Our December 7th, First Thursday Tournament will be played on Mesa Linda. The two low handicap flights will be assigned to play the blue tees. Players may choose to play a different tee. If you play a different tee than assigned, be sure to let us know. Either in advance by email to email@example.com or on your scorecard. We are including a 2 best ball per foursome team competition, as well as individual total net, net skins (both by flight) and closest to the pins. Dave Basile is the tournament director.
Bret Bauer, Tournament Director
Adding their name to our website's Hall of Champions are the winners of the two team flights, all with net 61's. Dave Basile and Bill McCrea handily won Flight 1. Flight 2 went to Wayne Rowell and Eric Gastineau over Bob Colclough and Jim Ortale in a scorecard tiebreaker (back 9 by 1).
Eric and Bill also claimed multiple skins.
Individual flight winners were Steve Keith (67), John Jurczak (66), Tom Ebert (65) and Jim Ortale (66). Great scores despite some pins that were in extremely difficult places.
Joseph Chien, playing in our earliest group, put the CTP placards so tight on #2 and #6 that they were never bested.Yet the shot of the day was this one by Ned Whittemore off the tee on #10. Ned collects an extra $100 for his Hole in One during a CMSGA tournament. Playing a nicely struck 8 iron into a light breeze, the group's suspicions from the tee were confirmed when they arrived at the cup. Congratulations, Ned!
Skee Gutmacher was a beloved member, who knew every worker at the course. He had been our CMSGA treasurer for about 20 years, until 2017, when he passed a few days shy of his 94th birthday.
Thanks to Bret Bauer for setting up and scoring this tournament. This was his first. One of the most difficult issues is trying to score and reshape teams when little or no notice is given regarding withdrawals. Please let us know with as much notice as possible if your plans to play must change.
I'm not sure that we came up with a fixed solution, but the USGA will implement a rules update in January that changes the requirements for posting incomplete rounds. There is a nice summary in the last issue of SCGA's Fore Magazine.
Rather than restate the current rules, the new rules state that if less than 9 holes are played, no score can be posted. If 9 holes are played, then a 9 hole score is posted if the 9 holes have a separate rating. That 9 hole score will be used to update the player's index the day after posting, without waiting for it to be combined with another 9 hole score.
If 10 to 17 holes are played, then the hole by hole score must be entered when posting. The GHIN posting program with then calculate an adjusted 18 hole score. Posting net pars on any unplayed holes will no longer be the practice.
If any member is interested in taking one of the SCGA rules courses, there are in person and online offerings. There is much to learn. Let us know if you would like to pursue that.
Thanks to the 39 members who supported our away tournament. Flight winners were Ryan Haeger (net 70) and Tom Kennedy (net 75). Ryan also scored the lowest gross of the day (76). Hoyt Etter was our only winner of multiple skins. Players were offered the option of playing the forward tees. 33 players stuck with the white tees. The weather cooperated and the predicted winds never materialized. The course offered a number of challenging holes, reflected by more double digit holes entries than usual. Thanks to Mike Drennen for making the arrangements. We can help if any members wants to take the lead in another away event.
We had 15 Member Guest teams. The winning team was John Carroll and his guest, Matt Chavez, combining for a 9 under par net 61.
We had 32 teams in our members without guests division. The lowest scoring team was Sharon Thiedemann and Eric Gastineau, also with a net 61. Payout was to the top 20% in each division.
The weather was great, crossing several climate zones if you started early enough. Thanks to Peter Cary for directing and scoring this complicated tournament. The communication from members on guest information and notice on the few cancellations was most helpful.
The day was a mixed bag of weather to be sure. The early groups had to make sure to hit the ball straight for the first hour or so due to the fog that must have hampered their ability to see the ball after it was hit! Eventually the sun broke through, as it usually does, and the rest of the day was typically sunny and nice.
I think everyone enjoyed the alternate scoring format, but especially the winners of the the 2 team flights! Flight 1 winners with a net 89 team score (beating the nearest competition by 7 strokes!) were Bret Bauer / Mark Thomas / Steve Hess / Russ Barrett. Flight 2 winners with a team score of 94 were Jim Rossman / Alonzo Monk / Bill Walker / (Bill McCrea was randomly chosen as the blind to round out the team scoring format.) Congrats to both teams!