If anyone says Gainey Ranch Golf Club isn’t one of the most beautiful courses in the Valley, they haven’t played it. I had the pleasure of working the American Junior Golf Association event the last week in June. While waiting for some great young golfers to arrive at my station, I glanced over to #3 Lakes. This is what I saw. Wow!
In the last nearly 100 rounds played by the Kildare group on Wednesdays and Fridays, #3 Lakes has taken few prisoners. Only 2.2% of the attempts have yielded birdies. That’s tougher than every hole on the Arroyo side and equal to the fewest number of birdies on every hole on the Lakes course. The odds of playing it under par are nearly 50 to 1. More than half the attempts have resulted in bogey or worse. 44% have parred the hole.
Next time you’re on the tee and thinking about how easy the hole looks, think again. It’s one of the club’s prettier holes and one of the slyly tough ones. It’s been my experience it’s a fairly easy hole as long as you don’t take too many strokes on it.
Rosin ran away from the field Wednesday after (again) shooting his age. Ron carded a gross 72 and a net 63. He finished well in front of the competition both in the gross and net categories. No one else in the field pushed him.
Only one hole on the course played at “over bogey” and it will surprise no one it was #7 Lakes. 45% of the field scored double-bogey or worse on the hole. There were a dozen birdies on the day, one third of which were found on the card of Ron Rosin.
- Ron Rosin – 63
- Ken Vlah – 68
- Mike Forde and Jim Gabriel – 70 Continue reading “Kildare Results – June 27th”
What a day of golf! Half the field performed substantially worse than their handicaps predicted, but some guys really lit it up was some great rounds. Cris Caruso shot a solid 75 and wondered if that might be good enough to finish first again. Purge the thought! In walked Scott Thompson who carded a gross 72. Surely that would hold up for low gross. And it did . . . until Joel Temple walked in the door. Not only did he shoot gross 72, he did it with a ten handicap for a net 62. Good solid golf rounds from all three.
- Joel Temple and Scott Thompson – 72
- Cris Caruso – 75 Continue reading “Kildare Results – Wednesday June 20th”
The Gainey – U.S. Open Tournament is in the books. Congratulations go out to the winners Dave Hopkins and Lowell Shonk. They ran away from the field with a seventeen under par performance. They dominated the opening day with a twelve under par score without the help of their chosen pros of David Toms and Webb Simpson. They faded slightly on the second day of the tournament, but their pros stepped in and put them over the top. Continue reading “Gainey – U.S. Open Championship”
The field for Friday’s group was small with some of the regulars skipping the event in anticipation of the Gainey/U.S. Open Tournament Saturday and Sunday. Cris Caruso stayed on his hot streak winning both low gross and low net (75/69). Don Coolidge took second place in the net category with a 70 while Gary Reibman finished second in the gross group with 81.
- Cris Caruso – 75
- Don Coolidge – 81
- Ron Rosin and Harold Hoeg – 83
Continue reading “Kildare Group Results – Friday June 15th”
107° Wednesday, but it’s a dry heat. The winner of the low net with an outstanding and steady round of 63 was George Stelmach. In shooting a gross 76, he carded only one birdie. Cris Caruso and Ken Vlah tied for second place three strokes back at 66. Cris’ 73 won him low gross honors.
- George Stelmach – 63
- Cris Caruso – 66
- Ken Vlah – 66 Continue reading “Kildare Golf Results – June 13th”
Here’s a curious statistic for the week – of the 34 rounds played in the Kildare group, only 82% were posted toward handicaps. Comparing the unposted scores with their related handicaps shows no correlation between the potential impacts on handicap. In other words, if someone “forgot” to post because he didn’t want it to affect his handicap, we had an equal number trying to keep their handicaps lower versus higher. In all probability, 18% of the field either simply forgot to post or they falsely assumed the team “captain” would post the scores.
It may be noteworth that the average age of those who didn’t post was slightly in excess of 70 years. It could simply be a manifestation of impeded memory function. Did I already say that?
Perhaps I can get the club to tell me how much liquor was sold on the course during the round and how much was sold in the Member’s Grill immediately after. It might be interesting to see if booze consumption correlates with the posting efficiency.