-15  Back Nine

Martin, Kisgen, Cowles, Thornton                                                                -10

Kohn, Sawyer, McGlynn, Gooding                                                                 -6

Schmal, Williamson, Houle, Wymer                                                             -2

Danzig, Albaum, Colbath, Meagher                                                               -2

Corrigan, Morris, Player, Nichols                                                                   -2 (tie breaker)

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER:

-The Commissioner was out last week but ATAGer John Wymer stepped up to be the Acting Commissioner and reported that a field of 11 players took on the friendly front nine. Bill Meagher won Medalist honors with a 38, Tim Martin and John Wymer shared the pithy low net purse (probably why there was no chip off) and Mike Schmal won his first Pink Lady with his worst ever ATAG score of 50–net 9 over par. Individual scores and birdies were reported to the Commissioner who duly recorded them in the ATAG stats. ATAGer PJ Wade made an odd cameo appearance, showing up in street clothes and playing two or three holes (and making a non recordable birdie on one of them) before disappearing into the night where it was rumored he was returning to his part time job as an Uber driver.

-This week the porch was lively as usual as the beers flowed and the chicken wings were downed. Anthony Morgan made a cameo appearance and was chastised for missing the last six weeks of ATAG.

-And, speaking of missing matches, Marty Arnold continues to remain on the DL after having hand surgery and hopes to rejoin the ATAG Tour soon.

-Much of the discussion was centered around the “ATAG Ireland International Team” of eight players–Russ Jobson, Doug Healy, Ron Majors, Jim Williamson, Kevin McGlynn. Tom Player, Tom Houle, and Don Nichols who had just returned from what they described as a “great adventure,” playing six days of golf on the southwest side of Ireland where they were met with challenging yet gorgeous golf courses with stunning views, oftentimes perplexing weather, and lively Irish pubs and restaurants. One of the highlights of the trip was the surprise “cameo” appearance of ATAG Founding Member Danny Morris who, along with his wife Connie, showed up at the Doonbeg Golf Links on the southwest coast of County Clare, Ireland, while the group was having lunch. The visit has now been recorded as the “All Time ATAG Cameo Appearance.”

That’s it for the recap of the last two ATAG matches (the one before was a rain out). Next Tuesday the Club is closed for the Labor Day holiday so the next match will be September 15.

Check out the photos in the Gallery and scroll down for the individual scores of today’s match.

Leaderboard 9-1-15     Back Nine      Gross/Net

Albaum (guest)                                 38/35

Schmal                                                40/35

Martin                                                 41/34

Meagher                                              41/39

Thornton                                             42/35

Sawyer                                                  44/36

Kohn                                                     45/39

Cowles                                                  46/37

Gooding                                                46/39

Morris                                                   46/39

Wymer                                                  47/37

Nichols                                                  48/38

Kisgen                                                    49/39

Houle                                                      49/41

Williamson                                             49/42

Corrigan                                                  50/38

Colbath                                                    50/40

Player                                                       52/42

McGlynn                                                   53/43

Danzig                                                      55/42

 

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BACKSIDED!


August 11, 2015-By Don Nichols

Rain was threatened but it was another beautiful sunny day for 20 ATAGers, but little did they suspect that the back nine was standing ready to spoil the day for most of them. Consider this: Only two players managed to break par, the best gross score was 6 over (and none were posted by any of the three single digiters in the field), two players tied for the Pink Lady, and the average net score from the 20 man field was 3 over par.

Commissioner’s Team Comes Out On Top!  This week’s Commissioner’s Team of William Thornton, Mike Schmal, Tom Houle, and Don Nichols bested the field at 11 under, picking up three shots on the last hole. The win brought the overall Commissioner’s Team year to date record to breakeven (four wins against four losses). This week’s purveyors of the complimentary ale was the ill fated pairing of Bill Meagher, Doug Gooding, Tom Player, and Brooks Cowles which, as the last group to finish,  limped up the stairs with a scorecard that read 2 over, much to the glee of one team that thought for sure they had it locked up at 6 under.

Thornton and Nichols Share Medalist Honors!  Teammates William Thornton and Don Nichols each posted a score of 42 which turned out to be the best of the day and the highest best gross score so far this year.

Nichols Takes Low Net!  Don Nichols took home the 20 one dollar bills with his net 4 under score. The win marked the Commish’s third Low Net victory this year and puts him in the running for Sand Bagger Of The Year.

Dog Fight For The Pink Lady!  It was a dog fight for the Pink Lady (meaning playing like a dog) as 6 players had a 5 in front of their score, but it turned out to be a draw in the hotly contested contest between Marty Arnold, and Tom Houle, each of whom won their third Pink Lady with a matching net score of 7 over par. Houle, who was besieged with a severe case of “Shankaritis”until the last hole, had the Pinkster all to himself  but ended up making birdie on # 18,  dropping him into a tie with Arnold.

Schmal Has Shot Of The Day!   On the par 5 number 13, nine handicapper Mike Schmal found himself lying two in front of #15 green with tall trees providing an obstruction and blocking his view of #13 green. His approach shot soared high and over the trees and landed on the green some 20 yards from the pin setting up a birdie opportunity. (Alas, he three putted for bogey, but it was a great shot anyway)

Birdie Club Continues On! The back nine tried its best to thwart the Birdie Club but coming to its rescue were Birdie Club members Frank Corrigan and Tom Houle each of whom made birdie on #18.

Final Team Results: 8-11-15  Back Nine

Thornton, Schmal, Houle, Nichols                                                                   -11

Martin, Williamson, Arnold, Corrigan                                                             -9

Colbath, Healy, Kohn, Majors                                                                            -6

Sellner, McGlynn, Morris, Jobson                                                                     -5

Meagher, Gooding, Cowles, Player                                                                   +2

Commissioner’s Corner:

It was a pleasant evening on the upper deck where players enjoyed a beautiful sunset while discussing their rounds and keeping the bar keeps busy running up and down the stairs.

Jokes were told by Danny Morris, Jeff Kohn, and Tom Houle. with Morris getting the most laughs.

Craig Sellner was appointed by the Commissioner to represent ATAG at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straights this week end. (as a spectator of course). Look for Sellner on TV. He will be the one holding up the sign “ATAG” next to the guy holding up the sign “John 3:16”  in an attempt for equal billing.

Tom Houle’s bout with “Shankaritis” was difficult to watch, especially his third shank on #12 that sailed through the trees and over the fence and narrowly missed an unsuspecting walker on the beltline. It was good to see that the debilitating swing virus had finally left his body when he struck his tee shot on #18 that landed within five feet of the pin.

THIS JUST IN!  Thanks to a heads up from John Wymer, Daily Mail.com reports that the size of the golf hole will be boosted from 4.5 inches to 15 inches in diameter in a pilot scheme which is to be tried at 100 courses across the country. It is hoped that the move will increase game speed and encourage more beginners to take up the sport, which has lost around five million players in the U.S. alone over the past ten years. (Hmmm, doesn’t appear to be that way at the Ansley Golf Club.) The increased hole size apparently has the backing of Ted Bishop, Vice President and Director of the Professional Golfers Association of America, and is soon to be installed at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia, and the Redwoods Golf Course in Langley, British Columbia. (This story has to be true because it is from the internet.)

That’s it for this week’s recap. Check out the ATAG quotes in the side bar and the photos in the Gallery and scroll down to see the individual scores from today’s match.

Final Leaderboard        8-11-15   Back Nine        Gross/Net

Nichols                                                       42/32

Thornton                                                    42/35

Martin                                                         43/36

Majors                                                         43/39

Williamson                                                 44/37

Kohn                                                            44/38

Schmal                                                         44/40

Meagher                                                      44/42

Healy                                                            45/37

Jobson                                                          46/36

Morris                                                           47/41

Corrigan                                                       48/36

Colbath                                                          48/38

Gooding                                                         49/42

Sellner                                                             50/38

McGlynn                                                         51/41

Cowles                                                             53/43

Player                                                               53/43

Arnold                                                              53/44

Houle                                                                53/44

 

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A SIMMERING GOOD TIME!


August 4, 2015-By Don Nichols

It was another hot one, 95 degrees when the first ball was struck, but the simmering heat did not stop 16 players from enjoying the 19th match of the 2015 ATAG season on the beautiful links of the Ansley Golf Club.

13 Under Sweeps The Field!  Last to tee off and first to finish in the standings was the team of Tim Martin, Mike Gaddis, David Danzig, and John Wymer which finished at 13 under despite dropping two shots on the last hole.  At the bottom of the totem pole was the first group off the tee, the woebegone team of Marty Arnold, Danny Morris, Jeff Colbath, and Doug Gooding which finished at 4 under.

Martin Claims Low Gross and Low Net!  ATAG All-Star Tim Martin rebounded from last week’s pink lady with the best Low Gross and Low Net, firing a 37 for a net 6 under par. The 14 handicapper followed his worst round ever last week–49– with his best round ever this week–37. This marks the third Low Net for Martin this year and puts him back in the running for Sandbagger Of The Year.

Arnold Collects Another Pinkster! Nineteen handicapper Marty Arnold collected his second Pink Lady of the year with a net 6 over par. Two triples besmirched what otherwise would have been a decent scorecard.

Shot Of The Day went to Mike Gaddis who pitched in from off the green on # 3 for birdie.

Birdie Club Flourishes!  The birds were chirping on this day as the Birdie Club added 8 tweeters thanks to double contributions from Lee Pearson, Ron Majors, and Tim Martin and single contributions from John Wymer and Mike Gaddis. (Ron Majors continues as the leader in the clubhouse for Birdie Champion.)

Final Team Results: 8-4-2015  Front Nine

Gaddis, Danzig, Martin, Wymer                                                             -13

Williamson, Cowles, Majors, Houle                                                       -10

Kisgen, Pearson, Kohn, Nichols                                                               -9

Arnold, Morris, Colbath, Gooding                                                           -4

Commissioner’s Corner:

-It was too hot for the porch so the players gathered in the air conditioned Men’s Grill where they occupied almost all of the tables. The loud and boisterous setting at different tables made it impossible to have any kind of group discussion or story telling and many ended up leaving early.

Doug Healy dissed ATAG in favor of attending a Braves game and played earlier in the afternoon with his wife and another couple, a clear violation of ATAG Bylaws and, as an officer of ATAG, a possible ethics violation.  The Commissioner decided to just give him a mild scolding in lieu of a letter in the file considering all of the contributions Mr. Healy has made to ATAG.

Scores will not be recorded for this week’s match due to the temporary tee boxes on # 6 and # 9 that shortened the course approximately 150 yards. The number one handicap hole # 6 was playing approximately 300 yards, setting up birdie and par opportunities. However, only six players took advantage of the shorter distance,  producing 3 birdies and 3 pars. The rest were bogeys except for one double bogey (and you know who you are).

-This was the 19th match and there  are only 10 matches left in the 2015 season. Those whose attendance has been lagging may want to make a concerted effort to make sure they make at least the minimum number of matches (1/3) in order to remain on the ATAG Roster.

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

8-4-15 Final Leaderboard  Front Nine    Gross/Net

Martin                                                     37/30

Gaddis                                                     38/32

Majors                                                     40/36

Pearson                                                   41/37

Cowles                                                     42/32

Kohn                                                        43/37

Morris                                                      44/37

Kisgen                                                      45/33

Gooding                                                   45/37

Nichols                                                     46/35

Houle                                                        46/37

Williamson                                               46/38

Wymer                                                       47/36

Colbath                                                      47/37

Arnold                                                        50/40

Danzig                                                        51/38

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20 PLAYERS DEFY THE HEAT! DANGBLASTED HORN DOES IT AGAIN!


July 28, 2015–By Acting Commissioner Danny Morris

Once again, very, very hot and humid. However, no indoor stragglers, everyone enjoyed the sunset and the camaraderie on the upper deck.

The horn has a new moniker – The Nice Day, Blue Sky Horn.  Again, this week we were befuddled by the “lightning alert” system.  The system fired off between 2 pm and 3 pm and the backlog created havoc with the later (ATAG)start times (no apparent reason for the alert).  There were several afternoon groups yet to turn as we prepared for the opening 4:42 time.  Our first group began at around 5:00.  Then the system alerted us to more sunshine, puffy clouds and blue sky sometime around 6:30 or 7.  Another 20 minutes delay.  Radar showed a benign green dot outside I-285.  Doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for this problem.

Low Gross:  Bill Meagher  37 (despite a rare double bogey)

Low Net: Doug Gooding won $20 for low net,  he had to leave early (8:15ish) for a conference call and did not collect the cash. (Editor’s Note: Gooding won the Pink Lady the prior week)  We finished later than normal (blame the *#^%@* horn) so I granted DG an excused absence.  It is rumored that some of the guys took Gooding’s 20 singles to one of the local clothing optional establishments.  They claimed they wanted to exchange the one dollar bills for a case $20.  If I were Gooding I would be suspicious.

Pink Lady:  Tim Martin (mostly a low 40s shooter) worked his way to an uncommon, for him, Pink Lady. ( Editor’s Note: Pink Lady at net 7 over par–his second of the year.)

Winner and Sponsor: After a card playoff that moved to the third hole for resolution, Corrigan, Houle, Wymer and Kohn, at 4 under, were the ale sponsors for  the 9 under winning team Williamson, Schmal, Gooding, and Danzig. (Editor’s Note: the Corrigan, Houle, Wymer, Kohn team was a repeat pairing after being named last week’s sponsor due to a WD.)

Shots Of The DayDavid Danzig for his tee shot on # 18 for a tap in birdie, and Bill Buist for sinking a 25 foot birdie putt on #18 to save his team from entering the tie breaker play off to be the sponsor. Honorable mention on that same hole goes to  Ron Majors and Danny Morris. Both had exceptionally good up and down pars.  Both were just inches from the hazard line and short of the green; both golfers hit close chips and sank 4 footers each for par.

Birdie Club: Bill Meagher with two and David Danzig and Bill Buist one each (Editor’s Note: Danzig and Buist make the Birdie Club roster for the first time this year. Danzig’s tap in birdie on #18 was not as close as Houle’s tap in birdie on the same hole the week prior.) (See Gallery)

Other Observations By The Acting Commish:

–Anecdotally… Tom Kisgen entered the creek area to retrieve his Top Flight (or maybe it was a Pro V1x)  and reportedly slipped and nearly fell in the creek.  This seemed worthy of mention; but, he did not appear wet other than with sweat when he arrived on the deck.

Part time Atlanta resident, Scotty Greene, was in town for other reasons and was able to play in the ATAG group for what seems might be the last time this summer, Scotty leaves directly for one of his other homes in a faraway land.

–All cards were mostly legible and accurate, all monies in order (As assistant commissioner, I tried to palm $4 from Danzig but he caught me).

Lee Pearson left early – unexcused.  Recommend a note in file.

Tom Houle told a few jokes that we had all heard in grammar school but we laughed anyway.

Politics was the basis for the early evening discussions but it is too soon in the race for there to be any real  honest passion… no blood was drawn.  Everyone agreed, at this point in time there will need to be a very large clown car to fit all the current candidates.

–The Ansley Men’s Grill Staff gave a sterling performance as many drinks, burgers and salads were delivered to the ATAG Sky Box.  The hot and tired golfers were grateful.

Final Results: 7-28-15   Back Nine   Gross/Net

Gooding                                                      41/33

Wymer                                                        45/34

Meagher                                                      37/35

Danzig                                                          48/35

Healy                                                            43/35

Kisgen                                                          47/36

Morris                                                          43/36

Houle                                                            46/37

Pearson                                                         42/37

Corrigan                                                        50/38

Kohn                                                              44/38

Schmal                                                           42/38

Jobson                                                           50/39

Sawyer                                                           47/39

Majors                                                            43/39

Buist                                                                50/39

Greene                                                            46/40

Williamson                                                     48/41

Cowles                                                              51/41

Martin                                                              49/42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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