What do the following golfers have in common: Scott Hull, Tom Hanson, Howard Jones, George Stelmach, Dan Hourihan, Kris Rosser, Mark Ramser, Bailey Ogrin, Jason Sample, James Wexler, Jim Gabriel, Mike Nichols, Dale Fitzhenry, Bill Petsas, Dennis Kildare, Ken Vlah, Mike Hickey, Mike Forde, Mike Miller, Bryan Noonan, Heard Broadrick and Raoul Encinas?
Each one of them has finished in first place in a 2014 Inferno Cup event at least once. We can now add one more name to the list – Jon Gruenhagen.
Jon racked up 361.1 Cup points as he ran away from the field in Marty’s Saturday Green group on July 5th. Jon shot a net 64 to beat Marty Howe by a couple of strokes. Mike Miller, Bailey Ogrin and Matt Bintzler shot 67, 68 and 69 respectively to take 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. Jonny “G” was five strokes below his handicap. He still has some work to do before he cracks the top ten list, but it’s a good start, especially when you consider he has only played in two events.
Club Champion Bailey Ogrin captured low gross honors with a 72. This even though his putts weren’t falling and he caught a bad break on #9 Arroyo and ended up with a double-bogey on the hole. Bailey moved up two spots into sixth place in the Cup standings. Marty Howe moved up eight spots. Gruenhagen’s win helped him leap-frog fourteen players on the list.
- Jon Gruenhagen – 64
- Marty Howe – 66
- Mike Miller – 67
- Bailey Ogrin – 72
- Mike Miller – 74
- Mike Nichols – 79
We had a little more rain and the greens are awakening. I have feelings of ambivalence. If the greens start rolling true, then what excuse can I have for missing 16 inch putts? The average gross score for Cup players was 85.9. There was a net double-eagle on the four par #8 Arroyo course. Jon Gruenhagen carded a net hole-in-one. Drinks anyone?