With a “Take no prisoners” attitude, Duke Nguyen came to Gainey Ranch and fired a net 61 on the Arroyo/Lakes course. With 69 rounds played on Men’s Day, his was the best net score by five strokes. With his two partners Bob Falls and Rickie Currens shooting net 72 and 69 respectively, his team topped the Men’s Day field by two strokes.
When the team of Mike Nichols, Dan Hourihan, Ron Dobkin and Marty Howe arrived in the club house, they were beaming with confidence after turning in a great team effort. Surprisingly, it was only good enough for second place. Jim Stamatis, Sandy Wiener, Ken Vlah and Tom Hansen paired up to take third.
Anthony Arvidson proved to be gold standard again with a gross 71.
- Anthony Arvidson – 71
- Mike Nichols and John Herold – 74
- Duke Nguyen – 61
- Tom Hansen, Marty Howe, Ted Akiba and Doug Lammle – 66
Nguyen walked out the door with first place money and a couple of skins to make his day well worthwhile. Other skins winners included Bob Proebstle, Garry Warner (2), Bob Martz (3), George Lahood, Jim Stamatis, Ron Dobkin, Steve Danovic and Jim Gabriel.
The Handicap Committee has decided to maintain running totals on prize money paid out on Men’s Day. You can see the up-to-date totals here. Needless to say, Duke moved to the top on the list based on the money per event played. This was his first Men’s Day of the year.
The weather has been near perfect the past few days, but there was a lot of heat generated during Friday’s Kildare Group play. Some of the matches were extremely competitive. Sandy Wiener was engaged in one of the tightest matches. The winner was to be determined on the last hole, #9 Dunes, the hole many consider the toughest at Gainey Ranch. The expression “Don’t shoot him – you’ll just make him mad” comes to mind when Wiener’s got a match on the line with one hole to play. I know this because I was his competitor in this case. Sandy was in the fairway ninety-five yards from the hole preparing to hit his third shot to the monster five par. My ball was nestled in the fairway just off the green. All I needed to do was get up and down to win the match, not a particularly difficult task from where my ball laid. Wiener addressed his ball and put his patented swing into motion. I watched the ball fly toward the green knowing it would be nearly impossible for him to gain the victory. I watched as his ball landed a foot short of the hole, take one bounce, squarely hit the flag stick and drop directly into the hole for an eagle. Game, set, match – damn!