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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(Here is what you missed in this Tuesday’s episode of the ATAG Tour)

September 9, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was probably the prettiest day of the year, and the golf course could not have been in better shape, but once again the ornery back nine inflicted its pain on the day’s field of 15 players, with only one ATAGer able to break par.

6 Under Is The Winner!  The pairing of Bill Meagher, Mike Schmal, Kieran Quinn, and John Wymer received the complimentary brewsky by posting the best score of the day at 6 under. No one else was close, reporting scores of 3 under, 2 under, and even par, with the latter score ringing the bell for Dead Ass Last (DAL) for the team of Tom Kisgen, Jeff Kohn, Marty Arnold, and unlucky draw partner Anthony Morgan.

MEAGHER IS MEDALIST AGAIN!  As the only single digit handicapper in the field, Bill Meagher’s score of 40 was the best of the day, though clearly not one of his better days.

WILLIAMSON TAKES LOW NET!  Seventeen handicapper Jim Williamson was the only player to break par, firing a 43 for a net 1 under to pocket the Low Net bounty of 15 one dollar bills, his first low net win this year.

ARNOLD TAKES ANOTHER PINKSTER!  Core ATAGer Marty Arnold pocketed his fourth Pink Lady of the year, firing a blistering 52 for a net 7 over par. Arnold’s day was apparently one of “Double, Double, Toil and Trouble” (with a couple of triples to spare) for the eighteen handicapper. New Ansley member Todd Jefferies, playing in his first ATAG match (and on the Commissioner’s Team no less) apparently felt the pressure of competing on the ATAG Tour, as the eleven handicapper was right behind Arnold with a net of 6 over par. (he vowed to improve on that if given another invite)

SHOT OF THE DAY ADDS NEW MEMBER TO THE BIRDIE CLUB!  Twenty six handicapper Kieran Quinn had the Shot Of The Day on the Par 5 number 13, holing out from 60 yards for a birdie-“net double eagle” (also known as an “albatross”) on the two popping hole and granting him immediate admission into the prestigious 2014 Birdie Club which now boasts 31 members. Quinn’s birdie was the only one of the day but good enough to keep the Birdie Train rolling.

Final Team Results: 9-9-14 Back Nine

Meagher, Schmal, Wymer, Quinn                                                               -6

Morgan, McGlynn, Houle, Martin                                                               -3

Morris, Williamson, Jefferies, Nichols                                                       -2

Kisgen, Arnold, Kohn, Morgan (draw partner)                                     even


-Another great night on the porch watching the sunset and enjoying the fine evening air while waiting for the match results. The tables and chairs had dutifully been assembled by the first group which enabled everyone to converse easily with each other while consuming one cold beverage after another and chowing down on complimentary chicken wings and  barbecue sliders.

-There were cameo appearances by David Danzig, Russ Jobson, and Henry Sawyer–with Sawyer’s appearance expanded by his walking along with the Commissioner’s Team during its round and then joining everyone on the porch. (Russ Jobson still holds the title for most cameo appearances this year,  proving that ATAG, for him, is more than just an opportunity to play an organized 9-hole round of golf.)

Bill Meagher and Mike Schmal had to leave early and thus were not there to receive their complimentary spoils of war. In such instances, ATAG ByLaws provide that the Commissioner shall receive the unclaimed compensation, lest only two of the sponsors of the match would have to pony up, thereby giving a free ride to the other two. The Commissioner gleefully invoked the Bylaw requirement and two Heineken drafts were brought to his table.

-The ATAG tradition of joke telling appears to have resumed. This week Tim Martin offered two tales as did Jeff Kohn, followed by yet another feeble attempt by Marty Arnold. Failing to partake in the group story telling, and thereby annoying the Commissioner,  were Tom Houle, Anthony Morgan, and John Wymer who were more preoccupied with talking among themselves about their participation in this week end’s Old School Invitational Tournament. A Letter of Reprimand for this rude behavior has been placed in each of their files.

-The Commissioner noted that, although  the ATAG roster is full, there is an ongoing quest to enlist younger (and hopefully better) players so that ATAG can continue its tradition over the years. (in other words, right now ATAG has too many high handicapper old farts–including the Commissioner –whose shelf life expiration dates are accelerating. This directive bodes well for younger Ansley members such as the 36 yr old Todd Jefferies who played in today’s match.

That’s it for this week’s recap. Scroll down for the individual scores and check out the photos in the Gallery. Next week we go back to the friendly front nine where the scores are likely to be much better. Due to the shorter days, we will be starting earlier than usual.

Final Individual Results: 9-9-14 Back Nine   Gross / Net

Meagher                                                       40 / 38

Martin                                                           42 / 36

Williamson                                                   43 / 33

Kohn                                                               44 / 37

Schmal                                                            44 / 39

Jefferies                                                          47 / 42

Nichols                                                            48 / 37

Wymer                                                             48 / 37

Quinn                                                               49 / 36

Kisgen                                                              49 / 38

Houle                                                                49 / 40

Morris                                                               49 / 41

Morgan                                                             50 / 42

McGlynn                                                           51 / 41

Arnold                                                               52 / 43




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(Here’s what you missed in last week’s episode)

August 26, 2014-By Don Nichols

Another beautiful day, another full field of 2o players eager to jump on the friendly front nine in their quest for the golden ale and the hope that maybe, just maybe, play well enough for one of them to pocket the low net bounty.

Commissioner’s Team Trumps Field With 11 Under!  This week’s Commissioner’s Team of Tom Houle, John Wymer, Tom Kisgen, and Don Nichols managed to “ham and egg” their way around the front nine links, each player contributing when necessary, to post the best score of the day at 11 under. Nobody else was close, with two teams at 6 under and two at 5 under, with the latter two teams going head to head in a two hole tiebreaker before the loser (we like to call them the “sponsor”) could be determined. That privilege went to the 5 under team of Scotty Greene, David Danzig, Ed McCormack, and Craig Sellner.

Martin Takes Low Gross and Low Net!   ATAG All-Star Tim Martin proved once again that he can play a good 9 hole round on a Tuesday afternoon at the Ansley Golf Course. The thirteen handicapper avoided the double bogey and managed to make par on 7 out of the 9 holes to fire a 38 to win Medalist honors, and a net 5 under to take home the 20 one dollar bills. The low net win marked the second such victory (plus a chip off loss) for the mid handicapper.

Danzig Gets His Second Pink Lady!  Twenty Five handicapper David Danzig, playing in only his fifth ATAG match this year, showed the rust from his layoff by pocketing his second Pinkster with a net score of 9 over par. Opening with a respectable bogey-“net par”, it was mixture of doubles and triples thereafter, good enough to outlast a hard charging Ed McCormack who was only three shots behind

BIRDIE CLUB SHUT OUT BUT EAGLE CLUB ADMITS NEW MEMBER!   It has been a long dry spell but the highly exclusive ATAG Eagle Club is proud to announce that long time ATAGer Bill Meagher joined the ranks with his eagle on the #5 par five hole, following a booming drive and subsequent three wood to within four feet of the hole (also Shot Of The Day). It is believed that this was the first eagle since former ATAGer Andy Tyber and current ATAGer PJ Wade accomplished the same feat in 2008. (Tyber’s on #4 and Wade’s on #5). Meagher’s eagle brings the total eagle count during ATAG competition to 7.(well, since official stats began being recorded in 2006). Current ATAGers in the Eagle Club include Bill Meagher (2014) PJ Wade (2008)  Ron Majors (2007), and Jeff Colbath (2007)–each of whom made their prized score on hole # 5.  The only Hole in One recorded in ATAG competition remains the one made by former ATAGer Bill Benning on April 24, 2007.

Final Team Results: 8-26-14  Front Nine

Houle, Kisgen, Wymer, Nichols                                                              -11

Thornton, Martin, Morris, Majors                                                           -6

Kohn, Gaddis, Healy, Buist                                                                        -6

Colbath, Williamson, Meagher, Sawyer                                                   -5

Greene, Danzig, Sellner, McCormack                                                       -5 (tiebreaker)

Commissioner’s Corner:

-Everyone enjoyed the evening air on the ATAG Sky Box where it was a little louder than usual while the Commissioner tabulated the results. But things finally calmed down, conversations resumed across the tables, and then later an old fashioned joke fest began. Contributing jokesters included Jeff Colbath, Danny Morris, Jeff Kohn (who fired off two), Tom Kisgen, John Wymer, and Ed McCormack. Even though most, if not all, of the jokes had been told before, it was good to hear once again the laughter and the moans coming from the delighted audience.

ATAG now has a radio celebrity (sort of). David Danzig is a regular contributor to the WSB radio show “Atlanta Living” hosted by Belinda Skelton on Saturday afternoons. Danzig may not be a good golfer, but apparently he is a good “Yelper”, showing a knack for visiting area restaurants and giving his on air reviews followed by write ups, along with photos, on his own web site “Breaking Chews”.

-The prediction that “one or more ATAGers will be in the money in the Club Championship” proved to be true.  Mike Gaddis placed second in the fourth flight after coming from the bottom of the heap by firing a round of 80 on the second day at Settindown, and the Commissioner managed to tie for second place in the sixth flight after finishing with a good back nine on the Settindown course. Each player acknowledged that their success was due to the high level of weekly competition on the ATAG Tour.

Tom Kisgen appears to be the “Strongest Link” for this season–at least so far.  The twenty one handicapper has been on the winning team eight times, including this week’s participation on the Commissioner’s Team.

That’s it for this week’s highlights of the ATAG Reality Show. Check out the photos in the Gallery and scroll down for the individual scores. Don’t miss next week’s episode which takes place on the unfriendly back nine.

Final Individual Results  8-26-14  Front Nine    Gross / Net

Martin                                     38 / 31

Greene                                    40 / 33

Meagher                                 42 / 37

Majors                                     42 / 38

Healy                                       43 / 34

Thornton                                44 / 36

Houle                                       45 / 35

Gaddis                                     45 / 37

Sawyer                                    46 / 38

Morris                                     46 / 38

Nichols                                    47 / 36

Williamson                             48 / 39

Wymer                                     48 / 37

Kohn                                         48 / 41

Kisgen                                      50 / 38

Sellner                                     50 / 36

Colbath                                    50 / 40

Buist                                         51 / 39

McCormack                            57 / 42

Danzig                                      58 / 45


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August 19, 2014-By Don Nichols

It was a full field of 20 players who showed up to take on the challenging back nine on a sunny Tuesday afternoon although, unfortunately, five regular ATAGers were denied a spot due to an oversubscribed response to the Call For Players.

The sunny afternoon, however, suddenly turned dark mid way through the round, followed by a downpour that caught ATAGers unaware and unprepared, essentially soaking those who failed to pack rain gear or who were too far away from shelter. But, not to worry. The deluge only lasted about 20 minutes or so and everyone resumed their places on the course and continued toward their quest for the Golden Ale Trophy.

8 UNDER GETS THE LIQUID GOLD REFRESHMENT!  First out of the chute ended up the first in the standings, as the team of Tom Kisgen, Mike Schmal, Tom Player, and Henry Sawyer cruised to the winning score of 8 under despite dropping a shot on the always difficult # 18. And, speaking of dropping shots, the team of Scotty Greene, Doug Gooding, PJ Wade, and Jeff Colbath set a new ATAG record–dropping 6 shots on the last hole-– to end up at 1 under. They were relieved to learn, however, that the axiom “there’s always someone who sucks more” proved to be true again this week as the team of Bill Meagher, Mike Gaddis, Danny Morris, and Marty Arnold dropped one shot on the last hole to go from 1 under to even par to earn the sponsorship rights.  Ironically, this woebegone repeat pairing was by special request to the Commissioner after they finished DAL on the front nine three weeks prior.

Tom Player Rakes It In!    This week it was Tom Player that the Golf Gods found favor with, as the nineteen handicapper’s score of 42 was good enough to tie for Medalist honors with Tim Martin and outright win the twenty dollars Low Net bounty with a net score of 3 under.

GREENE GETS FIRST PINKSTER!  Someone the Golf Gods did not find favor with was fourteen handicapper Scotty Greene who plummeted to the bottom of the leader board with a gross score of 54, resulting in a net  11 over par. His nightmarish round started with two doubles and a quad and then ended with another quad to claim his first Pinkster. (Not too far behind with a net 8 over par was none other than single digit handicapper and perennial medalist winner Bill Meagher who replaced his usual birdies with two triples.

BIRDIE CLUB ADDS NEW MEMBER.  Marty Arnold joined the prestigious club with a birdie on # 18, and Doug Healy and Jeff Colbath increased their membership status with one bird each.

Final Team Results  8-19-14  Back Nine

Schmal, Player, Sawyer, Kisgen                                                                                  -8

Jobson, Williamson, Healy, Nichols                                                                          -6

Martin, Majors, McGlynn, Sellner                                                                              -5

Greene, Gooding, Colbath, Wade                                                                                -1

Meagher, Gaddis, Morris, Arnold                                                                               even


-For some reason there were no tables or chairs on the upper deck so the players were forced to convene in the Men’s Grill which was essentially empty and thus dominated by the ATAG players. It was not as rowdy as the last Men’s Grill gathering but still lacked the camaraderie cohesiveness atmosphere of the ATAG Sky Box.

-There was some discussion as to whether or not the Meagher et al DAL  team would want (or should get) yet another repeat pairing. They are to discuss the matter among themselves and then later let the Commissioner know if they want another chance. (The Commissioner is always ready to oblige a repeat pairing–but only if it is a losing team.)

-That’s it for this week. Good luck to those ATAGers who are competing in this week end’s Club Championship. (I believe there are 8 players including yours truly). The Commissioner expects ATAGers to do well and predicts that one or more will be in the money.

Check out the photos in the Gallery and scroll down for the individual scores from today’s field:

8-19-14 Final Individual Results   Gross / Net

Player                                             42 / 33

Martin                                            41 / 36

Schmal                                           43 / 37

Colbath                                           44 / 35

Healy                                              44 / 36

Gaddis                                            44 / 37

Majors                                            44 / 41

Sawyer                                            45 / 37

Meagher                                         45 / 44

Wade                                               46 / 38

Nichols                                            47 / 37

Williamson                                     47 / 39

Morris                                              47 / 39

Kisgen                                              48 / 38

Arnold                                              49 / 39

McGlynn                                         50 / 40

Gooding                                           50 / 42

Sellner                                              51 / 37

Jobson                                              52 / 42

Greene                                              54 / 47



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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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