DGA a NJ Golf Club
Soggy and windy day at Green Knoll but mid 50's was very nice. Charlie C. continues his GOY like play, nipping Jim by a shot. Fitz and Mansour lose $20 and $30 in 9's respectively. First group finished 3 holes ahead of 2nd group. We go to Green Knoll Grill after but Fitz doesn’t hear us tell him. Assume he ended up at 22 West. I called over there and they tell me lots of guys at bar resembling 70year old guy with bushy grey beard and glasses who answers to 'Fitz'. Sorry Fitz.
Min hangs in there and wins by 2 over Jim Rinaldi on a hilly tree lined course. Nice to see Min in the black. Jim P and Jim R tied for 2nd in the net birdie pot with 1 apiece. Overall not the best of days for the DGA.
Windy, Windy, Windy - did I mention that it was windy and much colder than most of us thought it would be! Temps in the low 40s with a brief rain squall. Perfect winter golf. Mike Jeffries, Jim Rinaldi and Reese Evans tie with 71. Course was in good shape despite the heavy rain Thursday and Friday. Greens were in great shape for the winter.
After a one hour frost delay we had a shotgun start at 11 AM - we played on frozen greens and frozen fairways the first part of the round. The layout was challenging with bunkers guarding most greens - unfortunately the greens were in terrible shape. We started on #9 and Jim Rinaldi was red hot for 10 holes then the wheels fell off. Mike Jeffries was 14 over par on the first 6 holes on his way to a good Johnny and Jim P chopped up the first 9 and then played great the next 9. We dodged the rain except for some sprinkles until the last hole when it was raining steadily.
Despite threatening skies all day we only had a brief drizzle. Heavy earlier rains made for soft greens and muddy fairways. None of this posed a problem as evidenced by the low scores. Babo returns to winter form with a two shot victory over Charlie Connors. Low scoring led to a long bar discussion about adjusting DGA Handicaps for winter rounds.
After a one hour frost delay - we played on frozen greens and frozen fairways for most of the round. Mike Jeffries and Jim Rinaldi tie for the "big" payday. Charlie Connors started out red hot with a 32 on the front but the wheels fell off on 10 leading to a Johnny. There was some speculation that riding the second 9 after walking the first 9 might have had something to do with his collapse. The first group rode all 18 and finished easily under 4 hours - the second group walked the front and finished in 4 hours.
Jim Rinaldi eagles the par 5 second hole by hitting a high draw over the trees from 145. We saw his ball head toward the green but were partially blocked out by the trees. The greens were frozen in spots so he thought his shot went over the green. Jim P said let me check the hole and there it was! How often does that happen! Mike Jeffries did nip Jim by a shot in windy cold conditions on a tough course with aerated greens.
Dave Perry is the best mudder and beats Jim Rinaldi by 3. Dave and Jim tied for the birdie pot and Dave won the near birdie pot - with at least 4 other birdie puts that finished within 6 inches.