MASTERS WEEK EXTENDED!


Note: This week’s recap is provided courtesy of core ATAGer Jim Williamson, possessor of the Best Attendance Record for the 2016 season.

4-11-2017-By Jim Williamson

After watching the Masters all weekend everyone was ecstatic to let everything they had seen and learned from the pros be on exhibition for their fellow ATAGers. However, the team scores did not prove exceptional gains. The one standout was Bill Meagher who shot the low gross score of 34 and for the first time ever also won the coveted low net award with a 32 and $16 golf dollars.

(Commissioner’s Note: Congrats to Bill Meagher. His gross score of 34 is the best ATAG score since Ron Majors posted the same result on July 7, 2015. (Both on the front nine). The all time best gross score still stands at 33 which was posted by former ATAGer Brad Reese on May 17, 2011–also on the front nine. (The good news is that Meagher’s low net victory means that we no longer have to hear his belly ache lamenting cry about never winning low net.)

Three Teams at Seven Under:

First Team: Thornton, Sellner, Martin and Buist

Second Team: Houle, Meagher, McCormack, and Kisgen

Third Team: Jobson, Murphy, Player, and Williamson

All 3 teams waited anxiously for the Fourth team: Gooding, Thornhill, Cowles and Wymer to share their six under score, but instead a nine under score card appeared. To determine who would present the golden ales to the winning team a review of the 6th hole was undertaken and it showed the First Team would be the presenters.

Shot of the Day:

Tim Martin’s approach shot on # 8 within 18 inches for a birdie.

ON THE Porch:

Positive chatter about Sergio winning the Masters and some negative grumbling about slow play. It is important to keep up with the group in front.

Birdie Club:

Tim Martin, Pat Murphy (2), Tom Houle, Bill Meagher(2)

Scores:

Bill Meagher                       34           32

Pat Murphy                        41           33

John Wymer                      44           33

Craig Sellner                       47           34

Tim Martin                          41           34

Tom Houle                          44           35

Tom Thornhill                    41           35

William Thornton             43           36

Jim Williamson                  45           37

Tom Kisgen                         50           37

Russ Jobson                       48           38

Doug Gooding                   45           38

Tom Player                         50           39

Brooks Cowles                  50           39

Bill Buist                               57        44

Ed McCormack                  58           45           PINK LADY

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GREAT DAY FOR GOLF!


April 4, 2017–By Danny Morris

Play during week two of ATAG was accomplished on one of those perfect Atlanta Spring days. With the Masters on the horizon, 20 amateur golfers took on the difficult back 9 of Ansley Golf Club’s Midtown course. The ATAG crowd plays the same game; however, the play at Ansley, while exciting and interesting, was not the same skill level as what is played down the road in Richmond County.

The big, bridge destroying Interstate fire caused an hours long line of cars on Montgomery Ferry. This created an environment for more than a few nervous drives off the first tee. It also caused a couple of folks to run right up to their tee times. Since his days many years ago as an ATAG founder, Mike Gaddis has almost always been at least 60-90 seconds early for his tee times. On this particular afternoon, his teammates waited as MOG ran up to the box and fired off his tee ball just in the nick of time. The heavier traffic caused by the bridge disaster had thrown off the timing of the master of cutting it close.

In ATAG week one most of the team scores were double digit under par. Week two found the intrepid linksters generating much lower scores.

Two Teams at Five Under

The team of Sellner, McCormack, Gaddis and Williamson went around the back 9 in 70 strokes or -5. This team had a roller coaster round. They picked up 3 against par on the first hole anchored by a Jim Williamson birdie. Before the nine was complete, they gave back and gained to par several times, going as low as -6 before settling in at -5.

Pearson, Thornhill, Majors and Houle made up a steady foursome that tallied five under by adding one cut at a time until they reached their tying score of 70.

In a card comparison, the Pearson, Thornhill, Majors, Houle team had the lower score on the #2 handicap hole 16. They were declared the overall victor.

Even Par Buys the Beverage

The foursome that included Scotty G, Colbath, Buist and Player was able to finish without hurting themselves or posting a score in the black. They were even par. At one point in the proceedings they were -3 but could not maintain that success. They are lighter in the pocket for the effort.

Low Net – Low Gross – Birdies and More Birdies

Kevin McGlynn won $20 for a low net of 34. Bill Meagher shot 38 for low gross. Pink was earned by Bill Buist and Jeff Colbath with net 44. Birdies were recorded by Bill Meagher, Jim Williamson, Danny Morris and Ron Majors. Shot of the day was professed by Bill Meagher for his 165 yard shot to 12 inches for birdie on number 17. This hole was open for business as Danny Morris hit the same length shot to about two feet also for birdie. Morris conceded the S.O.D. to Meagher since Bill hit it closer.

Long Night

One or two folks had to leave early for cause. The rest of the bunch hung around a long time. The wings and other goodies were completely gone, the cocktails flowed freely and conversations were lively. The tennis porch once again proved to be satisfactory as a post play gathering place. That said, everyone is anxiously waiting for the opening of the fancy new Men’s Grill and the newly renovated and covered ATAG porch. The one noticeable drawback to the long skinny tennis porch is there is no good way to engage the entire crowd for jokes or common theme conversation.

This night, the ATAG bunch closed the bar and some n’er-do-wells carried the party off-site to one of the local, famous restaurants.

Back at it Next Week

We move back to the front nine next week. Let’s look forward to better scoring.

Kevin McGlynn 45 11 34
Lee Pearson 40 5 35
Danny Morris 43 8 35
Jim Williamson 43 7 36
Tom Thornhill 42 5 37
Ron Majors 40 3 37
Bill Meagher 38 1 37
Mike Gaddis 43 6 37
Scotty Greene 45 8 37
Craig Sellner 50 12 38
Tom Houle 48 9 39
Tom Player 49 10 39
Tom Kisgen 52 12 40
Doug Gooding 47 6 41
Ed McCormack 55 13 42
Tim Martin 49 7 42
Frank Corrigan 54 11 43
Tom Lewis 51 8 43
Jeff Colbath 55 11 44
Bill Buist 56 12 44

 

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BREAKING NEWS! COMMISSIONER STEPS DOWN BUT ATAG ROLLS ON!


March 28, 2017

ATAG Commissioner Don Nichols, citing a seemingly never ending muscular skeletal issue (low back pain, stiff neck, and other age related maladies),  a deteriorating golf game that resulted in a self- imposed hiatus from the sport six months ago, and the desire to spend more time with his family (you know they all say that), turned in his resignation over the winter to the ATAG Elders during a luncheon meeting at a Buckhead barbecue restaurant. The resignation was not accepted.

So, rather than having ATAG go rudderless, the Elders agreed to take it amongst themselves to take the burden off the Commissioner by arranging the weekly pairings and report the day’s outcome to the Commissioner who would duly maintain the stats and edit and publish this newsletter and even attempt to play in some of the ATAG matches later on in the season.

This week was Opening Day and the recap provided below is courtesy of Danny Morris who took over the reins when volunteer Doug Healy was unexpectedly called out of town. Mr. Morris’ able recounting of the day’s action was forwarded to the players via e-mail and received great praise from those who were there, suggesting that Mr. Morris appears to be well suited to be in line to be the next Commissioner Of ATAG.

Since the individual scores have already been sent to the players on the ATAG Roster, they will not be repeated here but below is Mr. Morris’s account of the day’s action.

ATAG Opening Day-By Danny Morris

 The initial round of ATAG 2017 is in the books.   A quick review of the scoring shows a much improved ATAG field – at least on Day 1.  The mild winter seems to have allowed plenty of time for off-season practice and play.  Highest net score was 40 and lowest was 31.  Everyone’s net, save one, was in the 30’s.  Ten birdies were recorded.

Five teams were assembled and due to the absence of more than a half-dozen regulars, the total number of players was short of the usual opening day twenty.  Notable absences – The Commish, McGlynn, Sellner, Gaddis, Healy, Arnold, Schmal, Jobson and others.  The eighteen who played enjoyed great course conditions under sunny, ATAG-like skies.

Winners and Others

 The team of Scotty Greene, Brooks Cowles, Tom Houle and Ed McCormack was awarded a beer (well three beers and a cocktail with umbrella) by the team of Bill Meagher, David Danzig, Bill Buist and Draw Partner – Tim Martin. 

Low Net was shared by Danny Morris and Ed McCormack at -5.  Low Gross–38–went to the hot putting Ron Majors.  The Pink Lady prize was earned by Anthony Morgan.  Morgan netted a 40, an unusually low number for the Lady. 

Birdie Club Activity

Birdies were circled for David Danzig, Doug Gooding, William Thornton, Danny Morris, Ron Majors and Jeff Kohn.  Birdies were not circled but verbally reported, searched for and found for Ed McCormack, Tom Houle, Scotty Greene (2).  PLEASE CIRCLE  BIRDIES, YOUR TEAMATES WILL THANK YOU.  More on score card issues later.

Social Time

 The post round celebration went very well in the “new” temporary digs in the Tennis Center.  The chicken wings were still hot and beer was still cold.  The porch easily accommodated our privileged  group plus room for others.  We will be in this area until the renovated Men’s Grill and ATAG porch are back on-line sometime in June.  Brooks Cowles summed the whole thing up nicely.  “I’ve drank in way worse places than this.” Brooks continued, “At least we aren’t under the highway overpass”.

The bartenders were ecstatic to see ATAG back in the swing. 

Scotty Greene claimed Shot of the Day.  Please see Scotty for the details.

Much conversation but no new jokes.  Tim Martin asked for a show of hands regarding how many wives asked “When does ATAG start back”.  We translated that to mean….”What are you doing around the house on Tuesday afternoon”. 

Score Card Accuracy and Etiquette – Please read.

 Circle your birdies and your teammates birdies.  Keep a running total of your +/- to par.

DOUBLE CHECK YOUR HANDICAPS.  Without naming names (this week only) there was one card submitted with incorrect scoring.  The correct handicap was accurately recorded beside the players name but the incorrect number of strokes was applied on particular hole.  To further complicate life on this same scorecard, the incorrect handicap was applied to a players total gross score. These errors had an effect on the outcome of the games and $$.  Too late to change it now but please be accurate.

 Next week the outward 9.  Tee times will begin at 5:00 PM.

 

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ATAG CLOSES OUT 2016 SEASON! TIE BREAKER DETERMINES WINNER!


October 18, 2016-By Don Nichols

It was another beautiful day  and a full house of 20 players who arrived early in order to beat the nightfall for the last match of the 2016 season. Here are the results:

Winning Team:   In a two hole card comparison tie breaker, the winning team at 13 under was Henry Sawyer, Tom Player, Craig Sellner, and Jeff Colbath who edged out the Commissioner’s Team of Mike Gaddis, Danny Morris, Tom Kisgen, and Don Nichols who also finished at 13 under.

Sponsor:  -6    Doug Healy, Jim Williamson, John Wymer, and Mike Schmal

Others:    -8   Frank Corrigan, Kevin McGlynn, Doug Gooding, Pat Murphy; -7   Tom Houle, David Danzig, Brooks Cowles, Scotty Greene

Low Gross:   Mike Gaddis and Tom Kisgen     42

Low Net:   Tom Kisgen  -4 ; His 42 was his best round of the year and his second low net of the year, edging out John Wymer and Tom Player by one shot and avoiding a chip off in the dark.

Pink Lady: Doug Gooding   +6   His second Pinkster of the year. Scorecard revealed he was only one over after two holes but later stumbled along with three doubles and a triple.

Birdie Club:  Pat Murphy and Danny Morris saved the day for the Birdie Club with one each, both making birdie on #5, with Morris making the prestigious club for the first time this year.

Shot Of The Day:  Danny Morris. This time a legitimate shot of the day as he made a 25 foot putt from off the green on #5 for a birdie-“net eagle”.

On The Porch:.

ATAG CFO Doug Healy announced that the End Of The Season Awards Banquet (well, not really a banquet but a  private room with more than just chicken wings) will be the following Tuesday in the Tennis Center (ironic) and that a Call For Partyers will be sent out for the head count and the appropriate tab. As CFO, Healy also announced that he will be collecting the ATAG annual dues on or before next Tuesday. Under ATAG Bylaws, any player who fails to pay the ATAG dues will never participate in any future ATAG match until such dues, including interest and penalties, have been paid.

It was more of a laid back group on the porch with mostly separate table discussions but the mood was lightened when ATAG Humorist Tom Kisgen, like the days of old,  got a hearty laugh from the gang by telling a new joke about a speech therapist. The joke was quickly catalogued by the Commissioner as “one of ATAG’s finest.”

There was also a dig against the Commissioner for missing so many matches this year and other non flattering chatter that caused Jim Williamson to remind those behind the grumbling that the Commish was still sitting right there in the middle of the group.

That’s it for this week’s recap. Next week will report the award winners as well as some of the highlights of the year and will include a major announcement from the Commissioner. Check out the photos in the Gallery and scroll down for the individual scores from today’s match.

10-18-16 Final Individual Results   Front Nine   Gross/Net


Kisgen                                             42/32

Gaddis                                             42/35

Wymer                                            44/33

Player                                              44/33

Murphy                                            44/36

Morris                                               44/39

Schmal                                             44/39

Williamson                                      45/37

Colbath                                             46/34

Sawyer                                              46/36

Cowles                                               46/37

Sellner                                                47/35

Houle                                                  47/37

Healy                                                   47/39

Greene                                                 47/40

Nichols                                                48/36

McGlynn                                              48/36

Danzig                                                  48/37

Gooding                                                48/41

Corrigan                                                51/40

 

 

 

 

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ATAG NEARS END OF SEASON WITH FALL SPECTACULAR!


October 11, 2016-By Don Nichols

On what can best be described as a spectacular Fall afternoon–75 degrees, slight breeze, and blue skies (with the moon making an appearance high in the sky later in the afternoon)-the stage was set for nineteen ATAGers who gathered on the back nine for the penultimate match of the 2016 season. (that’s next to last for those who are vocabulary challenged).

The golf course was also spectacular with its manicured greens and plush fairways  that seemed to beckon against the backdrop of the Midtown Atlanta office buildings rising above the crescent. With its urban location in the central city core of a major metropolitan city, the historic nine hole Ansley Golf Course simply has no peer, and ATAGers (as well as all Ansley golfing members) appreciate and relish the opportunity to experience its splendor.

Ok, enough about the setting. Now on to the results of this week’s match.

The sponsor was quickly ascertained to be the 2 under team of Bill Meagher, Jeff Colbath, Jim Williamson, and Frank Corrigan. Scorekeeper Meagher was overheard saying, “We’re not only bad, but stupid” after they discovered they played the wrong tee box on #12.

There was some drama as to who would be the winning team after the other four teams all finished at 6 under. However, one of those teams was the Commissioner’s Team, a threesome of Ron Majors, John Wymer, and Don Nichols, who were entitled to randomly draw a partner out of the pool of 16 eligible players, needing only a one shot improvement to capture the Golden Ale. Danny Morris quickly raised his hand and volunteered to be such draw partner and was just as quickly dismissed by the group with a chorus of boos. The Commissioner then asked Bill Meagher to shuffle the scorecards and John Wymer then selected the number 7 on behalf of the Commissioner’s Team. With 16 guys hanging on the edge of their seats to see if they would get the free brewsky, the number 7 player out of the sixteen turned out to be—who else, but Danny Morris. Go figure. Morris’s score of the first hole was good enough to propel the Commissioner’s Team to victory and he later added two more for a final draw partner winning team score of 9 under.

LOW GROSS WENT TO BILL MEAGHER WITH A 37 . This matched Ron Majors, Mike Schmal, and Tom Thornhill for the BEST LOW GROSS OF THE YEAR. Meagher is quick to tell you that Low Gross Medalist winners get little recognition amidst an ATAG group of mid to high handicappers, hence the bold all cap as a means of such recognition.

Low New Winner was Tim Martin whose score of 39 resulted in a net of 4 under and 19 one dollar bills in his pocket. Oddly, it was only Martin’s second low net of the year after winning five times last year to earn the Sandbagger Of The Year award.

The hands down winner of the Pink Lady was Jeff Colbath who fashioned four triples and two doubles mixed in with two bogeys and one inexplicable par, for a score of 55 and a net 9 over par for his third pinkster of the year. Teammate Bill Meagher was overheard saying ” if we were playing the Stapleford points system, Jeff would get one point more than a dead man.”  (We’re a tough crowd)

The Birdie Club added two more to its totals thanks to a double contribution from Bill Meagher (#13 and #17) and a lone bird from Tom Thornhill (#12)

Shot Of The Day went to Danny Morris. I did not witness it,  but here is how it went down according to Morris and other eye witnesses. An errant tee shot on #15 found Morris in the rough between # 15 and # 16. Electing to play it safe, Morris attempted to punch a six iron back out to the fairway but the ball apparently did not cooperate. As Morris tells it,  he then raised his six iron into the air in a modest show of frustration when a sudden force of gravity propelled the club from his hands into a nearby tree–where it remained. An attempt to retrieve the club by throwing his 7 iron at it failed, with the 7 iron giving serious thought about joining his 6 iron friend in the tree– but thankfully fell back to the ground.  Teammate Tim Martin, who was driving a cart, then attempted a rescue by standing on the cart but to no avail. Then, in a desperate measure, the 250 pound Martin reportedly stood on top of the cart’s roof and was then able to retrieve the recalcitrant 6 iron. (The cart number is not being disclosed for liability reasons.)

Jeff Kohn was a late cancellation (3 pm) (forgot about an eye exam) that resulted in the Commissioner’s Team having to play as a threesome. It is not written in the ATAG Bylaws, but Ron Majors has proposed an amendment that states that “cancelling an appearance on the coveted Commissioner’s Team is punishable by loss of your ATAG Tour Card.”  Considering the ATAG Draw Partner system worked to perfection, the Commissioner sees no reason to endorse such a proposal.

It was lively on the porch and the ATAG camaraderie was never more evident as the beers flowed and the conversations covered most of the issues of the day, especially the Presidential Election where both ATAG conservatives and liberals agree that there is not a suitable candidate. This prompted the Commissioner to announce that he was voting for ATAG CFO Doug Healy as a write in candidate. Healy quickly responded that “he would not run and if elected he would not serve.” The Commissioner then wondered out loud if he should run as the ATAG Commissioner on a third party write in ballot. Healy said, “well, let’s stop and think about it. There are 32 members on the ATAG roster so the Commissioner should expect receiving as much as 8 votes.”  So, I got that going for me.

Well, that’s it for this week. Next week is the finale and the following Tuesday will be the end of the year awards ceremony. Hard to believe that yet another season is soon to pass.

Check out the photos in the Gallery and scroll down for the individual scores.

Final Leaderboard:  10-11-16   Back Nine     Gross/Net

Meagher                                   37/35

Martin                                     39/32

Majors                                         39/35

Thornhill                                     41/35

Greene                                          43/36

Cowles                                          46/35

Houle                                             46/36

Wymer                                           46/36

Williamson                                    46/38

Gooding                                         46/39

Nichols                                           47/36

Morris                                             48/41

Corrigan                                          49/38

Sellner                                              50/38

Kisgen                                              50/39

Healy                                                50/42

Sawyer                                              51/41

Player                                                52/42

Colbath                                              55/44

 

 

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10 On The Mellish Meter!


Note: This week’s write-up is provided by Mike Schmal, recently retired, and one of the few single digit handicappers on the ATAG Tour and who is also the current leader in the Clubhouse for  most birdies.

October 4, 2016–By Mike Schmal

It was defiantly a 10 on the mellish meter as 20 ATAGers headed out for another attempt to win the coveted Golden Ale, the admiration of their peers, and one skillful guy for the $20 low net pool. Might I also mention— to avoid buying and taking home the dreaded pink lady.

The course was a poster child for golf, the fairways were lush, the greens inviting and I would be remiss if I did not mention that Courtney was there with a smile and a beverage for those in need.

I was fortunate to be paired with Gooding, Sellner, and Nichols so I could witness first hand Craig Sellner’s prowess on the course. Birding #2 with a 50 Ft. putt as well as making birdie on #4 (“net 1”)after a 180 yard approach shot to 4 Ft. Suffice it say we were on a roll that the golf gods would soon rectify.

The Results:

Winning team, Thornhill, Kisgen, Houle, Colbath with a minus 15 were sponsored by Healy, McGlynn, Greene, Sawyer at minus 6.

Others:  Morris, Majors, Williamson, Thornton(draw)   -11; Danzig, Corrigan, Thornton, Houle  -11; Gooding, Schmal, Nichols, Sellner  -8

It should be pointed out that Jeff Colbath had to leave before collecting his winning ale and, under ATAG Bylaws, designated the Commissioner as his beer drinking proxy. An act that one might assume will result in favorable treatment in the future and given the current state of our countries political discourse might give us all pause, but then again someone had to drink the beer. Commissioner’s Note: No favorable treatment. The law is the law. It is what it is.

Low Net:  Houle  Minus 7. As I was sitting next to Tom during this announcement, I can confirm that you could not wipe the smile off his face, congratulations. Commissioner’s Note: It was Houle’s best round of the year and made him the leading money winner in the Clubhouse. It was also Craig Sellner’s best round of the year, one that he thought his net 5 under would surely take it.

Low Gross:   Majors  37   Commissioner’s Note:  Ties for the best low gross of the year with, who else, but Ron Majors.

Pink lady: McGlynn Plus 6 net

Birdies: Sellner (2), Danzig, Majors, Houle

Shot Of The Day:  Sellner for his aforementioned 50 ft putt on # 2 and his birdie enabling approach shot on #4. Honorable mention to Scotty Greene who holed out from the bunker on #2 (after three attempts) to make bogey.

Cameo: Al Roberds–who was part of the 20 man field but had to withdraw after 3 holes due to injury but stayed around to join in the socializing.

The night ended on the Sky Box with one joke by Jimmy Williamson which was well received. I did over hear that it was an oldie but goodie, and well presented, and that Atagers appreciate a good joke, old, new or even bad. I have to agree.

The evening went well into the evening, I made my escape as the Bourbon tasting was beginning. Commissioner’s Note:  Informed sources reported that Healy and Morris stayed well into the night with some aggressive imbibing.

In the end it was a great early Fall evening, good fun, good company and can’t wait to do it again next week.

Final Individual Scores:   10-4-2016   Front Nine   Gross/Net

Majors                           37/32

Houle                             39/29

Thornton                       41/34

Thornhill                       41/35

Sellner                            43/31

Healy                              43/35

Morris                             43/36

Schmal                             44/39

Williamson                     46/38

Gooding                          46/39

Corrigan                          47/36

Sawyer                              47/37

Greene                              47/39

Kisgen                               48/36

Danzig                               48/36

Cowles                                48/37

Nichols                              50/38

Colbath                              52/41

McGlynn                           54/42

 

 

 

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ATAG SEASON WINDS DOWN! INTEREST APPEARS TO WANE!


September 20, 2016-By Don Nichols

With the season winding down with only a few weeks left, interest in ATAG appears to be waning as only 12 players answered this week’s Call For Players.

But, on a beautiful sunny afternoon, three foursomes gathered on # 10 in their quest for the Golden Ale Trophy, with some players hoping that this would be their week to capture the Low Net bounty.

No volunteer writer or photographs this week but here are the results which will be included in the stats:

Winning Team:  -8   Morris, Wymer, Colbath, Sawyer

Sponsor: -3  McCormack, Sellner, Corrigan, Kohn

Others:  -7  Healy, Williamson, Thornhill, Nichols

Low Gross:  41  Thornhill

Low Net:  even par  Thornhill and Morris

Pink Lady: net +6  Corrigan, Nichols

Birdies:  1    Thornhill

Shot Of The Day:  Thornhill—  holes out from left bunker on # 16 for birdie-“net eagle”.

Cameos:  Bill Buist

Final Results: 9-20-16   Back Nine  Gross/Net

Thornhill                              41/36

Morris                                   43/36

Healy                                     43/37

Kohn                                      44/39

Williamson                           47/39

Sawyer                                   47/37

Sellner                                   49/37

Colbath                                  49/38

McCormack                          49/38

Wymer                                    49/39

Nichols                                    51/41

Corrigan                                  52/41

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RECORD SETTING DAY!


BEST NET TEAM SCORE!  BEST LOW NET SCORE!

Commissioner’s Note: This week’s write up is provided by David Danzig who almost single handedly led his team to the best front nine low net score since July 8, 2008, while dethroning the previous all time low net winners (including himself) with an astounding net score of 10 under.  Known as “Double D”, Mr. Danzig is the definite  Joker’s Wild Card in the deck, but oftentimes that card is not pulled in the deck shuffle and thus he is also the recipient of numerous Pink Ladies throughout the years. His journey during this week’s round is recounted below.

9-13-2016  ATAG–By David Danzig

Summer 2016’s record-setting hot, humid grip refused to let up on the 16 ATAGers who embarked upon a front-9 campaign on this sweltering mid-September afternoon.

The players set out on upon some of the best fairways and greens AGC has ever seen—the zoysia fairways playing like perfect lush green rugs laying atop cushy pads; the greens, like a smooth satin sheet (with a little sand sprinkled in).

Like it so often happens, the early groups finished their rounds, plated up their wings, grabbed their brews and adjourned to the third floor sky porch feeling confident in their assumed positions in the proverbial “buy zone” or “no-buy zone,” merely waiting for the formality of the final card to arrive and cement their fates. And, as it so often happens, the last group climbed the stairs with a backbreaking bomb shell of a score card, like a poker player laying down an ace to complete a full house, obliterating the hearts of the hopefuls.

This evening the team heartbreak came courtesy of Mike Gaddis, David Danzig, Pat Murphy and Lee Pearson who amassed an impressive 16-under performance despite Lee Pearson’s Enron-like accounting of the team’s scores (Pearson had asserted that the team earned a -14 score but careful inspection by the Commissioner showed he had left 2 strokes on the table). Equally impressive was the fact that this crew owned all of the birdies of the day: Danzig, Pearson and Gaddis all putting up a red number. And yet an even closer look at the card revealed one of these players in particular fueled this staggering output—but more on that later.

The team footing the bill for the winning team’s beer was none other than Tim Martin, Brooks Cowles, Jim Williamson and Henry Sawyer who finished 10 strokes behind at -6.

The individual heartbreak of the evening belonged to Doug Healy who climbed up the stairs to watch the sunset basking in the warmth of his well-earned 39, rightfully assuming that the low gross mantle and low net purse would soon be in his pocket. But not on this night. On this night ATAG’s Dr Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, David Danzig, would climb the stairs with some devastating news: this was one of his infamous freak nights. Danzig, a 24 handicapper whose last ATAG 9-hole performance, a 53, earned him pink lady honors, decided to improve upon his last performance by an eye-popping 15 strokes for a career-best 38 9-hole score. Three “net eagles”, a natural birdie, six pars and 8 greens in regulation understandably caused quite a stir on the patio. On this night Danzig was compared to Moses (see ATAG quotes in the sidebar), Ty Webb from Caddyshack, a pitcher throwing a no-hitter and numerous other characters, while ATAG alum shared stories from the other two times he fired totally random sub-40 rounds including the infamous “lighting round.” The net 26 is an all-time ATAG record and elicited a number of invites to bring his 24 handicap to an upcoming tournament before it drops.

The evening’s Pink Lady honors went to Henry Sawyer who finished at a not too embarrassingly net 3 over, narrowly passing a parade of mediocrity with net two over scores belonging to  Lee Pearson, John Wymer, Frank Corrigan and Jim Williamson.

Shot Of Day: The grumpier than usual Commissioner, Don Nichols, should have had something to smile about with a chip-in for par on # 8.

Recap:

Winning Team:  -16    David Danzig, Mike Gaddis, Lee Pearson, Pat Murphy

Sponsor:    -6    Tim Martin, Brooks Cowles, Jim Williamson, Henry Sawyer

Others:      -12  Tom Kisgen, Danny Morris, William Thornton, Don Nichols

-7  John Wymer, Frank Corrigan, Doug Healy, Tom Thornhill

Low Gross:   38    David Danzig

Low Net:  -10  David Danzig

Pink Lady:  net + 3   Henry Sawyer

Final Results:  9-13-16  Front Nine   Gross/Net

Danzig                                             38/26

Healy                                                39/33

Gaddis                                              41/35

Martin                                              42/34

Thornton                                          42/35

Thornhill                                          42/36

Murphy                                             42/37

Morris                                                44/36

Pearson                                              44/38

Williamson                                        46/38

Kisgen                                                  47/35

Cowles                                                  47/36

Nichols                                                 48/37

Wymer                                                  49/38

Corrigan                                                49/38

Sawyer                                                   49/39

 

 

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ATAG TRIBUTE FROM FATHER PAT!


Note: This week’s commentary is offered by Pat Murphy (nicknamed “Father Pat” by Brooks Cowles) who rejoined the ATAG Tour this year following his retirement.

August 30, 2016-By Pat Murphy

I am pleased to author the final August 2016 ATAG results for Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Enjoy the content as the Commissioner gently sent me a note to let me know I was in for the matches this week, but added a note as follows: From Don, Pat you are in…Can you do the write-up this week? Talk about the ultimate ATAG Hobson’s Choice! No play on words Russ.

Here are the results from this week’s match:

Winning Team: -11 (via tie breaker) Greene, Murphy, Sawyer, Kisgen

Sponsor: -4 Healy, Wymer, McCormack, Martin

Others: Thornhill, Pearson, Houle, Kohn -11

Batelaan, Player, McGlynn, Nichols -9

Gaddis, Colbath, Majors, Williamson -6

Low Gross: Majors 38

Low Net: Kohn -2 (in four way chip off with Player, Nichols, and Majors)

Pink Lady: Colbath net +8

Birdies: Total of 3 :   Thornhill-#11, Kohn-#12, Nichols #14

Shot Of The Day, we did not have many choices but Commissioner Don nominated Kevin McGlynn for his booming tee shot on #15 that went past the second bunker on the left and secondly, for Kevin’s  most unusual “negative yardage fairway wood shot on #13,” that went straight up in the air and then fell down some five yards to his left before rolling behind him.

After another 90+ temperature ATAG match, the planned cool refines of the Men’s Grill was full of rather loud groups of 2016 NFL Fantasy Football League partiers, so the ATAG players ascended to the top of the Ansley outdoor decks and the ATAG lounge.

The winning team enjoyed drinks from the Sponsors- Mr. Healy, Mr. Wymer, Mr. McCormack (winning team member in 3 of last 4 ATAG matches) and Mr. Martin. Scotty, Tom K, Henry and yours truly appreciated the cold brews. However, birthday man on Monday, Scotty Greene, humbly offered his beverage to the Commissioner, as Scotty was overserved at his birthday celebration the day before.

“I truly enjoy ATAG each week and respect the playing members, stories and conversation after the matches finish.”

A few other observations of note: Richard Batelaan will play in shorts. No cameo appearances this week. There was a terrific playoff on a difficult 18th hole chip off, as Jeff Kohn put spin on a shot that snuggled just closer to the flag stick than Ron Major’s masterful flop shot into the hardening green. Jeff enjoyed collecting the ATAG pot of $20, making a remarkable return on his one dollar investment, and saved his original investment dollar for the first matches in September.

Now before you go to the Commissioners notes, a memory for the August 30th matches. Scroll back to the top, and read the first word of each of the first three paragraphs, and you will get my honorable and humble thoughts as the ATAG author this week and every match.  ” I Enjoy ATAG!”

That’s it for the week. Please scroll down for the  individual scores and check out the Tim Martin photography in the Gallery. Thanks for the great shots Tim!

Commissioner’s Comments:

Clever recap from “Father Pat” who at first took on this assignment with trepidation.

The last match of August was the 21st match of this year and there will be no ATAG next Tuesday due to the Labor Day Holiday.  Looking at the calendar , there are only five, possibly six, more weeks of ATAG before the Club closes the course for the annual Halloween Boo Bash.

John Wymer and Jim Williamson suggested that ATAG should have an ATAG Cup competition over the last few weeks of ATAG, borrowing on the Fed-Ex Cup championship series of tournaments. As usual when someone makes a suggestion for ATAG, the Commissioner immediately appoints them as chairmen, so Mr. Wymer and Mr. Williamson were appointed as Co-Chairmen, with an assist from Doug Healy, to study the matter and to present a White Paper to the Commissioner for his consideration. The trio envision an exciting conclusion to the season with a larger pot of dollar bills for a four week cumulative low net payoff. Details as to qualifications, pay out, etc., are to be included in the White Paper which must be neatly typed and double spaced before being submitted to the Commissioner who will take it under advisement.

Brooks Cowles was a late cancellation, saying that a “pipe broke and he was out” but gave no further information, causing some to wonder just what kind of pipe he was talking about. Fortunately, he was replaced by Jeff Kohn who, serendipitously,  ended up winning Low Net.

Congratulations go to ATAGer “Two Glove” Tom Thornhill, the winner of the Third Flight in this past weekend’s Club Championship, proving once again that playing on the ATAG Tour is a great enabler for honing one’s game to compete with the finest mid to high handicappers that the Club has to offer.

Finally, on a side note, here is something that perhaps the major sports news outlets should pick up on. ATAGer Mike Schmal is in Dublin, Ireland, attending his two sons football games on the same day this Saturday–his college age son who plays for Boston College in its game with Georgia Tech, and later in the day his high school age son who plays for Westminster High School. Not many Dads will be able to have that kind of special moment in their lives.

 Final Individual Results   8-30-16  Back Nine     Gross/Net

Majors                                                         38/34

Kohn                                                            39/34

Gaddis                                                         41/35

Thornhill                                                     41/35

Pearson                                                        41/36

Greene                                                          42/35

Murphy                                                         42/35

Player                                                             44/34

Nichols                                                          45/34

Wymer                                                           46/36

Martin                                                           46/39

Houle                                                             47/37

Williamson                                                   47/39

Batelaan                                                         47/42

Sawyer                                                            48/38

Healy                                                               49/43

Kisgen                                                              52/40

McGlynn                                                          52/41

McCormack                                                     55/42

Colbath                                                             55/44

 

 

 

 

 

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NO SHADE FOR ATAG!


           Note:  This week’s match summary is provided by Jeff Kohn who joined the ATAG Tour in 2009. Despite his diminutive stature, the “Kohnman”, as he is called, is one of the few long ball hitters on the ATAG Tour.                   

ATAG Results: 8-23-2016-By Jeff Kohn

       “I’m glad we don’t have to play in the shade.”        Bobby Jones, when told it was 105° in the shade

 The chili 88° temperature on Monday gave way to  91° reading on Tuesday, thus making it easier to shoot a score that was  equal to or better than one half of the temperature. However for the sake of limiting embarrassment, the names and scores of those shooting 45.5 or greater will remain anonymous.

 On a happier note, ATAG drew a full constituency of players. The winning team, comprised of Tim Martin, Mike Schmal, Jeff Colbath, and John Wymer, shot a respectable 13- under par entitling each of them to a cold beer at the expense of the last-place team of Mike Gaddis, Tom Thornhill, Brooks Cowles, and The Commissioner which posted 4-under and in a last place tie with Greg Sellner, Tom Player, Jeff Kohn and Pat Murphy. The latter team narrowly escaped an obligation to purchase due to the tiebreaker. On Wednesday, all four escapees were spotted with highly visible rope burns around their necks.

 Hovering in the middle were the teams of Henry Sawyer, Richard Bateman, Ed McCormick, and David Danzig at  -11, and Frank Corrigan, Tom Houle, Jim Williamson and Tom Kisgen at -7.

 On an individual basis, Mike Schmal carded a two-over par 38 which easily enabled him to win the low gross for the day. The Low Net award was shared by four golfers all at two-under par; namely, Tim Martin, Mike Schmal, Tom Thornhill, and John Wymer who elected to split the $20 pot among them as opposed to engaging in a shoot-out for the whole ball of wax. Oh, what some people will do for $5.

At the other end of the spectrum, the dreaded Pink Lady went to Brooks Cowles and David Danzig who both toured the front nine at five-over par, net.

There were two shots heard round the world. First, Ed McCormack’s tee shot on hole number nine landed within 5 feet enabling him to card a birdie-net 1 with after sinking the putt. Second, Tom Thornhill’s 20 foot putt from off the green on number nine saved par and put him in a tie for the low net score of the day.

 Finally, Russ Jobson graced all with his cameo appearance on the 19th hole.

Commissioner’s Note: Birdies were deposited by the aforementioned Ed McCormack and Mike Schmal, with Mr. Schmal making a generous two bird donation. (Note: Mr. Schmal continues as the Birdie Club leader, serving notice to long time contenders Ron Majors and Bill Meagher that a new sheriff is in town.)

That’s it for this week. Scroll down for the individual scores and check out the preening winning team photo in the Gallery.  And, good luck to those ATAGers playing in this weekend’s Club Championship (net division, of course).

Final Results:  8-23-16   Front Nine    Gross/Net

Schmal                                                       38/34

Thornhill                                                    41/34

Batelaan                                                      41/36

Martin                                                          42/34

Kohn                                                             42/36

Gaddis                                                          44/38

Wymer                                                          45/34

Colbath                                                          47/36

Player                                                             47/36

Houle                                                              47/37

Murphy                                                           47/39

Williamson                                                     47/39

Kisgen                                                              48/36

McCormack                                                     49/35

Sawyer                                                              49/38

Corrigan                                                            49/38

Nichols                                                              51/40

Cowles                                                               51/41

Sellner                                                               53/40

Danzig                                                               53/41

 

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