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| 10/05/2019 Longbow Golf Club
(Ringer's Round 1) Summary:
Forty-eight SGL golfers took on the pre-over seed shaved fairways at Longbow last Saturday. The extra roll definitely helped with the scoring, as the field put up an average gross of 90.1 and average net of 72.4.
For the second week in a row, a newcomer led the way as Robert Czaplewski posted the low gross of 74. And Brennan Murray established a new season low net for the league at 59. Multiple forms of fowl were flying, as the first two eagles of the new SLG year were recorded. Al Palange made one on the par-5 15th and Val LeChuga did so on the par-5 18th. We collectively added a whopping 47 birdies to that. A full two-thirds of the field (32 players) had at least one, and only three holes the "4th, 10th and 14th" failed to yield at least one.
Dan Shumaker and Jeff Thursam led the way with four each The most difficult hole was the "how much can I cut off?"par-4 4th, which played at 2.17 over-par. The easiest was the short, quirky par-4 8th, at just +0.48. Those represent the extremes of tough and easy for us so far this season.
Bob Owen was the week's Flight 1 winner, with a gross of 75 and net 65. Rick Schreiber came out on top in Flight 2 at 77/62. Bret Goers ruled Flight 3 with 85/68 and Brennan Murray earned an 8-shot victory in Flight 4 by shooting 84/59. For Bret and Brennan, it was their second wins in the young season. Sam Angart took home first place on a tie-breaker in a 4-player Callaway field, posting 76/72.
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George cleaned out The Hole-in-One fund to the tune of $625 on 6/29/2019 with a smooth 7-iron on the 143-yard par-3 17th hole on the Faldo Course at Wildfire Golf Club. George reports this was his first ace in over 40 years of playing golf. Witnesses to the shot included Adam Labbe and Steve Tamparo. Steve had just hours before paid his membership and gotten into the HIO pool. Turns out he could have just handed George his $5 directly. Players that stayed around for the celebration were treated with drinks with George getting off easy with a bar tab of only $150. The hole-in-one was not the only highlight of Georgeâ€™s day. He blew through the course like a wildfire, posting a 37-38-75 with a birdie and 10 pars. The 75 was his best score of the 2018-19 SGL year by six strokes, and it was good for a 10-stroke victory in his flight. Way to go, George!
After a blazing start of going 5 under after the first 6 holes of the final round, the only question left was who would finish second. Playing the Gold Course at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Trenton made easy work of the field by shooting a final round 3 under 69 which gave him a 3 round net average of 66.67 and the collection of the first place prize of $200. The "Wigwam Warrior" special event competition consisted of playing the 3 Wigwam Resort courses (Heritage, Patriot and Gold) and having the best combined net scoring average. Again this year, a 3-way tie for second place with net score averages of 71.00 included Sean Phillips, Louis Movitz and Dave Dean who each collected $83. for their efforts
June Vutrano did not make it easy for him coming into the last 4 holes. After 14 holes of play, Mike was up 4 with 4 holes left to play. June won the next hole with a par and Mike had a bogey leaving Mike up 3 with 3 holes to play. June made par on the next hole and Mike also made par. June got a stroke on the hole giving her the win on the hole leaving Mike up 2 with 2 holes to play. On the next hole (par 5) June had a 3 foot putt for a bogey and Mike had missed his par putt and finished with a bogey. June was putting to win the hole due to her also receiving an additional HDCP stroke for the hole. June's 3 foot putt takes a slight break to the right and only catches the edge of the hole and fails to fall into the cup. Mike won the match 2 and 1 against June and also walks away this yearâ€™s champion. To the victor goes the spoil of $200. June gets back her entry fee plus $20 for taking second place. Pictured is Mike accepting the check from SGL Special Events Coordinator Dan Gallegos. Final Bracket
It only took 7 years-3 months, 283 different HIO players, 327 events, 7274 individual rounds and 31,785 shots on par 3 holes to clean out the "Hole in One" pool of $1,415.00. The shot on the 129 yard #8 hole at the Biltmore Links Course as described by Steve, "I used a 9 iron and dropped it just behind the flag/hole and it spun back. We all watched as it continued to move and then appeared to hit the stick or cup edge. It looked like it wobbled a bit, and then dropped! As you might imagine, high fives ensued and a total disbelief came over me. It was my first ever hole-in-one! It still seems surreal!" Witness to the event was Jeff and Tyler Thursam and Louis Movitz. Steve went on to shoot a smooth even par 71 which included the flight win, low putts, 4 gross skins and 2 CTP's for a record $ 1,527.00 in credits. Congratulations Steve!!!
Scoring a "2" on a par 5 is so uncommon that it is nearly impossible to calculate the odds. In any case, long time member Jim Bieleniewicz accomplished the feat on 2/27/2016 at the SGL event at the Starfire Golf Club in Scottsdale. The 479 yard #4 hole on the Hawk course was the opening par 5 of the Hawk to King event on a usual perfect Arizona golf day. Playing partners in the group who witnessed the achievement were Steve Oliva, Bradley Walker and Jeff Morrissey. As described by Jim, after hitting driver off the tee to the left side of the fairway and getting a yardage of 196 to the flag from Morrissey, he faded a 4 iron to the green with a right middle flag position. Not knowing exactly where the ball had ended up, Oliva watched as Jim walked up and looked into the hole, and then Jim looked up and smiled and said "It's in the Hole". Jim went on to a shoot a 1 over par 71 and finish 1st in his flight. Pictured above is SGL President Dave Dean presenting Jim with the framed score card of his feat. Congratulations Jim!