We’ve all looked into the depths of the ponds at Gainey Ranch after a new ball has been swallowed by their black and blue waters. We’ve wondered what would happen if we were to slip into the water. Would we emerge alive? Would we grow reptilian scales and stare incessantly at the moon? Would we grow additional limbs? An eye on the back of the head?
Less than a week ago, club champion Bailey “Nessy” Ogrin tested the hypothesis and took the plunge into the lake near the waterfall. He couldn’t bear the thought of losing his Scotty Cameron putter which had jumped into the lake by mistake. The result of the experiment was that you shoot the best round of your life. Nessy fired a 69 from the gold tees on the Arroyo/Lakes course. He had a ho-hum 38 on the front side, but absolutely torched the back side with birdies on five out of six of the stretch of the toughest holes on the course. He failed to birdie the finishing hole and had to settle for a paltry 31 on the back.
It appears immersion in the lake may be the wonder cure for a weak golf game, but may have other effects as well. The picture above was taken before Bailey took the plunge. The picture below is how he looks now. Word on the street is that despite the folic effects, the club is anticipating such demand for baptismal swimming in the lake, they’re looking for someone to serve as a lifeguard.
- Bailey Ogrin – 69
- Bryan Noonan – 73
- Jason Sample – 79
- Bailey Ogrin – 64
- Marshall Block – 65
- Dan Hourihan – 67
Skins were a dime-a-dozen with eleven skins paid. Bryan Noonan took four of them, Ogrin two, Howard Jones two and one each for Sandy Wiener, Pat Collins and Dan Hourihan.
In the team game, Ogrin and Tom Hansen ran away from the field with a 72 (two balls counted on all three pars). Marshall Block and Howard Jones edged Jason Sample and Scott Hull in a scorecard playoff for second place. Block’s hot round carried Jones up in the Inferno Cup standings, but Ogrin and Hansen shot well up the list. Some suspect Block has been swimming in the lake after the sun has fallen behind the mountains. How else can you explain his 39 on the back side yesterday?