DGA a NJ Golf Club
It was a comfortable day at Quail Brook. Jim Petronchak started off with 3 Pars and never looked back. Jim shot a gross 73 which included 4 Birdies, 9 Net Birdies, a Net 32 on the front and a Net 33 on the back and finished with a Net 65. He was first in the front and second in the back. He takes a one shot win over Mansour Rismanchi who finished with a Net 66.
Not to be out done Bob Babetski finished 4th with Net 70 but had 4 Birdies, 9 Net Birdies, 4 Net Eagles and 2 Sandies. Rich Fitzgerald tied the front with a Net 32 and John Rutigliano won the back with a Net 31. Ed Korleski and Jim Rinaldi both had 3 Greenies and won Gross Par 3's with a 12.
The big news of the day came moments ago. After many hours of deliberation white smoke was finally seen from the House of Rules and Competition and the committee has made a decision. Ron Ceglia Jr. was given the wrong ruling on his tee shot on 17 and the rules and competition committee assessed an additional 2 stroke penalty for playing the wrong ball - he had taken a 2 stroke penalty already so a total of 4 strokes. His score on the hole is adjusted to a 9. That cost Ron an additional $.65.
Notables - George Canfield's next round will be his 6th.
It was November in April. It was cold and the wind at Neshanic made it worse. Bruce Rapp managed the cold, assisted by a pit stop to the parking lot after #3 (you can drive a cart in the parking lot) to get another layer, and had the hot hand. He tied both the front Net 34 and the back Net 36 and finished with a Net 70. His chippie/birdie on #15 (cried all the way to the green because of his appoach shot) really sealed the deal. Bruce was the only one to finish under net par. Andrew Keller came in second and won Net Birdies, Net Eagles and Sandies.
We had our first PQR of the season and the team of Schuler and Perry shot a sizzling Net 66.
There was a buzz in the air as we had our first World Series qualifier of 2021. It was a great turnout and the weather was pleasant. Not often do we have a tie on a qualifier but today the day belonged to Reese Evans and Bob Babetski both finishing with a Net 66. Reese had identical numbers front and back with Net 33 and did sprinkle in 5 Birdies one shy of the DGA record. He did have his chance on 14 where the 8 foot putt didn't drop. This will be Reese's second time qualifying for World Series.
Bob finished second on the front with a Net 32 and had a strong back with a Net 34. He had and impressive 10 Net Birdies. This will be Bob's 11th time qualifying which moves him past Dave Perry for sole possesion of second place in number of times qualifying, now only 13 away from Min Minutello. Congratulations Bob and Reese.
Other notables, Andrew Keller won the back with a Net 32, Mike Jeffries had 10 Net Birdies, 5 players won Sandys with 1 and Net Par 3's with 11. Frank Thiry opted for the Senior tees today.
There was some handicap confusion but GHIN was consulted and all was well.