Jim Mantle was the only golfer to come close to shooting his handicap in the Pat Collins Men’s Day East event Wednesday on the South Course of Talking Stick. Mantle managed to card a round only three strokes over his handicap to capture low gross honors. Talking Stick brutalized everyone else in the field with lightning fast greens, nearly impossible pin placements and bad karma. A dozen players were more than ten strokes over their handicaps. Ken Vlah was twenty!
Nonetheless, it was a fun filled field where everyone was united in sharing their common miseries of sky high scores. Mantle teamed with Dennis Propp to capture first place in the team game. They beat Heard Broadrick and Howard Jones by four strokes. Laurence Rosen and Mike Forde fell one stroke back in third place. There were eight skins paid, two each to Jim Mantle and Howard Garr. Jim Speck, Scott Hull, Laurence Rosen and Mike Forde ran with the others.
When reviewing the scorecards, the sad truth came forth. Every single one of the eighteen holes played at an average of more than bogey. The Gainey boys flailed about in sand traps as if they were in a race to find the buried treasure. They moved so much sand and earth in their attempts at extrication that the course marshal asked them if they were licensed excavation contractors.
Of the twenty or so sand shots attempted by Sandy Wiener, he butchered nineteen, but had one near hole experience. Naturally, the great one took twenty dollars out of Howard Jones’ pocket.
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