Brookview Teams Split at Metro Seniors

The two Brookview teams competing in the Metro Seniors League split their matches Friday at Hiawatha. Led by Randy Zejdlik’s 6 points, the Valley team amassed 17 points out of a possible 24. In addition members Steve Slivken, Gary Ridout, and Steve Shellenbaum all coolected points to contribute to the victory.

Brookview’s Golden team continued it’s struggles, collecting 9 out of the 24 possible points. The team played really well, which included the following net scores: Steve Merriman 72, Pete Steichen 68, Chuck Bernardy 77, and Richard Courtney 66. They just played against some really hot players.

This week the two teams go head to head at Fountain Valley. Rumors of a massive wager between the captains are floating around.

Results and current team standings can be found at

Brookview Senior 8-Man Team Victorious

The Brookview 8-Man Senior team had some close matches, but pulled out an 8-4 victory against Emerald Greens on Tuesday.  Led by the initial pairing of Tom Hansen /  Perry Jacobson, Brookview jumped out to a 3-0 lead.  Ham and eggs was their meal for the day.  The next group of Steve Slivken / Mark Kraus did not produce their best games, battled to the final hole on each side, but and fell 3-0.  The third group of Doug Zuck / Steve Houtz fell behind early but charged to a 2 1/2 – 1/2 victory.  It came down to the final match.   The anchor team of Steve Hartmann / Charlie Tsatsos finished the job with a close 2 1/2 – 1/2 win.  Congrats everyone!

Currently the standings in our division are,  1.  Braemar  2-0,  2.  Columbia  1-0-1,  T3.  Brookview  1-1,  Emerald Greens  1-1,  5.  Meadowbrook 0-1-1,  and 6.  Highland National  0-2.

Our next match is at Highland National Tuesday, July 7th.  9:00 starting tee times.

Metro Seniors Tumble at Brookview

Yesterday the Metro Seniors played at Brookview as Roger’s Brookview Golden team hosted the event.  It was a beautiful morning and, of course, Roger had everything well organized.  The Brookview Valley team, led by Stan Hop and Gary Ridout, managed to salvage 12 points of the 24 points possible.  Gary and Stan each squeaked out victories, Gary accumulating six points and Stan five points.  Randy Zejdlik was dealing with a shoulder injury but still manged to gain Valley’s final point.  Jim Sanford lost an up and down match to his opponent as he couldn’t quite get across the finish line.  

Roger’s Golden team didn’t quite fair so well.  The team managed to gain six of the possible twenty-four points.  But their time will come.  In the “A” match, Steve Merriman played well, but ran into a buzz saw in Skip Schultz.  Skip was co-medalist yesterday, firing a 75.  Doug Diedrich played to his handicap and gained five points.  Nice playing Doug.  Richard Courtney salvaged a point and Ted Roberts played ok, but again played against a very good opponent.

In the sixteen team field, currently the Valley team is in sixth place and the Golden team is in fifteenth place. Follow the action all season long at Weekly results and weekly standings are online there.

Braemar Defeats Brookview in Senior 8-Man Match

Well, let’s just say yesterday was not our best day as a team.  Braemar defeated Brookview 7-5 at Braemar.  For many of the Brookview players, it was the first time playing the new course, and it showed.  From comments afterwards, most played decent from tee to green, but the greens were very difficult to read and putt.  Large, firm, and undulating.  Although we were defeated, there are some highlights (and not so highlights)!

Group 1 – Hansen and Slivken got beat 3-0.  Neither of us had our best game, but we played against a couple really good players.  We lost the front nine 1-down, but got hammered on the back side.

Group 2- Nelson and Steve Hartmann garnered 2 1/2 points.  From Steve’s comments afterwards, Forrest played really well and Steve helped out when needed.  Ham and egged well.

Group 3 – Hahka and Tsatsos were defeated 3-0.  Didn’t hear much about the match other than Larry didn’t have a putter head.  Only the shaft.  Yes, you are reading this correctly.  Somewhere there is a Ping Anser putter head floating around.😢  Evidently he putted with a wedge.😢😢

Group 4 – Jacobson and Houtz also garnered 2 1/2 points in their match.  Again, I didn’t hear much about the match, but I think we won the front side side 1-up and tied the back side.  Sounds like it was very close.

We were fortunate not to experience the severe weather that was predicted.  We finished just in time.  Next match is at Brookview June 16th against Emerald Greens.

Brookview Teams Have Mixed Results in Metro Seniors

Bunker Hills hosted week two of the Metro Seniors League. Our two Brookview teams had mixed results. The Brookview Valley team amassed 19 out of a possible 24 points to jump in the standings. Tom Hansen, Gerry Meier, and Jim Husnik won all 6 points in their matches. Marty Mangold couldn’t hold onto his early lead and salvaged a hard fought point in his match.

The Brookview Golden team had a rough day. But they will come back strong. The team of Steve Susich, Chuck Bernardy, Ted Roberts, and Doug Diedrich battled hard but could only record Doug’s 2 points.

Congrats to Tom Hansen, who shared medalists honors with a flawless 73.



Sifuentes Wins Season Ending BMGA Shootout

@Ramiro-Sifuentes used a deft touch around the greens to capture the season ending BMGA Shootout, edging out second place finisher @Matt-Krasen on the 18th hole.

The results of the qualifying nines holes had players @Forrest-Nelson, @Nick-Ward, @Sheldon- Silberman, @Mark-Lange, @Pete-Steichen, @Stan-Hop, @Dick-Koppy, @Brian-Beitlich, Krasen, and Sifuentes all vying for the coveted championship. Krasen was the low Gross qualifier with a 38, and Silberman was the low Net qualifier with a 32.

Defending champion Ward started out shaky and was eliminated on hole #10. The pond came into play and Nelson was eliminated on hole #11. There was a chip off on #12. After each player had a couple hiccups, Steichen advanced eliminating Silberman. Hole #13 proved too much for Lange as he lost in a chip off to who else – Sifuentes. Most of the players hit great drives on #14, however producing no gross birdies. Hop and Steichen advanced with net birdies, leaving a chip off with the remaining four players. Beitlich was eliminated after all four had nice chips. The final five players standing all received a stroke on #15. Mr. Hop’s net bogie was not good enough to advance and Stan was shown the showers. A couple bad shots on #16 sent Koppy to the sidelines. Other than that, he played solid. Krasen, Steichen and Sifuentes all approached #17 tee box with great confidence. Ramiro pured a shot to the middle of the green, leaving himself a 35 footer. Matt flushed one right on line but came up a little short, leaving a 25 footer. Finally Pete hit one a little heavy, leaving himself a tough pitch shot. He proceeded to knock his second about eight feet from the cup. Ramiro got the crowd excited as he rolled in his long putt for a duece. Not stunned at all, Matt hit his birdie putt with a tidbit too much speed, ramming the back of the hole and popping out. To extend his chances Pete (Clutch) Steichen calmly made his par putt to force a chip off with Krasen. Matt hit a solid chip and Pete couldn’t match it and was eliminated. On #18, Sifuentes, who was getting a stroke, nuked a drive right down the fairway. Krasen powered one through the fairway on the right side. Sifuentes second shot rolled slightly over the green, leaving him a delicate downhill chip. Matt was facing a difficult second, as he had to punch it under some tree limbs and hope to make a birdie. He mishit it – leaving him another chip, which he left eight feet short of the cup. Ramiro proceeded to hit his difficult chip three feet from the hole, made the par putt, and claimed the title.

The following prizes were awarded in the tournament. Low Gross Qualifier – Matt Krasen $25. Low Net Qualifier – Sheldon Silberman $40. 1st Place – Ramiro Sifuentes $85. 2nd Place – Matt Krasen $50. 3rd Place – Pete Steichen $35. 4th Place – Dick Koppy $20. 5th Place – Stan Hop $10.

Much thanks to @Jeff-Towey for overseeing this entire event. Hope you all had a great season.

Calcutta Day 2 – The Finale

On a cold, blustery rainy day, the 2019 BMGA Four-Ball (Calcutta) was won by a team with two relative youngsters and two crafty veterans. The team of @Ben-Peterson, @Marcus-Gahn, @Steve-Couture, and @Larry-Hahka dominated day 2 and won the tournament by a comfortable 5 shots, firing a two-day total of 124-128-252. I’ve never seen four larger smiling faces in my life. Of course, that could be because they pocketed some serious cash. Slightly trailing in second place was the team of @Ramiro-Sifuentes, @Matt-McClernan, @Phil-Berndt, and @Sheldon-Silberman with a two day total of 124-133-257. Finishing in a tie for third place with a total of 263 was the team of @Nick-Ward, @Chuck-Bernardy, @Charlie-Tsatsos, and @Martin-Peyer and the team of @Ryan-Pula, @Steve-Klatt, @Brent-Lindstrom, and @Brent-Nordstrom. The Klatt team actually fought back from day 1 (tied for 7th) to finish in the 3rd place tie. Low round for the day was a 62 turned in by the long hitting @Brad-Jordan and the very competitive @Ted-Roberts. The following prizes were awarded:

1st Place – see above – $80 each and 100 Cup Points, 2nd Place – see above – $47 each and 75 Cup Points, and Third Place tie – see above – $17.50 each and 25 cup Points.

On course prizes day 2- all $10 – CTP #4 – @Steve-Slivken, CTP #8 – Sheldon Silberman, CTP #12 – Brad Jordan, CTP #17 – @Kevin-Monogue, CTP in 2 on #11 – @Forrest-Nelson, and Long Putt on #9 – Matt McClernan.

Calcutta – Day 1

On a cool fall sunny day the first round of the Calcutta was completed. Leading the pack was Team #1 of Krasen, Koppy, Doherty, and Zejdlik with a score of 123. Following close behind with a score of 124 were two teams- Team #7 featuring Peterson, Gahn, Hahka, and Couture…..and Team #8 featuring Sifuentes, McClernan, Silberman, and Berndt. Great scoring all of you. I must say this format can lead to a serious quantity of net birdies. That being said, all teams have a chance to place in the event, but all will have to go low on Sunday. The weather is predicted to be a little damp on Sunday, so that will give some trailing teams the opportunity to step on the gas. Good luck everyone Sunday.

On course prizes on Saturday are as follows. $10 each. CTP #4 – Brent Nordstrom, CTP #8 – Larry Hahka, CTP #12 – Gerry Meier, CTP #17 – Sheldon Silberman, CTP in 2 on #11 – Brad Jordan, Long Putt #9 – Stan Hop

Maday/Steichen Capture 2-Man Match Play Crown

@Doug-Maday and @Pete-Steichen captured the BMGA 2-Man Match Play crown. This according to my undisclosed sources (my favorite new political media term). They defeated the @Dan-Peters/@Larry-Jocelyn team in a match that came down to the 18th hole. According to my sources the Maday/Steichen team was 2 down after 6 holes. They buckled down and won holes 7,8, and 9 to go 1-up. At that point Peters and Jocelyn woke up and won three of the next five holes (10-14) to go 2-up again. Not to be denied, Maday/Steichen won holes 15,16, and 17 to go 1-up again. The two teams halved the 18th hole, allowing Maday/Steichen to win the match 1-up. I am not aware of any match changing shots as my source did not go into shot detail, just the bottom line.

Congrats to the finalists and the team champion, and thanks to all who participated this year.

Hoffman, Payne Roll at President’s Cup

@Howard-Hoffman, our current BMGA president, overcame a shaky start to fire a 5-under par 67, collecting 13 Stableford points and winning the Member Gross flight in addition to the President’s flight. After bogeys on #1 and #4, Hoffman proceeded to play the balance of his round at 7 under par. Yikes!!! Nice playing, Howie! In the Member Gross flight @Kelly-Gallagher shot a respectable 75 (-2 Stableford points) to finish second. In the President’s flight, Matt (Double Eagle) Doherty shot a nice 82 (net 70), collected 12 Stableford points, and finished second. Matt was visibly upset that he did not overtake Howie’s 13 points, and win the coveted title.

@Matt-Payne, a relative newcomer to the BMGA, was unconscious and fired a 79 (net 61), collected 24 Stableford points, and dominated the Member Net flight. Finishing second in the Member Net flight was @Kyle-Johnsrud, who shot a sleek 87 (net 66) for 16 Stableford points.

In the White Net flight, @Mark-Lange shot a net 69, collected 11 Stableford points and finished first. @Sheldon-Silberman (net 1 on #4) finished second.

Here are the prize winners: Member Gross flight – 1st Place Howie Hoffman – $55, 2nd Place Kelly Gallagher – $20. White Net flight – 1st Place Mark Lange – $55, 2nd Place Sheldon Silberman – $20. Member Net flight – 1st Place Matt Payne – $70, 2nd Place Kyle Johnsrud $50, Third Place @Matt-Doherty – $40, Fourth Place @Craig-Wethington – $30, Fifth Place Tie @Tory-Stellick and @Darin-Allen – $15 each. President’s flight – 1st Place Howie Hoffman – $55, 2nd Place Matt Doherty – $20. Hole prize winners ($10 each) – CTP #4 @Martin-Peyer, CTP #8 @Kirk-Williams, CTP #12 @Nick-Hendrickson, CTP #17 @Matt-McClernan.

Unofficial (99% official) Net Skin Winners – $37 each. Matt Payne (eagle on #1), Craig Wethington (eagle on #14), @Doug-Diedrich (eagle on #3), Sheldon Silberman (eagle on #4), and Kelly Gallagher (eagle on #2). Any questions on skins, please direct to @Dick-Koppy.