DGA a NJ Golf Club
Mike Jeffries wins each side by 1 over Min for a 2 shot victory on a very challenging course. Lots of trouble and plenty of wind made for a tough day.
Mike Jeffries started out red hot and wins by 8 shots over Min. The greens were very fast with lots of 3 and 4 footers for come-backers if you missed. The weather was perfect especially considering what it was in New Jersey.
Saturday was a completely different day than Friday at Spooky Brook. It was cold (starting in the low 20s) but no wind. Course was frozen which made for creative shots into the greens. Fitz got "red hot" on the back 9 with a Net 28 to win by 3 shots. That gave him a "good Johnny"....Dennis had a "bad Johnny" with a Net 48 on the back 9.
Mike Jeffries comes alive on the back nine to win by 5 shots over Doug and Jim. Frozen greens and fairways to start - as it warmed up the water from yesterday's rain made it sloppier on the last 5 or 6 holes and the greens became a little more receptive. A quick round - done by 12:15.
No snow anywhere, and despite low temps not too uncomfortable. Frozen greens and fairways for most of the round, some thaw later . Jim Rinaldi continues his winning ways (getting a little tired of that) with a gross 37 on the back nine. Best/most unusual par of the day - 17th hole Mr. Perry hits a tree off the tee, faces 215 in to the green, hits the last tree on the left, next sound is a solid bounce off the ice and up onto the rough below the hole, wait for it - LOB shot over the bunker to 10 feet makes the putt.
Jim Rinaldi continues his hot play in the Caliendo Winter League with a 2 stroke win over Mike Jeffries. The greens were frozen the entire round and this course had plenty of water in play most if it was frozen over. The shot of the day Jim P had 190 yards for his second shot from a fairway bunker over a pond in front to a frozen green with a pond behind. Jim played a hybrid short on purpose - hitting the ice and bouncing on the back of the green of this par 5. Mike Jeffries decided that was good strategy and hit his 3rd shot from 100 yards off the ice and bouncing it on the green. Congrats to Dan Price who shot his age 81 for a net 62 in the Caliendo competition - he won the senior division easily - we were all thankful that Dan doesn't play DGA in the winter - he would have kicked our butts.
Dennis Grote nips Mike Jeffries and Reese by 1. Frozen greens until very late in the round - even with a little thaw they were very firm - low tee shots rewarded with lots of run - hitting out of bunkers not fun. Leaving the pin in proved beneficial in most cases. Jim Rinaldi missed an eagle by less than a foot on 13 - he was on in 2. If we had played any hole he would have had an 18 inch eagle putt - we didn't so he had a 20 footer.
Mike Jeffries wins by 2 over Jim Rinaldi with a strong second nine (we started on the back). Winds were 25 to 30 sustained and gusts over 40 MPH made for quite a challenge. It was a day for wind cheater shots. One 380 par 4 was driver, 3 metal, wedge. Most of holes had cross winds which meant you had to aim 30 yards to the right or left to have any chance of landing it in play. We all played well in the conditions and Mike tied for second, JR tied for third and JP tied for fourth in the senior division of the Caliendo league.
Jim Rinaldi wins easily on a classic Donald Ross course. The course was in fantastic shape - fast greens and well maintained. Constant wind made for many altered shots. No cupcake holes on this track - lots of long par 4s - bunkers in play everywhere. We started on 15. The last 4 holes are the toughest on the course as evidenced by our back nine scores. Mike had a Johnny and Min is glad to be heading to Florida.