The first major tournament of the season went off in style and with plenty of excitement. The weather was cold, but many golfers were hot. Victory went to the team of Mike Wentrup, Bryan Noonan, Jim Schembri and Phil Goldman. With their win they now sit in the lead for the Gainey Cup.
The team of Rick Hurula (Go Green), Pat Collins, Jim Gabriel and Rick Shock finished in second place two strokes off the lead. Alex Currie, Chris Balakas, Jim Mantle and Dale Folstad were three back in third place. Joel Temple, Ron Dobkin, Dick Lockwood and Jim Woods were four back in fourth and Scott Thompson, Steve Bartha, Mike Forde and Al Cozzi took fifth place five strokes behind the leaders. The honor of finishing DFL went to Howard Jones, Jerry Whalen, Dale Fitzhenry and Jim Speck. Their late charge fell eleven strokes short. The problem seemed to be the two-man best-ball format. Apparently, were it not for Jim Speck, they would have had holes where there was no best ball, let alone two.
As a bit of a side show, there was a closest-to-the-pin competition on the par three holes. Mike Matz, Garry Warner, Jim Speck and Jim Mantle took home the prizes. We had the pleasure of playing in the group behind Mantle. I noticed he failed to putt out on #2 Arroyo so I tried to have him disqualified. Matt Anzalone explained to me that you don’t have to putt out if your tee shot lands in the hole. Yes, Mantle had an ACE to put the crown on a good week of golf. Such a show-off.
The next Gainey Cup major is the Holiday Classic on December 1st. Sign up in the pro-shop.