Wednesday marked the tenth Men’s Day of the season and surprises were in short supply. The course played a little tougher than normal with the average score for the 82 participants creeping up to nearly 91 strokes. There were some wild swings in player’s scores. Bob Falls added a full eight strokes to his front nine score when he played the back side. Howard Jones took twelve strokes off his front side score. Clearly he was good on the front. At one point he tried to hit a ball into a lake and missed it (the lake, not the ball). There were forty birdies on the day, but over a thousand bogeys or worse. In the search for causation, I believe I have it narrowed down to global climate change or bad plumbing in the Men’s Locker Room.
Low Gross winners were heaped in the upper seventies. Low net winners were good enough to raise an eyebrow or two. Fifteen participants shot their handicaps. Statistically, that’s pretty close to what you’d expect. Thirty-one golfers shot four or more strokes above their handicaps. Fortunately, we have “equitable stroke control”. It could have been worse.
- Mike Nichols, Steve King, Gary Mattox and Robert Martz – 78
- Ron Dobkin – 64
- Steve King – 65
- Gary Mattox, George LaHood and Dale Fitzhenry – 66
The team play was very competitive, at least for second place. The Steve King/Vinny Sollitto/Ken Vlah/Ed Nafus team won a scorecard playoff defeating the teams of George LaHood/Dick Loeb/Dave McKelvey/Mike Sheehan and Gary Anzalone/Pat Collins/Ron Dobkin/Jim Mantle.
Apparently, one team played a different course or used different balls or different tees or a different pencil. Possibly, the team members were just plain different. Joel Temple, Sandy Wiener, Scott Hull and Bruce “Lucky” Partridge ran away from the field. They edged out the second place team by a mere nine strokes – one on every other hole. Their net scores were good, but not that good (67, 68, 71 and 73). The stars must have just been aligned well.
After ten weeks of Men’s Day, the Money List has eighty-five names with winnings beside them. Is your name near the top? Eight of the eighty-five have averaged more than $30 per event. Seven more than $40 per event. For most of us, our average winnings might purchase a golf ball. If only I wasn’t losing two per round I’d be in good shape.