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Mike solves the rock hard fairways and frozen greens for a 7 shot win over Charlie. Charlie has the shot of the day - chipping in for eagle on 18. This is his second eagle in the DGA. There wasn't a lot of wind but 18 did play downwind and after a big drive Charlie hit an iron to just left of the left bunker before chipping in. We played any hole to speed up play and because the bounces on the greens were totally unpredictable. It was clear and cold with just a little wind - much better than the prediction. Mike extends a special thanks to Bruce for skipping today's round so someone else could win!
Ron, Reese and Rapp play anyhole on a Windy but Sunny, (not so bad) day. Frozen greens and only four cars in the parking lot after we finished the round ?? Bruce bogies his way around for the win.
Cold and Windy. Another 3 hour 15 minute any hole round. Ice on the greens for the first 3 - 4 holes. Three 69s split Mr. Congeniality's $$$ with Jim Rinaldi the Big Winner.
Bruce wins again by one shot over Mike despite finishing triple, triple. Warmer than we expected but still very windy. Some of the pin positions were diabolical. The wind definitely affected puts and it didn't help that the greens were firm and fast.
Bruce continues his hot streak with a 3 shot win over his Caliendo running mate Rick. He had a net 65 despite starting with and 8 on number 1. The scores were remarkably good considering the constant winds (sometimes 3 clubs) and the firm greens (not frozen). Rick had 4 sandys 1 shy of the DGA record of 5. There was a lot of junk - Jim P had 7 junk on his card and Jim R and Rick had 13 between them in their match with Babo and Min. Jim P and Mike J fought back in their match with 7 junk on the back and were up $2 despite losing the front by 11 and the 18 until Bruce rolled in a 40 foot birdie from the fringe on 18 to halve the match. BTW he and Rick won the Caliendo Better Ball by one shot when Bruce holed out from 50 yards on the last hole for a birdie (net 1). Talk about hot.
Bruce cruises to a 6-shot win over the ageless wonder Min with a net 60. This might have been the nicest January day in Caliendo history - at least in the last 5 years. Low to mid 50s and blue sky with almost no wind. Not only did Bruce win the day - he teamed up with Rick to win the 2-man better ball with a net 53! This should be worth $500+ per man for the team. Quite a day - when Min shoots 66 and wins $2 and 67 finishes in the red. Sounds like a summer day at Spooky Brook.
Bruce and Babo tied with net 68s - 6 clear of Min - everyone else shot 78 or worse. Frozen course to start and the greens stayed that way to the end. Billy thinks Babo should have been DQd since he shanked a shot off Jim R (Billy's partner) and it hit Jim in a very sensitive area! The weather was great for mid January - sunny, mid 40s and virtually no wind. Greens are getting beat up on Spooky with pitch marks that can't be fixed.
Reese nips Mike and Dennis by 1 on an interesting day at Quail. Frozen fairways, bunkers and greens for the front. Some thawing on the back at least enough to get a tee into the ground. Jim Rinaldi made 2 greens - still not sure how he held the greens - the ground was soft in front and even the last group played to frozen greens through 18. Petro made 2 sandys despite the traps being like cement on the front. A couple of "not top 10 records" may have been tied. Mansour took 5 shots to get out of bunkers on 2 holes and yet made a sandy on another hole. He played the par 3s well with 13 gross and 10 net. Babo took 6 putts to hole out on 14 after missing his 6-foot par putt. He said after he hit every putt where he wanted!. Jim Rinaldi thought he still had the record for most putts on a hole with 8. Doug?
Mike J wins by 6 on a great January winter day with blue skies and moderate winds. Lots of greenies today with Bruce getting all 4. Min played well today and nearly had a zero on the last par 3 - missing his birdie by inches so he had to settle for a net 1. Mike also finished 1st in the Caliendo Senior Net Division. Twisted Dunes has plenty of teeth and unfortunately the bunkers were not in great shape - lots of mud from the recent rains. Getting out was a challenge even though you can lift clean and place. Jim R is signed up to be Mike's partner in next week's better ball and on the 7th hole said " I wonder if we can get our money back?"
Bruce wins by 2 shots over Petro on a very windy day at Neshanic. Both guys handled the wind better than the rest of the field. The greens were very slow as well. Many drives were "crushed" and carried 170 or 180 into the wind. Seemed like very par 5 but Ridge 5 were into the wind. The par 3 scores by JP and JR were remarkable given the conditions.