Gainey golfers endured some serious heat (110° F/43° C) Wednesday the 23rd and no one perished. That’s the good news. Some of us suspected we might and we were thrilled when we finally found the Member’s Grill at the end of the round. I saw the light at the end of the tunnel and fortunately, it was a lite beer. The bad news is – we get to do it again Friday. However, there is a major cold front that will descend upon Gainey Friday and the high temperature is only expected to be 107°. Sweater sales should increase in the pro-shop.
Mike Nichols used his experience in the proverbial hot-seat to claim another victory. With three birdies and an eagle on his card, he turned in an even par 72 to edge Mike Miller by two strokes. Nichols also claimed low net honors just edging out George Stelmach who has been on his own personal terror lately posting some great scores.
- Mike Nichols – 72
- Mike Miller – 74
- Bailey Ogrin – 77
- Mike Nichols – 65
- George Stelmach – 66
- Mike Miller – 67
It should come as no surprise then that the team with Nichols and Stelmach on board also won the team game. If you’ve been following the Inferno Cup, it will also come as no surprise that Dale Fitzhenry managed to get on the same team with two of the hottest golfers in the field. “Fitzhenry” comes from the old Irish word meaning, “picks good partners often”. Even though he finished five strokes over his handicap, Fitzhenry jumped from eleventh place to seventh place in the Inferno Cup standings. Mike Miller, Rickie Currens and Skyler Irvine took second place while Bailey Ogrin, José León and Gary Graham escaped with third place. One stroke separated each of the three teams.
The condition of the golf course continues to improve and none too soon. I watched Tom Hansen miss a twenty-inch putt when it took a fifteen degree turn at the ten inch mark. If he had made the putt, my team would have finished only nine shots behind the leaders. Damn, he cost us the match.