Live from Barton Creek – Day 1

Travis LakeThe first 18 are in the books.  There isn’t much to say other than…damn those guys from Texas are good.  One of the Houston teams turned in a 55….that’s right “Five Five”

I think those boys are juicing.  They weren’t the only ones firing in the fifties.  There were another 8-10 teams under 60.  The good news; we didn’t bet any of those teams.  However, the bad news – we lost on all of our other 8 bets.  Ugh!

We were left with nothing else to do but have beverages….many many beverages.  So we headed to Travis Lake for the view.  We decided, that if the wheels start to come off, 9:15 isn’t too early to drink.

On Dave’s lost luggage – nothing after 48 hours.  He was discharged from the army; the hotel was able to get him some new tighty whities.

Steve “Army” King….team mascot and caddy

Stelmach – The Gainey Gold Standard

George Stelmach rose to the top Wednesday firing a net 67 to take the honors for the day. Dennis Kildare continues his strong recovery with a net 69. Low gross honors went to Mike Miller with a 74. The course played a little tougher than normal with golfers averaging 87.1 strokes per round.

Low Net

  1. George Stelmach – 67
  2. Dennis Kildare and Mike Miller – 69

Low Gross

  1. Mike Miller – 74
  2. George Stelmach and Howard Jones – 80

Skins winners were grinning with a payout of $40 for net skins and just under $20 for gross skins. Four net skins were split between George Stelmach, Jim Gabriel, Dennis Kildare and Bruce Partridge. There were five gross skins with two each going to Mike Miller and Howard Jones. George Stelmach won the fifth one, but hadn’t bought into the gross skins pot. Scott Thompson saw and investment opportunity and purchased George for his stable. Stelmach’s gross skin went into Thompson’s golf investment portfolio.

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Live from Barton Creek

Well we made it to Austin and the Acura ClubCorp Team Championship. There have been a few hiccups along the way. As many of you know, Don’s mom is very ill and he wasn’t able to make the trip. We’ll pray for him and his family as they deal with these difficult times.

Our new addition, Traci Tope, willingly accepted the task of filling in for Don. She is a wonderful addition to our team. And fortunately for us, Mike told Traci what happens in Austin stays in Austin….I’ll leave the rest to your imaginations. So our team is made up of Steve “Army” King, Dave Inman, Jim Stamatis, Traci Tope, and Matt Anzalone. Continue reading “Live from Barton Creek”

Super Mike and Raoul on Top of the Kildare Group

Friday’s turnout was bigger than normal and the competition was tougher. Mike Miller was on fire shooting an even par 72 with three birdies and three bogies. (How do you spell the plural of bogey? Not that I’ve never had more than one in a round.) Mike’s even par round wasn’t good enough to capture the low net title. That went to Raoul Encinas with a 64. It was a 200-to-1 round on the golf “odds-o-meter”. The course is looking better by the day and more golfers are drifting back form their summer trips.

Low Net

  1. Raoul Encinas – 64
  2. Bruce Partridge – 66
  3. Mike Miller – 67

Low Gross

  1. Mike Miler – 72
  2. Harold Hoeg – 77
  3. Joel Temple, Dave Inman and Rick Brown – 78

Miller picked up three out of the five gross skins leaving one each to Harold Hoeg and Ron Rosin. Net skins was where the big money was with Bruce Partridge, Raoul Encinas and Ken Vlah splitting a $210 pot.

I am proud to say I personally won the high net score award – not an easy accomplishment. The other golfers were pretty steady with all 18 holes playing at under bogey. The average gross score was still 85.