July 17th at the Scene of the Crime

Dave Inman at the top
Dave Inman at the top

It looks real suspicious! Wednesday’s field fought for Inferno Cup points with what is proving to be a very popular format. Playing partners are determined by pairing those with similar handicaps in the same groups. Actual teams are not determined until after the round is complete. Team pairings are done by the computer and each team is comprised of an “A”, “B” and “C” player. When teeing off, the only thing you know for certain is that you will not be paired with anyone in your playing group. They are the enemy.

The trick then is to play well yourself and hope for the best computer draw. With that said, consider Wednesday’s results. Dave Inman put a little distance between him and second place Dennis Kildare. Inman fired a 73 and his team finished in first place. He now sits atop the Cup standings with 390 points. Kildare’s in second with 350 and Jim Woods is on his heals with 340 points. Full Cup standings here.

Now here’s the catch – a suspicious catch indeed. The teams are set in the Member’s Grill following the round. It’s all done with the touch of a button on the computer. For the first time, one of the golfers asked if he could hit the button to build the teams. “Why not?” I said. I stood back and watched as the button was pressed and the teams instantly came to the screen with the team of Dave Inman, George Stelmach and Evan Carr solidly on top of the field. And who was it that hit the button? You guessed it; Dave Inman. It looks strangely diabolical doesn’t it?

Nonetheless, there were some solid golf rounds turned in with Bryan Noonan leading the field with a 68.

Low Gross

  1. Bryan Noonan – 68
  2. Dave Inman – 73
  3. Scott Thompson – 76

Low Net

  1. Dave Inman – 65
  2. Howard Jones – 66
  3. Bryan Noonan – 67

There were seven skins on the day. Nate Sanders continues his march toward the upper income brackets taking net skins on #8 Dunes and #2 Arroyo. Evan Carr also took a pair of skins with a gross birdie on #5 Dunes and a net birdie on #6 Arroyo. Sanders and Carr were kind enough to leave crumbs in the form of a skin each to Scott Thompson (birdie #8 Arroyo), Joel Temple (birdie #9 Arroyo) and Bryan Noonan (birdie #7 Dunes).

In the sour grapes department, Howard Jones has now played ten rounds in the two months since knee replacement. In those ten rounds, he has carded 14 gross birdies. Those 14 birdies have net him a grand total of zero skins. I’m beginning to believe life may not be fair.

Author: h. Alton Jones


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