August 12, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was the “friendly front nine” and another pretty day that drew a full capacity field of 20 players this past Tuesday. The course was in great condition and the mood was upbeat as the first tee ball was struck at precisely 5 pm to get the match underway.

13 UNDER GETS THE COMPLIMENTARY BREW!  With five foursomes in the competition, it took a while for the last group to make its way up to the porch. But when they did, and plunked down a score card that read 13 under, the Commissioner immediately announced “we have a winner” , much to the delight of Tom Kisgen, Jeff Colbath, Craig Sellner, and William Thornton.  (But this was much to the chagrin of the first group whose score of 10 under seemed to be the likely winner as each of the other teams reported in.)  The real surprise came in determining who would be the purveyors of the fine barley to the victors. The second group sat forlornly on the porch with a score of 6 under, resigned to their fate. But, in keeping with the saying “there’s always someone who sucks more”, the fourth group pairing of Jim Williamson, Kevin McGlynn, Brooks Cowles, and Bill Buist staggered up to the porch and sheepishly laid down a score card that read 5 under, whereupon the winners quickly placed their order and the fourth group put their money back in their pockets and sighed in relief.

M.O.G DAY!  It turned out to be the Michael O. Gaddis day as the 15 handicapper was both Medalist and Low Net winner, firing a 41 for a net 3 under to pocket the 20 one dollar bills. This marked the second time this year that M.O.G has won both Medalist and Low Net and the third time he has won the Low Net, making him tied with Danny Morris as the leader in the clubhouse for Sandbagger Of The Year. (Gaddis, however, leads as Top Money Winner with $55 vs $50)

THREE WAY TIE FOR PINK LADY!  Since changing the format to High Net vs High Gross, the Pink Lady competition has opened the door for many more participants and, like last week, there were three players that tied for this week’s unenviable award. Coming in with a net 4 over par was the unlikely trio of Danny Morris, Henry Sawyer, and Ron Majors, each of whom is more known for their production at the other end of the spectrum. Majors, an 8 handicap, was shocked to learn that he had earned his first Pinkster and thus it is his photo that appears in the Gallery as a testament to his own personal milestone.

MARTIN HAS SHOT OF THE DAY!   Fourteen handicapper Tim Martin received Shot Of The Day honors for his 155 yd tee shot on # 9 that ended up as a tap in for a birdie.

BIRDIE TRAIN CONTINUES TO ROLL!  The Birdie Train continued its steady roll, aided this week by a total of four contributions thanks to individual deposits by Mike Gaddis, Tim Martin, Craig Sellner, and Jeff Colbath, with the latter two players joining the prestigious Birdie Club roster for the first time this year.

Final Team Results: 8-12-14 Front Nine

Kisgen, Thornton, Colbath, Sellner                                                                   -13

Schmal, Houle, Wymer, Corrigan                                                                      -10

Gaddis, Morris, Majors, Nichols                                                                         – 9

Healy, Gooding, Martin, Sawyer                                                                         – 6

Williamson, McGlynn, Cowles, Buist                                                                 – 5


-It was another pleasant evening on the porch for drinking beer and consuming chicken wings while waiting for the match results. Although the tables had been pulled together, the large size of the group resulted in two or more different conversations between those seated close to each other, but there was no hollering across the tables like the bar room scene in last week’s post round gathering in the Men’s Grill.

-PJ Wade made yet another cameo appearance on the porch, making sure that ATAGers didn’t forget him and vowing to return to the Tour once his ailing back heals. His dedication to ATAG was duly noted by the Commissioner and all of those present.

-Speaking of dedication to ATAG, check out the photo of Doug Healy in the Gallery section. While vacationing at Atlantic City, Healy was strolling along the Boardwalk and, in an impulsive move , (or was it a drunken stupor?) decided to get a tattoo that reflects his dedication to the ATAG fraternity. (much like newly enlisted drunken sailors , Healy was conned into thinking that it was only temporary)

-Anthony Morgan was spotted walking past the clubhouse carrying his golf bag strapped to his shoulders, appearing to have completed a non ATAG golf round on an ATAG Tuesday, which is strictly forbidden by ATAG By Laws. The Commissioner quickly dispatched an ATAG security team to question Morgan which reported back that Morgan was simply dropping by the Club to pick up his clubs before heading out of town so he was cleared of any wrong doing. (although a follow up investigation has been ordered.)

That’s it for this week. Scroll down to see the individual scores of today’s match. Next week’s match will likely have higher scores since it will be on the dastardly back nine. Hope to see you then!


Final Standings: 8-12-14  Front Nine  Gross / Net

Gaddis                                                   41 / 33

Martin                                                   43 / 36

Schmal                                                  43 / 37

Thornton                                              44 / 36

Majors                                                   44 / 40

Colbath                                                 45 / 35

Wymer                                                  46 / 35

Williamson                                          46 / 36

Gooding                                                 46 / 38

Kisgen                                                     47 / 36

McGlynn                                                 47 / 36

Cowles                                                      47 / 37

Houle                                                        47 / 37

Healy                                                         48 / 39

Sawyer                                                       48 / 40

Corrigan                                                    49 / 36

Nichols                                                       49 / 38

Morris                                                         49 / 40

Buist                                                            50 / 38

Sellner                                                         52 / 38


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August 5, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was hot and sunny, but still a beautiful day, and it was the mid point of the season, but most would have flunked their mid term exams judging by the high scores on this particular Tuesday afternoon. Out of a field of 19, only four players managed to break par while the others were administered a beat down by the ornery back nine, including four players who tied for the worst net score.


The team of Scotty Greene, Marty Arnold, Henry Sawyer, and Tom Kisgen were second to finish but first atop the standings with a score of 8 under, picking up three shots on the last two holes to slip by three other teams who finished at 6 under. It wasn’t close at the other end as this week’s Commissioner’s Team of Bill Meagher, Tim Martin, Mike Schmal, and Don Nichols who was 3 under early in their round but then struggled down to even par at the end to earn sponsorship rights.

MEAGHER IS MEDALIST AGAIN!  Formerly 5 handicapper–now a 3- Bill Meagher once again trumped the field of high handicappers, posting a score of 39 (but a net 2 over) after faltering with two bogeys and a double (offset by one birdie).

KISGEN WINS LOW NET IN CHIP OFF!  Twenty one handicapper Tom Kisgen and twenty handicapper Tom Houle tied for low net at 3 under, setting the stage for a chip off in the twilight. Kisgen went first and lofted a nice pitch shot that landed on the green some 15 feet before the pin and then slowly rolled toward the hole–except the ball continued its slow roll some 5 feet past the hole, providing an opportunity for Houle.  Houle, last week’s low net winner, then stepped up and stubbed his shot some 3-4 feet, never making the green but making it an easy 19 bucks for Kisgen. (Perhaps his choking was aided by the Commissioner’s quiet admonition to Houle as he set up to the ball that ATAGers don’t like to see guys win low net two weeks in a row?)

PINK LADIES GALORE!  Talk about having a bad day, four players finished at a net 8 over par. Receiving their own individual Pinkster were William Thornton, Marty Arnold, Frank Corrigan, and Don Nichols, with the latter posting his worst ATAG score since 2006 (when official individual stats were first recorded.) The score cards of the Pinkster recipients revealed  an unsightly plethora of doubles and triples, sufficient enough to earn each person the  “sucked more” moniker.

BIRDIE TRAIN KEEPS ROLLING!  Despite the overall poor play of the field, the Birdie Club admitted one new member–Jeff Kohn–who opened his account with a two bird deposit. Also adding to their account with single deposits were Birdie Club members Jim Williamson, Doug Gooding, Tom Houle, and Bill Meagher.

Final Results 8-5-14  Back Nine

Greene, Sawyer, Arnold, Kisgen                                                                                    -8

Sellner, Healy, Morris, Jobson                                                                                      -6

Gooding, Corrigan, Kohn, Meagher (draw)                                                              -6

Williamson, Thornton, Houle, McCormick                                                               -6

Meagher, Martin, Schmal, Nichols                                                                             even


-The Club was hosting a private function on the ATAG upper deck so each group headed to the Grill as soon as they finished.  So, instead of the peaceful and pleasant story telling in the serene ambiance of  the upper deck porch, the atmosphere in the Grill was a typical bar room raucous scene with players shouting across the tables as the Commissioner tried to tabulate the results. Adding to the Commish’s consternation was the delay in receiving correctly completed score cards from the last two teams which delayed the selection of the Draw Partner and the final outcome of the match. This did not sit well with the Commish who, time and time again, has given instructions as to the proper way to fill out the score card in an ATAG match. (not to mention he had just shot his highest nine hole score ever)

-Shouting louder than the others was William Thornton who, upon entering the already noisy Grill,  vociferously lambasted the group playing in front of him for their slow play, causing Bill Meagher to politely suggest that Thornton may want to consider leaving. A Letter of Reprimand has been placed in Mr. Thornton’s file for “conduct unbecoming a member of ATAG.”

-While standing next to the bunker on #16, Tim Martin was struck by an errant tee shot from #15. No warning was given and the perpetrator did not come forward but it was from the threesome of Jeff Kohn, Doug Gooding, and William Thornton. The heat seeking missile found its mark and shook up Martin so much that he triple bogeyed the hole.

-PJ Wade made yet another cameo appearance, this time greeting each group at the # 8 tee box before joining everyone in the Grill.

-Ron Majors was a game day cancellation that necessitated selecting a draw partner for his team. Majors’ regular Tuesday morning game was pushed back to later in the day so he was faced with a decision–either play with his ATAG brotherhood fraternity, or diss them and play with the scalawag mercenaries in the Tuesday morning group. He chose the latter, and a letter has been placed in his file. (he did try to make amends by joining everyone in the Grill–but he had shown his cards and the harm had already been done).

-Not sure when the party ended, because the Commish was quick to leave the undisciplined scene after the chip off and the final results were announced.

That’s it for this week. Scroll down for the individual scores.

8-5-14 Back Nine Final Standings   Gross / Net

Meagher-1st Gross                           39 / 38

Kohn -3rd Net                                    42 / 35

Kisgen-1st Net                                   43 / 33

Houle-2nd Net                                   43 / 33

Gooding-3rd Net                                43 / 35

Schmal                                                  44 / 38

Healy                                                     45 / 38

Morris                                                   45 / 37

Williamson                                           46 / 38

Sawyer                                                   46 / 39

Greene                                                    46 / 39

Martin                                                     47 / 40

Jobson                                                    50 / 41

Thornton                                                51 / 44

McCormick                                            53 / 40

Arnold                                                     53 / 44

Sellner                                                    53 / 40

Nichols                                                   54 / 44

Corrigan                                                 56 / 44


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July 29, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was a gorgeous day –most likely one of the reasons for an oversubscribed response to this week’s Call For Players that caused the Commissioner to have to deny spots to 4 players with weak attendance records.

On such a pleasant, sunny day with blue skies and no humidity, and fully recovered greens and plush fairways awaiting, you could sense the excitement as 20 players gathered into five prearranged teams on the friendly front nine to challenge for the Golden Ale Trophy.


This week’s Commissioner’s Team of Tom Kisgen, Henry Sawyer, Brooks Cowles, and Don Nichols emerged as the victor  by finishing at 11 under and then easily winning the tie breaker hole to take home the coveted liquid trophy. The victory marked the second time that this particular Commissioner’s Team pairing has come out on top. (so don’t be surprised to see more of this “random” pairing.)

The tiebreaker method also came into play to see who would be this week’s benefactor as two teams waddled in at 5 under. A quick review of the scorecards revealed that the dubious privilege would go to the official DAL team of Bill Meagher, Mike Gaddis, Danny Morris, and Marty Arnold.

IT’S HOULE-A-MAN DAY!   It turned out to be Tom Houle’s day as the twenty handicapper grabbed both Medalist and Low Net honors and also was the sole contributor to the Birdie Club. (His first admittance into the prestigious club). Houle’s gross score of 41 was the day’s best, resulting in a winning low net score of 5 under that enabled him to pocket the 21 dollar bills.

ARNOLD GETS THE PINKSTER!  Eighteen handicapper Marty Arnold took home his third Pinkster of the year with a net score of 8 under, slipping by a hard charging Russ Jobson whose double, triple, triple finish still came up two shots short of Arnold’s “sucked more” score, which was aided by four triples and a double.

SHOTS OF THE DAY! (not really)  After hitting his approach shot from atop the hill on # 8, Scotty Greene lost control of his pull cart (ok, trolley) which made a beeline for the creek where it finally came to a halt after tumbling in. Also,   Doug Healy’s tee shot on # 9 landed within 4 feet of the pin, setting up an excellent opportunity for birdie and a sure par. He three putted the four footer for a bogey. (Such are the trials and tribulations of high handicappers )

Final Team Results 7-29-14 Front Nine

Kisgen, Sawyer, Cowles, Nichols                                                          -11 (tiebreaker)

Healy, Houle, Williamson, McGlynn                                                   -11

Schmal, Gooding, Sellner, Buist                                                            -7

Greene, Jobson, Morgan, Martin                                                          -5

Meagher, Gaddis, Morris, Arnold                                                         -5 (tiebreaker)

Final Individual Results: Gross / Net

Houle                      41  /  31

Schmal                   42 /  36

Meagher                 42 /  40

Martin                     44 /  36

Williamson            44 / 36

Gaddis                      44 / 36

Nichols                     45 / 34

Kisgen                       45 / 34

Healy                         45 / 36

Morris                       45 / 36

Gooding                    45 /37

Greene                       45 / 39

Cowles                        46 / 35

Sawyer                        47 / 35

McGlynn                     49 / 38

Morgan                        49 / 39

Buist                             50/38

Sellner                          51 / 39

Jobson                          52 / 42

Arnold                           53 / 44


– A gorgeous night on the porch as players waited for each of the five teams to finish. Chairs and tables had been dutifully pulled together by the first group but it quickly became apparent that they had miscalculated the number of chairs needed. Rather than face an uprising from their peers, they quickly corrected the oversight by bringing in banquet chairs from the adjoining dining room.

-It was a hearty night of socializing and laughter and, for the first time in a long while, new jokes were told by Danny Morris, Don Nichols, and Brooks Cowles–all of which were well received by the joke starved group.

-PJ Wade made yet another cameo appearance on the porch and announced that he would soon be coming off the DL and is eager to rejoin the ATAG Tour.

-The Commissioner, this week on the winning team,  was noted to be drinking a margarita instead of a beer but ATAG rules clearly state that the winning prize shall be one of the Club’s fine selection of beers rather than the hard stuff. However, Mike Gaddis, this week on the losing team, volunteered to buy the Commish a margarita. ( and thus a dangerous precedent may have been set.)

-The losing team of Bill Meagher, Mike Gaddis, Danny Morris, and Marty Arnold were upset by their play and requested the opportunity to be paired again. (for a repeat, defeat?) The Commissioner said he would oblige.

That’s it for this week. Next week we take on the more difficult back nine. See you then!






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July 22, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was day full of overcast skies with the threat of rain but, by tee time, the skies had cleared to reveal another beautiful Tuesday afternoon for the ATAG Tour. This week a full field of 20 players took on the tough back nine.

15 UNDER SETS THE BAR FOR THE BACK NINE! The team of Doug Healy, Kieran Quinn, Ed McCormick, and Scotty Greene set the bar for the back nine this year, coming in at 15 under after picking up four shots on the last hole. The Commissioner’s Team, third group off the tee, sat on the porch confident of victory after picking up two shots on the last hole to end up at 12 under (matching the best back nine score this year) and were annoyed that it took so long for the last team to turn in their scorecard so that they could get their free beer. (the Commissioner even threatened to DQ the group for their tardiness in delaying the outcome of the match.) Finally score keeper Doug Healy came to the porch (apparently after showering and changing clothes) and plunked the scorecard down on the table declaring that “he would have a Bud”.

The last time an ATAG team posted a 15 under score on the back nine was on June 30, 2009, when Henry Sawyer, Scotty Greene, Jeff Colbath, and Jeff McClellan claimed the first place prize. (However, before the aforementioned players get too giddy, the all time record score for the back nine remains at 18 under, posted on October 10, 2006, by the team of Brad Reese, David Danzig, Dick Pease, and yours truly).

The only other drama was determining who would be this week’s purveyor of the Golden Ale as two teams finished at 4 under. A quick review of the scorecards revealed that the team of Russ Jobson, Doug Gooding, Henry Sawyer, and Frank Corrigan deserved the “sucked more” moniker after making net double bogey on the tiebreaker hole.

BILL MEAGHER IS MEDALIST (again)   Single digiter Bill Meagher posted a 38 to follow his 36 on the front last week for the best score of the day to capture Medalist honors.  This marks the 5th time Meagher has finished atop the Leaderboard out of the ten matches he has played. (Although he is quick to tell you that he has not once received any monetary reward no matter how well he has played. These kind of complaints from single digit handicappers fall on deaf ears to high handicappers.)

DOUG HEALY WINS LOW NET!   18 handicapper Doug Healy birdied the last hole to end up with a score of 40, for a net 5 under to pocket the 20 one dollar bills, marking his first Low Net since April 2011.

COLBATH TAKES ANOTHER COLD BATH!  Nineteen handicapper Jeff Colbath matched his opening day score of 54 to end up with his fifth Pinkster of the year with a net 9 over par.

MEAGHER HAS SHOT OF THE DAY!  Bill Meagher had Shot Of The Day, following up a booming tee shot on # 1 with a 9 iron that ended up 4 inches from the hole. (he reportedly made the putt for his first birdie of the day) Doug Healy received honorable mention for hitting the pin with a 50 foot pitch shot on #16 and then sinking the 15 foot putt to save par.

BIRDIE CLUB ADMITS TWO MORE MEMBERS!  John Wymer and Doug Healy were admitted into the prestigious club for the first time this year. Wymer holed out a 20 footer on # 12 and Healy concluded his round with a 15 footer. Also making contributions were Scotty Greene who also birdied #18, and Bill Meagher who dropped in two more to add to his cumulative total and keep his lead atop the Birdie Club roster.

Final Team/Individual Results: 7-22-2014 Back Nine

Healy (40), Greene (41), McCormick (50), Quinn (51 )                      -15                   Morgan (46), Majors (40), Wymer (46), Nichols (45)                        -12     Kohn(46), Sellner (55), Meagher (38), Kisgen (46)                              -5               Martin (46), Colbath (54), Williamson (42), Cass (46)                        -4                     Gooding (47), Sawyer (44), Corrigan (55), Jobson (46)                      -4


-Another great night on the porch as the tables and chairs were dutifully assembled by the first group to enable a communal conversation between the players while consuming one or more cold ones and chowing down on the complimentary chicken wings.

-Commissioner’s Team player John Wymer appeared on the porch after showering and changing into a suit and tie, apparently dressing for the occasion to receive what he thought would be a free beer after his team posted what they thought was a winning  12 under score.

-PJ Wade made an early cameo appearance and greeted each team as they finished their round.  William Thornton made a late cameo appearance and joined the few remaining ATAGers who opted to have last call at the Pool Bar. (an ATAG first)

-Tom Houle was a late cancellation but promised to join the group on the porch. He did not. A Letter of Reprimand has been placed in his file.  Fortunately, Ben Cass returned to the ATAG Tour by answering the call to the back up list.

That’s it for this week. The next match is on the Friendly Front Nine.

See you then!




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July 15, 2014-By Acting Commissioner Danny Morris (the Commissioner was called away on business but Core ATAGer Danny Morris assumed the responsibilities. Below is his chronicle of the day’s match.)

Depending on your choice of weather services the rain forecast during the late afternoon hour was between 60% and 90%. Stormy cloud formations were visible, but the Ansley 9 Hole expanse remained dry with moderate temperature and a light breeze.
The scores reflected the excellent weather. Two players, Tim Martin and Tom Kisgen, tied for low net each with a score of net 30. Ten of the sixteen players were at net part or better. Martin won a chip off and pocketed $16. Many of the participants enjoying post round refreshments on the ATAG deck were not surprised that Mr. Martin was able to capture the title. Most expressed concerns that Martin’s mid-teen handicap was not in proper synchronization with his continuing high 30’s/low 40’s scoring. Mr. Martin expressed concern that it was nobody’s business when or if he entered handicaps into the GHIN system. The conflict was left unresolved.

The scores reflected the excellent weather. Two players, Tim Martin and Tom Kisgen, tied for low net each with a score of net 30. Ten of the sixteen players were at net part or better. Martin won a chip off and pocketed $16. Many of the participants enjoying post round refreshments on the ATAG deck were not surprised that Mr. Martin was able to capture the title. Most expressed concerns that Martin’s mid-teen handicap was not in proper synchronization with his continuing high 30’s/low 40’s scoring. Mr. Martin expressed concern that it was nobody’s business when or if he entered handicaps into the GHIN system. The conflict was left unresolved.

Bill Meagher reigned as low gross leader with raw score of 36. Comments regarding Mr. Meagher were only positive as he continues his fine play.

Jeff Colbath was awarded the Pink Lady with a net 39. His son Greg actually netted a 46 but it was felt the award belonged to an ATAGer. Jeff was noticeably agitated that his “reasonable” score would generate the Pinkster. After due consideration the decision was made to offer a Family Pack Pinky to the Colbaths.

Much the same as the individual scores, the team scores were also low. The team of Healy, Player, Morris and Majors strutted in believing their -10 would give them a chance at victory only to be met by two other groups tied at -11. The last team to arrive on the porch was the best. Gaddis, Meagher. Jobson and McGlynn posted -12 to capture a beer from the providers.

There were no shots of the day reported so I will take the liberty of describing the way Tom Player played the par 5 seventh hole. After sculpting a prodigious drive well past the right side bunkers… maybe 275-280 total yards, Tom chiseled a fairway wood to just off the fringe within 15 feet or so of the front of the green, now an eagle was in view with a birdie as a back-up plan. Eschewing the putter (in retrospect that might have been a better choice) the artist hammered a chipper far past the hole. His comebacker was then bludgeoned well by the target. Because the team didn’t need Tom’s score and because he was not in the running for either low net or pink lady but most importantly because we did not want to see a four putt, Mr. Player received a grant from his benefactor teammates and recorded a five.

Once again the conversation drifted toward recipes and restaurants…far from the heady days of youth.

Individual Scores: 7-15-14 Front Nine

Gross /Net
Martin 38/ 30    Low Net Winner in Chip-off
Kisgen 41/30
Sellner 47/ 33
Morris 42/ 33
Meagher 36/ 33 Low Gross
Healy 43/ 34
McGlynn 46/ 35
Majors 41/ 36
Gaddis 44/ 36
Jobson 46/36
Gooding 45/ 37
Player 47/ 37
McCormick 52/37
Morgan 48/ 38
Colbath, Jeff 49/ 39 Pinky (ATAG Version)
Colbath, Greg 59/ 46 Pinky (Guest)



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Two Late Cancellations Drops Field To 14!

Punched Greens Not An Issue!

July 8, 2014-By Don Nichols

After two late cancellations, it was a field of 14 that took on the bugbear back nine, resulting in the need for the last two groups to rely on a draw partner. The last two back nine matches were rain outs, but this day was sunny and dry, the fairways were hard and provided extended roll, and even the putts rolled nicely despite the recently punched/ sanded greens.

12 Under Sets The Bar For The Back Nine!  The team of Tim Martin, Tom Kisgen, Brooks Cowles, and Kieran Quinn set the bar for the back nine with a score of 12 under, edging past two other teams at 10 under. All of the team scores were the best this year for the back nine, possibly due to the great course conditions as well as the fact that players are beginning to get into mid season form.

Commissioner’s Team DAL!  This week’s Commissioner’s Team of Al Roberds, Jeff Colbath, Don Nichols, and draw partner Kieran Quinn came up on the short end of the stick with a score of 9 under. (Once again attesting to the improved play as a 9 under score on the back nine normally gives you a W, or at least not DAL)

Martin Wins Low Gross!   Fifteen handicapper (now playing to a 6 based on his last 5 scores) Tim Martin posted yet another score of 40 to win medalist honors and a tie for Low Net.

Sawyer Wins Low Net In Chip Off!   Eighteen handicapper (now playing to a 5 based on his last 3 scores) Henry Sawyer posted a score of 42, giving him a net 3 under and putting him in a chip off with Tim Martin for the $14 Low Net purse. Even though the Commissioner  placed the ball in a more lenient position just off the green with a clear shot at the flag, the chip off was anti climatic as Martin went first and flubbed his attempt, enabling Sawyer to calmly step up and chip the ball onto the green without any need to get it close to the hole.

Quinn Takes Home The Pinkster!   Twenty four handicapper Kieran Quinn returned to the ATAG Tour for the first time this year, and promptly claimed the Pink Lady with a net score of 8 over par. Opening with back to back triples and later adding a quad and four doubles was all it took for the white haired Quinn, now sporting a matching white scuffy Earnest Hemingway beard, to pocket his first Pinkster this year.

Birdie Club Admits Another New Member!   The Birdie Train continued to roll, thanks to contributions from William Thornton ( second week in a row) and Jeff Colbath, who rolled in a 15 footer for birdie on #18 , enabling him to punch his ticket for admittance into the prestigious club for the first time this year.

Final Results: 7-8-14  Back Nine

Martin (40), Cowles (45), Kisgen (47), Quinn (56)                                             -12

Sellner (52), Thornton (45), Williamson (44), Sawyer (42)                            -10

Morgan (45), McCormick (54), Buist (48), Thornton (draw)                          -10

Roberds (51), Colbath (45), Nichols (45), Quinn (draw)                                     -9

Commissioner’s Corner:

-The tables were drawn together and players enjoyed the outdoor ambiance while waiting for the outcome of the match, which took a little longer than usual since draw partners were required for the last two teams.  As fate would have it, Kieran Quinn ended up on both the winning and losing team and had to buy himself a beer.

-Draw partners were required because Doug Healy and Frank Corrigan were late cancellations, each citing an injury. Healy redeemed himself by showing up on the porch and joining in the socializing, but Corrigan did not make such a gesture. A Letter has been placed in Mr. Corrigan’s file.

That’s it for this week’s recap. Next week we return to the Friendly Front Nine.  See you then!

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July 1, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was a “heated match” all right–92 degrees on the first day of July–but that didn’t stop 16 ATAGers from battling it out on the Front Nine for the coveted Golden Ale Trophy.

Commissioner’s Team Victorious! This week’s randomly assembled Commissioner’s Team of Henry Sawyer, Tom Kisgen, Brooks Cowles, and Don Nichols topped the field with a score of 15 under, enabling the victors to down the complimentary cold one. The pairing represented the highest total handicap team in the day’s field (the “A” player was an 18) but the high cappers managed to stay out of trouble and teamed up to keep the red numbers growing on each hole.

Coming in last, literally and figuratively, was the fourth group team of Mike Gaddis, Mike Schmal, Marty Arnold, and Tom Houle which finished 3 under to earn the right to be the sponsor of the match.

Sawyer and Martin Tie For Low Gross!   Eighteen handicapper Henry Sawyer and 15 handicapper Tim Martin each posted a score of 40 over the front nine links for Low Gross honors.

Sawyer Wins Low Net!  Henry Sawyer’s gross score of 40 gave him a net score of 5 under, enabling him to slip by Tim Martin’s net of 4 under and pocket the 16 one dollar bills. Sawyer also finished at 5 under net in the last match but ended up losing to Danny Morris in a chip off.  Eighteen handicapper Sawyer’s back to back scores of 40 were reported to the ATAG Handicap Committee.

It was a tight battle for the high net Pink Lady, but ended up a draw between Marty Arnold, Tom Houle, and Doug Gooding, each of whom posted a net 5 over.

Birdie Club Admits New Member! The Birdie Club was pleased to admit William Thornton to this year’s roster, thanks to his birdie on # 9, while Bill Meagher added one more to his total, keeping himself at the top of the leader board for the prestigious club.

Nichols Has Shot Of The Day (sort of)  Nichols’ tee shot on # 2  was straight down the middle but didn’t quite clear the creek, hitting the far side wall and kicking backwards some 20 yards to land near the bell. He then followed with a precise 6″ high worm burning, seeing eye nine wood shot that soared mightily down the center of the wooden bridge before nicking the end rail and caroming into the middle of the fairway.

Final Results: 7-1-14 Front Nine

Sawyer (40), Cowles (44), Kisgen (45), Nichols (44)                                            -15

Colbath (44), Martin (40), Thornton (41), Kohn (41)                                           -13

Meagher (42), Healy (45), Gooding (49), Wymer (51)                                           -6

Gaddis (44), Schmal (41), Arnold (50), Houle (51)                                                 -3


-Though still a little warm outside, the players gathered on the upper deck to chow down on the chicken wings and consume one or more libations while discussing their rounds.

-While on the porch, one of the ladies attending a bachelorette party in the adjoining ball room stepped out onto the porch to greet the players and offered to share some of the hor  d’oeuvres of the party before quickly returning to the private gathering. This offer apparently emboldened some of the players to go into the ball room to check out the action and partake in the free food sampling. As a counter measure to this rather bold move, the ladies had a waiter bring out a platter of food which essentially halted the intrusion by the enamored, but clueless, players.

-Both David Danzig and Bill Buist responded to the Call For Players by saying that they would rather watch the American team in the World Cup soccer game than play in the ATAG match. No criticism there–patriotism is a virtue, but a footnote was put into the file as a reminder when decisions have to be made as to who should make the cut in an oversubscribed field.

That’s it for this week. Next week it is a back nine match, the last two of which could not be completed due to rain. See you then!


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June 24, 2014-By Don Nichols

The forecast was rain, but it had not rained all day and the skies were clear when all five teams started the back nine match. But, ninety minutes later, the skies blackened, the horn sounded, and everyone on the course scurried to the clubhouse to beat the ensuing deluge of rain, wind, and lightning.

Since only one team finished, the Commissioner announced that the match was officially cancelled but, fortunately, that opened the door for  the long awaited ATAG Steak Night to begin earlier than scheduled.

Since the match was cancelled, there was no official recognition of birdies or shots of the day despite the protest from those who accomplished same. But there was one eyewitness report of what would have been the Shot of the Day by Ron Majors. As one of his playing partners reports, “Majors was on #16 from 200 yards back, right of the path, and no green in sight, when he lofts a three wood onto the green where the ball rolled slightly off the back. Only problem was the first foursome was still standing over their putts when the ball hit 15 feet from the group and rolled out between them.”

Steak Night, which was held at the Ansley Park home of one of the long time ATAGers and attended by almost the entire roster of ATAG Tour players, was a huge success thanks to efforts of the party’s host and a supporting crew of ATAG volunteers.

Fortunately, the rain stopped and the skies cleared just before the chefs went outside to start up the grill. It was a fun night (and one that lasted long into the evening) that served to exemplify the famed ATAG camaraderie that continues to grow each and every year.

See the photos in the Gallery for the rest of the story.




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June 17, 2014-By Don Nichols

After last week’s full boat of 20 players ended up sinking (after a sudden thunderstorm caused everyone to retreat to the Men’s Grill) this week’s full boat (with two on the wait list) cruised along on a hot and steamy Tuesday afternoon following an early afternoon pop up shower.

Commish’s Team Matches The Bar For The  Front Nine!   This week’s Commissioner’s Team of Mike Gaddis, Doug Healy, Jim Williamson, and Don Nichols finished atop the field with a score of 15 under, matching the best front nine score. After losing two shots on # 8, the foursome rebounded by picking up three shots on the last hole, thanks to a timely birdie by Jim Williamson, one of three birdies posted by the victorious foursome.

Presenting the Golden Ale to the victors was the sponsoring team of Doug Gooding, Ron Majors, Lee Pearson, and Jeff Colbath who finished DAL at 5 under.

Morris and Sawyer tie for Low Gross and duel for Low Net in a Chip Off! Danny Morris and Henry Sawyer posted the best score of the day, each shooting a 40 for a net 5 under which set the stage for a chip off to determine who would collect the 20 one dollar bills. As he has been known to do, the Commissioner selected a difficult lie  that called for a delicate chip over a grassy mound to a tight pin position. Morris went first, but his delicate chip stayed on top of the mound, never reaching the green.  Sawyer, needing only to get his chip onto the green to win, did manage to land his approach onto the green–only to watch it roll some 40 feet past the pin before it settled off the green. After stepping off the distance, the Commissioner announced that Morris’s chip was the “best of the worst” in this chip off, an announcement that was greeted by a chorus of polite boo’s by the players who had been watching the action from the porch.

McGlynn Takes Home The Pink Lady!  Kevin McGlynn had a bad day and captured his first Pink Lady of the year, matching three triples with three doubles for the highest net score of the day at 8 over. He had no comment.

Birdie Club Posts  6 Birds and Admits Two New Members!  The Birdie Club rebounded from a weak showing in the last match (only two birdies) by depositing six of the elusive tweeters into the Club’s coffers, and admitting Henry Sawyer and Doug Gooding into the elite club for the first time this year. Contributing one bird each were Mike Gaddis, Jim Williamson Don Nichols, Mike Schmal, Doug Gooding, and Henry Sawyer.

Sawyer Has Shot Of The Day!  Henry Sawyer had the Shot Of The Day after holing out of the bunker on # 1 for a birdie-“net eagle.”

Final Results: 6-17-14  Front Nine

Gaddis (41), Williamson (41), Healy (46), Nichols (44)                     -15

Morris (40), Martin (43), McGlynn (53), Sellner (46)                        -12

Arnold (47), Sawyer (40), Morgan (46), Player (48)                           -11

Schmal (42), Jobson (45), Kohn (43), Corrigan (52)                           -8

Majors (41), Pearson (44), Gooding (47), Colbath (48)                       -5


-Another great night on the porch, plenty of chicken wings and cold beer as players gathered around the pulled together tables. Don Nichols opened the joke telling but stumbled in his delivery, forgetting part of the joke. Danny Morris, flushed with his low net victory,  then followed with a well delivered joke that seemingly made everyone forget Nichols’ miscue.

-Scotty Greene made a cameo appearance on the porch and joined in the socializing, and Jeff Colbath announced that the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Association was holding its fund raising tournament in September at the Horseshoe Bend County Club in Roswell. The event sold out last year before ATAGers had a chance to sign up, so this year everyone is getting advance notice and several ATAGers indicated they were going to participate.

-The Commissioner reminded every one that next Tuesday’s post match gathering would be held off campus, so to speak, as ATAG resumes its annual Steak Night tradition, with early than usual tee times.

That’s it for this week’s recap. Unfortunately, no photos were taken.  Next week we take on the stubborn back nine. See you then!

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June 4, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was another great sunny and blue sky afternoon for ATAG as four teams gathered on the first tee, with one team having to rely on a draw partner after a cancellation right at the 5:00 pm tee time. (Turned out the threesome did not need any help.)

RUSS JOBSON STUNS THE FIELD!  Twenty two handicapper Russ Jobson had his best ATAG round since 2012, firing a 41 with two birdies to win Low Net at 6 under. (Much to the disappointment of Doug Healy who sat confidently on the porch with a score of 5 under until Jobson’s team climbed the stairs. Jobson also grabbed Shot of the Day honors when his approach shot on # 1 hit the flag stick, leaving him only a short putt for his first birdie of the day.

PEARSON IS MEDALIST WINNER ONCE AGAIN!   Ten handicapper Lee Pearson posted the best gross score of 38, the fourth week in a row for medalist honors.

15 UNDER TAKES HOME THE GOLD!  The team of Lee Pearson, Russ Jobson, Anthony Morgan, and draw partner William Thornton received the free brewsky with a score of 15 under which sets the bar for the front nine. The trio actually trumped the field with a score of 13 under but a draw partner was still needed to see who would be the benefactor of a free beer compliments of the DAL team of Bill Meagher, Tim Martin, Tom Houle, and John Wymer which started first, but finished last with a net score of 8 under.

JOBSON SAVES THE BIRDIE CLUB!    Russ Jobson’s two birdies were the only ones of the day, and marked a dramatic first time admittance into the prestigious club which now boast 17 members.

GOODING NOT SO GOOD!  Doug Gooding reluctantly but graciously accepted the Pink Lady after posting a score of 49–the highest in the field–for a net 4 over par. (If there is any consolation, net 4 over is the lowest over par score so far this year.)

Final Results: 6-4-2014  Front Nine

Pearson (38), Jobson (41) , Morgan (48), Thornton(draw)                                                 -15

Arnold (47), Gooding (49), Williamson (44), Healy (40)                                                      -12

Thornton (46), Greene (42), Kohn (44), Nichols (43)                                                            -10

Meagher (40), Martin (45), Houle (45), Wymer (48)                                                           -8  


-A beautiful evening on the porch with a dramatic, gorgeous, sun set skyline captured on camera and portrayed in the Gallery section.

-The prearranged side by side tables once again set the stage for a group discussion, the topics of which were many—including the U.S. Open qualifier at Settindown the day before and the hardest ranked holes on the course, the new Top Golf multi-level driving range development in Alpharetta which makes golf a social media event for the entire family, and the once well known bars and restaurants of Atlanta that are no more.

-It was William Thornton’s 46th birthday and the players surprised him with a birthday cake and a slightly off key rendition of Happy Birthday. In a serendipity moment, Thornton also was selected as the draw partner for the winning threesome.

-It was also determined that Anthony Morgan, at age 33, is the youngest player on the ATAG Tour, giving hope that ATAG may yet continue after all of us old guys have passed on. The Commissioner even suggested that Morgan should be the first in line for  Commissioner In Training for the next generation of players.

David Danzig sent an e-mail cancellation at 5:01 pm, citing sudden and unforeseen family responsibilities, but depriving stand by Jeff Colbath of a spot in the field. The cancellation had a valid reason, but, of course, is not an excuse so a Letter of Reprimand has been placed in Danzig’s file.

Bill Meagher and Lee Pearson, each of whom played 18 holes earlier in the day, left shortly after the match results were announced and did not stay to participate in the socializing and their quick departure was commented on by several of the players. The Commissioner did not issue a formal reprimand but did note that such actions often determines who does or does not make the cut when the field is oversubscribed.

That’s it for this week’s recap. Next week we take on the more arduous back nine.  See you then!

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