Individual Match Play Underway

On a lovely Saturday the 2024 Indy Match play got started. This year, 55 players are vying for the title.

The brackets are all named for members of the BMGA Hall of Fame.
The results of are HERE. Just click ResultsTournament Results.
This link can also be found on the right side of our home page for easy access throughout the year.

Highlights:

  • In the Chuck Ellis Region:
    • Eric Fryc wins 1 up with a birdie on 18 over Todd Olson.
    • Luke Rajkowski drives #18 and 2 putts for a birdie to win 1 up over Richard Brynteson.
  • In the Bob Littlefield Region:
    • Steve Shellenbaum wins #18 to send the match with Paul Yakshe. to extra holes. Both par #10, and Yakshe wins on hole #20 with another par.
  • In the Bill Alexander Region:
    • Richard Courtney wins hole #18 to send the match with Curt Medina to overtime. Curt wasted no time and dispatched Richard on the 19th hole.
On Course Prizes
Net Skins
Gross Skins

Metro Seniors enjoy a nice day at Fountain Valley

While no one played their best golf, neither did their opponents so the results were better than last week. The Fountain Valley course was in pretty good spring shape with smooth and quick greens. The top two teams in the league, University and Hiawatha, have a good head start on the rest of the league. There are nine teams within 9 points of each other covering 3rd to 11th place. The BMGA teams are in the middle of that pack.

The Valley Team defeated Valleywood 14-10, led by captain @sheldon-silberman with a sweep of 6 points (while shooting a net 81) with a clutch 35 foot putt from a green side bunker on 18 to 1 foot to push the hole and win the side and match. Chris Gaspard picked up a cool 5 points taking the front nine 2-up and tying the back with a gutsy net par on the 550 yard 15th hole to tie the back nine and staying even through the final three holes. Mark Steinhauser struggled with a net 81 but toughed out 2 points wining the back nine. Chuck Bernardy, shooting two birdies and several pars, matched his opponent with a net 74 but lost the front down 1 and tied the back.

Larry Jocelyn carried the Golden team with a 6 point sweep shooting a net 69 against the Wirth team. Richard Courtney, shooting a net 75 and matched his opponent tying the front and the back for a split of 3 points. Stan Hop had a tough day with a net 81 but was still able to pull off a tie on both the front and back for 3 points. @steve-slivken gave up 8 strokes to his opponent and could just not get a break getting swept for no points. The team tied Wirth 12-12.

The Brookview Golden Team is in 8th placed the Valley Team is in 11th place.

Next Friday is at Columbia. Valley takes on 4th place Greenhaven and Golden plays 1st place University. An opportunity for both teams to move up in the standings.

Current Standings  This week’s results

WNL Week 3 Recap (5/8/2024)

Week 3 is in the books! Another fantastic afternoon in Golden Valley. Pace felt good on the course! Nice work balancing enjoying the round with keeping things moving. 

Score Cards: These keep getting better every week. No Wall of Shame for this week.  That said their continued to be a handful of issues with the below. Please make sure before you sign the card you’ve reviewed these fields.

Areas of improvement:

  1. Tee Box: This should either be Member (or Blue / White) or Gold.
    1. There were about 25% of the cards that either didn’t have this filled in or had 1 / 10 in that box.
  2. Handicaps: Continue to check your and your opponent’s handicap prior to teeing off.
    1. Your handicap on the Front 9 and Back 9 may be different.
  3. Tee Time: Please complete this field, it helps us ensure we have all of the cards in hand.

Scoring:  All scores have now been entered and posted to your GHIN.

Team Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/10414042410068789156

Team Standings: 

WNL Individual Standings: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/10414042410941204389

Weekly Prize Results (Paid in Brookview Credit):

Low Gross & Low Net ($10.00 per category)

  1. Low Net – Luke Fox (31) ($10)
  2. Low Gross – Dave Supalla (35) ($10)

Net Skins ($50.00 per side)

  1. Front 9 – Eric Beitlich (double eagle on 3); Rick Schostag (eagle on 4) ($25 each)
  2. Back 9  – Jeff Martin (eagle on 13) ($50)

Nearies ($10.00 per winner)

  • Hole 1 – Closest to Pin in Two – Tom Hansen
  • Hole 4 – Closest to Pin – Luke Fox
  • Hole 8 – Closest to Pin – Pete Steichen
  • Hole 9 – Longest Putt – Todd Olson
  • Hole 11 – Closest to Pin in Two – Dave Supalla
  • Hole 12 – Closest to Pin – Andy Marten
  • Hole 17 – Closest to Pin – Ryan Brunt
  • Hole 18 – Longest Putt – Gary Scharmer

Rojo Greek Scramble Results

With the help of our great sponsor, Rojo, we were able to add to the pot to make some nice prizes.

It was, in a word, wet. The early tee times had a rough go of it playing several holes in the rain as the course got wetter. The the wind picked up for a while. Scoring conditions were not ideal. Unless of course, you teed off last.

Full results are available here: https://bgc-2024rojogreekscramble.golfgenius.com/pages/10315243917397772156

Winning by 2 based on their 2 under par front 9 (the only team sub-par on either 9) was Marty Mangold, Corey Smith, Kirk Williams and Luke Kannel. Congratulations boys.

Final Team Results for the Rojo Greek
On Course Prizes
Team Skins from the Rojo Greek. (These were all paid out to someone on your team)

Thanks to all who played. Single Man is this Saturday. Register for the 2 man!

Metro Seniors Teams get underway with underwhelming results

After a false start on April 26th at Gross – cancelled due to inclement weather, the Metro Senior Golf League got started on May 3 with glorious weather. Hosted at Bunker Hills, The BMGA sported two teams, the Golden team captained by @roger-hamm and the Valley Team captained by @sheldon-silberman. Each team plays four match play matches against one of the other 14 league teams throughout the season. Each side is worth 2 points and the total match is worth another two points. With 24 points on the line each week, competition is spirited. Unfortunately, both teams mostly struggled.

The Valley Team took on the host club and Ramiro Sifuentes garnered 4 points winning the front nine and the match with a respectable 86 (net 79) against a struggling opponent. Darin Allen was not near his mid-season form and was skunked by a net 73. Steve Susich, like Darin was not in good enough form even though his opponent looked pretty rusty, as well. Steve got 0 points. Doug Diedrich picked up two points hanging with his opponent on the front nine but ultimately losing the match. The team lost 6-18.

The Valley team faired slightly better against the Greenhaven team. Jim Stanford squeaked out 2 points on the front but was pretty well crushed on the back. Steve Silken played to a tie on the front for one point but could not overcome the 4 strokes he gave up to his opponent and lost the back and the match. Stan Hop shot an eagle 3 on the 5th hole but still lost the front nine. He kept the pedal down and pulled out the back nine and the match for 4 points. Rahul Tamhane finished the front nine up 2 for the two points and hung on on the back to lose -2 but a tie for the match. The team lost 10-14.

The Brookview Golden Team is in 9th placed the Valley Team is in 12th place.

Next Friday is at Fountain Valley. Valley takes on 11th place Valley Wood and Golden plays 4th place Wirth.

Current Standings  This week’s results

WNL Week 2 Recap (5/1/24)

Pace of Play: It seemed like we saw an improvement this week. Nice work everyone in keeping things moving!

Score Cards: We saw a big improvement in scorecard hygiene this week! Thanks for making my job a bit easier.

Areas of improvement:

  1. Tee Box: This should either be Member (or Blue / White) or Gold.
    • There were about 1/3 of the cards that either didn’t have this filled in or had 1 / 10 in that box.
  2. Handicaps: Continue to check your and your opponent’s handicap prior to teeing off.
    • Your handicap on the Front 9 and Back 9 may be different.
    • We had 5-10 people with incorrect handicaps on the card.
  3. Tee Time: Please complete this field, it helps us ensure we have all of the cards in hand.

Scoring:  All scores have now been entered and posted to your GHIN.

Team Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/10414042410068789156

Team Standings: Working on a way to automate. You can use the Team Points in Golf Genius in the interim.

WNL Individual Standings: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/10414042410941204389

Weekly Prize Results (Paid in Brookview Credit):

Low Gross & Low Net ($10.00 per category)

  1. Low Net – Brad Jordan, Brent Lindstrom; Matt Haws; Andy Martin (33) ($2.50 each)
  2. Low Gross – Will Rosengren (35) ($10)

Net Skins ($50.00 per side)

  1. Front 9 – Kevin Monogue (eagle on 1); Nick Ward (eagle on 3); Mark Lange (eagle on 5); Joe Christianson (eagle on 6) ($12.50 each)
  2. Back 9  – Brian Sutton (double eagle on 18!); Brent Lindstrom (eagle on 14); Theo Scheunemann (eagle on 12) ($16.67 each)

Nearies ($10.00 per winner)

  • Hole 1 – Closest to Pin in Two – Kevin Monogue
  • Hole 4 – Closest to Pin – Mark Steinhauser
  • Hole 8 – Closest to Pin – Val Nde
  • Hole 9 – Longest Putt – Mark Steinhauser
  • Hole 11 – Closest to Pin in Two – Wayne Nau
  • Hole 12 – Closest to Pin – Matt McClernan
  • Hole 17 – Closest to Pin – Rick Monro
  • Hole 18 – Longest Putt – Brent Nordstrom

Scorecard Hall of Shame (First Nominee):

  • First and Last names are helpful to have on the card to ensure scores are assigned to the right person.
  • Teammates should either both be on the top or both be on the bottom for recording matches.
  • Tee box should either be Member (Blue / White) or Gold. The card already says Front 9 on the top.
  • Other than these 3 areas, this card is perfectly filled out and legible. Close to Hall of Fame material!

Rojo Greek Scramble Details

We are excited to host our first weekend tournament on May 4th with our new sponsor, Rojo Kitchen!

Tee Sheet: You can find it HERE

Skins: https://forms.gle/ZqBKimjQzzon2PbV6

We are doing a $20 team skin. It is BOTH of your team scores together.

Format: All players must tee off. You pick two drives, and you create two two-person teams. Each team scrambles from that spot. All putts must be holed out. All players must use six drives. Each team will record their TWO scores. This process is repeated on the next hole for all eighteen holes.

WNL Week 1 Recap (4/24/24)

Week 1 is in the books and the weather conditions could not have been better!

NOTE FROM RICHARD: We have confirmed that when posting the 9-hole scores from Golf Genius you CANNOT add stats after the fact in the GHIN App. However, it does work for 18-hole rounds (i.e. Weekend Tournaments). Golf Genius is aware of this, working on an update but we do not have a timeline yet. I apologize for misspeaking about this as the 18-hole vs 9-hole limitation wasn’t listed in their support documents.

Scoring: Thank you all for your patience as we worked through some of the kinks in our new league scoring system. All scores have now been entered and posted to your GHIN.

Team Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/10414042410068789156

Team Standings: Working on a way to automate. You can use the Team Points in Golf Genius in the interim.

WNL Individual Standings: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/10414042410941204389

Weekly Prize Results (Paid in Brookview Credit):

Low Gross & Low Net ($10.00 per category)

  1. Low Gross –  Erik Pederson ($10)
  2. Low Net –  Brian Sutton ($10)

Net Skins ($50.00 per side)

  1. Front 9 –  Michael Huhn (eagle on 1); Dylan Johnson (eagle on 5); Brian Egan (eagle on 7) ($16.67 each)
  2. Back 9  –  Kent Riggs (eagle on 16) ($50)

Nearies ($10.00 per winner)

  • Hole 1 – Closest to Pin in Two – Rahul Tamhane
  • Hole 4 – Closest to Pin – Jake Waletzko
  • Hole 8 – Closest to Pin – Dave Repinski
  • Hole 9 – Longest Putt – Neal Oestreich
  • Hole 11 – Closest to Pin in Two – Jeff Mirvis
  • Hole 12 – Closest to Pin – Adam Thom
  • Hole 17 – Closest to Pin – John VonEschen
  • Hole 18 – Longest Putt – Ken Hanson

Housekeeping Items:

  • Pace of Play: We averaged 2:20 – 2:30.
    • Continue reminding your team and playing partner to play ready golf and putt out when on the green.
  • Scorecards: Scorecard hygiene was mostly good, but there were some ugly ones…
    • Confirm your handicap using the GHIN app before teeing off.
      • We had 7 incorrect handicaps this week. GHIN and Golf Genius are our source of truth for handicaps, not the scorecard.
      • You may want to check your playing partners handicap as well…
  • Tee field: Should be either BW or Gold.
    • If we don’t know you played on the gold tees, we’re assuming you were on the Blue / White if it is not filled in.
  • Scoring: These fields are separated by matches not by teams. 
    • Example: You and your opponent should be on the top 2 lines. Your partner and their opponent should be on the bottom 2 lines.
  • Completeness: Need card filled out completely. team numbers, handicaps, gross scores, match points
    • This is used to validate data entry into Golf Genius
  • Other Stats: For ease of legibility, the official card should not include anything other than the fields that are on there.
    • Circles for wins and dots for handicap holes are acceptable.
    • If people want to keep track of net points, how much they’re up down, etc…  use a separate card for that.
  • This is what good looks like. We may start a “Hall of Shame” for ugly cards going forward.

Spring Meeting Details

We are excited to have everyone to join us on April 10th for our Spring Social. Here is the schedule for the day. We have absolutely no clue what the weather will look like but maybe it will be amazing or terrible.

  • Par 3 Tournament is open from 2:30 to 4:30 and reopens from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. Holes are 1, 2, 3, 8 and 9. It is a three-club event. Your putter counts as a club. All scorecards need to be turned in by 8:00 PM.
  • The kegs are tapped are at 4:00 PM.
  • Meeting starts at 5:00 PM in the Basket Creek Room (upstairs)
  • New Member meeting is from 5:30 to 5:45 PM in the Valley Room (first floor).

2024 Metro Senior Teams Forming

The BMGA will once again sponsor two teams in the Twin Cities Metro Senior League. Seniors (50+) who might have an interest are encouraged to contact either @roger-hamm (Brookview Golden Team Captain) or @sheldon-silberman (Brookview Valley Team Captain).

Previous team members and BMGA members that have just become eligible have been contacted by email as we build up the 2024 team rosters. We have opportunities for Friday morning match play (18 holes, 100% handicapped) at area courses.  We have 2 teams – Roger and I are captains.  We each send 4 guys out a week so with a dozen or so members on each team, most average about four scheduled matches over the fourteen week season. We hope to have more info at the Spring Meeting on April 10th.

Visit the League Website to learn more at  http://metroseniors.org/