October 20, 2015-By Don Nichols
It was undoubtedly the prettiest day of the year that saw the close of the 2015 season–mid 70’s, a gentle breeze, and beautiful azure blue skies mixed with cumulus clouds. Add that to the pristine fairways and greens of the Ansley Golf Course and no wonder there was a full field of 20 ATAGers who showed up to seek their revenge on the mean back nine. And that they did, posting some of the best back nine scores in weeks.
Tie Breaker Determines Winner! Two teams brought the back nine to its knees, each posting a net score of 10 under, requiring the card comparison tie breaker on the lowest handicap hole. That comparison revealed the winner of the last Golden Ale Trophy of the season to be the team of Bill Meagher, Jim Williamson, David Danzig, and Mike Gaddis. Presenting the gratuitous cold libation was the woeful team of John Wymer, Jeff Colbath, Tom Houle, and Russ Jobson who finished at +1, giving the back nine one last jab at an ATAG foursome.
Another Majors Day! Ron Majors ended up taking both Medalist honors and the Low Net booty, firing a 37 for a net 3 under. (The Commissioner mistakenly announced that David Danzig’s 2 under score was the winner until corrected by the rightful owner Mr. Majors, hence the photo of Danzig in the Gallery dubbed “Dewey Defeats Truman.”
Shot Of The Day! Danny Morris received Shot Of The Day honors for holing out from the left bunker on #13 to make par-“net birdie” and putting some salve in the wound for what was otherwise, for him, an exasperating day.
Birdie Club Closes Out With 4 More! The Birdie Club ended up with a total of 87 of the hard to get “one-unders”, with this week’ s deposits coming from David Danzig–with two-and one each from Ron Majors, Jeff Kohn, and Kevin McGlynn with McGlynn making the prestigious roster for the first time this year. There were 26 ATAGers who were admitted into the elite club this year, meaning that four ATAGers were totally shut out (and you know who you are).
Houle Gets The Pinkster! The Commissioner originally announced that Danny Morris and Jeff Colbath would share Pink Lady honors at 8 over, but a protesting Tom Houle caused the Commish to take a closer post round look at the score cards to see, staring at him, a net score of 11 over posted by Mr. Houle.
Team Results 10-20-15 Back Nine
Danzig, Meagher, Gaddis, Williamson -10 (tiebreaker)
Buist, McGlynn, Arnold, Majors -10
Morris, Kohn, Healy, Nichols -7
Greene, Corrigan, Player, Kisgen -5
Wymer, Jobson, Houle, Colbath +1
-The upper deck was being used for a Club function so the players commandeered the Men’s Grill to learn of the match results and chow down one last time on the chicken wings. The beer was also flowing and it was evident that the famed ATAG camaraderie had indeed been revived and was alive and well leading into next week’s closing ceremonies.
–Kevin McGlynn appealed to the Commissioner to remove the letter placed in his file last week for his late cancellation in order to watch the Cubs playoff game, explaining that he had been requested by his 90+ year old mother to watch the game with her in her assisted living facility. The Commish has considered the appeal and, considering the altruistic motive and the fact the Cubs were swept by the Mets in the series, has approved the appeal and removed the castigating letter from his file.
–Bill Buist was chastised for his score keeping, failing to circle the birdies on the scorecard. Buist, who has been playing on the ATAG Tour for several years, said that he was not aware of such a requirement and, further, had never seen a birdie before and didn’t know what the fuss was about.
That’s it for the recap of the final ATAG match of the season. You can scroll down for the individual scores and be sure to check out the photos in the Gallery.
It was another great season. There were 27 matches (same as last year) that garnered a total field of 496 players so a pretty good average of 18 players each week. The low net pool totaled $500 and fourteen different players were able to participate in it. As mentioned previously, there were a total of 87 birdies circled on the scorecards and no eagles–although Bill Meagher did have a chip in eagle on # 5 during the cancelled “unofficial” match.
On behalf of ATAG, the Commissioner would like to thank the golf staff of the Ansley Golf Club for arranging for the ATAG tee times each week, with a special thanks to Assistant Pro Tyler Hays for serving as the official ATAG starter. ATAGers are also appreciative of the cart attendants who made sure carts were ready and loaded, of the ATAG bar keeps Connor and Cary who tirelessly climbed the stairs each week to provide the post round food and beverage service, and of ATAG cart girl Courtney who made sure no one would go thirsty while on the course.
Well, folks, this could be the last issue of the ATAG Reporter as the Commissioner is not sure if he will return next season. As reported in the 4-17-15 issue of this paper, the Commissioner and the ATAG Compensation Committee could not come to terms on a contract extension beyond the 2015 season. Talks progressed throughout the year but mediation efforts failed, and the Commish has now become a free agent and has been contacted by other private clubs including an overture from the national Mediocre Golf Association (they even have their own web site–www.mgatour.com).
Whatever the outcome, it has been a pleasure chronicling the play and behavior of the ATAG Tour players over all these years, and one need only to scroll down the Gallery section to see season after season unfold before one’s eyes. I look forward to next week’s closing ceremonies.
Final Leaderboard 10-20-15 Back Nine Gross/Net