Here is a recap of last week’s episode of the ATAG Tour reality show:
September 30, 2014-By Don Nichols
It was the last day of September and another beautiful day that saw 19 ATAGers step up to the first tee of the friendly front nine of the Ansley Golf Club, drawn to the immaculate greens and lush fairways that beckoned against the clear blue skies.
COMMISSIONER’S TEAM VICTORIOUS! This week’s Commissioner’s Team of nineteen handicappers Jeff Colbath, Brooks Cowles, Tom Player, and Don Nichols blasted the field with a score of 13 under, enabling them to capture the Golden Ale Trophy–this week the complimentary beverage provided by the team of Mike Gaddis, Tom Houle, Bill Meagher, and Mike Schmal who finished at 8 under and then lost the tiebreaker to earn full sponsorship rights.
MEAGHER BREAKS SLUMP! Single digiter Bill Meagher broke out of his recent ATAG slump, firing a 37 for the best round of the day and his best ATAG score since early April.
SAWYER EDGES PAST 3 OTHERS TO WIN LOW NET! Seventeen handicapper Henry Sawyer won his third low net of the year, firing a 41 for a net 4 under, enabling him to slip by Tom Houle, Jeff Colbath, and Marty Arnold who were one stroke back. (Hmm, would have been an interesting chip off) Interesting to note that Sawyer earned the Pinkster two weeks ago with a net 13 over par, took a week off, and then returned this week to shoot a net 4 under. (Sawyer declined to say what he did during the off week to bring his game back but it is believed he attended a 7 day golf boot camp)
MCGLYNN AND GADDIS SHARE PINK LADY! It was not a good day for Kevin McGlynn and Mike Gaddis (the leading money winner), as each reported the day’s high net of 6 over.
SHOT OF THE DAY! THE EAGLE SOARS AGAIN! Jeff Colbath rolled in an unlikely “156 yard putt” on the first hole for an Eagle, getting the Commissioner’s team off to a great start. No one saw the mysterious shot and Colbath admitted he had no clue where the ball ended up after he bladed his approach shot and last saw it skimming along the ground toward the green. After 5 minutes of fruitless searching in the bushes behind the green, a resigned Colbath walked past the hole, happened to peer in, and was greeted by a slightly nicked Bridgestone e6 smiling sheepishly up at him. The event marked the second Eagle for Colbath in ATAG competition (the first occurring in 2007) and the first made on a Par 4 since the one recorded by former ATAGer Andy Tyber in 2008.
BIRDS A CHIRPING! The Birdies were chirping as 5 birds were contributed to the club’s coffers thanks to individual contributions from Bill Meagher, Mike Schmal, Jeff Kohn, Jeff Colbath (yes, a birdie and an eagle), and Tom Player, the latter making the club’s roster for the first time this year.
FINAL RESULTS: 9-30-14 FRONT NINE
Colbath, Cowles, Player, Nichols -13
Kohn, Morris, Arnold, Healy -10
Sellner, McGlynn, Williamson, Sawyer -9
Corrigan, Wymer, Majors, Schmal (draw partner) -8
Meagher, Gaddis, Schmal, Houle -8 (tie breaker)
-Another beautiful evening on the porch and the mood was boisterous as players talked about their rounds. Bill Meagher nominated Mike Schmal for honorable mention for Shot Of The Day, describing how Schmal managed in successive shots to “hit a person, then hit the beverage cart, and then hit a tree.”
-There was much discussion about the U.S. team’s failure in the Ryder Cup and many agreed that U.S. captain Tom Watson was to blame. This prompted Tom Player to rise and offer a toast to the Commissioner who, week in and week out, effectively uses the “pod system” to field competitive teams for match play.
–Mike Schmal was randomly selected by the last group’s threesome to be their draw partner, enabling that team to go from 6 under to 8 under, putting them in a tie with the other 8 under team (which included Schmal) for the right to be the day’s sponsor. (Schmal’s score on the tie breaker hole was not needed by the threesome, so his rightful team ended up on the buy side.)
–John Wymer was proudly wearing a golf visor autographed by Phil Mickelson that he recently won in a charity auction. The Commissioner eagerly offered to also autograph the visor but Wymer politely declined the offer.
-The Low Net pot was one dollar shot but no one would admit that he had failed to put in the entry fee. An investigation is pending.
–Russ Jobson made yet another cameo appearance on the porch–his 4th of the season.
-The 2014 ATAG season is winding down, with only three more matches before the club closes the course for the annual Boo Bash on November 28, and Daylight Savings Time will have ended before the following Tuesday.
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.
9-30-2014 Front Nine Individual Results Gross / Net
Meagher 37 / 35
Majors 39 / 34
Schmal 41 / 35
Sawyer 41 / 32
Kohn 42 / 35
Houle 42 / 33
Arnold 43 / 33
Colbath 43 / 33
Healy 44 / 37
Nichols 45 / 35
Williamson 45 / 36
Cowles 47 / 37
Player 47 / 37
Corrigan 48 / 35
Morris 48 / 40
Gaddis 48 / 41
Wymer 49 / 38
Sellner 51 / 37
McGlynn 52 / 41