2020 BMGA Wrap Up

Thank you to everyone for making this a successful year! Seven months ago we had to cancel the Spring Meeting and we were concerned we would cancel the season. Everyone did their part, keeping their distance and allowing us to play every week.

Unfortunately we are unable to have a banquet this year, but we are hoping we will be able to turn the 2021 Spring Meeting into more of dinner and award ceremony. There will be a online slide show coming out shortly with a recap of the 2020 season. All trophies will be handed out at the Spring Meeting in 2021.

Great appreciation goes out to the board. This league would not be what it is without the dedication of all 9 board members. A special thank you to both Chuck and Richard. Running Wednesday night and weekend events is a ton of work. Both were run amazingly this year and weekend events had our highest participation in quite a few years!

Finally, BMGA 2021 Board Elections are complete. The three members who will be starting a 3 year term next year are: Erik Swanson, Howard Hoffman and Larry Jocelyn. Tim Lueder will move into the roll of President of the BMGA.

Have a great offseason. Stay healthy and work on your game! See you in the spring!

Jordan takes home top honors in Shootout

Jordan – Putting for the victory!

Another perfect weekend was dialed up for the last tournament of the season. After a tight opening nine holes (you needed a Net 37 to make the chip-off) we saw a fun and exciting back nine. After all the chip offs and fun, Brad Jordan – People 1st Flight Champion – added another trophy to his list for 2020 by winning the Shootout.

Our opening nine holes left us with a six-person chip-off for the final five spots. This eliminated HoF Curtis Medina on the chip-off. On #10 we had a withdrawal to eliminate Nick Hendrickson.

On hole #11, Tom Nestvold had some unfortunate luck and found himself scoring a seven after dropping one into the water. On #12, Kirk Williams had an untimely 3-putt to drop him out of the running.

On #13, we have our first back-nine chip-off with Ramiro Sifuentes and Marty Mangold. Both has amazing chips within 9 feet, but Ramiro was just outside and was eliminated. Unfortunately for Marty, he may have used all his mojo on the chip-off and found water on #14 and was eliminated.

On #15, we had our first five-way chip-off. Tournament manager gave them the full length of the green to work with and unfortunately Stan Hop at 13 feet was eliminated.

On #16, Sheldon Silberman hit just about every tree down the right side but still had a chance to push a chip-off with a short 4 footer but missed. On #17, Doug Paquette was eliminated via chip-off coming across the green.

That setup the 18th hole between Jordan and Steve Shellenbaum. Jordan hit what had to have been a 320+ drive leaving himself only a short 40 yard chip shot into the 18th green. Steve went through the fairway, into the hazard, took his medicine and punched up the green leaving himself 12 feet to make net par, which unfortunately didn’t go down. This left Jordan with a 2 putt for a par victory.

Paquette collects Individual Match Play Honors

In what was considered to be the marquee match-up in the Individual Match Play bracket, Doug Paquette faced off against Club Champion, Howard Hoffman in the honors of being the #1 Match Play Player of the year.

In what was a tight but one-sided event, Doug won 3 & 2. After the round, “Even the best players have an off day.  I was fortunate to play Howie on his ‘off’ day.  He’s still the best we have and a 100% class player.” Paquette said.

Congrats to everyone who played in the largest Individual Match Play even in a long time!

BMGA Shootout is Set

Our final event of the season is set for our top 24 players. The event is on October 10th starting at 12:00 PM (Noon). The tee sheet is:

Shootout Event Portal :: Tee Sheets (golfgenius.com)

This tournament is open to all observers. If you are not qualified for the tournament but want to come out and cheer on your favorite golfers, come on out, and see who will be crowned as the top BMGA Player of 2020.

Those who qualified:

Brad Jordan, Brian Beitlich, Chuck Bernardy, Curtis Medina, Don Grove, Doug Paquette, Jeffrey Olson, John Bolduc, Kelly Gallagher, Kent Riggs, Kevin Monogue, Kirk Williams, Marty Mangold, Nick Hendrikson, Ramiro Sifuentes, Richard Brynteson, Richard Schostag, Roger Hamm, Sheldon Silberman, Stan Hop, Steve Couture, Steve Shellenbaum, Ted Roberts, Tom Nestvold

Bald Man Brewery Triumphs in the Closest Match in Championship History!

Well it was a night to remember for both teams. The matches were up and down, but in the end every 1/2 point counted. It seems like we forget on how slow this match is compared to the regular season. 6pm after 2 hours of play some of the groups only had 7 holes completed. We had to stop play for lighting at 6:00pm which had to be another first for the Championship. 6:30 we got them back on the course and honestly I still think the fading sun didn’t speed them up. I was lucky enough to watch Luke Fox chip in on 8 from 30 yards out for his par to tie the hole. Crazy that one shot could decide the fate of a whole season. Once we realized the tie was inevitable we went to the 3 captains choice tie breakers that were announced to me only before the match. Bald Man won 16.5 to 15.5… It doesn’t get any closer and hats off to Who’s your Caddy for another spectacular season.

Thanks guys for another great year and thank goodness we had golf league to look forward to this Summer in our very first World Pandemic. Well most of us, Emmy Yates might have been thru a couple more. No banquet this year so the last event will be the shootout that is an invitation only, but you can come and watch.

One last thing if your interested in joining the board or perhaps you would like to Captain your own team into history contact Howie Hoffman, myself or any of the board members.

Roberts – Kjorsvik Win Big in Calcutta

With windy course conditions and some big numbers posted managed to navigate through the crazy both-ball final nine with a posted -1 score. This got them into an alternate shot playoff with Hamm and Stellick.

With two solid drives from Ted and Roger, Dan put his team just off the front of the green. Then Ted hit a chip to within 4 inches and a one-putt par was good enough to win.

3rd Place went to Peterson / Gahn. 4th Place Bernardy / Hop. 5th Place tie to Hagen – Krause, Meier – Hallfin.

Championship is Set!

Bald Man Brewery vs Who’s your Caddy

Who’s your Caddy took Hack Attack to the wood shed on Wednesday. 7 out of their 8 golfers one their match. On the other side of the Bracket I like Big Putts lost to Bald Man Brewery by 1 point to give Bald Man a ticket to the Championship show. This Wednesday at 4:00pm matches will start, its usually a slow round of golf so expect them to come in right around 6pm and the trophy presentations 6:30pm. Thanks Guys for a great year!

Calcutta Tournament Info

Team Pairings

Team List. The below is the final team list. Handicaps have been locked in.

The above guide has your locked in individual handicaps. Remember, we will take 85% of your handicap and that will be applied individual handicap.

Auction & Horse Race

The Auction will occur at Brookview, on the upper-deck at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 23rd.  The timing should work so those who are playing in the playoffs will be able to attend.  A few notes about this:– Max capacity on the deck is 36 people.  Therefore, when we reach capacity, we will ask teams to have only ONE PERSON on the deck so we can remain at capacity numbers.– There are LOTS of teams.  28 of them.  Should have been 26 but I screwed up, so now there are 28 – and I apologize in advance for the last nine holes – it’s going to be slow!  That means the draft MUST BE FAST paced.  We love people hanging out and having fun.  If you are being loud and disruptive during the draft, we will ask you to head down to the patio and continue your conversation.  That also means you should come prepared with the plan.

During the auction we will also be taking Horse Bet information as well.

Skins

We will be having a skins game this weekend.  There will be two pots, the first 18 holes and the last 9 holes.  Cost is $10 for Gross / Net or you can pay $20 and get into both skins pools.  If for some reason there are NO skins in the final 9 holes, that money will be moved to the first 18 hole skins pot.

To register for skins use this form: https://forms.gle/KG4YYWhHLkXzaxNw6

Tee Sheets & Format

Reminder, the tournament is on SUNDAY, September 27th.

Tee sheets are now available for both rounds here: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/6726657575745537623

If I did it correctly, you will play with different people in the first 18 vs the last 9 holes.  The tee times are two shot-gun starts at 8:00 AM and 1:30 PM.  Most groups are threesomes and the goal is to get around the course quickly.  As part of the tournament, you will receive 2 drink tickets and a meal ticket.  We MUST start the second nine by 1:30 PM so we do not goof up the public tee sheet.

The first 18 holes you will NOT play with your partner.  It is a best-ball and a single score between the two players will count towards your final score.  The last 9 holes is Both Balls will count towards the final score.  All players will use 85% of their USGA Handicap.