March 20, 2018-By Danny Morris

The first day of Spring brought plus ATAG members out of their Winter habitat and into the great, golf outdoors. The range was full, the chipping area was crowded and balls were flying everywhere as the fellows young and old (mostly old) warmed up creaky muscles and attempted to find that magic ball striking magic from the end of 2017.

John Wymer, Brooks Cowles, Jeff Kohn and Scotty Greene were off the first tee at 4:33 and four other groups followed, quite closely, for the full nine holes. The “deliberate pace” of the first group might have contributed to the fact, ultimately, that they sponsored the winning team. More later on the winners and buyers.

Obligatory Weather Report.  Rain.
Early in the afternoon of Tuesday, the weather seemed stable except for a narrow cloud that should have made a few sprinkles for a few minutes. Rain. Lots of it for about 30 minutes. The players were spread across holes six and seven for the bulk of the soaking. The distance from the grill seemed to be a factor in keeping the round alive. There were no quitters.

Couple of New Faces
Rick Gebert and Gordon Strickland played on Opening Day and have been added to the list for Call for Players. Welcome, guys.

A couple of potential players were tricked into replying to a “Reply All” response from some folks. We all agreed that using “Reply All” is bad form and those who use it should have their handicaps reduced by half. Those guys who missed out last week will be given high priority for play this week in case we are over-subscribed. Those who used Reply All will also be given special consideration.

Winners and Others
The first team of Wymer, Greene, Kohn and Cowles presented a score of three under par which put them in a tie with Danny Morris, Mike Gaddis, Jim Williamson and Tim Martin. The tie was settled by comparing cards and the Wymer team became the sponsors of the week. The final team through the door was the lowest scoring team. Jeff Colbath, David Danzig, Frank Corrigan and Anthony Morgan went around the outward nine in -9.
David Danzig was low net with 44-12, net 32 for a 4-under par.

Low Gross was shared by Rick Gebert and Ron Majors at 42.
Pink Lady was Tim Martin with net 44.
Birdies in the bank by Craig Sellner and Jim Williamson.
A couple of Shot of the Day opportunities were suggested. Mike Gaddis par chip-in from 75 feet was given the nod over Craig Sellner’s five iron on the fly into the open maintenance ditch.

Cameos were recognized – Kevin McGlynn gets first billing with a newly tweaked ticker. He looked quite healthy and ready to compete. Tom Kisgen was there. Tom Houle was there. Houle was an early qualifier but had to bail because of a work obligation. Pre-game cameo by Doug Gooding.

Next week we take on the back nine. See you there.

Gross Net
David Danzig 44 33
Craig Sellner 47 34
Frank Corrigan 47 35
Ron Majors 42 36
Doug Healy 45 36
John Wymer 49 36
Danny Morris 47 37
Brooks Cowles 46 37
Tom Thornhill 44 37
Rick Gebert 42 38
Jeff Kohn 44 38
Scotty Greene 47 38
Mike Gaddis 46 39
Jim Williamson 48 39
Jeff Colbath 51 39
Mike Schmal 45 39
Anthony Morgan 50 40

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PRESS RELEASE:  3-10-2018

Another ATAG season is here and the new ATAG regime ( “The Council”) announced that opening day would be on March 20, the second Tuesday following the switch to Daylight Savings Time. Normally the first ATAG match is the first Tuesday after Daylight Savings but there was a delay this year in getting AARP approval when it was determined that 99% of the ATAG Roster now falls under the purview of the powerful national lobby of members 50 and over.

A brief recap: The 2018 season marks the 17th year of ATAG, which started when two foursomes of Ansley Golf Club members began meeting on Tuesday afternoon in 2001 to play a 9 hole round, with the winning team enjoying a free beer at the expense of the losing team, and the players gathering afterwards in the Men’s Grill. The tradition continued and gained popularity when Don Nichols began to write an e-mail chronicle of each match that in 2006 transcended into a newsletter known as the Nickelodeon which in 2012 transcended into the current format of the ATAG Reporter. Word spread and the ranks grew to the point when it became known as the ATAG Tour and Don Nichols unwittingly found himself to be known as the Commissioner as he continued to organize and chronicle each week’s match.

At the end of the 2016 season,  after 15 years at the helm, Nichols announced that he was retiring as the ATAG Commissioner. Since no one wanted the job, four of the core ATAGers who were members of the ATAG Advisory Committee agreed to take on the responsibilities, and the Commissioner agreed to continue to keep the stats and publish the ATAG Reporter, with weekly alternating write ups provided by the Council members.

This year the winter meetings were quite a contrast to the prior years, as The Council, now in an authoritative role, (and the retired Commissioner now simply an amused observer)  found it difficult to come to an agreement on any of the promised sweeping changes to the ATAG experience (“we’re going to make ATAG great again!”) with the center-left and the center-right Council members continuing to blame each other for their shortcomings in what appears to this reporter to be a dysfunctional administration. (sound familiar?)

There was, however,  one noteworthy matter brought before the Council  where the members were unanimously in agreement. An offer to buyout ATAG  was submitted by the Ansley Friday group known as The Swindle, a group of golfers known for their sometimes rowdy behavior while pursuing their own individual pecuniary interests in a golf match. The offer amount was reported to be  seven figures with the proviso that Swindle members be allowed to participate in ATAG matches whenever they so chose to do so, and that the name of ATAG be changed to “Swindle-ATAG .”  After much deliberation, the Council agreed that there was no amount of money that would sway them to allow the proposed name change. The negotiations went no further.

It should be another great season of sometimes good and sometimes bad golf, but mostly the opportunity to look forward to the fun in talking about it and in sharing in the famed ATAG camaraderie.

-The Commish


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10-24-17-By Ron Majors

A beautiful Fall evening attracted a nearly full field of 18 serious competitors to play the friendly Front 9 to conclude the 2017 ATAG season. The Front 9 unexpectedly challenged the field which produced scores from -2 to -9. The Commissioner’s team of Don Nichols, Tom Lewis, Tim Martin, and Tom Houle charged to the top of the leader board with a respectable score of -9, leaving the hapless “Tortoise Team” of Mike Schmal, Old Tom Player, Scotty Greene and Ed McCormack to convey the victory brew to the winners.

Unfortunately, slow play again became a factor despite the recent story line about the “dream team” a few weeks ago and the Acting Commissioner’s pre-competition plea for prompt play to avoid advancing nightfall. The aforementioned “Tortoise Team” managed to fall a hole and a half behind by the 7th hole. It was later disclosed that the slow play was caused, in part, by looking for numerous errant shots by all team members. That cause was evidenced by Pink Lady winner Ed McCormack’s score of net 44. All “Tortoise Team” members were cited for slow play and Letters of Reprimand were placed in their personnel files. Consideration will be given at the Winter Meetings to dividing future ATAG competitions into a “Hare Division and “Tortoise Division”.

On a bittersweet note, Ansley Head Pro Patrick Higgins is leaving next week to assume the Head Pro position at Achasta Golf Club in Dahlonega. The well liked Patrick joined the post competition ATAG revelry in the Grill for the last time. We wish him the best. Several ATAGers are lobbying for an Achasta road trip to visit Patrick in the near future.

It was another great year for ATAG. This reporter is looking forward to next year. The 2017 Closing Ceremonies will be held Tuesday November 7 in the Grill. See you there.


Jeff Colbath earned Low Net honors and $18 for his sizzling score of net 33 narrowly edging out last week’s winner Tom “Houligan” Houle by one stroke. Ron Majors stumbled into Low Gross with a lackluster score of 42.


Doug Gooding claimed Shot of the Day honors by holing out his wedge shot into #5 for an Eagle 3. (Commissioner’s Note: This was the only Eagle of the year– other than Bill Meagher’s combination Eagle-Hole In One earlier this year which earned ATAG “Shot Of The Year” honors.


One each by Tim Martin(#5), Scotty Greene(#2), Ron Majors(#5), Tom Lewis (#9)


Team 1: –9 Doug Healy(47/39), Bill Buist(50/37), Jeff Colbath(45/33), Tom Kisgen(51/38)

Winner Team 2: –12 Don Nichols(47/36), Tom Lewis(47/39), Tim Martin(44/36), Tom Houle(43/34)

Team 3: –4 Ron Majors(42/38), Tom Thornhill(42/36), Jim Williamson(45/37), Old Tom Player(52/41)*

Sponsor Team 4: –2 Mike Schmal(43/37), Old Tom Player(52/41), Scotty Greene(43/35), Ed McCormack(57/44)

Team 5: –5 Craig Sellner(54/38), Doug Gooding(46/39), Jim Rowley(47/36), Tim Martin(44/36)*

* Denotes Draw Partner


It was another great year for ATAG, a year that started with the surprise announcement that the Commissioner was stepping down from ATAG after over ten years at the helm, leaving some concerned that ATAG would become a rudderless group without the coordination and discipline of a commissioner.  And many were forlorn to learn that the Commish would no longer be chronicling  the weekly matches that players looked forward to reading to see the match results as well as to see who would be praised as well as possibly lambasted for their behavior.

I am pleased to say that ATAG continues stronger than ever thanks to the efforts of four core ATAGers–Doug Healy, Danny Morris, Jim Williamson, and Ron Majors–who took it upon themselves to organize the matches and to submit a write up each week to the Commissioner for publication in the ATAG Reporter, and in turn, the Commish agreed to continue keeping the stats. So, in essence, it appears that ATAG has morphed from a monarchy/byzantine form of leadership to one that is more in line with a ruling oligarchy of four acting commissioners with a titular head known as The Commissioner. (don’t ask me to explain)

Some of the year’s highlights:

Despite the construction of the clubhouse building that forced ATAGers for the first three


months to gather post round in the tennis facility, attendance remained strong. There were 25 matches (with only 3 rainouts) that saw a total of 437 players gather on the Ansley tee box, drawn by the quest for the Golden Ale, and the “allure of golf in a bucolic setting juxtaposed against a bustling skyline”.  (quote from the 2011 Life in Atlanta Men’s Book which can be reviewed on the Ansley website.)

Bill Meagher’s Shot Of The Year, a Hole In One on 6-27-17 on Number 18, witnessed by the Commish on his first return to action. Only the second hole in one in ATAG history after a ten year draught. Mr. Meagher also made the news for winning  his first ever Low Net earlier in the year and then followed that later in the year with his first ever Pink Lady which now makes him a full fledged ATAGer.

The aftermath of Tropical Storm Irma failed to keep 15 dedicated ATAGers away from their weekly fix as players sloshed around on a rain soaked course full of fallen tree limbs and other storm debris.

The Commish celebrated his 70th birthday by unabashedly moving up to the senior White Tees (no problem with the ego but apparently to the envy of others)

Russ Jobson inadvertently, but with no authority,  told the barkeep earlier in the day of a match that due to the weather there would be no ATAG match. He was wrong and ATAGers were deprived of their chicken wings. Dubbed “Winggate”, Mr. Jobson was later forgiven for his egregious error.

“Steak Night” at the residence of Scotty Greene was yet another success in the continuing tradition of ATAG.

The best team score of the year was 16 under while the worst performance was a score of 5 over. Personal best scores were reported by Brooks Cowles and Tom Houle. Full reporting of the stats will be given at the closing ceremonies on November 7.

There was another “not so fast” low net award which was reversed upon a post round review of the scorecard, causing the recipients to later fork over their ill gotten gains. (Same thing happened last year. The names of the perpetrators are being withheld to protect the innocent.)

That’s it for a brief recap of the 2017 season. Let the ATAG Oligarchy roll on!

The Commish



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10-17-17 ATAG-By Ron Majors

A beautiful Fall evening attracted a full field of 20 serious competitors to play the always formidable Back 9. As usual the Back 9 challenged the field which produced scores from -1 to -9.

The hapless Team 5 of David Danzig, Bill Meagher, Russ Jobson and Anthony Morgan rewarded Team 3’s Tom Kisgen, Bill Buist, Jeff Kohn, and Ron Majors with a Golden Ale for their efforts.

Tom aka “the Houligan” Houle charged to a personal best Low Net score of 33 edging out Tom Kisgen and Ron Majors by 1 stroke to earn the $20 purse. The field was left reeling in his wake after his personal best record. Frank Corrigan once again earned a dance with the Pink Lady for a High Net score of 44. The Pink Lady is reportedly looking for new partners as she does not want a monogamous relationship, is getting tired of Frank and wants to have more variety in her life. Any volunteers?

While Jeff Kohn earned Shot of the Day honors for chipping in for birdie on #16 from 30 yards out, Scotty Greene earned a dishonorable mention for nearly whiffing his 5 wood tee shot on #17 and “moving” the ball 3 feet.

One each by Mike Schmal (#14), Doug Gooding (#18), Jeff Kohn (#16), David Danzig (#11), and Bill Meagher (#13)

CAMEOS:    Kevin McGlynn, who also served as a marshal while following the Acting Commissioner’s Team, and out of state member Al Roberds, sporting a new hip, also joined in the after round socializing.

No controversy again this week but all competitors were reminded of the constants of ATAG competitions: Bad Golf, Good Beer, Great Camaraderie.

Team 1: –6 Jim Williamson(44/37), Frank Corrigan(56/44), Tom Houle(42/33), Don Nichols(46/35)
Team 2: –6 Jeff Colbath(47/36), Mike Schmal(41/36), Ed McCormack(56/43), John Wymer(54/42)
Team3: –9 Ron Majors(38/34), Jeff Kohn(44/39), Bill Buist(52/39), Tom Kisgen(46/34)
Team 4: – 3 Scotty Greene(49/41), Danny Morris(47/39), Doug Healy(45/38), Doug Gooding(46/39)
Team 5: –1 David Danzig(48/38), Bill Meagher(39/37), Russ Jobson(53/42), Anthony Morgan(48/39)



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10-10-17 ATAG-By Acting Commissioner Ron Majors

This week’s competition was again played under friendly skies and moderate temperatures which produced ideal scoring conditions on the friendly Front 9. Despite the ideal weather conditions only 12 serious competitors answered the Call For Players. The limited field then failed to respond and produced mediocre scores. Teams 1 and 2 tied at 9 under but Team 1 was awarded the victory based on the better score on the Number 6 tie breaker hole. Team 3 finished DAL at 5 under but proudly purchased the “Golden Ale” for Tim Martin, Tom Thornhill, Ed McCormack, and John Wymer.

Kevin McGlynn fired a low net score of 32 to win low net and pocket $12 for his efforts. The unfortunate Jim Williamson earned a dance with the Pink Lady with a not so high “high net” score of 41.

Unlike last week, neither drama nor controversy influenced the post competition, traditional ATAG camaraderie and conversations. Team 3 engaged in a thoughtful conversation and expressed their reflections on the Ken Burns documentary “The Viet Nam War” and the state of American society during that period of our lives. Jeff Colbath was particularly interesting as he related his experiences as a Forward Air Observer serving in the Air Force.


Team 1: –9 Tim Martin(45/38), Tom Thornhill(42/36), Ed McCormack(49/36), John Wymer(50/38)

Team 2: –9 Doug Gooding(44/37), Jim Williamson(49/41), Kevin McGlynn(44/32), Tom Kisgen(51/38)

Team 3: –5 Jeff Colbath(50/38), Jeff Kohn(42/37), Tom Houle(45/37), Ron Majors(41/37)

LOW NET- Kevin McGlynn   net 32

LOW GROSS – Ron Majors   41

Tom Thornhill – Hole #2
Kevin McGlynn – Hole #1

Jim Williamson net 41


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Commissioner’s Note: This week’s write up is provided by Acting Commissioner Ron Majors who also arranged the pairings and who subsequently after the match results had been announced, determined that errors were made that affected the outcome. Any ridicule or scorn or excoriation emanating from his commentary are not to be construed as coming from the Commissioner, but the facts are the facts and the stats shall be recorded based upon the final scorecard revision, and those responsible for false reporting shall be dealt with in accordance with ATAG Bylaws.

10-3-17: By Ron Majors

Play began promptly this week on the always challenging Back 9 under sunny skies and moderate temperature that produced ideal scoring conditions. But the field failed to respond except for the specially chosen Team 5 of Scotty Greene, Doug Gooding, Bill Buist, and Russ Jobson who reported a team score of -14 (more on that later) blowing away the field. The hapless Team 4 reported a high score of +2 which earned them the privilege of providing the “golden ale” to the winning team.

This week’s story is really all about Team 5. The members of this team were chosen  based on rumored accusations that the individuals were slow players and that placing them together would give this “dream team” the opportunity to either confirm or refute the slow play accusations. The team did indeed give credence to the accusation of slow play as they completed their round in two hours and 21 minutes. The Acting Commissioner determined that their performance, while not outright slow, was sluggish.

It turned out that the “dream team” pairing produced a number of controversies that overshadowed their sluggish performance time including: internal bickering and debate on ATAG rules, threats of bodily harm made to the Acting Commissioner, score card errors and overstatement of handicaps. Apparently there was much internal debate and bickering over lost balls, i.e., whether a lost ball should be penalized by a penalty stroke and loss of distance or whether the lost ball should be treated as coming to rest in a lateral hazard with a penalty stroke but no loss of distance. ATAG competitions have always punished the competitor with a penalty stroke and loss of distance for lost balls or out of bounds balls. It was unclear why there was so much confusion over a long standing ATAG rule nor was the Acting Commissioner able to determine the actual effect on the scorecard.

Second, upon finishing his round one “dreamer” actually threatened the Acting Commissioner with dismemberment (reason undisclosed) but inclusion in the dream team did not affect his performance as he birdied 3 holes. A letter of severe reprimand was placed in his personnel file and the Disciplinary Committee will conduct a hearing on the matter.

Third, the submission of a Back 9 score of -14, thought to be a record or near record score, (Commissioner’s Note: It was not.The best back nine score remains at -18 and is unlikely to ever be equaled much less surpassed.) The claimed low net scores of 20+ handicappers and cart mates Bill Buist and Russ Jobson prompted Commissioner Emeritus Nichols to direct the Acting Commissioner to conduct an investigation to make sure that they had properly adjusted their handicaps after moving up to the White (Senior) Tees which requires a 3 stroke reduction in their total handicap when playing opponents teeing off from the blue tees and then applied as to where the strokes fall on the back nine. (the Commish himself now plays from the Senior Tees and adjusts his handicap accordingly.) The investigation into all of the competitors’ utilized handicaps revealed that the “white tee pair” had indeed failed to make the required adjustment and had also  made arithmetical score card errors. Thus Team 5’s score was reduced to -12 as shown below. The use of Buist’s and Jobson’s overstated handicaps also resulted in the revocation of both Buist’s and Jobson’s low net designation. Tim Martin and Ron Majors became the actual co-winners at 34. What to do about the $19 pot shared by Buist and Jobson? The Acting Commissioner strongly recommends, under penalty of DQ, that Buist and Jobson return their ill-gotten gains and the pot divided evenly between the rightful winners. Future team mates should avoid letting Bill Buist keep the card.

Said handicap investigation also resulted in Frank Corrigan being included with Brooks Cowles and Old Tom Player as co-winners of the Pink Lady.

Team 1: -5 Frank Corrigan(57/45), Tim Martin(41/34), Jeff Kohn((39/35), Draw Partner T Lewis(47/39)
Team 2: -3 Don Nichols(47/37), Gordon Strickland(52/40), Jeff Colbath(47/36), Ed McCormack(54/41)
Team 3: -5 Ron Majors(37/34), Danny Morris(45/37), Tom Thornhill(42/37), Tom Lewis(47/39)
Team 4: +2 David Danzig(49/39), Brooks Cowles(54/45), Old Tom Player(55/45), Tom Kisgen(51/39)
Team 5: -12 Scotty Greene(47/39), Doug Gooding(42/35), Bill Buist(47/35), Russ Jobson(45/35)

Ron Majors 37
Tim Martin and Ron Majors tied at 34
Doug Gooding(3) – Holes 10, 12, and 17
Ron Majors(2) – Holes 12 and 14
Frank Corrigan(57/45), Brooks Cowles(54/45), Old Tom Player(55/45)

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9-26-17 ATAG- By Doug Healy

Moving the starting time to 4:33 is a sure sign that the season is on its last legs. Being late with the Call for Players is a sure way to engage ATAG’ers in a flurry of emails, each desperate to find out if they had somehow missed “The Call” and been left behind in the march to the finish. No worries. In the end we had 20 respondents and 20 places which had thankfully been reserved early by our pro Tyler thus relieving this writer of the stress that had built up over Sunday and Monday after realizing I had not called the shop by Saturday to request the earlier times.

Team 5: Gaddis, Colbath, Kisgen and Thornton carried the day and the free beers with a score of -9. After collapsing to -1 after 3, they rallied to -9 primarily on the strength of Mike Gaddis’ 42/36 which included a birdie on #4. His birdie was coincidentally the Shot of the Day because he chipped in from off the green. It might have been a putt, but my memory is not that good. Either way, a very good shot.

Team 1: Meagher, Sellner, Morgan and Thornhill finished in second place with -8 after dropping 2 strokes on the final hole. The story here is rare and unprecedented. Craig Sellner shot 46/33 to earn low net and $20, while low handicapper Bill Meagher posted 44/41 to earn his first ever Pink Lady. One or the other of those outcomes on any given day is possible, but both on the same day and the same team, not likely.

Team 2: Martin, Majors, McCormack and Corrigan (there is still only 1 Frank Corrigan) and Team 3: Healy, Morris, Nichols and Kohn both came in at -7 with nothing particularly noteworthy to report.

Team 4: Williamson, Schmal, Wymer and Lewis supplied our winners with free beer coming in DAL at -4. To be honest, I expected more from this group but their hopes were dashed, like Team 1, when they dropped 2 strokes on the final hole.

The Players retired inside to the Men’s Grille which has recently become the norm no doubt due to the renovations and the world class air conditioning. Purists may bemoan the relocation from our traditional perch on the porch, but we will have to see how things evolve. Tom Houle made a cameo appearance.

Commissioner’s Comment: One thing that still remains an ATAG tradition is that when a player on a winning team leaves before the match results are in, or otherwise opts not to partake of his entitled Golden Ale Trophy, that “free beer” goes to the Commissioner if he is in attendance (and now, by rule of “successor in interest”, to the Acting Commissioner if the Commish is not there), so that no one on the losing team goes without having to pony up. Tom Kisgen, although he remained well after the results were announced, dutifully followed ATAG custom by informing the Commish that he was donating his hard earned brewsky and had so notified the sponsoring team whereupon John Wymer obligingly complied.


Bill Meagher: 44/41
Craig Sellner: 46/33
Anthony Morgan: 47/36
Tom Thornhill: 42/36

Tim Martin: 41/34
Ron Majors: 41/37
Ed McCormack: 53/40
Frank Corrigan: 49/37

Doug Healy: 44/37
Danny Morris: 45/36
Don Nichols: 46/35
Jeff Kohn: 43/38

Williamson: 40/38
Schmal: 40/34
Wymer: 49/38
Lewis: 45/37

Gaddis: 42/36
Colbath: 48/36
Kisgen: 52/40
Thornton: 44/36



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9-19-17 ATAG-By Jim Williamson

15 ATAGers gathered on a beautiful, but warm day for Tour Championship like competition. The back nine again offered little mercy, but a couple of the groups battled it well. However, the start times will definitely need to be moved up because darkness invaded the last groups before they could finish. Be prepared for an earlier start time next week.

The winning team of Player, Schmal, Kohn and Williamson (-7) narrowly edged out the team of Thornhill, Green, Corrigan and Thornton (-6) to win the highly coveted prize of ales. The cold, crisp, delicious beverages were provided by the losing team of Martin, Morris, Lewis, and Sellner (-1) which lost to the other (-1) team of Houle, Danzig and Sawyer. Their draw partner, Jeff Kohn, allowed them to win the playoff hole #16 and escape the dreaded last place position.

There were two birdies with Scottie Green’s on # 12 and Tom Player’s on #14. However, when someone asked Tom about his birdie it was like King Arthur holding court at the Round Table. He began describing every stroke, every thought, and every emotion he experienced in achieving this great accomplishment. When he had finished, which took longer than the telling of his renowned “Mother” joke, everyone was in complete awe of such skill.

The Scores:
Mike Schmal was playing out of his ass. Excuse me, I meant to say well, and captured both Low Gross and Low Net honors with a gross 39 & net 34.

Commissioner’s Note:  On the flip side, it appears from the scores posted below that Tom Lewis, with a net 8 over par, slipped past perennial winner Frank Corrigan for the Pink Lady. Also, in the Gallery section David Danzig submitted a live action photo of a turtle on an Ansley scorecard as a reminder to everyone to avoid slow play.


Tim Martin 42/35
Tom Thornhill 40/35
Jim Williamson 44/36
Henry Sawyer 46/37
Jeff Kohn 42/38
Scottie Green 46/38
Tom Player 49/39
William Thornton 48/40
Danny Morris 48/40
Tom Houle 49/40
David Danzig 50/40
Craig Sellner 54/42
Frank Corrigan 54/43
Tom Lewis 52/44



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9-12-17: By Doug Healy

It wasn’t even close. No sooner had the last vestiges of Irma passed through the city when a dedicated cadre of ATAG’ers showed up on our rain soaked course to battle for the golden ale. Truth be told, the lack of electricity, television and food at home was equally responsible for a very respectable turn out of 15 players including our assistant pro Tyler Hays. The clubhouse lights were burning bright and the course was open for business despite the loss of several big trees and significant debris scattered around. Many thanks to our clubhouse, golf and grounds staffs for keeping the facilities open despite what I am sure were trying times for all. The ATAG’ers had the course to themselves as there was not a single other player to be found.

First things first. Commissioner Nichols celebrated his 70th birthday on this exact day which was commemorated by his move to the white tees (see the Photo Gallery) from where he fired a blazing 45/35 besting his handicap by 1 stroke. To top things off, he ended up on the winning team contributing a score or holding serve on 6 of 9 holes, quite an impressive performance for someone who has been threatening to abandon the game entirely.

In other news, it was reported that Kevin McGlynn became a grandfather last week to a healthy future ATAG’er Barnes McGlynn. On a more somber note, Kevin’s son Alex, Ansley member and new father, is unlikely to be able to play another round of golf for at least 10 years.

The winning team of Gooding, Nichols, Majors and Hays posted an impressive
-15 and blew away the field. Gaining 2 strokes on every hole except 1 and 18 and dropping in 4 birdies made them untouchable. In fact if you added up the scores of the other 3 teams, they would still win. Coming in second was the team of Schmal, McGlynn, Kisgen and draw partner Nichols at -6. Again the Commissioner made his presence known by contributing a score on 5 holes. The closest battle of the day was between the team of Healy, Colbath, Thornhill and Morris vs the team of Sawyer, Martin, Jobson and Meagher to avoid last place. What would have been a four hole playoff in favor of Healy, Colbath et al to avoid last place, turned in favor of the Sawyer, Martin team after a last minute, corrective swipe of the indelible pen by Bill Meagher turned their score from a -4 to a -5.

Individual highlights include Tyler’s 33/33 with 3 birdies, Majors shot of the day with a hole out birdie from the bunker on #5, a birdie on #8 by Mike Schmal and 5 extraordinarily long par putts by Tim Martin which turned a 48 into a 43. Low net went to Ron Majors 36/32 and the Pink Lady went to Henry Sawyer 51/40 barely edging out Kevin McGlynn at 50/39.

No notable antics were observed on the porch following the round.

Individual Scores As Follows:

Gooding 41/33, Nichols 45/35, Majors 36/32 Hays 33/33
Schmal 40/34, McGlynn 50/39, Kisgen 50/38
Sawyer 51/40, Martin 43/36, Jobson 48/36, Meagher 42/39
Healy 45/38, Colbath 50/38, Thornhill 40/35, Morris 46/37

COMMISSIONER’S COMMENTS:  Wow, a special day for me indeed. Turning 70 is a milestone birthday and the fact that it occurred on an ATAG Tuesday and that I was on the winning team made it even more special. I appreciate all of the free beers (those given and those promised to come) and all the “happy birthday” wishes from my fellow ATAGers. Some have asked how it feels to now be 70 years old (other than getting to move up one tee box). I am reminded what Satchel Paige said when he was asked what it is like to be old. “Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.”   I don’t mind.

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Let us assume it was folks taking early departure for Labor Day travel. Or, maybe players just don’t like 80 degrees and no rain conditions. Whatever the case, the field was only thirteen players when the sun came up on Tuesday.

As participants hit practice balls on the Ansley range, Mike Schmal informed the Acting Commissioner that he would have to withdraw because of injury. Four threesomes made their way to the number 10 tee and play began promptly at 5 PM.

A combination of high rough and the three-man format caused the scores to be higher than usual. The team of Mike Gaddis, Craig Sellner and Jim Williamson were the scoring exception, turning in -7 for the day. That winning score earned a free beer for the individual players. The winning team had beer purchased for them by Danny Morris, Tom Thornhill and Doug Healy. Golf wretchedness followed the last place team around the course. They started with a seven and two sixes for net two over on hole number 10 and managed to never enter the red number zone all day, producing a measly total of 1 over par for the round. The other two teams turned in -1 and even par respectively.

Mike Gaddis continued his recent excellent play winning Low Net with three under 33. Gaddis also tied Ron Majors for Low Gross with 39. Tying for the Pink Lady, a pair of Toms – Houle and Thornhill.

The group of twelve managed no birdies and no one had a shot that stood ou as remarkable enough to be described for shot of the day.
Winning Team – Mike Gaddis, Craig Sellner, Jim Williamson -7
Second Place – Tom Houle, Henry Sawyer, Jeff Colbath -1
Third Place – Ron Majors, Russ Jobson, Tom Kisgen Even
Dragging Up the Rear – Danny Morris, Doug Healy, Tom Thornhill +1

8-29-17 Scores:   Gross/Net

Mike Gaddis 39 33
Jeff Colbath 47 36
Ron Majors 39 36
Danny Morris 44 36
Jim Williamson 44 36
Henry Sawyer 47 37
Russ Jobson 51 39
Tom Kisgen 50 39
Craig Sellner 51 39
Doug Healy 47 40
Tom Houle 50 41
Tom Thornhill 45 41

Hope you enjoy your Labor Day weekend. The course will be closed for play on Tuesday, September 5. There will be no ATAG match next Tuesday. Look for the Call for Players on Sunday September 10 for play on September 12


ATAG 9-22-17 CELESTIAL HANGOVER!   By Danny Morris

This ATAG Tuesday was just one day removed from the Southeast’s biggest and “bestest” solar eclipse in a century. Most of the golfers appeared blinded by the previous day’s light. Stunned. The Ansley Inward Nine provided the golf setting. (Of note, the next week’s match will also be played on the back nine to accommodate statistics management.)

The Back Nine backdrop was hazardous to the players scoring. The Low Gross score of the day belonged to Mike Schmal with a modest 42. Ansley Assistant Pro Tyler Hays joined one of the threesomes (thanks Tyler for jumping in). Tyler struck the ball 33 times over eight holes but had trouble on the par five 14th and did not post a score there. He did not wish to record a nine-hole score and Mr. Schmal was awarded the Low Gross title.

Low Net was shared by William Thornton, Doug Gooding and Tom Kisgen. Each member of the trio negotiated a higher than usual Low Net – 36. A couple of participant golf bags had been put away and one of the competitors had a conference call so the players eschewed a chip off in favor a split of the prize money. Tom Kisgen was a back to back low net winner. The Commissioner’s Office has Mr. Kisgen on a watch list.

The team of Kisgen, Mike Gaddis and Tom Lewis picked up Doug Gooding as a draw partner. Adding Gooding pulled the original threesome from even par to -8. Those four winners collected free beer from Danny Morris, Frank Corrigan, Mike Schmal and Tim Martin.

The Pink Lady found an unlikely home with low handicapper and good golfer, Jeff Kohn.  Birdies were produced by Tom Lewis and Doug Gooding, both on the Par 5 14th. Lewis gets credit for shot of the day. His birdie on #14 came after his tee shot was blasted into the #15 fairway, he worked his way back to the proper fairway and his approach was close enough for a tap-in. Tyler Hays birdied 18.

Football conversations were heard around the tables as plans were being made and discussions were had by those with tickets, tailgates and favorite teams. A group hanging around the grill late, swapped stories about great games they attended and stupid fraternity pranks in which they participated.

It feels imperative that we acknowledge the excellent condition of the Ansley course. Great growing conditions have made our fairways unbelievably healthy and beautiful. The greens had remnants of a very light coating of sand but the speed was up and the roll seemed perfect. Thanks to Courtney Young and the Grounds Committee for this special place to play golf.

See you next week on the Homeward Nine.

Team Scores
Gaddis, Kisgen, Lewis and Gooding (Draw Partner) -8 Winners
Thornton, Wymer, Kohn, Hays -4
Majors, Thornhill, Gooding, Buist -3
Martin, Corrigan, Morris, Schmal -2 Patrons

8-22-17   Scores: Gross/ Net
Tyler Hays 38 38 *
Doug Gooding 43 36
William Thornton 43 36
Tom Kisgen 47 36
Mike Schmal 42 37
Bill Buist 50 38
Danny Morris 47 39
Frank Corrigan 50 39
Ron Majors 43 40
Tom Thornhill 44 40
John Wymer 51 40
Tom Lewis 49 41
Mike Gaddis 47 41
Tim Martin 49 42
Jeff Kohn 47 43

*Estimated Score

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