Kildare Wednesday Group – Tuesday, July 3rd

The course was stingy Tuesday giving up only two birdies. Despite the birdie dearth, nearly every golfer in the field bested his handicap. Pars and bogies ruled the day. Mike Wentrup went from the back of the pack Friday to the top of the heap with a net 67 (80 gross). Ken Vlah also shot net 67 with an 87 gross. Low gross honors went to Mike Miller with a 75 followed by Howard Jones at 79.

Low Gross

  1. Mike Miller – 75
  2. Howard Jones – 79
  3. Mike Wentrup – 80

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Wentrup a Top Six Finisher – Kildare Group June 29th

Mike Wentrup’s game wasn’t without flaw Friday, but he still managed a top-six finish in both the gross and net categories. Unfortunately, there were only six players on the card. The approaching holiday weekend, travel plans and the heat kept the field small. The top five players all bettered their handicap with Pat Collins lighting it up with a net 62 (gross 76).

Low Net

  1. Pat Collins – 62
  2. Joel Temple – 68
  3. Don Hourihan and George Stelmach – 69

Low Gross

  1. Pat Collins – 76
  2. Joel Temple – 78
  3. Dan Hourihan – 81 Continue reading “Wentrup a Top Six Finisher – Kildare Group June 29th”

Gainey Hole Profile – #3 Lakes

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.

Kildare Results – June 27th

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.

Low Net

  1. Ron Rosin – 63
  2. Ken Vlah – 68
  3. Mike Forde and Jim Gabriel – 70 Continue reading “Kildare Results – June 27th”

Kildare Results – Wednesday June 20th

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.

Low Gross

  1. Joel Temple and Scott Thompson – 72
  2. Cris Caruso – 75 Continue reading “Kildare Results – Wednesday June 20th”

Gainey – U.S. Open Championship

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”

Kildare Group Results – Friday June 15th

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.

Low Gross

  1. Cris Caruso – 75
  2. Don Coolidge – 81
  3. Ron Rosin and Harold Hoeg – 83

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