The golf week at Gainey Ranch began with the Monday round-robin. For some inexplicable reason, the course played tough for everyone. The lowest net score was Dan Hourihan’s 70. Woodsy (Jim Woods) shot 71. No one else in the field shot his handicap. The week’s winner of the “Sponsor’s Trophy” shot a net 85. Congratulations to Nick De Santis. The computer program that calculates the odds of shooting a particular score looked confused. The scores turned in by every single golfer were below even odds. In other words, in the final analysis, it was Gainey Ranch 1 – golfers 0.
Wednesday found the field exacting its revenge on the course. Dave Inman fired a gross 73. Jason Sample fell into second with a 74 while Howard Jones grabbed third place with a 75. The low net winner was Jim Gabriel with 62. Mike Forde, Bruce Partridge and Sandy Wiener fell a stroke back at 63. If these scores sound a little “too good to be true”, never mind that the first nine holes were played as a “shamble” where everyone got to hit a drive and the players finish the hole from the point of the best of the four drives.
- Dave Inman – 72
- Jason Sample – 74
- Howard Jones – 75
- Jim Gabriel – 62
- Mike Forde, Bruce Partridge and Sandy Wiener – 63
In the team game, Jim Gabriel, Howard Garr, Dennis Kildare and Dave Inman ran away from the field putting seven strokes between them and the second place team.
Friday’s game found the course back on top of the golfers. A small group led by Laurence Rosen had the upper hand. Rosen shot a net 64 taking low net honors and two of the five net skins paid out. Sandy Wiener posted a net 67 for second place. Jim Stamatis and Rick Brown tied for third with 69. Brown also won low gross honors.
- Rick Brown – 76
- Sandy Wiener, Jim Stamatis and Gary Anzalone – 80
- Laurence Rosen – 64
- Sandy Wiener – 67
- Jim Stamatis and Rick Brown – 69
Despite Brown’s fine performance, he was blanked on net and gross skins. In addition to Rosen’s two of net skins, Steve King, Jim Stamatis and Don Fruchtman each left with one. King, Stamatis and Gary Anzalone took home the gross skins. The team of Anzalone, Garr, Stamatis and Rosen ran away from the field in the group game. That shouldn’t be a surprise in view of the fact that one or more of their names showed up on nearly every line of the individual winners list.