July 21, 2015-By Don Nichols

The horn from the Early Warning Detection System (EWDS)  once again became a thorn to ATAGers, halting play twice on a clear, sunny day with no evidence of lightning or thunder in the skies, only to give the all clear triple blast shortly after players had just left the course. The nuisance blast, which has now replaced common sense human judgment, apparently is triggered whenever there is a reported lightning strike anywhere in central Georgia or neighboring Alabama that could conceivably travel “lightning quick” to the Ansley Golf Course links.

Despite the delays and the frustration, the 17th match of the 2015 season was able to be completed although one team elected to withdraw (read DQ) rather than go back out and deal with the wait brought about when other non ATAG golfers got in front of them when the all clear horn was sounded for the second time. Nevertheless, here are the results:

Winning Team:  -15    Tom Kisgen, Ron Majors, Anthony Morgan, and Don Nichols. This score sets the bar for the front nine.  Ironically, the same random pairing set the bar for the back nine at -13 on 6-30-15.

Sponsor:  The Commissioner declared the DAL team to be the DQ team of John Wymer, Frank Corrigan, Tom Houle, and Jeff Kohn which only finished four holes (where they were four under)

Low Gross:  Ron Majors and Bill Meagher     40

Low Net:  Don Nichols     -3

Pink Lady:  Doug Gooding    +5

Birdies:  Ron Majors, Brooks Cowles, and Henry Sawyer, with Sawyer making the club for the first time this year.

Shot Of The DayDon Nichols sinks a 25 foot downhill putt on # 8 for a double bogey which, in the end, enabled him to slip by playing partner Tom Kisgen by one stroke for the Low Net win.

Final Team Results: 7-21-15  Front Nine

Kisgen, Majors, Morgan, Nichols                                                 -15

Cowles, Sawyer, Sellner, Meagher                                                -11

Morris, Williamson, Martin, Gooding                                         -6

Commissioner’s Corner:

-It was a hot and humid night so the players gathered in the Grill where they were joined by cameos from Kevin McGlynn and William Thornton.

ATAG photographer Tim Martin failed to take photos–but not to worry, stock photos were on hand.

Jeff Kohn failed to appear in the Grill for the match results after withdrawing from the match and being declared a DQ sponsor. A beer was charged to his tab and a letter has been placed in his file.

Danny Morris suggested that for future matches consideration should be given for a  “half time” gathering in the Grill, noting that the players enjoyed the mid round beer and chicken wings after being required to leave the course after the horn blast.

-On a side note, ATAGers Doug Healy and Jim Williamson were defeated in their Billy Jones Match Play on the 19th hole when apparently one of them missed a makeable 5 foot putt. It was not mentioned who failed in the putt attempt but it was obvious that Doug Healy was missing from this week’s ATAG match and it was rumored that the dynamic duo had mutually decided to “spend some time apart” from each other.

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.

Final Leaderboard: 7-21-15 Front Nine     Gross/Net

Majors                                                        40/36

Meagher                                                     40/37

Martin                                                         42/35

Morris                                                          43/35

Williamson                                                  43/35

Nichols                                                         44/33

Sawyer                                                          44/35

Cowles                                                           45/35

Kisgen                                                           46/34

Morgan                                                         47/38

Gooding                                                        49/41

Sellner                                                           50/37

Wymer                                                            DQ

Corrigan                                                         DQ

Houle                                                              DQ

Kohn                                                               DQ




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July 14, 2015-By Don Nichols

Obviously there is no summer swoon for ATAG as another full field showed up on another hot 90+ degree afternoon, with many players opting to create their own summer breeze by increasing cart rental income for the Club.

Tiebreaker Determines Winner!   Two teams managed to handle the difficult back nine, each finishing at 10 under. The card comparison tie breaker revealed the winner to be the pairing of Kevin McGlynn, Jeff Kohn, Jeff Colbath, and Ron Majors which was a net 3 under on the tie breaker hole # 16.

Commish’s Team DAL! This week’s Commissioner’s Team of Doug Healy, Jim Williamson, Brooks Cowles, and Don Nichols was the worst of the bunch, finishing at 4 under. The ill fated pairing occurred when twenty four handicapper Craig Sellner was late in arriving and the Commissioner selected fifteen handicapper Doug Healy to move up and take his place, figuring the Healy/Williamson combination ( mind you, the 2014 Member- Member Seventh Flight Champions and currently in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Billy Jones Tournament) would bode well for the Commish’s chances. Obviously, didn’t happen as each of the highly touted duo was net 4 over, and once again proved the karma of the initial pairing of the Commissioner’s Team cannot be disturbed without its consequences.  ( A post round review of Sellner’s scores revealed the Commissioner’s Team as originally assembled would have finished at 9 under and would have avoided being awarded sponsorship rights. And Healy’s rightful pre-destined team would have finished DAL at 6 under.) I’m just saying.

Gaddis Medalist!  Eleven handicapper Mike Gaddis’s score of 40 was the best round of the day, edging past last week’s phenom Ron Majors who returned to norm with a 41.

Wymer Pockets The Cash!  Twenty two handicapper John Wymer took home the 20 one dollar bills after firing a 43 for a net 4 under, giving him his first low net since 2013 when he was a three time winner.

Morgan Picks Up Another Pinkster!  Eighteen handicapper Anthony Morgan grabbed his second Pink Lady of the year, firing a 51 for a net 6 over par, thanks to a triple and four doubles and nary a par.

Shot Of The Day! Houle Has Hole In One!  Well, almost. The twenty handicapper’s tee shot on # 18 stopped about 4 inches from the hole. If you don’t believe it, he’ll be glad to show you the photo he took with his camera phone. (And, yes, he made the putt.)

Birdie Club Avoids Shut Out! Thanks to the above referenced tap in putt on # 18 by Tom Houle, the Birdie Club welcomed Mr. Houle as a new member and avoided a shut out.

Final Team Results: 7-14-15 Back Nine

McGlynn, Kohn, Colbath, Majors                                                                  -10 (tiebreaker)

Gooding, Jobson, Wymer, Bernhardt (visitor)                                            -10

Schmal, Morgan, Morris, Houle                                                                      -7

Sellner, Pearson, Thornton, Gaddis                                                                -7

Cowles, Healy, Williamson, Nichols                                                               -4

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


Final Leaderboard: 7-14-15 Back Nine    Gross/Net

Gaddis                                                        40/35

Bernhardt                                                  40/37

Gooding                                                      41/33

Thornton                                                     41/34

Majors                                                          41/37

Morris                                                           42/35

Kohn                                                              42/36

Wymer                                                           43/32

Pearson                                                          43/40

Houle                                                              44/34

Schmal                                                            44/39

Nichols                                                            45/36

Cowles                                                              45/36

Colbath                                                            46/36

Sellner                                                              47/36

McGlynn                                                          47/37

Healy                                                                 47/40

Williamson                                                       47/40

Jobson                                                               49/38

Morgan                                                              51/42

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July 7, 2015-By Don Nichols

It was another hot, 90 degree, day but that didn’t stop a full field of 20 players from responding to the Call For Players for this week’s front nine match. And, it turned out to be a major triumph for core ATAGer Ron Major (it’s actually Majors but that doesn’t tie in with the headline) who had a record-setting four birdies on his way to a score of 34 to make him the leader in the clubhouse for Medalist honors and front runner for the Birdie Club.

11 Under Gets The Trophy!  The pairing of Brooks Cowles, Henry Sawyer, Doug Gooding, and Tom Houle sneaked by one other team with a score of 11 under to earn the coveted Golden Ale Trophy. Earning sponsorship rights at 4 under (after dropping one shot on the last hole) was the team of Marty Arnold, Danny Morris, Doug Healy, and Tom Kisgen.

Majors Sets The Bar!  Eight handicapper Ron Majors set the bar for best low gross this year with his best ever ATAG round of 34, nearly matching the all time best score of 33 posted by former ATAGer Brad Reese on 5-17-2011. Majors’ personal best was also good enough to pocket the twenty one dollar bills with his low net score of 6 under.  (Very rare when the low gross winner also wins low net). Not having a good day was twenty handicapper Kevin McGlynn who finished with a net 6 over par to capture his third Pink Lady of the year.

Multiple Birdies For The Birdie Club! The Birdie Club added 6 birds to its coffers, thanks to two by Brooks Cowles (his second two hitter this season) and an unprecedented four by Ron Majors, three of which were back to back to back to end the round.

Shot Of The Day!  Well, guess who.    Ron Majors’ 190 yard approach shot on # 8 that landed within kick in distance from the hole, which was indicative of his flag hunting day.

Final Team Results: 7-7-15 Front Nine

Cowles, Sawyer, Gooding, Houle                                                   -11

Majors, Sellner, McCormick, Corrigan                                         -10

Morgan, Wymer, Jobson, Meagher                                                -9

Buist, McGlynn, Martin, Nichols                                                    -5

Arnold, Morris, Healy, Kisgen                                                         -4

Commissioner’s Corner:

-The day had cooled somewhat so the players gathered on the upper deck to await the match results while enjoying each other’s company over cold beer and chicken wings.

PJ Wade, dressed in business attire, made an early cameo appearance on a golf cart during the round and then climbed to the upper deck to watch each group finish, a gesture meant to show his amends for his infraction the prior week.

-The number nine hole was playing short (only 130 yards to the pin) but, as reported by eye witness PJ Wade, none of the first 19 out of 20  players  were able to hit the green with their tee shot, leaving it up to the last guy to break the jinx. Well, guess who. Ron Majors hit it within five feet and then made the putt for his fourth birdie.

Tom Houle was on the winning team but left after finishing his round without prior approval from the Commissioner.  Under ATAG By Laws, the Commissioner accepted the Golden Ale Trophy on behalf of Houle who still received a letter in his file for the unauthorized absence.

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

Final Leaderboard     7-7-2015   Front Nine     Gross/Net

Majors                                     34/30

Martin                                     42/35

Meagher                                  42/39

Jobson                                     43/32

Cowles                                     43/33

Arnold                                      43/33

Gooding                                   43/35

Sawyer                                      45/36

Morris                                       45/37

Houle                                         46/36

Nichols                                      47/37

Morgan                                      47/38

Wymer                                       48/36

Healy                                          48/40

Sellner                                        49/36

Corrigan                                     50/38

Buist                                            51/39

McGlynn                                     52/42

Kisgen                                         53/41

McCormick                                54/45


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June 30, 2015-By Don Nichols

19 players closed out the month of June, taking on the back nine on a beautiful sunny afternoon when the forecasted late afternoon showers never arrived. (But, a torrential downpour the following afternoon during the normal tee time slots showed once again that Mother Nature holds a special fondness for ATAG.) Instead, players were greeted for their post round gathering with a pleasant evening on the upper deck, enjoying a beautiful sunset on the last day of June.

13 Under Sets The Bar For The Back Nine!  This week’s Commissioner’s Team of Ron Majors, Anthony Morgan, Tom Kisgen, and Don Nichols posted the best back nine score thus far this season.

Earning sponsorship rights with a score of 1 over par was the last to finish (literally) team of David Danzig, Danzig guest Walt Phillips, PJ Wade, and Bill Meagher. (Ironically, each had requested beforehand to be placed in the last group.) The gap between the best score of 13 under and the worst score of 1 over made it unnecessary to select draw partners for the two threesome teams which finished at 2 under and 1 under respectively.

Meagher Sucks Less! Five handicapper Bill Meagher’s score of 40 was the best this field could deliver on this day, though he struggled with a couple of doubles over the back nine links. (He did manage, though, to get Shot Of The Day recognition for chipping in for birdie on #14.)

Morgan Takes Low Net!  Twenty one handicapper Anthony Morgan fired a 43 (despite a triple bogey on #16) for a net 3 under to take home the cash, slipping past twenty four handicapper teammate Tom Kisgen by one stroke.

Danzig and Wade Share Pink Ladies!  David Danzig and PJ Wade each posted a net 7 over par to share in the dubious honor. Danzig had it won but Wade came charging back with a dramatic triple on the last hole to even the score.

Birdie Club Adds Two More! The Birdie Club opened its doors and was able to keep the train rolling thanks to contributions from Bill Meagher and Anthony Morgan.

Commissioner’s Corner:

-Another great night on the porch where players discussed their rounds and consumed one or more brewskies before departing close to 9 pm. Russ Jobson was on hand for yet another cameo appearance.

Brooks Cowles had to withdraw after five holes due to an exacerbating knee injury but made it to the porch to join in the socializing, despite having to hold an ice pack on his aching knee.

Not making it to the porch to join in on the socializing were Co-Pink Lady winners and losing team members David Danzig and PJ Wade who elected to stay in the Grill to watch the Women’s World Cup soccer game, abandoning their fellow teammate Bill Meagher and earning the scorn of their fellow ATAGers. A Letter Of Reprimand has been placed in each of their files. (Fortunately, prior mug shot photos of the perpetrators were pulled from the ATAG photo library and can be seen in today’s Gallery)

-On a side note, ATAGers Jim Williamson and Doug Healy have made it to the later rounds in the Billy Jones Match Play Tournament and have agreed to display the ATAG banner on their next match.

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

6-30-15 Leaderboard      Back Nine   Gross/Net

Meagher                                                40/38

Morgan                                                  43/33

Williamson                                           43/36

Healy                                                     43/36

Majors                                                   43/40

Kisgen                                                    46/34

Nichols                                                   46/36

Sawyer                                                    46/37

Martin                                                     46/39

Wymer                                                    48/37

Colbath                                                   49/39

Arnold                                                     49/40

Phillips (Danzig guest)                         49/42

Wade                                                        50/43

Player                                                       51/41

Sellner                                                      52/39

Corrigan                                                   52/40

Danzig                                                      56/43

Cowles                                                       WD





























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June 23, 2015-By Don Nichols

It was a sizzling hot 97 degree day but that didn’t stop 20 ATAGers from meeting the earlier than usual tee times so they could finish their rounds and head to the annual “summer solstice” for a sizzling steak at ATAG Steak Night. More on that later.

13 Under Ties For The Best Front Nine! Sponsors Have To Come Up With The Cash!

The first group off–Frank Corrigan, Craig Sellner, Jeff Colbath, and Doug Healy–matched the best front nine so far this season at 13 under par. (It’s no wonder, considering this particular pairing had a combined handicap of 85, giving them 43 strokes over the front side.) Since there was plenty of beer waiting at the off campus post round gathering, the Commissioner had previously decreed that each player on the winning team would receive $5 (cost of a beer) from each player on the team that posted the lowest (er, worst) score. That dubious honor ended up going to the foursome of Bill Meagher, Doug Gooding, Russ Jobson, and Tom Kisgen which dropped two shots on the last hole for a net score of 6 under.

Majors Takes Medalist Honors!  Seven handicapper Ron Majors took Medalist Honors, firing a 39–his best ATAG round this season–to edge past perennial winner Bill Meagher who fell one shot short after making bogey on the last hole.

Sellner Wins Low Net at 6 Under! Twenty six handicapper Craig Sellner shocked the field by posting a round of 43 for a net 6 under, bypassing a bewildered Tom Player who thought he was a lock at net 4 under. It was Sellner’s second low net victory this season and he  even managed to birdie one of his “double pop” holes. (What is that mantra?  ”BEWARE THE DOTS!”)

Gaddis and Gooding Share Pink Lady Miseries! Twelve handicapper Mike Gaddis and sixteen handicapper Doug Gooding each finished at net 4 over, usually not bad enough for the “sucked more” recognition, but they just didn’t have as many dots as the other folks.

Birdie Club Fl0urishes! The Birdie Club was the beneficiary of 5 tweeters, enabling the train to roll along at a more rapid pace thanks to individual contributions from Ron Majors, Mike Schmal, Bill Meagher, Craig Sellner, and Jim Williamson, with Williamson making the prestigious club for the first time this year.

Final Team (Individual Scores) Results: 6-23-15 Front Nine

Corrigan (48), Sellner (43), Colbath (47), Healy (43)                                                          -13

Schmal (41), Player (42) Cowles(44), Thornton (44)                                                           -12

Gaddis (46), Morris (44), Sawyer (45), Nichols (48)                                                             -9

Williamson (42), Houle (48), Majors (39), McGlynn (49)                                                   -9

Jobson (50), Gooding (48), Meagher (40), Kisgen (49)                                                       -6

Commissioner’s Corner:

-Once again, ATAG Steak Night was a great success, a rich tradition that keeps getting richer. Thanks go out to host Scotty Greene (also ATAG Wine Sommelier and Desert Chef) and to ATAGers Craig Sellner and Jeff Colbath (ATAG Steak Chefs), Mike Schmal (ATAG Beer Distributor), Ron Majors (ATAG Meat Purveyor), Kevin McGlynn (ATAG Dues Collector), and Doug Healy (ATAG Entertainment Director)

26 ATAGers attended along with 2 ATAG Wait List Members Ed McCormick and Kieran Quinn. ATAGer Jeff Kohn even made it, hopping along with a cast on his broken foot.

Host Greene called the group to order for the match results to be given by the Commissioner and added a new twist by providing what appeared to be an expensive imported bottle of champagne as an additional spoils of victory for the winning team.

Doug Healy entertained the troops by reciting a poem–originally intended to be a rap song but he couldn’t find a rapper–but it was one that he wrote, directed, choreographed, and perf0rmed to an appreciative audience who gave him a rousing ovation. The rap/poem is now recorded on video in the ATAG Video Library and has now been dubbed the “ATAG Anthem.”

-It was obvious that the ATAG camaraderie was thriving, fostered by personal relationships cemented by years of socializing and sharing a game they love. Jokes, stories, and laughter filled the air, reinforcing the fact that ATAG is more of a fraternity than a golf group.I am proud to be a part of it.

Check the photos in the Gallery. Next week we have to tackle the more onerous Back Nine.




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June 16, 2015-By Don Nichols

A sweltering 95 degrees did not stop 20 players from getting their weekly ATAG fix, especially considering that last week’s match was cancelled due to sporadic lightning. Many opted to ride carts, including the Commissioner who cited his own personal 90 degree rule for cart riding, but the old Southern phrase “hot, ain’t it?” came to the mind of this writer as he teed it up on the first hole.

11 Under Sets The Bar For The Back Nine!  The foursome of Doug Healy, Tim Martin, Kevin McGlynn, and Tom Kisgen posted the best back nine score thus far this season at 11 under. The last team to start turned out to be the team to finish last– the DAL team of Ron Majors, Mike Schmal, Anthony Morgan, and Craig Sellner who dropped two shots on the last hole to finish at 2 over par.

Meagher Fires 37!  Five handicapper Bill Meagher posted his best ATAG round of the year, firing a 37 to tie Lee Pearson for the best low gross score this year. Experiencing only a slight hiccup bogey on # 11, Meagher managed to meet Old Man Par on all the other holes to easily capture Medalist honors.

Nichols Wins Low Net!  Twenty handicapper Don Nichols avoided the double bogey and won Let Net at 3 under, his first low net win in four years when he was Sandbagger Of The Year.

Morgan Gets The Pinkster!  Twenty handicapper Anthony Morgan, on the other hand, did not avoid the double bogey and managed to also slip in a triple and a quad along his way to earning the Pink Lady with a net score of 7 over par.

Schmal Saves Birdie Club! Eleven handicapper Mike Schmal had the only birdie of the day–a “sandy” birdie out of the bunker on #14 after sinking a 15 ft putt.

Final Team Results:  6-16-2015 Back Nine

Healy, McGlynn, Martin, Kisgen                                                                     -11

Colbath, Wade, Arnold, Nichols                                                                       -7

Morris, Williamson, Meagher, Player                                                             -5

Houle, Greene, Thornton, Jobson                                                                   -5

Majors, Schmal, Morgan, Sellner                                                                    +2

Commissioner’s Corner:

-It was too hot for the porch so the players gathered in the air conditioned Men’s Grill to await the results, setting up at different tables which, while comfortable, makes it difficult to communicate as a group.

William Thornton received a citation for both missing his tee time ( requiring a last minute reshuffling of the pairings) and for leaving the Grill early.

Bill Meagher and Scotty Greene told a couple of  jokes that were well received by those at their table.

Henry Sawyer and Frank Corrigan made cameo appearances in the Grill, with Corrigan introducing his son Frank Jr.

That’s it for this week’s recap. Check out the photos in the Gallery and scroll down for the individual scores of this week’s field. Next week we go back to the friendly front nine followed by the annual off campus ATAG Steak Night.

Final Leaderboard: 6-16-2015 Back Nine      Gross/Net

Meagher                                                    37/35

Schmal                                                       42/37

Nichols                                                       43/33

Martin                                                         43/36

Healy                                                           44/37

Wade                                                            44/37

Majors                                                          44/41

Thornton                                                     45/37

Arnold                                                          46/37

Morris                                                          46/38

Greene                                                          46/38

McGlynn                                                       47/36

Jobson                                                           47/36

Player                                                            48/38

Kisgen                                                            49/37

Houle                                                             49/39

Williamson                                                    49/42

Colbath                                                           50/40

Morgan                                                           53/43

Sellner                                                             54/41


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6-9-2015-By Don Nichols

Twenty players signed up and most, if not all, showed up on the porch to wait for the sporadic lightning and the cursed warning horn to go away. Two hours later, after an earlier false start, all but eight loyal ATAGers gave up hope and left for home.

Then, at 6:44 pm, the course was open under clear skies and the eight remaining ATAGers formed two teams and rode out to different holes for a shotgun start in hopes of beating the darkness which they easily did, playing one of the closest matches in ATAG history.

In a four hole tie breaker at 10 under, the team of Tim Martin, Brooks Cowles, William Thornton and Tom Kisgen came out on top and narrowly defeated the foursome of Jim Williamson, Kevin McGlynn, Henry Sawyer, and Don Nichols.

Kisgen Wins Medalist Honors and Low Net!   Twenty two handicapper Tom Kisgen had his best ever ATAG round, firing a 38 with 3 birdies to end up at a record setting net 9 under par!  Kevin McGlynn was shocked to learn that he earned the Pink Lady after finishing at one under par net.

6-8-15 Low Gross and Low Net: Tom Kisgen

6-8-15 Low Gross and Low Net: Tom Kisgen

6-8-15 Winning Team: Brooks Cowles, William Thornton, Tim Martin, Tom Kisgen

6-8-15 Winning Team: Brooks Cowles, William Thornton, Tim Martin, Tom Kisgen

6-8-15: Kevin McGlynn shocked to learn that he got the Pink Lady

6-8-15: Kevin McGlynn shocked to learn that he got the Pink Lady

The Commissioner wishes to thank the loyal ATAGers who remained. Individual scores from today’s match will not be recorded since the match described above was merely a fanciful tale. Despite being cleared to play under beautiful skies, the cursed siren blasted yet again after only three holes and with that the “Loyal 8” returned to the Club House and then headed home.

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June 2, 2015-By Don Nichols

When the Call For Players went out late Sunday night it noted that there was a 60% chance of thunderstorms for Tuesday afternoon. But that did not stop 20 ATAGers from responding early Monday morning, and their loyalty was rewarded when it turned out to be yet another beautiful afternoon for ATAG.

Two Hole Tie Breaker Determines Winner!  Two teams finished at 11 under, but it was the team of Doug Gooding, Tim Martin, Brooks Cowles, and William Thornton who came out on top after winning the second tie breaker hole against the Commissioner’s Team. Stepping up to be this week’s sponsor was the ill fated pairing of Danny Morris, Kevin McGlynn, Marty Arnold, and Mike Schmal which finished in the buy zone at 7 under.

Medalist Honors:  Ron Majors and Tim Martin       40

Low Net:  Doug Gooding in a chip off against ATAG All Star Tim Martin. Each finished at net 3 under and wanted to just split the money and avoid the head to head competition, but the rest of the field would not tolerate such a cop out and the Commissioner agreed. The ball was placed some 25 feet from a back pin position requiring a delicate shot that would have to land on the bank short of the green for it to even have a chance of getting close to the pin. Gooding went first and basically followed the script, landing his shot in the precise spot necessary and then watching it roll gently toward the hole before stopping less than a foot away, much to the delight of the players watching from the upper deck. Gooding’s precise pitch shot seemed to rattle repeat Low Net Winner Tim Martin who followed by chipping his shot across the green. The win marked the first Low Net win for Gooding since June 2011.

Pink Lady Winner:  Tom Player  net 6 over  The 20 handicapper admitted he had not played much golf lately, devoting his time to sculpting what undoubtedly is yet another masterpiece, but three triples and a double with nary a par created a different sort of canvas for Mr. Player the golfer.

Birdie Club: Three birds added to the Birdie Train coffers thanks to Ron Majors, Mike Schmal, and Scotty Greene, with Greene making the prestigious club for the first time this year.

Final Team Results: 6-2-15  Front Nine

Gooding, Martin, Cowles, Thornton                                                     -11 (tie breaker)

Williamson, Kohn, Player, Nichols                                                        -11

Greene, Danzig, Majors, Kisgen                                                               -10

Healy, Corrigan, Houle, Sellner                                                                -8

Morris, McGlynn, Arnold, Schmal                                                            -7

That’s it for this week’s recap. Scroll down for the individual scores (which have been sent to the Pro Shop for recording) and check out the photos in the Gallery. Next week we take on the onerous back nine.

Final Leaderboard: 6-2-15  Front Nine       Gross/Net

Martin                                               40/33

Majors                                               40/36

Gooding                                             41/33

Schmal                                               41/35

Kohn                                                   42/36

Thornton                                            44/36

Greene                                                44/36

Healy                                                   44/36

Williamson                                         44/36

Nichols                                                 45/35

Morris                                                   46/37

Danzig                                                   48/35

Arnold                                                   48/38

Houle                                                     49/39

Cowles                                                    49/39

Sellner                                                    50/36

Kisgen                                                     50/38

McGlynn                                                50/39

Player                                                      51/41

Corrigan                                                 52/40






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May 19, 2015-By Don Nichols

Well, it finally rained on an ATAG match—but only for one hole before the skies cleared and the umbrellas were put away, much to the delight of the field of  18 who took on the always challenging back nine. As expected, scores were not as good as last week’s match on the friendly front nine where the field averaged net par, but scores did improve over the previous back nine matches this season, with three players coming in under par and the field averaging net 2 over.

Draw Partners Kisgen and Corrigan Affect The Outcome!  The threesome of Doug Healy, Mike Schmal, and Jim Williamson (paired at their request in the last grouping) came in at 7 under while the threesome of Scotty Greene, Kevin McGlynn and Frank Corrigan were at the bottom at 2 under. However, after randomly drawing Tom Kisgen off the Commissioner’s Team (which sat comfortably at 5 under), the Greene et al team surged to 7 under itself. The Healy et al threesome then randomly picked Frank Corrigan as its draw partner whose net birdie on #12 was good enough to increase the team score to the winning score of 8 under. Meanwhile, the Commissioner’s Team of John Wymer, Tom Kisgen, Brooks Cowles and Don Nichols sat dumfounded to learn that its own team member–Tom Kisgen--as the Draw Partner had contributed to its demise by elevating the last place team and replacing them with the Commissioner’s Team as DAL. (somehow, it just don’t seem right)

Medalist:  Mike Schmal    38

Low Net: Mike Schmal  -3  This marks the third time Schmal has won the low net prize money in the seven matches he has played, causing a rumbling amongst the players and an automatic review by the ATAG Handicap Committee.

Pink Lady: A plethora of double bogeys found four players sharing in the “sucked more” moniker–Frank Corrigan, Kevin McGlynn, Jeff Colbath, and Don Nichols–each of whom reported net scores of 6 over par.

Birdie Club: Almost shut out,  but one tweeter was deposited by Mike Schmal who sank a 25 putt from off the green on # 18 (which was the only legitimate Shot Of The Day reported although Tom Kisgen’s tee shot on# 18 was nominated. The misguided ball dove head first into the creek and then shot up and over the front bunker before rolling off the back of the green.)

Final Team Results: 5-19-15 Back Nine

Schmal, Healy, Williamson, Corrigan (Draw)                                                              -8

Greene, McGlynn, Corrigan, Kisgen (Draw)                                                                 -7

Sellner, Thornton, Kohn, Morgan                                                                                   -6

Colbath, McCormick, Gaddis, Majors                                                                            -6

Wymer, Kisgen, Cowles, Nichols                                                                                     -5

Commissioner’s Corner:

-It was a pleasant evening on the porch but it took a long time to determine the outcome due to the need to pick two draw partners, made worse by the delay in receiving the last team’s score card and, to the Commissioner’s further frustration,  one team’s score card was illegible and not completed in accordance with the ATAG format.

Cameos were made by Bill Buist and Danny Morris.

Tom Kisgen has resumed the role of ATAG Humorist, telling two more jokes that were well received by those within ear shot.( most of the other players were too focused on their own private table discussions and missed out ). Danny Morris also delivered some new material much to the delight to those who were nearby the story teller.

-A complaint was filed by the second team about the slow play of the Greene et al threesome, slowing them down all day and made worse by the fact that scorekeeper Greene was seen on the 15th green filling out the score card while they continued to wait to hit their shots.

-The Commissioner was notified by the Club that ATAG scores will now be recorded by the pro shop in accordance with the new Club policy. The Commissioner has complied, and will continue to comply,  by sending each week’s individual scores to the Club for proper recording.

That’s it for this week’s recap. There will be no ATAG match next Tuesday since the Club will be closed after the Memorial Day holiday. Scroll down for the individual scores of today’s match and check out the photos in the Gallery.

Final Leader Board 5-19-15  Back Nine     Gross / Net

Schmal                                                               38/33

Greene                                                               42/35

Gaddis                                                                43/37

Morgan                                                              44/34

Healy                                                                  44/36

Majors                                                                44/40

Williamson                                                        45/37

Thornton                                                            46/39

Kohn                                                                    46/39

Wymer                                                                 48/37

Cowles                                                                  48/38

McCormick                                                          49/36

Nichols                                                                  50/41

Colbath                                                                  50/41

Kisgen                                                                     51/39

McGlynn                                                                 52/41

Sellner                                                                     53/40

Corrigan                                                                  53/41




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May 12, 2015-By Don Nichols

It was another beautiful day on a beautiful golf course that saw 16 ATAGers assemble into four teams to go for the gusto. And, for the first time this year the field was able to match old man par (net, of course) thanks to eight players coming in under par including three at net 4 under, perhaps suggesting that the rust has finally worn off and that scores will continue to improve each week. (we’ll see)

13 Under Sets The Bar!  First to tee off and first to finish was the team of Jeff Colbath, Tom Kisgen, Craig Sellner, and Tim Martin which posted the best score so far this season at 13 under. Last to tee off and last in the standings was the 7 under DAL team of Ron Majors, Bill Buist, Russ Jobson, and Doug Gooding. (Hmm, interesting to note that the winning team had two players at 4 under and the losing team had a Pink Lady co-winner)

Medalist Winner: Tim Martin    39

Low Net Winner:  Tim Martin  -4 .  Martin wins in a three way chip off with Tom Kisgen and Frank Corrigan.  Chipping from the left rough requiring a delicate pitch onto the mound in front of the green, Kisgen went first and lofted a beautiful shot that landed where it needed to before rolling within 3 feet from the hole which was in the far back position.  Martin, wasting no time, went next and damn near chipped it in—the ball coming to rest within a foot. Corrigan followed with a hard punch shot that crossed the green, and the 16 dollar bills were awarded to Martin, his second low net in a row.

Shots Of The Day!   Tim Martin’ s 220 yd approach shot on the par 5 number five hole that landed on the green within 25 feet of the hole. His eagle putt attempt fell short but the following tap in was at least a “net eagle”. Receiving honorable mention was Doug Healy’s putting prowess–a 25 foot putt to make par-“net birdie” on hole # 7 and a 12 foot putt on #9 to make a “real” birdie.

3 Birds In The Hopper!  The Birdie Train keeps chugging along thanks to individual contributions from Doug Healy, Brooks Cowles, and Tim Martin, with Martin joining the ranks for the first time this year.

Team Results 5-12-15 Front Nine

Martin, Colbath, Sellner, Kisgen                                                         -13

Cowles, Player, Greene, Schmal                                                          -11

Healy, Corrigan, Gaddis, Nichols                                                        -11

Majors, Gooding, Jobson, Buist                                                           -7

Commissioner’s Corner:

-A beautiful evening on the porch but players mostly stuck with their individual table discussions which were interrupted when two couples of prospective new members came out of the adjoining ball room cocktail party to check out the view of the pool from the upper deck. Brooks Cowles was quick to point out to them that “this is our diving platform”.

William Thornton, a member of the Membership Committee, also walked out of the party to make an official ATAG cameo appearance.

-The second “new material” joke of the season was told by Tom Kisgen who had to keep it in ear shot of his table due to the presence of the ladies on the porch so he may be called upon to repeat it next week.

Tom Player returned to the ATAG Tour after serving a 5 week suspension for a Game Day Cancellation infraction. He also was a co-winner of the “sucked more” Pink Lady.

Frank Corrigan had his career best ATAG round and was the lead dog for the Commissioner’s Team. “Fearless Frank”, a 26 handicapper and noted Pink Lady competitor, fired a 45 for a net 32 enabling to join in the chip off for the Low Net bounty.

That’s it for this week’s recap. Next week we take on the ornery back nine so it will be interesting to see if the good play from this week will continue. Scroll down for the individual scores from today’s match and check out the photos in the Gallery and the ATAG quotes in the side bar.

Final Leader Board:  5-12-15  Front Nine   Gross / Net

Martin                                                         39 / 32

Schmal                                                        40 / 34

Majors                                                         41 / 35

Gaddis                                                         42 / 34

Cowles                                                         43 / 33

Kisgen                                                         44 / 32

Corrigan                                                      45 / 32

Healy                                                            45 / 37

Greene                                                          45 / 41

Nichols                                                         46 / 35

Jobson                                                          47 / 37

Buist                                                              48 / 36

Colbath                                                         48 / 38

Gooding                                                        50 / 41

Player                                                            51 / 41

Sellner                                                          52 / 39




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