He was hot Wednesday capturing low gross honors. Who knew it was just the beginning? Mike Nichols brought Gainey Ranch’s Lakes/Dunes course to its knees Friday with his own version of a scorched earth policy. He shot a torrid 33 on the Dunes side with a birdie, an eagle and seven pars. He coasted after that and finished with a career best net 64 (gross 72) to take first place in both the gross and net brackets.
- Mike Nichols – 72
- Mike Miller and Joel Temple – 77
- Mike Nichols – 64
- Skyler Irvine – 65
- Jim Gabriel – 67
Even with his record round and the fact that both the first and second place low net players were on his team, it wasn’t good enough to take first place in the overall match competition. The team of Jim Gabriel, Tom Hansen, Stephan King and Mike Miller claimed first place with a 128 score, two strokes better than the team of Nichols, Skyler Irvine, Scott Hull and Gary Graham.
The Inferno Cup race tightened up even more. Inman and Stamatis remain locked in a tie for first place, but Tom Hansen moved up from fourth to third place and now sits only twenty points behind the leaders. A half dozen players are fifty points or less from the top spot.
The course played to an average of 85.3 strokes and yielded 19 birdies and an eagle on the day. Joel Temple and the prodigal son, Cris Caruso accounted for six of the birdies between them.