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
-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