Trench Warfare at Gainey Ranch – Friday, August 23rd

Jim Gabriel - Model for Joe Arpaiaso
Jim Gabriel – Model for Joe Arpaiaso

With ten rounds to go in the Inferno Cup competition, not a single golfer has been mathematically eliminated from the prize money. Admittedly, for those hovering at or near the bottom of the list, they’ll have to get in and play in most if not all of the final rounds. It will also be helpful if they begin winning. Jim Stamatis still sits on top, but the gap is getting smaller and smaller. Jim Woods has gained fifty points this week and now sits in third place only thirty points behind Stamatis. Jim Gabriel has picked up forty points this week and has crawled into the five spot on the money list. Given the design of the Cup competition, it can only get tighter in the final five weeks.

With five out of the top eight Inferno Cup performers out of town Friday, a small field of two man teams fought it out in a modified Stableford match where the playing partners weren’t known until after the completion of the competition. Partners were determined in a completely random fashion. Jim Gabriel tookhis net 71 and paired up with Howard Jones who bagged four birdies on the day. They claimed first place one point ahead of the teams of Dan Hourihan and Jim Woods and Tom Swan and Tom Hansen. Hourihan and Woods won a scorecard playoff to claim second place honors.

Tom Swan took low gross honors with a 75. His net 65 was also good enough to win low net.

Low Gross

  1. Tom Swan – 75
  2. Gary Anzalone -77
  3. Mike Miller – 79

Low Net

  1. Tom Swan – 65
  2. Howard Jones – 68
  3. Gary Anzalone, Pat Collins, Steve King and Jim Woods – 70
Jones finally wins one
Jones finally wins one

Skins money was distributed between Howard Jones, Mike Miller, Tom Swan, Gary Anzalone, Jim Woods and Jim Gabriel with Jones walking away with two skins.

Bruce Partridge turned in a fine round capturing the sixteenth position, i.e., last place, in both the gross and net divisions. His group apparently did a lot of “waiting” on the course. The group in front moved quickly (geologically speaking) so it’s difficult to understand the source of the problem. Perhaps we need to do something to stifle fast play.

Author: h. Alton Jones

writer/scientist/adventurer

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