It was nice to see some new names on the leaderboard this morning with Tom Story taking top honors while adding a skin to his take. Jack had a good enough round to take a second. Harry Hirakawa took third place with Andy sharing fourth place with Ray. Both Andy and Harry took skins as well. There were no on-in-ones carded.
So, we did indeed have a nice turnout of 16 players today with a couple more playing for fun. Ralph edged out Vester for low gross honors in a tiebreaker with Kim one shot behind. Paul easily took low net with Tom and Harry Missakian taking second and third. Paul and Harry also had skins.
There was a turnout of 16 members playing 2 Man Best Ball on Thursday. It doesn't seem like we've lost that much game during the shutdown with Vester carding a 39 gross and his partner Tom took low net honors at -5 net to par combining as a team for Best Ball honors. Jack and Richard took 2nd place with Park and Paul close behind for third.
With the opening of many golf courses in our area, some of us are back to playing golf. The course was reported to be in good shape. We had eleven brave golfers testing both their COVID and golf skils playing "Irons Only" (Instead of saying irons-and-hybrids-but-not-drivers-or-fairway-woods). It seems the layoff didn't really hurt play much with Kim taking low net honors and posting the low gross of 39 for the day. Jim Stowell was a close second and also had a nice gross score of 42. Ralph took third in low net and also had a nice 42 gross. Paul and John shared fourth place.
Skins were taken by Kim, Jim, and Jack, but no on-in-ones were carded.
We were able to field only three teams for the 2-Man Scramble this week. The weather was a factor but I'm sure the corona virus kept people away too. Don and Ralph played well enough to take the low gross honors for the round but not good enough to beat Doc and John who took first place honors with the low team net. Since payouts for team events go to the first three teams, all players were on the money list!
There were only 3 intrepid (i.e. crazy) golfers that showed up at Hansen Dam GC on St Patrick's day for the March "away game", Jim Stowell, John Kirk, and Jack Jourden. Playing from the white tees they were joined by a Mr. Lee. Jim took the day for the club by winning both low-gross and low-net, at least one skin and an on-in-one. Unfortunately, when the rain began on #14 Jack and John headed back to the clubhouse leaving Jim and Mr. Lee to finish by themselves---which they did regardless of the weather!! It was a cold and wet morning for sure but these 3 gave it a go---with Jim besting the day! We are unable to tabulate just how much the club owes Jim!!"
There was a relatively small turnout for our Criers tournament, either due to the chance or rain or maybe the coronavirus? We were able to just avoid the rain which came as the last group finished. The winners were closely packed due in part to the bunching effect of the format where the two worst holes are eliminated coupled with the 2-putt used on sanded greens. Richard came out on top with Doc, Jack and Joe one point behind tied for second. Doc added to his take with one of the two skins with Kim picking up the second skin. Ludi carded the only on-in-one.
Bob Bowdoin's putting put him in first place for Aces Wild taking 5 strokes off his net 35. Richard was one behind taking 3 off his net 34. Doc, Vester, Paul and Jim Stowell were tied for third place. Jim was also putting well tied with Bob with a 5 stroke reduction.
We all enjoyed a lovely warm morning for our end-of-the-month LGLN tournament. Ralph came up with a strong showing taking Low Gross, one of three skins and two on-in-ones. Nice round Ralph! Vester held on for second with Jim Stowell taking third.
4 Man Best Ball was played on a very nice morning at Altadena.
Don, Jack, and Stephen took first place by 2 points. The two Bobs with Herman and Harry Hirakawa took second. With Richard, Harry Doc and Joe settling for third. Each of the winning groups added a skin as well with Don, Herman, and Richard all earning skins.
We all struggled with very fast greens on the Brookside #2 course.
Vester took low gross honors with his 89 adding two skins and an on-in-one. Jim Stowell took second adding a skin and on-in-one. Don was third and also had an on-in-one.
Rob had a strong enough front 9 to take low net honors adding a skin and an on-in-one. Jack was one stroke behind and took second, and while Harry Missakian was in the running again, he had to settle for third.
Harry Missakian had another strong outing taking first place in Tin Whistle and added the only on-in-one. However, Don topped the earnings with his sole skin with a birdie on #2. Richard hung in there for second with Doc and Paul sharing third place
We had a fine morning with clear skies and nice warmer weather... a perfect morning for golf. Most enjoyed this new format where it's nice that when you lose a hole, it doesn't matter by how many strokes, so you just move on to the next hole. You can see in many of the matches there can be a back and forth through the match.
Our members arrived this morning wondering why they came in the first place, and may have left feeling the same. But De Bell is an interesting course and I do look forward go playing it again, just not too soon. Many of us learned to use the new Equitable Stroke Control method of picking up at triple bogey. (That is our club local rule for an otherwise complicated ESC system)
Kim led in low gross with his 91, and Jim Stowell was not that far behind even with lost balls and several hikes up the mountain side. He added a skin and on-in-one to his take. Vester hung in there for third and posted the other on-in-one.
Jack took Low Net honors and managed some fine putts on these difficult greens, adding two skins as well. Mike and Rob were second and third with Mike also picking up two skins.
The warmer weather gave us a nice turnout for Red White & Blue. Vester was really hot taking low net plus 2 skin. Richard, Doc and Jim Stowell were tied for second. Tom Storey had the only on-in-one and added a skin as well. Bob Jimenez paid for his round with a skin.
We had a smallish turnout today fielding 16 players for Tin Whistle and were treated to a glorious morning, cool, clear and luminous. Oh and there was some decent golf as well. We welcomed Steven Griswold back from extended grandparenting duties and Joe Dean made an appearance.
Doc took first place honors but Jim Stowell topped the player purse with second in Tin Whistle, a skin and an on-in-one. Herman was in the running taking third with Ralph just finishing in the money. Don Paul and Vester had skins as well.
We enjoyed another beautiful morning for our 4 Man Scramble tournament. It was a very tight race with first place going to Richard, Leo, Harry and Doc in a tie breaker over Ralph, Van, Jim R and Kim. The next two groups were also tied and one stroke behind the leaders.
There was a nice turnout of 24 members playing the annual Turkey Shoot. Harry Missakian, in the spirit of last weeks performance by Leo, took the only skin and added a turkey shoot payout to top the leaderboard. Others in the usual cast of characters who took their $10 are Richard, Don, Bob Bowdoin, Ralph, Van, Rob, Vester, Jim Stowell and Paul and Jack.
Richard and Don each added an on-in-one to their winnings.
Leo should be happy with his day! He took the only skin, won low putts and tied for second in low net. Paul took low net honors in a tie breaker. Herman and Jim Stowell also had low putts but Leo finished stronger so got the win. Vester had the only on-in-one.
Vester had another strong outing for our end-of-the-month LGLN tournament and had one of the two on-in-ones. Richard took low net honors. Ralph had to settle for second in low gross but added a skin to his purse. There was a three way tie for second on low net with Harry Hirakawa, Leo, and Jim Rutledge sharing the honors. Mike Estes played with us as a guest/potential-member and had the other on-in-one.
We only fielded four foursomes today perhaps because of the match play format. It was a beautiful morning to play and we noticed that the greens have recovered nicely from earlier maintenance and most of the fairways are looking.... better than fair.
I think most found the match play interesting and a different focus for playing golf. There were no all square matches.
We managed to play Tri-Golf-a-Thon without a hitch! Scorecards looked great. It was a close match but Vester and Tom beat the field by two strokes with a net 30. There was a tie for second at 32, with Doc, Harry, Kim and Jim R in the mix and a bunch at 33.
We had ten members playing Alhambra GC on a nice fall morning. The course was in good shape the greens well recovered from being punched and sanded. Don took low gross honors adding an on-in-one, with Ralph and Kim tied for second. Rob had a strong start and finished well enough to take low net adding an on-in-one and two skins. Ray had to settle for second in low net and had a skin as well.
Red White and Blue was played with recently punched and (variously) sanded greens. We played two putt maximum which seemed like a good call as you watched a perfect putt bumped off course at the last second. Paul took top honors with Ray close behind. Vester had to settle for two skins and an on-in-one, with Ralph and Kim also taking one skin each.
Don and Vester had strong rounds at 40 gross each.
Today's 5 of clubs saw scores not much above average suggesting that those other 9 clubs are superfluous, but not really right? We were playing up on all the tees because the regular tee boxes were under maintenance. Still there were some pretty good scores.
Charles took low net today topping the leaderboard while Leo added a skin to his second place placing him at the top of payout list. Ray had enough nice holes to take two skins. Doc took third and added one of the five on-in-ones.
Vester took low gross honors with his 43, and had an on-in-one.
There was a nice turnout for our monthly team event of 2-Man Shamble. Jack and Ray edged out Tom Story and Vester in a tie breaker while Don and Rob had to settle for third. Vester topped the money board adding a skin and the only on-on-one.
Eleven members played the interesting Santa Anita course struggling a bit with the newly punched greens. Ray continued his strong play taking low net and a skin. Vester took low gross honors with an 80. Don had a strong round as well taking second in low gross with three on-in-ones. Jim Nelson had to settle for third in low gross but added a skin and an on-in-one.
We played in a late burst of summer with 23 members making it to the starting tee. Ray and Jim Nelson both had strong rounds with Jim taking low gross honors, while Ray took low net (no payouts for those categories, of course), but Ray was the clear winner of Tin Whistle adding a skin and three clear of Jim Nelson who took second adding a skin and on-in-one. Vester was in the hunt with third place adding an on-in-one.
There was a decent turnout of 21 members on this tropical morning. Herman and Don both played hot today, with Herman edging out Don for low Aces score in a tie breaker, but Don topped the payouts by adding a skin. Van was in the running with a tie for third, a skin and an on-in-one.
Or LG/LN tournament saw Don Slater take the top winnings with low gross honors and an on-in-one while Edgar took low net. Jim Rutledge had a strong showing tied for second in low net and carded a skin. Kim Peterson had to settle for second in low gross. Jack shared second low net with Jim. Ray had two skins.
We had a nice turnout today with great weather. The fairways are looking fantastic. How nice to enjoy such a fine muni course! From the looks of the scores, I wonder if people were playing for low putts? Vester had a very reasonable 42 with a bunch of 46's behind him. Vester wins low gross honors, but Herman takes the money in Low net. Richard carded the lowest putt count and we're assured there were no gimmes. Doc was a close second with a bunch tied for third in low putts. The skin pool was split between Leo and Jim Rutledge.
There was a decent turnout for our away tournament with 14 members playing Brookside #1. Vester had another strong outing taking Low Gross honors plus two of the skins. while Jack took Low net and a skin. Ralph was in the hunt taking second in Low gross, and Harry Missakian settled for third but tacked on two on-in-ones.
There was a nice turnout today for the popular Red, White & Blue tournament. Doc topped the leaderboard with a tie-breaker for low net and added an on-in-one. Jim Nelson had to settle for second and is probably thinking about a couple of shots that might have gone better, but don't we all? Vester added a skin and an on-in-one to his tie for third in low net. With Paul, Herman and Charles sharing in the third place tie.
There was a nice turnout on a beautiful morning for our Irons and Hybrid tournament where we hosted a guest player (new member?), Tom Wright. I'm thinking about keeping my driver and 3 wood in the garage! We saw some really good play, as good as it gets in some cases with irons only. Kim scored low gross and low net adding two skins to top the leaderboard, with a three way tie for second. Van added a skin and an on-in-one, with Jim Rutledge and Tom Storey sharing second place.
It was an interesting morning at Altadena with a brief rain and thunder midway through our Low Gross/ Low net tournament. Don Slater took low gross over Kim in a tie-breaker. Mike took low net and added a one of two skins, with Richard and Vester tied for second. Rob sweetened his round by winning the putting contest
With summer vacations taking a toll, there were only 4 teams playing 4-Man Scramble this week. With the reduced lineup we enjoyed mixing up the parings a bit. All teams did very well with everyone playing under net par but the winning team's gross score was under par. Aren't scrambles fun! The team of Don, Joe, Park and Jim Stowell won the Scramble in a tie breaker over Richard's team. Ralph, Russ, John and Kim had to settle for third but only one point behind the leaders
It was great to get back to the Montebello golf course with lots of interesting holes, and not so interesting bunkers. Kim's consistent play earned low gross honors, 2 skins and 2 on in ones. Nice round! Leo took low net honors adding a skin as well. We hope to play this course again in the fall and will look for better turnout.
Don't you sometimes wish we could always play where our two worst holes are eliminated? How about three?
Herman continued his fine play taking the Criers tournament today and added one of four skins. Richard was a close second followed by Vester and Bob Bowdoin tied for third and Vester added one of the skins.
We had a nice turnout of 18 members on this near holiday event. Mike had a breakout day drilling putts from everywhere. He won the Tin Whistle event handily, added two of the four skins, scoring low net and low gross for the day. It was fun to watch that kind of round that we only occasionally get to enjoy ourselves. The only on-in-one came from Ralph on the more accessible 6th hole and he also had one of the skins. Vester had a typically wild day but managed a skin. Herman took second in the tournament
The course looked beautiful this morning with cool weather typical of the season. Vester took low gross with Rob and Mike not too far behind. Richard took low net with Herman, Park and Leo sharing second place. Park was the top winner by far adding the sole skin and an on-in-one to his second place tie.
There was a small turnout of 6 playing Harding this morning but we saw great conditions on the course and enjoyed the mild weather. Ralph topped the field taking low Gross, two skins and an on-in-one. Park was close behind in winnings taking low net honors and two skins. Nice play guys! Don was hitting the ball well but struggled with putts and took second in low gross, added two skins and had the other on-in-one.
Todays tournament was 6 Blind Holes where six holes are selected at random for all players, and the net scores for those holes determined the outcome. Tom Story came out on top with low net on the 6 holes with Bob Bowdoin close behind. Bob added a skin to his total making him the top winner. Vester had a strong game taking low gross honors... bragging rights only.
Our Club Championship saw Kim continue his fine play taking low gross honors by three strokes over Ralph who also had a good round of 87. Herman played well today and took low net honors by 6 strokes over Jim Rutledge. Kim added two of the six skins to his winnings, with Herman adding a skin as well. Mike, Richard and Jim Stowell also won skins. There were only two on-in-ones from Russ and Ralph.
With the warmer weather we had a nice turnout or 26 members for our LGLN tournament. Vester had a strong day taking low gross and one of 5 skins. Kim was just two strokes behind but secured low net honors. Ralph and Richard secured second places. There were 5 skins but no on-in-ones were carded.
The cold weather and chance of rain kept turnout a bit low but we did field 6 pairs playing this interesting Match Play format. The format also had several members playing with new partners as we tried to set pairings with fairly equal course handicaps. No pairings finished "all square". Scores were posted to GHIN since this is a valid format even when with yielded putts and conceded holes.
Alhambra was looking beautiful on this cool morning. Greens have recovered nicely and fairways were looking good. Kim seems to like this course and took low gross in a tie breaker with Vester who took low net. Kim had two skins and three on-in-ones to top the leaderboard. Don had to settle for third in low gross but added two skins and two on-in-ones to boost his earnings. Everyone got something today, with Van taking a skin to earn a place on the leaderboard.
There was a tepid turnout for today's tournament from our members on this misty moody morning. Richard ran away from the field taking low net and earned one of the three skins. Ray tied for second with Kim and Doc, and also took a skin.