When he catches fire, just stand back, watch and enjoy the heat. Joel Temple went low again. He followed his 37 on the Arroyo nine with a scorching four under 32 on the Lakes. His 69 took low gross honors by six strokes over Dave Inman’s 75. Temple’s 69 translated into a net 61 and low net honors as well.
Temple also shattered the record for the “longest odds” in the Golf Management Program. Only once since score records have been analyzed a thousand or so rounds ago has anyone broken the one thousand-to-one probability barrier. George Stelmach posted a round low enough for a 1,015 probability rating. Temple’s round set the record at 2,201-to-1. The probability rating takes into account the golfer’s handicap index, the course rating and slope and the actual score. It is based upon hundreds of thousands of golf rounds collected by the United State Golf Association. Breaking the thousand-to-one barrier is very rare. It happens roughly once every . . . duh, one thousand rounds. (Ten years of college wasn’t wasted on me!)
- Joel Temple – 69
- Dave Inman – 75
- Howard Jones – 77
- Joel Temple – 61
- Dennis Kildare – 64
- Jim Stamatis – 65
There was another eagle. It shouldn’t come as a great surprise to learn it was fired on the last hole, #9 Lakes, by Joel Temple. There were a total of 19 birdies from 19 golfers. The average score was 84.3 on a cool day and a course in great shape. Two thirds of the field scored between 76 and 90.