Big Ten Golf Report
By Cliff Adams
On Aug. 2 we played the Crag at Heatherhurst Country Club. The game of the day was 2 best balls for the first six holes, 3 best balls for the next six and all on the last six. As usual the Crag yielded many good rounds. As a group we had 31 birdies.
The "shot(s)/round of the day": Bill Bischoff hit his tee on #5 to the right across the creek. Dropped a ball, took a penalty and knocked his third shot on the green. He then sank about a 40 foot putt to save par. Dave Lohman had a smooth 34 on the front nine including 3 birdies. However, we won't talk about what he shot on the back nine. Move over 3-putt Chuck, we now have 5-putt Bob. That's right, Bob Simkins was on the par 4 #16 in two and walked off talking to himself with a 7! Bob rebounded by 1 putting #17 for a par. 3-putt lamented that Bob could be a consultant on the book he is writing, "How to line-up/plumbob your fourth putt." Bob was playing very well and still managed to tie Raoul Sabatini for the low net of the day with a 65. The round of the day goes to Al Love with a 79. This weeks "Giddyup" award goes to Paul Davis for riding his playing partners into a third place finish.
1st place @ -19: Dan Beebe, Rich Graham, Raoul Sabatini, Gene Bowman.
2nd place @ -18 (won score card playoff): Bill Biggers, Harvey LeBeau, Bob Simkins, Harry Stamps.
3rd place @ -18 (won score card playoff): Mike Eelbode, Paul Davis, Fred Boyer, Jim Campi.
4th place @ -18: Al Bonn, Dave Lohman, Chuck Northam, Bob Suttles.
CTTP: Chet Weeks #3.
The 70s club consisted of: Chet Weeks 75, Kermit Selvig 76, Howard Swan 77, Al Love 79, Rich Graham 79, Bill Bischoff 79, Harry Stamps 79.
Low nets for the day were: Bob Simkins 83/65, Raoul Sabatini 80/65, Chuck Northam 82/67, Jim Campi 88/67, Cliff Adams 83/68, Bill Biggers 80/68, Bob Suttles 83/68, Mike Eelbode 85/69, Tom Reigle 83/69.
Skins: Harvey LeBeau #2, Bill Biggers #6 & #10, Bob Simkins #11, Jim Salb #13, Cliff Adams #17, Gene Bowman #18.
Golf quote of the week: "Three things I fear: lightning, Ben Hogan and a downhill putt". Sam Snead
Next week we're at Dorchester Country Club and it's our annual Big Ten couples scramble. Until then, thank the rangers for having ice water on their carts during this "hot" weather period.
By Ed Lewis
We thought the Brae course meant "Birdies Rampant Almost Everywhere," but now it has a new name ... "Brae Rewards Anybody and Everybody." At least it did July 26 when the Angels, who have been hotter than the weather lately, enjoyed another "overachievement day" by flying higher than usual.
When the top four teams have a combined +85 card, one must wonder, but when Big Angel Steve Yambor tallied the final results, the numbers were undeniable. What a way for Steve to finish a fine month keeping us organized and "cool."
The biggest "overachiever of the day" was "Blue Angel" Bob Reintsema, who soared to new heights with an individual +22. His teammates Bob "Let Me Attum" LaMastus, Earle "Easiest Game I Ever Played" Reynolds and Charlie "How Low Can I Go?" Lowder watched in awe but still added another 12 points to "Blue's" total for a team score of +34. Hard to believe, but it did happen.
Your humble scribe's team finished second at +22, but had no complaints, as we were matched by one player. I was also in good company all day, joined by Jim "Hotter Than the Weather" Caple, Mike "Smokin" Stotz, who finished +9, and Art "The Artist" Meharg. We were +12 at the turn, knowing that the gold medal could be ours, but alas, was not to be. Still, we finished 6 points ahead of the third place group.
That fine foursome finished +16 and was led by Bob "Ferocious" Fetterman, who had good support from Jerry "The Terror" Turner, Charlie "I Have Never Hitem' So" Straight, and Larry "Lalapalooza" Lanzerotti.
A +13 tally has won many times on the Brae, but was only good enough this day for fourth place. But the team of "Cruisin" Chris Rhind, Bill "Boiling Over" Pippin, Jim "Juggernaut" Woods and Geoff "Get In The Hole" Fine were still smiling long after they finished.
Most over? (See paragraph three above). Closest To honors were won by "The Terror" on No. 13 and your "Lucky" scribe on No. 7.
Well, gents, enjoy it while you can, as next week (it's August already!) the schedule and Big Angel "Boiling Over" Pippin have us at Stonecringe, where anyone would love to have a team score of +13. Well, maybe we'll have another of those "hot" days and surprise even ourselves. See you there.
By Ed Lewis
Plus 10 at Stonehenge as a team, and one player was plus nine.
Hey, the Angels are still as hot as the summer heat and humidity, and proved it once again Aug. 2 as they took on Stonehenge and won (for a change).
Two teams tied at plus 10, another was plus eight and another plus seven, so while everyone else complains about the long, hot summer, the Angels are hoping it will continue.
The "hero" of the day was "Bullet" Bob Spencer, who anchored one of the first-place teams by shooting a fine one-over 73 (36-37), which pushed him to plus nine for the day. Nice going, Robert. "Bullet" was joined by teammates "Grateful" Gary Moss, "Lucky" Larry Lewer and Chris "Relaxed" Rhind, who were equally proud of their collective plus one, otherwise they would not have finished first.
This group was tied by the steady play of the threesome of "Bobs and Weave" Fitterman and Reintsema and "Cool Hand" Clyde Cramer. Wonder what would have happened if they had been a foursome? Could have gone either way, right?
Third place honors at plus eight were grabbed by Mike "Doin' It" Douell, "Dynamo" Doug Powell, Jim "Right On" Rackley and Charlie "Still Hittem" Straight. One point back at plus seven was another threesome, Bob "In My Comfort Zone" Callis, Jack "What A Round" Williams and John "Scintillating" Schornack.
"Doin' It" Douell and "Dynamo" Powell captured Closest To on holes 3 and Signature 14, respectively, a rare feat as they were in the same group.
Congrats to all the winners. Now let's do it again next week when we get a break by visiting "Darling Dearest" again. Was it planned or is it a coincidence that our schedule has us play Stonehenge before "Darling"? Maybe our hot hands will continue and maybe the top four teams can tally plus 35. We'll see.
Liars and Cheaters Golf League
By Bob Willis
The Liars and Cheaters played at Bear Trace on Tuesday, Aug. 3. We had twenty-three two-man teams including two guests. Tim Danhy was the guest of Ed Comstock, and Dick Leman was the guest of Bob Davies. The weather was very hot and humid, but haze and some clouds kept the temperature down for much of the morning. There was not one outstanding round of the day, but the trio of Jim Burgett, Tom Lenox and Skip Lundin lead in scoring. Tom Lenox and Jerry Race were the first place team at plus four. There was a tie for second place at plus 2 between the teams of Jim Burgett/Bill Schultz and Russ Burns/Ron Cashner. Jim Ashford and George Michelson were fourth at plus one. Bill Morris and Bob Stacy were fifth at even. Jim Burgett, Tom Lenox and Skip Lundin tied for the first place individual at plus three. Russ Burns was at fourth at plus two. Finally, there was another three-way tie for fifth place at plus one between, George Michelson, Bill Morris and Jerry Race. Bob Ball was closest-to-the-pin on hole number eight, and Don Sayles was closest on hole number fourteen. There were thirty-one players in the skins game with six skins won. Mike Varholick won on hole #1; Jim Burgett won on hole #10; Bob Ball won on hole #11; Ron Cashner was a winner on hole #13; Don Sayles won on hole # 14; and Roger Miller won on hole #17.
Men's 9-Hole Golf League
By Allan Schroeder
We played the back of the Brae and this course proved very difficult for most of us. I don't know why, but I'll think of some excuses before I'm finished.
First of all, I need to correct one of the listed winners from last week as told to me by Tom Rice. Tom's foursome that I originally listed was Don Carlson, Bill Scott, Tom Rice and Bob King, which was the way it was on the sheet. Tom told me last week that it should have read Larry Gard, not Bob King. Now for the winners.
In first place with +13 we had Roger Lebel and Paul Smith. In second place with +11, we had Bob Lunn and Max Pierre. In third place, we had two teams, Wayne Baker and Orewiler Marvin; and Bob King and IW Stevenson. In fourth place with +2 we had E.J. Bueche and John Barr. In fifth place with +1 we had two teams, Larry Azevedo and Nelson Brown; and Dick Deweese and John Vandell. Closest to the pin was Paul Smith with a Great Shot of 5'6" and yes he got his birdie.
Our collection for Patriot Day is going good and we got several more groups to join us in our collection efforts. The Ladies 9 Hole League, the Double Boogies and the Pep Boys. We thank these groups for joining our efforts to help our veteran's families.
Thought of the Week: "Always throw clubs ahead of you. That way you don't have to waste energy going back to pick them up," Tommy Bolt.
Men’s 18-Hole Golf League
By Jim Clithero
On Wednesday, August 4th, the Men’s 18-Hole League played the Crag at Heatherhurst. It was HOT! Too HOT to write much so we’ll just stick to the facts.
Ted Lancaster fired a blistering 69 for low gross. Ted and a group of other fellows had low nets of 63. Too many to mention. Flight winners were: Ted Lancaster, Ken Vandyke, Bob Cope, Ben Brooks, Jerry Houston, Tom Brooks, and Tom Collins. Bob Cope and John Taylor were first in the two man team event, followed by Bill Powell and Jerry Houston in second place, with Ted Lancaster and Al Moenck taking the final payoff spot. Ben Brooks had closest to the pin on #3 and Bill Trisler on #14. Dick Hampton’s team continued to run away with the season-long stroke play event. The race for the next two positions is a tight one with Dale McDonald’s team holding a one point lead over Cal Smart’s team.
The mighty men of the B-Division played a 1-Net Best Ball. Taking first place, with a score of 46, was the team of Bill Stanley, Rich Trotter, Skip Vober, and blind draw. Second place was won by Skip Lundin, Jay Dingee, Ron Cashner, and blind draw shooting a 49. Old blind draw had a good week! Two shots behind, at 51, finishing third was the team of Jim Legg, Robert McHeffey, John Smith, and the infamous Terry Strasser. Bruce Garwood had low gross shooting a 78, while low net was captured by Bill Stanley, with a 59. Stewart Appleby move over!
Next week it’s off to Druid Hills for match play. Tom Herman, now under the swing supervision of Jerry Trotter, will be looking to break the drought. Go get ‘em Tom! It’s never too hot, nor am I ever too tired to pick on Tom. That’s all we got this week sports fans.
Moaners & Groaners Golf League
By Don Johnson
Friday, Aug. 6: The much needed rains came and a few Moaners and Groaners went. There was much groaning about playing in the rain and the ranks dwindled to 17 hardy souls. As Mr. Rogers would have said, "It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood," after they got started and no one melted. Since it was not a programmed start, we drew for partners at the end of the round. The teams then became a combination of skill and the luck of the draw. The luckiest or most skilled, I’ll leave to the imagination, was the team of Gary Thompson/Lowell Evers for 1st at +8. Lowell was concerned about rust setting in with his new hip replacement , but ended well as he lined his dry pocket with money. Second was Joe Crozier/Jim Jones at +6. Third was the team of Lee Noyes/Dave Trandel. Lee was also the High Individual at +7. Lee was the first to question the writer/leaders wisdom on playing golf in a monsoon rain, but he was happy for his efforts as he took home more money than he came with.
The birdie pool had 5 players and Lowell Evers was the champ with 3, and one birdie happened to be the Mystery Hole. Talk about double dipping.
Thought of the week: Just remember that it might be raining at home but it never rains on a golf course. See everyone next week at Stonehenge!
Women’s 9-Hole Golf League
By Sara Drake
Another hot and muggy day with no rain in sight welcomed 56 ladies Aug. 2 as we played the front of Heatherhurst Brae. Our collection for the Patriot’s Golf Day began in earnest this morning. The Men’s and Women’s 9 Hole leagues are joining forces this year in hopes of collecting $1,000 for this worthy cause. Donations will be taken every Monday morning through the month of August. Let’s get it done!
Our game of the day included a longest drive contest on no. 8 for each flight. Our winners included Helen Callis, Flight A; Janet Standaert, Flight B; Doris Spitler, Flight C; Patricia Lundin, Flight D; and Lynne Lynch, Flight E. Our low net and putts winners were Flight A, low net, Sara Drake (32), low putts, Sara Drake (16); Flight B, low net, Genie Gruber (31), low putts, Genie Gruber (14); Flight C, low net, Robbie Corbin (31), low putts, Barbara Kalmar (15), Flight D, low net, Patricia Lundin(36), low putts, Nancy Burleson(20), and Flight E, low net, Lynne Lynch (37), low putts, Ruby Klinger (17).
Susan Wharton and Genie Gruber each had a chip-in. They each also made one birdie. Our pars were earned by Sara Drake (4), Pauline Robbins (3), Anna Detemple (2) and one (1) each for Alice Swift, Diana Trotter, Genie Gruber, Sherry Gibson, Patty Johnson, Becky Smith, Donna Courtney, Sue Straw, Carol Schmidt, Mary Lou Wiskow, Robbie Corbin, Lu Hobbs, Sandra Garza, Sandra Wolfswinkel, Karen Sloboda, Doris Spitler, Sally Lemke, Ruth Waters, Marilyn Iversen and Lynne Lynch.
There is a maximum of two prizes per month per person for low gross, net and putts. In the event of a tie in a prize category, the winner will be determined by handicap holes. A person is not eligible for a prize until they have an established handicap.