The Shootout event was held on Saturday. It was a chilly day for the 24 qualifiers. The chilliness coupled with the wet course conditions made for an interesting front 9 score track.
We employed "Lift, clean and Place" for the event, but the scores didn't seem to be affected. We had higher than normal net scores with the low net being 35 by Wethington & Brower. 4 others had 36 (Paquette, Johnsrud, Monogue & Hop), the 37s by Stoner & Ward left 2 remaining spots to round out the field of 10. 5 people went to a chip off for the 2 spots - Hamm, Medina, Mangold, Silberman & Ryan. With tremendous chips, Mangold and Medina moved onto the shootout. Another chip off of 10 between Hop and Medina saw Hop take an early exit. A 3-way chip off on 11 between Brower, Medina and Mangold saw Medina survive his 3rd chip off and we waved goodbye to Mangold. The 12th hole saw another chip off between Stoner and Wethington and by a mere 2 feet, Wethington moved on to the 13th. Solid play saw Monogue exit with the solo high score on 13. The 14th hole had some high excitement, with rulings needed (the league president wading into the casual water up to his ankles to determine a hazard line for Paquette and his ball position). After an in-play ruling was made and drops determined for Brower and Paquette, we finally made it the green. Johnsrud knew he needed to make a 5 footer to force a chip-off, but a pain staking lip out saw the league and shootout rookie make his exit. The 15th had some rocky play as nerves started to settle in for the players. Erratic shots were everywhere. After laying up short of the creek in 3, Medina put his 4th into the creek and the signaled the end of Medina on 15. 4 good tee shots on 16 made for an interesting hole, 3 people laid up leaving Wethington with a decision...he went for it...BARELY cleared and was playable, but in the hazard across the creek. Brower hit his 3rd into the creek, but with receiving 2 shots on 16, he wasn't out of it yet, after his 5th was just short of the green. Ward hit a glorious shot from 186 to 5 feet for birdie. Paquette left his 3rd just short of the green. Wethington punched out of the hazard and then left his 4th just short of the green. Ward left his birdie putt woefully short but walked away with a net 4. Paquette barely missed his par putt but had bogey for a net 5. Brower chipped up, but had a rough putt above the hole that missed and he finished with an 8 for a net 6. That left Wethington needing to get up and down for bogey to avoid the chip-off and with a solid 4 footer being drained for bogey, Brower was eliminated. On 17, Wethington was in the back of the green with a long birdie putt that came up way short, missed the birdie putt and bogeyed. Ward was off the right of the green, hit a good chip shot, but missed his par and also bogeyed. Paquette's tee shot hit the tree short right and had a difficult chip from 55 yards that just creeped on the front edge. The par putt was slow and left him with a 5 footer to force a 3-way chip-off...after s surprising slide off to the right on the putt, it lipped out the right edge and Paquette finished in 3rd place for the Shooutout.
That left 2 for the 18th...Ward and Wethington! Wetington had the honors and pushed his tee shot right...the tees were up and somehow the ball cleared the corner of the #1 pond and was in the right rough on #1. Ward hit a flare out to the right, but was in the 18th rough. Wethington hit a good shot along the tree line, just short of the right bunker. Ward hit a great shot to the front middle of the green leaving himself 35 feet for birdie to back left pin position. Wethington kept up his great play with a pitch shot that was pin high to about 5 feet. Ward nearly made the birdie putt and was left with a tap in for par. Wethington had the pressure on him to make the 5 foot slider to force a chip-off...and there was no doubt when it left the putter face...it was dead center and the final went to a sudden death chip-off to determine the winner. With a back left pin, the chip off spot was chosen back right just down in the grass bunker behind the green. With a solid gallery of 15 guys, the pressure was on for the slippery downhill sliding chip. Wethington was first up and hit another great chip that ran out to 11'5". Ward went next, not knowing what was needed...another great chip was made. At first glance it looked to be the immediate winning chip...but the downhill kept the ball running out...a measurement was needed. As the tape measure expanded it got closer and closer, however, as it reached it's end, Ward's chip shot was mere 11 inches closer and by less than a foot, Nick Ward became the 2018 BMGA Shootout Champion!
Congratulations Nick on your victory!
Nick Ward $75
Craig Wethington $50
Doug Paquette $25
$10 each went to Hop, Mangold, Stoner, Monogue, Johnsrud, Medina & Brower
After a long season and event, the 2018 Individual Match play concluded this past Sunday.
The finals pitted a battle of the "Steve's" in the final....Merriman and Shellenbaum who have both had phenominal BMGA years.
It was a cold and sprinkly day for the final that teed off at 10am. Shellenbaum gave it a good go accumulating 3 birdies through 13 holes. However, The season long solid play of Merriman was able to keep up and pull ahead throughout the match and closed it out on 15 with a 5&3 victory.
Congratulations Steve Merriman on being the 2018 Individual Match Play Champion!
Congratulations to Medina/Bialke on the 2018 2-Man Match Play Championship!
Final Match Highlights:
Both teams got off to a bit of a slow start as the temperature was in the 40's. But the competition soon heated up. Bialke made a long put on 3 to bring the match all square. Then with his tee shot short of the water on 4 chips to 8 feet and makes the par putt. Jordan answers back with a bomb of a drive on 5 and makes the birdie putt for all square again. Par by Medina on 6 gives them a one up lead. With a 87 yard chip to 2' Bialke puts them 2 up with a par an 8. With a stroke in hand Bialke's par bests Jordan's par for a 3 up lead at the turn. Medina then proceeds to birdie No 10. Tree trouble on 11 for Bialke and Medina, Ward makes par to cut the lead back to 3up. With misses of two short putts by both Bialke and Medina give hole 12 to Jordan / Ward. Match gets tighter with Bialke / Medina now only 2up. From the sand trap Medina gets his second shot on 13 to the far left front side of the green with a far right pin. He then proceeds to roll the putt all the way across the green and drain the birdie putt. Slack jaws all around. Par by Medina on 14 gets the match to Dormie. On 15 Medina then drains another par putt to close out the Match.5&3
Matt Grove and his team, CTB, finally broke through and get their names on the trophy! It was a very close match (41.5-38.5) against Alec Johnson's Par then Bar, coming down to the last match.
Here it is from the words of the winning captain: "It was all tied up after the first 3 teams had finished their matches, and it came down to the last group. It was a little nerve wracking since Wayne from CTB conceded the hole before even reaching the green (Little did we know the he had won his match. Colby from Alec's team had a brutal 3-putt that pushed his match on the last hole. CTB would not be denied 2 years in a row! Our last team came in with the win. Alec’s Team was a tough competitor and gave us a real challenge on the last night. Definitely how a championship match should end."
Not a bad season for the rookie captain, Alec, and his squad who earn $30 each for their efforts.
Congratulations, Matt and CTB on winning the title, the trophy, and $35 each!
Well what a whirlwind weekend for the 3-Ball. After torrential rains on Thursday knocked Brookview down to a modified 9 hole course, we were in scramble mode to try and make sure the tournament could still be held. Luckily, our fearless President was able to pull some strings and get us some tee times at Meadowbrook. After a few last minute drops, we pushed on with 8 teams. We held the auction on Friday night and reached a respectable $1,350 after the bidding ended.
Saturday arrived and we couldn't have asked for a better fall day. The sun was shining and the greens were fast. After the rounds had concluded there were 2 teams that had comfortable lead going into Sunday, but there were plenty of teams still within striking distance. The team of Koppy/ Koppy came in with the low score of 64, followed up by Bernardy/ Hop at 65, the other teams came in 5 and 6 shots back.
Sunday gave us more great weather and some great, and not so great scoring. The beginning of the day started off with a bang! On the Par 3 #2, Kevin Monogue holes out from 140 yards and capitalizes on the last chance of the year for the hole in one prize. Congrats Kevin on your first ACE!
Alas, there was still a lot of golf to be played and after a few more hole we saw scores from the complete opposite end of the spectrum. With super fast greens, and a hole placement that rivaled that of hole #13 at Brookview, we saw some of our highest scores of the day. With the par 4 #5 averaging a double bogey, we give the prize of highest score to Sheldon Silberman, who takes an 11 on this tough hole and and could have a good laugh at the absurdity of the pin placement. As scores rolled in Hop/ Bernardy had the clubhouse lead with a 214 (149)(65). There was no movement on the scoreboard it was the Koppy/ Koppy duo's tournament to lose. Well they came through and posted 210(146)(64). Congrats to Dick and Lee Koppy! (2nd Hop/ Bernardy 214, 3rd Stoner/ Nelson 220)
Below is the prize report from the weekend.
Here are the times for Saturday and Sunday:
12:24 - Matt Grove, Richard Brower, Stan Hop, Chuck Bernardy
12:32 - Kevin Monogue, Chris Miller, Marcus Gahn, Ben Peterson
12:40 - Kevin Stoner, Forrest Nelson, Richard Koppy, Lee Koppy
12:48 - Larry Hahka, Curtis Medina, Sheldon Silberman, Ted Roberts
10:48 - Matt Grove, Richard Brower, Stan Hop, Chuck Bernardy
10:56 - Kevin Monogue, Chris Miller, Marcus Gahn, Ben Peterson
11:04 - Kevin Stoner, Forrest Nelson, Richard Koppy, Lee Koppy
11:12 - Larry Hahka, Curtis Medina, Sheldon Silberman, Ted Roberts
We are still holding the 3-Ball (Calcutta) this weekend. However, due to the rain (and subsequent flooding) Brookview is unplayable as an 18-hole course so the event has moved to Meadowbrook.
The Calcutta/Auction will still be held tonight at 6pm at Brookview.
Some teams have dropped and some teams have shuffled around due to schedules not working to play with the later tee times that Meadowbrook could provide. It was either this option or cancel the event, so it was decided to press on with the teams we could muster. Dang Momma Nature.
Y'all are still invited to come to the Calcutta to sip on some beer, wager on teams, and have a merry time. Teams will be announced at the Calcutta for those not playing and attending/wagering/enjoying the debacle.
After a full 16 week regular season and 2 rounds of playoffs, we have our Championship matchup set. It will be rookie captain Alec Johnson and Par then Bar facing off against grizzled veteran captain Matt Grove and CTB.
Par then Bar, well rested with a round 1 bye, came out firing against the reigning champs, WTF, and held on with a 43.5-36.5 victory.
Last year's runner up, CTB, gets another shot at the title after a tight 40.5-39.5 win against I Like Big Putts.
Congrats to the two victorious teams, and good luck in the final on 9/26/18!