April 14, 2015-By Don Nichols

The weather resembled last week’s match–heavy rain the day before and into the evening, but clear skies and soggy for Tuesday. The conditions, however, did not stop yet another full field of 20 ATAGers to show up for the front nine competition. Although the  “lift, clean, and place” rule was in effect, the heavy air and the wet, no roll, fairways made it difficult for most of the field, resulting in an average gross score of 11 over par and and average net score of 2 over par.

11 Under Taketh!  3 Under Giveth!  The last team to start ended up the best team at the finish with a net score of 11 under, jettisoning the hopeful 9 under Commissioner’s Team to yet another meaningless second place finish. This week the spoils of victory went to the foursome of Bill Buist, Frank Corrigan, Jim Williamson, and Mike Schmal, who were presented their Golden Ale Trophy by the execrable (I think that means “lousy”) 3 under team of Danny Morris, PJ Wade, Kevin McGlynn, and Anthony Morgan.

Schmal Takes It All!  Mike Schmal, a purported 12 handicapper, followed his last week’s round of 38 on the back nine with another 38 on the front nine to take both Medalist honors and the low net bounty of twenty bucks for the second week in a row.  Schmal both opened and finished with a bogey but managed to sandwich par in between. (An investigation is underway by the ATAG Handicap Committee to see if Mr. Schmal has been recording his ATAG scores.)

Houle Repeats!  Eighteen handicapper Tom Houle grabbed his second consecutive Pink Lady with a net score of 9 over par, fashioning three triples on top of two doubles to edge past PJ Wade who lost the tie breaker by having the better low gross score. Houle was so excited about his back to back victories that he invited his son to join him in the Men’s Grill.

Shots Of The Day!   Bill Meagher received Shot Of The Day honors for his approach shot on hole # 5 which hit the pin before settling next to the hole for a tap in birdie-“net eagle”.  A close second was Craig Sellner’s tee shot on # 9 which landed within 4 feet of the hole which he followed with a precarious putt for a birdie-“net eagle”Tom Kisgen was nominated for his bunker shot on # 9 that landed within 2 feet of the hole to save par (“net birdie”) Scotty Greene also had a shot worthy of note (sort of). His approach on # 8 went sideways some 30 yards before ending up in one of the adjoining homes’ back yards.

Birdie Train Advances!  The Birdie Club added four of the wonderful “one-unders” thanks to individual contributions by Bill Meagher, Jeff Kohn, PJ Wade, and Craig Sellner, with Sellner making the prestigious club for the first time this year.

Final Team Results:  4-14-15 Front Nine

Buist, Corrigan, Williamson, Schmal                                                           -11

Martin, Sellner, Kohn, Nichols                                                                        -9

Meagher, Healy, Colbath, Kisgen                                                                    -6

Houle, Jobson, Thornton, Greene                                                                  -4

Morris, Wade, McGlynn, Morgan                                                                   -3


-The players initially gathered on the upper deck but lightning and foreboding skies indicated that it would be prudent to move the post round gathering to the Men’s Grill where tables  and chairs were pulled together for the benefit of both the players and the bar tenders.

-The din of the Grill bar crowd, however, made it difficult to communicate so the ATAG camaraderie was held in check somewhat, with some leaving early, including the Commissioner, while others elected to have dinner and converse with whomever was sitting next to them.

Kevin McGlynn came off the DL for his first ATAG match of the year and ended up with the highest individual gross score and a contributing member of the losing team. (welcome back)

PJ Wade was given a Day Pass from Bad Golfers Anonymous and had an encouraging start with a booming drive on # 1 that led to a birdie-“net eagle”.   He followed that with a triple, four doubles, and two more triples and was immediately summoned back to BGA for further treatment.

Twenty five handicapper Frank Corrigan, who has a garage full of Pink Ladies, has made  noticeable improvement in his game, posting a score of 47, his best score in five years.

That’s it for this week’s recap. Check out the photos in the Gallery and the ATAG quotes in the sidebar and scroll down for the individual scores from today’s match.

Final Leader Board   4-14-15  Front Nine  Gross / Net

Schmal                                                                38/32

Meagher                                                             40/37

Kohn                                                                    42/36

Healy                                                                    43/34

Thornton                                                             43/35

Williamson                                                          44/36

Morris                                                                   44/35

Greene                                                                   46/39

Corrigan                                                                47/34

Martin                                                                    47/41

Buist                                                                        49/37

Nichols                                                                    49/39

Kisgen                                                                      50/39

Jobson                                                                     50/40

Sellner                                                                      51/37

Morgan                                                                     51/41

Colbath                                                                      53/43

Wade                                                                          53/45

Houle                                                                         54/45

McGlynn                                                                    55/44



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April 7, 2015-By Don Nichols

It had rained all day on Monday and the forecast was more of the same for Tuesday, but Mother Nature once again showed her affection for ATAG and granted this week’s full field of ATAG Tour Players a gorgeous Spring afternoon.

The always ornery back nine was out to wreak its havoc, as it did in the last back nine match, but this time the scores were significantly better than the first outing, despite little or no roll on the soggy fairways, helped somewhat by the ability to lift, clean, an place.

9 Under Wins It!  The team of Ron Majors, Mike Schmal, Doug Gooding, and Tom Houle took home the prized Golden Ale Trophy, finishing two ahead of the second place Commissioner’s Team.

2 Under Pays It! The team of Bill Meagher, Russ Jobson, Frank Corrigan, and Steve Bates teed off last and ended up last with a score of 2 under to win the dubious honor of buying the beer for the winners.

Meagher and Schmal Share Medalist Honors!  Five handicapper Bill Meagher and twelve handicapper Mike Schmal shared Medalist honors, each posting a score of 38.

Schmal Wins Low Net! Schmal’s 38–net 32 was good enough for an uncontested award of the 20 one dollar bills.

Houle Grabs The Pinkster! Seventeen handicapper Tom Houle grabbed his first Pink Lady, posting a net 8 over par. Mr. Houle never saw Mr. Par but did manage to visit Mr. Triple three times and Mr. Double twice during his round.

Cowles Has Shot Of The Day (twice)  Nineteen handicapper Brooks Cowles hit a seeing eye pitch shot over the front right side bunker on #11 that improbably landed in the exact spot it would take for it to go in the hole for a birdie-“net eagle”. Cowles then followed with a tee shot on the par 3 #12 that landed just outside the leather but he calmly stroked it in for another birdie-“net eagle”, back to back birdies that set the stage for what looked like a career round for the high handicapper, (didn’t happen-he shot 47)

Birdie Club Admits New Members! The Birdie Club admitted four new members thanks to Brooks Cowles (dual deposit), Steve Bates, Ron Majors, and Doug Healy, the latter two making their birdies on #18 and later preening for the camera.

Final Results: 4-7-15 Back Nine

Schmal, Majors, Houle, Gooding                                                               -9

Sawyer, Cowles, Morgan, Nichols                                                              -7

Sellner, Healy, Morris, Williamson                                                           -5

Gaddis, Kohn, Wymer, Arnold                                                                   -4

Meagher, Jobson, Corrigan, Bates                                                            -2


– A beautiful evening on the porch–many stayed beyond 9 pm, electing to have dinner and enjoy the ambiance.

Tim Martin made a cameo appearance and fulfilled his duties as ATAG photographer.

Scotty Greene was a last minute cancellation (“stuck in traffic in Decatur” ) but fortunately Steve Bates was waiting in the wings to take his spot. Greene later made a cameo appearance and introduced new Ansley member Alan Peterson as a possible new recruit for ATAG considering he is both young, and, a good golfer. (Two things that are sorely missing in ATAG)

PJ Wade reported in from the Bad Golfers Anonymous (he is allowed one phone call a day) to say that his rehab was going well and that he was working on Step 9 and wanted to apologize to all those he had hurt due to his extraordinarily bad play. He noted that he was progressing fast and hoped to be able to reintroduce himself next week.

-The Commissioner reviewed the winning team’s scorecard and noticed they had erred in reporting the correct net score on one of the holes, resulting in a net 9 under score instead of the 10 under they reported. When this infraction was reported to them, the scorekeeper, who shall remain unnamed (ok, it was Ron Majors) apologized and agreed to the “public flogging” for his transgression and asked that the Commissioner “spare his team mates,” acknowledging that the “long arm of ATAG law cannot be evaded.”  This reporting error caused the Commissioner to review all of the scorecards where he uncovered other scoring errors (mostly incorrect addition), so if your individual score shown below is different than what you thought it was, you can blame your score keeper.

That’s it for this week. Check out the photos in the Gallery and ATAG quotes in the side bar and scroll down for the individual scores of today’s match.

Final Leader Board   4-7-2015 Back Nine   Gross/Net

Schmal                                                  38/32

Meagher                                               38/36

Majors                                                   40/35

Kohn                                                      42/36

Gooding                                                 43/34

Morris                                                    43/34

Nichols                                                   44/35

Gaddis                                                    44/37

Bates                                                       45/41

Healy                                                       47/38

Cowles                                                     47/38

Wymer                                                     49/38

Arnold                                                      49/40

Jobson                                                      50/40

Williamson                                              50/42

Corrigan                                                   51/39

Sawyer                                                      52/42

Morgan                                                     52/43

Houle                                                         53/44

Sellner                                                       54/41

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March 31, 2015-By Don Nichols

It was the last day of March, a little breezy with grey clouds forming as a precursor to an approaching storm, but Mother Nature decided to hold off for a while and give a full house of 20 ATAGers a chance to redeem themselves after last week’s pitiful showing.

And so they did, a cleansing of sort, with two teams coming in at 11 under, one at 1o under, one at 9 under and the winning score of 13 under–that by the team of Mike Gaddis, Frank Corrigan, Russ Jobson, and David Danzig. Having to pony up (to their surprise) was the 9 under team of Danny Morris, Bill Meagher, Tom Houle, and Jeff Kohn. (matches the highest losing score in ATAG  history)

Pearson Rebounds!  Sellner Shocks!  Morris First To Worse!

Ten handicapper Lee Pearson followed last week’s score of 49 with a 37 over the friendly front nine links, earning medalist honors and a tie for Low Net with 27 handicapper Craig Sellner who followed his last round score of 57 with a stunning 46 (net 4 under).  Sellner then shocked the onlookers by winning the chip off against the more skilled Pearson who essentially flubbed his attempt. (later claiming he did it intentionally to let Sellner have the glory.)  (He must have forgotten about the 20 one dollar bills in play which Sellner was proud to wave in front of the camera.) They say the Golf Gods “giveth and then taketh” and that appeared to be the case for eighteen handicapper Danny Morris who last week flashed the cash as the Low Net winner only to be this week’s recipient of the Pink Lady with net score of 5 over par.

Birdie Train Rolls Again!  After being shut out last week, this week’s field dropped in five tweeters into the club’s coffers–thanks to two birds by Lee Pearson, and one each by Anthony Morgan, Russ Jobson, and Don Nichols.

Final Team Results: 3-31-15 Front Nine

Gaddis, Jobson, Danzig, Corrigan                                                           -13

Healy, Pearson, Schmal, Nichols                                                             -11

Gooding, Williamson, Martin, Cowles                                                    -11

Sellner, Thornton, Colbath, Morgan                                                       -10

Morris, Meagher, Houle, Kohn                                                                  -9


-The rain never came so the players climbed to the upper deck for the post round gathering which provided an excellent view of the less than excellent Low Net chip off between Sellner and Pearson.

Cameo appearances were made by Al Roberds and Kevin McGlynn.(with McGlynn pre-announcing his appearance). McGlynn, who is still on the DL, boasted that he was now shunning his plethora of pain pills, and expects to be back on the links in three weeks. On hearing this, an alert Brooks Cowles suggested McGlynn bring his supply of drugs to the next post round gathering so that all could share.

-Later in the evening, Danny Morris told the first joke of the year which was politely received by one of the two remaining tables while the other one continued with their own private discussion

Tom Player was a Game Day Cancellation, an egregious offense, and even more egregious considering he was slated to play on the Commissioner’s Team. Fortunately, Lee Pearson came off the stand by list, fired a 37 with two birdies, and led the Commish’s team to a second place finish. Mr. Player, who claimed a “non-medical” emergency, (which can only be interpreted that a better opportunity presented itself), will be dealt with in accordance with ATAG By Laws.

Doug Gooding bought a round for the entire field to celebrate his daughters recent acceptance by the Naval Academy. (Figured he could afford a $100 beer tab since she was getting a free ride for college, including a salary)

PJ Wade sent a surreptitious message to the Commissioner saying that he had voluntarily admitted himself into Bad Golfers Anonymous, and that after the first day, was told by his BGA handlers that he can expect to remain there for at least two weeks before being considered for release.

Former ATAGer Bill Benning reached out to say hello to the ATAG players and continues to follow the antics of his former ATAG fraternity members. Benning, who has the only Hole in One in ATAG history, has remarried and now lives in Birmingham, Alabama, but says he “doesn’t have much time to play golf these days.  ”  That brings to mind……..whatever happened to former ATAGers Andy Tyber, Richard Batelaan, and Brad Reese?

-There were a few barbs thrown between the Commissioner and one of the ATAG Compensation Committee members when the Commissioner casually said that he had been approached by another prestigious private club to establish a Tuesday afternoon golf group and that the compensation package was “extremely attractive”.  He would not name the club or discuss the offer but it would be named CTAG. The conversation was halted by some of the more level headed ATAGers before it became a heated discussion on what has become a sensitive subject.

That’s it for this week’s recap. Hopefully next week the back nine will receive its payback as well. Check out the quotes in the side bar and the photos in the Gallery and scroll down to see the individual gross scores from today’s match.

Final Leaderboard:  3-31-2015  Front Nine

Pearson                                                       37

Gooding                                                      42

Meagher                                                      42

Kohn                                                            42

Martin                                                          43

Schmal                                                          43

Jobson                                                           44

Gaddis                                                            44

Cowles                                                            45

Sellner                                                             46

Nichols                                                            46

Healy                                                                46

Williamson                                                      46

Thornton                                                          47

Houle                                                                 47

Colbath                                                              49

Danzig                                                                50

Morgan                                                              50

Morris                                                                 50

Corrigan                                                             51



























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March 24, 2015-By Don Nichols

Well, it was a good golf day70 degrees, sunny, gentle breeze-but it was a day of  embarrassingly bad golf from this field of  20 ATAGers, many of whom seemed to be auditioning for a spot in the Atlanta chapter of Bad Golfers Anonymous (BGA).

The rust from the long layoff had evidently hardened into a crust,  as golf balls were observed flying in all directions other than the target during what turned out to be a laborious nine hole back nine match that resulted in pitifully low team scores.

Under and Over. Here’s how bad a day it wasThe -3 score by the team of Doug Gooding, William Thornton, Lee Pearson, and David Danzig was the best score of the day (ties for worst winning score in ATAG history), and barely beat two other teams at 2 under, and one other team at even par. But really sucking was this week’s Commissioner’s Team of Mike Gaddis, Bill Buist, PJ Wade, and Don Nichols which finished at 3 over par (one shy of last year’s worst score) to earn sponsorship rights for the second week in a row.

Low Gross and Low Net Not So Low!  Fifteen handicapper William Thornton had the best low score of the day with an unmatched  +7 score of 43, while eighteen handicapper Danny Morris took home the Low Net cash with a low net of only 1 under.

Pink Lady. Marty Arnold’s net score of 11 over par left perennial winners Frank Corrigan and David Danzig in the dust after posting five doubles on top of three triples. Arnold appears to be picking up where he left off after winning the most Pinksters last year.

Birdie Club. Forget it–total shut out  (Did I say it was bad golf?)

Shot Of The Day. Forget it. More like Shots To Forget. (Did I say it was bad golf?)

Final Team Results: 3-24-15   Back Nine

Gooding, Thornton, Pearson, Danzig                                    -3

Healy, Morris, Player, Wymer                                                 -2

Majors, Williamson, Corrigan, Arnold                                  -2

Cowles, Jobson, Martin, Kisgen                                             even

Gaddis, Wade, Buist, Nichols                                                   + 3


-It was a beautiful evening so the players gathered on the ATAG upper deck to discuss their lousy rounds and await the final results while consuming beer and chicken wings. Players made fun of their poor play (average score of 49-that’s 13 over par) , prompting one ATAGer to remark that ” the course was just not set up for his game.”

Jeff Colbath made a cameo appearance–both before and after the match. His reply to the Call For Players was apparently stuck in his e-mail “Sent” box but never made it to the E-Mail “In” box of the Commissioner, but he showed up on the tee just in case someone was a no show. (There were not any “no shows” but to his credit he returned two hours later to join in the socializing.)

-The Commissioner was less than pleased that his team finished DAL for the second week in a row, starting out the season in a deficit after winning it all last year. He was heard to grumble, however, that it was unlikely that his future “randomly selected” picks would include any of the players on the first two teams.

Russ Jobson was observed holding an ice pack on his arm after earlier straining his arm while lifting weights, and hopefully will not be joining Kevin McGlynn on the DL. The Commissioner recommended that, going forward, he should limit his weight lifting to that of the weight of an 8 ounce glass of beer (several reps).

That’s it for the second week of ATAG. Hopefully next week there will be improvement. Check out the ATAG Quotes in the side bar and the photos in the Gallery and scroll down to see today’s individual scores.

Final Leader Board    3-24-15  Back Nine

Thornton                                                43

Morris                                                     44

Martin                                                     44

Majors                                                     44

Gooding                                                  45

Williamson                                             45

Nichols                                                    46

Healy                                                       47

Cowles                                                     48

Pearson                                                    49

Wymer                                                     50

Gaddis                                                      50

Kisgen                                                       50

Corrigan                                                   50

Player                                                        51

Wade                                                         52

Buist                                                          53

Jobson                                                      54

Danzig                                                       55

Arnold                                                       56

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April 17, 2015-By Don Nichols

From out of the darkness and into the light stood 19 eager ATAGers who had waited anxiously for 21 long weeks for this day to come—ATAG Opening Day! And what an opening day it was—sun mixed with some clouds, a little breezy, but dry, and a warm 76 degrees.

Players warmly greeted each other on the first tee and then set out to shake off the rust, vowing that this year they would improve their game. (Not going to happen. Years of keeping ATAG stats show players having the same (or worse) handicaps at the beginning and end of each year.) The high scores of today clearly showed the rust from the long layoff.


A best ball score of 7 under, normally a middle of the pack score for the front nine, turned out to be the best score reported by this opening day field. Consuming the free golden ale libation was the team of Bill Meagher, William Thornton, Brooks Cowles, and Marty Arnold.  The less than proud sponsor of the opening day match was the Commissioner’s Team of Danny Morris, Jim Williamson, Scotty Greene, and Don Nichols who were 4 under after only two holes but never progressed any further.

Meagher Takes Low Gross Honors!  Williamson Pockets The Cash!

Five handicapper Bill Meagher, the only low handicapper in the field, won medalist honors with a score of 38.  Seventeen handicapper Jim Williamson’s score of 41-net 32 bested the field and enabled him to pocket the nineteen one dollar bills.

A Real Pinkster Battle! 

It was a real battle for the Pink Lady between ten players, each of whom had a 5 in front of his score.  But, in the end, it was the net score of 8 over par by PJ Wade and Scotty Greene that received the dubious recognition. Since Greene left early, PJ Wade received the honor photo. (which, unfortunately, was taken in the dark and did not turn out clear enough to publish)

Wade Has Shot Of The Day!   Pinkster co-winner PJ Wade thrilled the crowd of on lookers by the Number 9 green by holing out from the right back bunker for a birdie. First runner up went to William Thornton whose approach shot on # 6 landed within “kick in” distance of the hole for a birdie-“net eagle”.  Receiving Honorable Mention was Danny Morris’ approach shot on # 8 which rattled the inside of a child’s playhouse in the back yard of the home next to the creek. (fortunately the playhouse was unoccupied and tomorrow the youngster owner will be surprised to find a shiny white golf ball with which to play with)

Birdie Club Opens With 5 Deposits!

2014 Birdie Champion Bill Meagher opened the season with 2 birdies while Jeff Kohn, William Thornton, and PJ Wade added one each to get the Birdie Train rolling out of the station.

Final Team Results: 3-17-2015 Front Nine

Meagher, Thornton, Cowles, Arnold                                 -7

Kohn, Player, Jobson, Wade                                                -6

Sellner, Wymer, Gaddis, Cowles (draw)                          -5

Houle, Healy, Martin, Kisgen                                               -5

Williamson, Greene, Morris, Nichols                                -4


-Since it was St Patrick’s Day, several players wore green in honor of our new Head Golf Professional Patrick Higgins of Dublin, Ireland.  ATAG CFO Doug Healy took it a step further, setting up camp behind # 9 green and offering cups of Jameson Irish Whiskey along with Irish music in the background as each group finished.

Cameo appearances were made by Mike Schmal ( at the start of the match), Frank Corrigan, Bill Buist, and Henry Sawyer.

ATAGer Kevin McGlynn is on the DL after breaking some ribs in a skiing accident a few weeks ago. Some of the ATAGers in today’s field sent him a “get well” text along with an “empathy photo” which can be seen in the Gallery.

-Here’s something interesting. WordPress, the publisher of the ATAG Reporter blog, provided the Editor  a year end report for the 2014 season which revealed:     1.  There were 1,900 views of the blog from 16 different countries, most from the U.S. but Brazil and Spain were not far behind. (that’s kind of hard to believe; maybe they thought it was a porn site?  2.   There were 122 photos posted. (golf related mind you)   3. The most watched view was March 14, 2014 (coincidentally 2014 Opening Day)

2015 ATAG Reform Act.  At the end of last season, the Commissioner appointed a legislative task force to take a hard look at the operations of ATAG and to come up with some suggestions for changes that would enhance the ATAG experience. Several winter meetings were held by the task force members and, after concessions here and there, the body unanimously passed and sent to the desk of the Commissioner for his signature the 2015 ATAG Reform Act. The new policies, to be incorporated into the ATAG Bylaws, included the following:

Increased Entry Fee. The Low Net entry fee shall be increased from one dollar to twenty dollars, thereby appealing to the players’ greed instinct and giving them a greater incentive to play their best

Mulligan Revision. Each player shall have two attempts off the first tee and may elect which of the two shall be considered in play. If neither tee shots are acceptable, the player may elect a third attempt upon an additional ten dollar deposit into the Low Net pool.

Game Day Cancellation Penalty. Anyone who cancels on the day of the match shall automatically be relegated to “space available” status for the next match he answers for the Call For Players.

Early Departure Penalty. Anyone who departs immediately after the match results are announced and does not stay to socialize shall likewise be placed on a similar “space available” status. Anyone who leaves immediately after his group finishes its round shall automatically be suspended for three matches.

Repeat Offender Penalty. Anyone who wins Low Net more than twice shall be deemed to be a “Repeat Offender” and must forfeit any subsequent low net winnings to the second place finisher. However, such Repeat Offender shall still be eligible for the end of year Sandbagger Of The Year Award.

“Roll Em Anywhere Rule”. All players will be able to roll the ball anywhere (even in the rough and in the hazards) in order to improve their lie, and thus their scores, and make the game more enjoyable.

Expanded Gimmie Putt Rule. In order to speed up play, anything within two putter lengths shall be deemed to be good.

Lip Out Rule. In the interest of fairness, any putts that appear to be going in, but end up lipping out shall be considered to be good.

Expanded Free Drop Rule. When a player is unable to find his ball, he is entitled to a free drop at the point where he thinks the ball should have been, or, if he finds his ball in any kind of unplayable situation, he shall be entitled to a free drop near a spot that will enable him to make an unheeded play on the ball. (no closer to the hole, of course)

-The Commissioner thanked the task force for its efforts and then promptly vetoed the proposed changes in their entirety, saying it wasn’t exactly what he had in mind and that he was sworn to the Commissioner’s Oath to maintain the integrity of the game as well as the saneness of the ATAG experience. This rejection stroked the ire of the task force members–so much so that they sent a letter to the ATAG constituency asking support for their cause. (Can you imagine that? That would be like members of Congress going around the President and communicating directly with foreign powers. Anyway, there is no ATAG 2015 Reform Act and the Bylaws stay the same.)

-And, finally, during the winter meetings, the Commissioner and the ATAG Compensation Committee could not come to terms on a contract extension beyond the 2015 season for the Commissioner, so this year could be a lame duck session for the Commissioner who could become a free agent at the end of the year if the issue is not resolved. (However, the sides appear to be far apart, especially since the Commissioner noted that the PGA Tour Commissioner received a salary of $1.3 million plus a performance bonus of over $4 million.)

That’s it for Opening Day 2015. Check out the photos in the Gallery and scroll down for the individual scores for today’s match.

3-17-2015 Front Nine   Gross/Net

Meagher                                                 38/35

Williamson                                            41/32

Kohn                                                       42/35

Martin                                                     42/36

Thornton                                                44/36

Gaddis                                                     45/37

Houle                                                       46/37

Healy                                                        47/38

Player                                                       48/38

Cowles                                                      50/40

Nichols                                                      51/41

Morris                                                        51/42

Wymer                                                       51/43

Greene                                                        51/44

Kisgen                                                         52/41

Arnold                                                         52/42

Wade                                                           52/44

Jobson                                                         53/43

Sellner                                                         57/43

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11-4-2014-By Don Nichols

The 2014 ATAG season officially ended this past Tuesday with a catered end of year award ceremony in a private suite of the Ansley Golf Club which was attended by more than twenty ATAGers.

ATAG CFO Doug Healy was emcee of of the event and did his usual admirable job of rewarding staff members and presenting the awards to this year’s recipients which included team awards for best front nine and back nine scores at 15 under, and the worst DAL net score of 4 over. Individual awards went to:

Best Attendance Record: Tim Martin  24 out of 27 matches

Best Low Gross: Bill Meagher   36   (Lee Pearson’s 34 was not recognized since he did not attend)

Best Low Net:  Russ Jobson, Tim Martin, and Lee Pearson     -6

Top Money Winner and Sandbagger Of The Year:     Mike Gaddis

-Eagle Club Winners: Jeff Colbath and Bill Meagher

Birdie Club Champion: Bill Meagher

Pink Lady Champion:  Marty Arnold

Strongest Link (most net beers won):   Don Nichols

-Weakest Link (most net beers bought: Marty Arnold and Frank Corrigan)

-Jokester Of The Year:  Jeff Kohn

In addition to the awards, the Commissioner presented a spreadsheet of individual statistics for the 2014 season which included a recap of each week’s pairings and scores and each player’s individual score and attendance and won/loss record. The stats also included a record of Letters of Reprimand that were issued to those who gave late cancellation notices, were guilty of slow play, or otherwise misbehaved.

The official ceremonies ended with the players presenting the Commissioner, to his shock and amazement, with a new car (check out the Gallery) in hopes that he would continue his realm which, all things considered, he agreed to do.

And, as a final note, it was announced that the ATAG Reporter was the recipient of this year’s “Best Chronicle of a Nine Hole Golf Match in America”, receiving numerous rave reviews, some of which are shown below: (these are real reviews, folks, and the Editor would like to thank his entire staff for the timeless hours they put into publishing this chronicle each and every week)



“BRILLIANT ON SO MANY LEVELS!”-Betsey Sharkey-Los Angeles Times


See you next year after the winter meetings between the Commissioner and the ATAG Council where plans for the 2015 season will be finalized.

–The Commish


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October 21, 2014-By Don Nichols

After last week’s inclement weather forced a cancellation, the final ATAG match of 2014 was graced with a beautiful, sunny day that saw 16 players show up on the first tee to compete one last time for the coveted Golden Ale Trophy.


This week’s Commissioner’s Team of Danny Morris, Ron Majors, Mike Schmal, and Don Nichols fired a best ball score of 9 under to win the right to sip the complimentary golden brew for the last match of the season. The Commissioner was quick to point out that the Commissioner’s Team also won the opening match of the 2014 season and admitted that he had, indeed, purposely assembled the same team for the finale. However, plans went awry when Mike Gaddis was late in arriving, causing the Commish to substitute 12 handicapper Mike Schmal for the 14 handicapper Gaddis. But, that turned out to be a fortuitous change to the line up as Schmal played one of his best rounds of the year to help lead the Commish’s Team to victory. ( a quick look at the score cards revealed that the “original” Commish’ s Team would have finished 4 under)

Stepping up to earn sponsorship rights to present the victors with their free brewsky was the 6 under team of Scotty Greene, Frank Corrigan, Jeff Kohn, and Tom Kisgen, while the other two teams came in at 7 under each.

Meagher and Schmal Tie For Low Gross!  Bill Meagher and Mike Schmal each fired a 39 to share Medalist honors.

Schmal Wins Low Net in Chip Off!  Mike Schmal and Tim Martin each finished at a net 3 under, setting up a chip off in the failing daylight. The co-winners wanted to just split the spot but the other players demanded a chip off and the Commissioner agreed to comply with the wishes of the majority. Martin lost the coin flip and went first and flubbed his attempt which set the stage for Schmal to merely plop the ball onto the green (where it damn near went in), enabling him to pocket the 16 one dollar bills for his second low net win of the season.

Healy and Corrigan Share The Pinkster!  Sixteen handicapper Doug Healy and twenty five handicapper Frank Corrigan shared the “sucked more” moniker,  each posting a net score of 5 over par. Since Corrigan has a garage full of Pinksters, the Commish awarded the last Pinkster of the year to first time winner Healy who feigned a smiling acceptance. (Healy later blamed teammate Tim Martin for buying him drinks during the round.)

Birdie Club Finishes With A Flourish!  The Birdie Club ended the season with a flurry of 6 birdies from the field of 16 thanks to double contributions from Tim Martin and Mike Schmal, and single deposits from Tom Kisgen and Bill Meagher.  Five handicapper Meagher ended up as the top Birdie maker of the year with 13, but fourteen handicapper Tim Martin made it interesting, posting four birdies in his last two matches, to finish just 3 birdies short of Meagher.

Final Results: 10-21-14    Front Nine

Morris, Schmal, Majors, Nichols                                                          -9

Arnold, Healy, Martin, Meagher                                                           -7

Buist, Gaddis, Williamson, Kohn                                                          -7

Kisgen, Colbath, Corrigan, Greene                                                        -6


-It was a beautiful evening and the mood was festive as players relished their last gathering on the upper deck porch, with many staying past 8:30 pm, including long time Ansley member Al Roberds who made a surprise cameo appearance.

-It was announced that the end of the year party and awards presentation would be held in the Tennis Center on November 4th, where ATAGers will have a private venue to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while reflecting on the season and experiencing the famed ATAG camaraderie one last time before the winter off season.

Some of the highlights of the season:

27 weeks of nine hole matches with an average field of 18 players and only four rain outs.

18 “cameo” appearances by players who could not make the match but did not want  to miss out on socializing with their fellow ATAGers.

not one, but two Eagles, (one by Bill Meagher and one by Jeff Colbath), breaking a six year drought, and the Birdie Club roster ended up with 33 different players who contributed a total of 89 birdies over the 27 matches. (Compared to last year when only 64 birdies were recorded by 24 players over a total of 29 matches.)

16 different Low Net money winners shared a total purse of $444 (not equally, mind you), while 20 different players were awarded the Pink Lady.

-the match on March 25 was played in the toughest weather conditions on record as a sudden arctic blast accompanied by strong winds arrived during the round (a day earlier than forecast) but the 16 players saw it through before hastily retreating to the Men’s Grill at the conclusion of their round.

-the Commissioner’s Team broke its losing streak and ended up as the top winning team for the season, restoring its rightful place on the ATAG Tour.

That’s it for this year, a year that seemingly went by faster than the others–but that seems to be the case every year since ATAG “officially” began in 2001. Like the prior years, this season again embodied what has become the spirit of the ATAG fraternity, a special fellowship of Ansley Golf Club members who gather every Tuesday after work for a friendly but competitive nine hole round of golf followed by a few beers while discussing their rounds.

In closing, the Commissioner, on behalf of ATAG,  would especially like to thank the Ansley Golf Club staff for its assistance and cooperation in making sure the ATAG experience is possible. There is not a finer golf staff in Atlanta, so to you, we say “thanks for your support” and see you next year!



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October 7, 2014-By Don Nichols

Due to the lack of available early tee times, and the fact that a full field of 20 players had signed up, the Commissioner deemed it necessary to forgo individual scoring in order for all teams to finish before the early approaching darkness. Thus, on this Tuesday, ATAG returned to its original roots of team match play only, with players required to pick up after the team’s best possible scores had been recorded. So, no individual scores, no plaudits for Low Gross or Low Net, and no lambasting for the Pink Lady– but everyone did finish in time to beat the nightfall.

COMMISSIONER’S TEAM TAKES IT AGAIN!   The Commissioner’s Team–this week Craig Sellner, Tim Martin, Doug Gooding, and Don Nichols–won for the second week in a row, posting a score of 11 under on the ever tough back nine. The team relied heavily on Tim Martin whose score was needed and used on 6 holes with the other teammates contributing on the other 3 holes to bring the team total to 11 under. Martin, who had two birdies including a chip in, would have been able to post a score of 38 and been in contention for low net at 4 under. However, it seems that it is also true that “no matter how good you play, there is always someone better” .  Today Martin’s net score would have been bettered by John Wymer whose score was relied upon by his team on every hole. The twenty handicapper would have taken it all (twenty bucks) with a net of 6 under which would have put him in a tie for the best low net of the year. Well, would have, could have, should have–today was all about the team.

DEAD ASS LAST AT EVEN PAR!  There was a real battle for DAL, with the first group sitting on the porch with a score of 1 under, waiting to see to whom they would be presenting the Golden Ale Trophy. But, as proven time and time again, “there is always someone who sucks more” and that moniker was applied this week to the woebegone foursome of Ron Majors, Brooks Cowles, Marty Arnold, and Bill Buist who dropped two shots on the last hole to end up at even par and outright win the right to be the sponsor of the match.

SHOTS OF THE DAY!  Two most excellent shots were reported.   Jeff Kohn narrowly missed an eagle on # 14 after his approach shot landed 3 inches from the hole for a tap in birdie, and Tim Martin chipped in for a birdie on # 16.  Brooks Cowles and Doug Healy received honorable mention for their respective tee shots on the first hole. Healy sent one of his patented line drive laser shots towards the street (saved by a tree branch) while Cowles likewise directed his opening line drive blast towards the street in the direction of the defenseless automobiles parked on the side of the street.  A resounding “thud” was heard as the errant missile found its way under the belly of one of the unsuspecting vehicles. (note to self: never park on the street when players are on the course.)

BIRDIE TRAIN CONTINUES TO ROLL!  The Birdie Club added three more to its total thanks to the aforementioned Birdie Club members Jeff Kohn and Tim Martin (with Martin making a double deposit with birdies on #13 and #16)

Final Team Results: 10-7-14   Back Nine

Sellner, Martin, Gooding, Nichols                                                                 -11

Sawyer, Morris, Player, Wymer                                                                      -8

Colbath, Jobson, Meagher, Kohn                                                                   -6

Williamson, Thornton, Greene, Healy                                                           -1

Majors, Cowles, Arnold, Buist                                                                          even


-It was a beautiful but boisterous night on the porch, and even though the tables had been dutifully pulled together, it was mostly individual conversations between those seated close to each other. But the beer was flowing, the chicken wings were scarfed down, and a good time was had by all.

That’s it for this week. Next week, weather permitting, we return to the friendly front for the penultimate ATAG match of the 2014 season.


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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.


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

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Recap Of 9-24-14 and 9-17-14 ATAG Matches

9-24-14-By Acting Commissioner Danny Morris (Commish was out sick)

Four teams for the back nine match and weather was perfect.

Winners: William Thornton, Doug Gooding, Bill Buist, Todd Jefferies  -7

Losers: Bill Meagher, Russ Jobson, Danny Morris, Ron Majors  -2

Low Gross: Ben Cass  39

Low Net: Ben Cass    -2  (he received great grief about his expanded handicap)

Pink Lady: Russ Jobson  +8

Birdies:  Danny Morris, Scotty Greene, Tim Martin

Cameos:  Kevin McGlynn

Jokes:  Tom Player, Tom Kisgen, Jeff Kohn. Most of them funny, some of the retreads.

We were off at 4:51 and it was fine for the last group but I suspect we will need to move to 4:30 in the next couple of weeks.

Relatively early departure for most. The deck was mostly cleared by 8:15.

Think that’s pretty much it. There was a request to have a letter put in the Commissioner’s file for missing the round. I talked them off the ledge by telling them that the Commish phoned in his absence early and in fact sounded awful and probably was really sick and not just faking it. Also, we were pretty sure the Commissioner didn’t have a “file” on himself.

Individual Scores: 9-24-14 Back Nine   Gross / Net

Cass                                                                        39 / 34

Kisgen                                                                    47 / 36

Thornton                                                               43 / 36

Wymer                                                                   47 / 36

Martin                                                                    42 / 36

Jefferies                                                                  42 / 37

Morris                                                                     45 / 37

Buist                                                                         49 / 38

Majors                                                                      42 / 38

Greene                                                                       45 / 39

Gooding                                                                      47 / 39

Kohn                                                                            45 / 39

Schmal                                                                         47 / 42

Player                                                                           51 / 42

Meagher                                                                       43 / 42

Jobson                                                                          53 / 44


9-16-14 ATAG Results-Brief Recap-By Don Nichols (the Commish was headed out of town and did not have time to complete the full report)

Four Teams. Front Nine Match. Beautiful weather

Winning Team:  Mike Gaddis, Jim Williamson, Frank Corrigan, Marty Arnold      -8

Sponsor:   Brooks Cowles, Mike Schmal, Jeff Kohn, Henry Sawyer                             -1

Low Gross:  Mike Gaddis   42

Low Net:  Mike Gaddis    -1

Pink Lady:  Henry Sawyer    +13

Birdies:   Jeff Colbath

Cameos:  Tom Houle

Comments:  Beautiful night on the porch.  Williamson initially reported a net score of 1 under which would have tied for low net but then recalled that he had picked up on a hole and arbitrarily taken a double bogey and thus acknowledged that Gaddis should be the sole winner.  The Commish had work to do at the office and left early.

Final Individual Results: 9-16-14 Front Nine     Gross Scores

Gaddis                                          42

Williamson                                  45

Morris                                           45

Cowles                                           46

Kohn                                              46

Thornton                                      46

Schmal                                          46

McGlynn                                      47

Colbath                                          47

Kisgen                                            48

Player                                             48

Arnold                                             48

Nichols                                            51

Jobson                                             51

Sawyer                                             52

Corrigan                                          51




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