The Holiday Classic – a Great Success

Holiday Classic 2012 (171 of 212)It was a spectacular day for golf in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Men’s Golf Association couldn’t have had better weather or a finer course for the second big tournament of year, the 2012 Holiday Classic. When the scores had been tallied the team of Bernie Katchen and John Goesling edged out Howard Walger and Rick Schok. Tom Hansen and Bryan Noonan came in third narrowly missing the title. Scott Thompson and Jim Gabriel claimed fourth followed by the team of Brian Williams and Holiday Classic 2012 (170 of 212)Mike Steele. Dennis Kildare and Jay Yourk took the final spot in the money just edging out Steve King and Bill Petsas and the other thirty-five teams between them and the trophy.

The entire photo gallery from the tournament and the antiHoliday Classic 2012 (19 of 212)cs following can be found by looking at the right-hand column of this page and clicking on “Tournament Pictures”. Our spy-cam was hard at work in the Member’s Grill following the golfing action. THoliday Classic 2012 (94 of 212)hose requesting the original copies of their photos may pay in cash, credit card or monthly installments. It sounds suspiciously like blackmail, but it’s simply a concept called “dark marketing”.Holiday Classic 2012 (87 of 212)

Some of the awards not awarded include, (1) “Tallest Team” of Steve King and Bill Petsas, (2) “Iconoclast of Fashion”, Mike Steele, (3) “Patriotism Award”, Chris “What a cHoliday Classic 2012 (177 of 212)ountry” Balakas, (4) “Coldest Beer”, Carie, (5) “Best Moustache”, Laurence Rosen, (6) “Best Winner’s Smile”, John Goesling, (7) and “Most Deserving Non-Winners”, Jim Woods and Howard Jones.Holiday Classic 2012 (188 of 212)

The Gainey Cup points for the tournament have been tallied and can be seen by clicking here.

It’s already time to sign up for the next big tournament, The Winter Classic on January 12, 2013. See you there.

King holds Court – Friday, November 30th

Dunes 4Steve King raised an interesting philosophical question during Friday’s round. On the #4 hole of the Dunes course, he took his customary large, arcing and smooth swing. The ball landed short of the pin and clawed its way into the hole for Steve’s first ever hole-in-one. A zen like problem comes to light when considering the fact that Steve’s handicap entitled him to a stroke on the hole. In other words, he shot a net zero on the hole. When you think about it, this is precisely the score he had before he played it. Did he in fact play the hole? Tom Hansen, Bruce Partridge and myself all applauded Steve – with one hand – as he grinned his way off the tee box. KingPuttsThe conundrum of his playing the hole remains, but will probably be settled when his club bill arrives shortly. If it’s about a thousand dollars higher than normal, he did play the hole. Based upon the number of drinks Steve bought in the Member’s Grill, I suspect I know the ultimate answer. And, no . . . Steve did not have hole-in-one insurance.

Despite Steve’s heroics, his team finished a distant last. The team of Laurence Rosen (good karma from the night before), Rick Brown, Dan Hourihan and Jim Stewart came in first. Jay Yourk, Jim Woods, Dennis Kildare and George Stelmach finished in second – four strokes back.

Low Net

  1. Laurence Rosen – 65
  2. Jay Yourk – 66
  3. Rick Brown – 68

Low Gross

  1. Jay Yourk and Rick Brown – 74
  2. Laurence Rosen – 82

See complete results.

Handicaps would be updated at midnight, just in time for the Holiday Classic golf tournament. Surely it was only coincidence that the course played two strokes tougher than it historically has for the field. Now if the truth be known, we’re playing the ball down now. No more “lift, clean and place”. The higher scores may simply be attributable to this reality. Either way, only seven of twenty players beat net par.

Wednesday – November 28th

Gary Anzalone with crownIt was Gary Anzalone Day at Gainey Wednesday. Gary took home low gross honors. Gary took home low net honors. Gary’s team took second place in the team game. Gary birdied #3 Arroyo. Gary birdied #3 Lakes.

Low Gross

  1. Gary Anzalone – 77
  2. Dave Inman and Scott Thompson – 81

Low Net

  1. Gary Anzalone and Dennis Kildare – 69
  2. Steve King and Jim Stamatis – 70

View complete results.

The team game ended in a three-way tie. The winners emerged after a scorecard playoff went back four holes and George Stelmach, Vinny Sollitto, Jim Speck and Laurence Rosen edged out Gary Anzalone, Dave Inman, Jim Woods and Jim Gabriel.

Skins winners remain a mystery. The club still hasn’t sent the sheets with overall results and as of Friday, they still weren’t posted in the men’s locker room.

It’s interesting that the Arroyo/Lakes combo has given up an average of 85.8 strokes per round over the past thousand rounds, but Wednesday’s average score was 87.3. A cynic might suspect that a pending handicap revision and a big Gainey Cup tournament only a couple days away had some bearing on the relatively poor scoring. However, an optimist and believer in human nature such as myself, is more inclined to believe the poor scoring was a result of the frigid temperatures and wind driven snows so common in Scottsdale at this time of year. I even heard a couple of golfers suffered from frostbite. Hopefully, they’ll recover by Saturday’s Holiday Classic.