DGA a NJ Golf Club
Five groups played today at Warrenbrook. David Ellis finishes ahead of the field by 2 strokes with a net 64 although starting off with a gross 9 on the first hole. He had 14 net birdies, won the back and both the gross and net par 3's. Dan Price won the front and there were 5 tied for greenies with 2. BTW, under extreme pressure at the bar, I mistakenly announced the beers line was 70 but in fact it was 73.
The shot of the day....... as many of us would expect it should have been on the golf course but it wasn't. George Keller one of the most friendliest guys in the DGA was waving to his good buddy Jim Rinaldi while exiting the course on 18th hole and instead of making the right turn he drove straight through the fence and subsequently took it down. Frankie T., DGA who was the passenger, did what any good George Keller friend would do, he jumped out of the cart and headed to the parking lot before being detected. George eventually got it fixed (I think?) and all's well that ends well.
It was a overcast day with drizzle for most of the round but never enough to be a factor. Fresh from his trip across the pond Dave Perry slipped right back into his winning ways at Neshanic Valley. He won 5 pots, won the front and tied the back. Just another weekday round at Neshanic not to mention he squeezed out 2 World Series points. Five strokes behind Dan Price came in second and won the Greenies Pot. Matt Smoot got ill and couldn't get past the second hole. Feel better and we'll see you out there soon.
Commentary by Ed Korleski?
Rich Fitzgerald and Ron Celia Sr tie with Net 64 to nip GKIII by 1 shot. GKIII shot Net 29 on the front nine but slid backward to Ron and Fitz.
Ed Korleski romps to a 4 shot win over George Nolan. The Gleneagles kings course was challenging - for everyone except Ed. In addition, the Gleneagles resort was very nice also. Several of us ran out of gas throughout the round. A few funny stories from the round. Emma's caddie after Emma made a smooth 10 on the 7th hole said "anywhere on the green is good Ron" and Emma replied, "I paid for this excellent advice" and proceeded to make a smooth 8 on the par 3 8th. Larry got off to a slow start and had a Desi but we were told the back nine needed to be in the 30's to quailify. Larry had 18 equities on three holes.
Ron Emma torches the field on his way to winning the day by 4 shots and the 4-day tournament by 12 shots. Another top ten weather day - the Scots want us to stay because the weather has been so good for the tournament. The locals say that this has been the best weather in years. Mark Schuler had a Desi and George Nolan said he shot the worst round of his life - 23 shots worse than his winning 66 yesterday.
We arrived at the course at 9 AM and it was raining with thunder and ligthning. We decided to punt until 4 PM and it was a great decision. We played with no rain at all and mostly sunny conditions although there was another "slight breeze" that impacted many shots. George Nolan schools everyone for a seven shot win and either wins or ties most pots. The castle course was very hilly with many blind shots. Since we punted till 4 PM we lost all of our caddies which made things tougher for most of us.
Great afternoon weather in the mid 80s. Dan wins by 4. Fescue was high and if you got off the fairway, your ball was gone. Greens were hard and quick.
We had a top 10 weather day at the Old Course in St. Andrews. All locals said it was the best day of the year so far. Korleski cleaned up. He tied the front and won everything else. Ed had three greens and there is only two par 3's on the course. For those that don't know, 14 of the greens are shared and there was some confusion amongst the group about this. Some of us learned later that the front side pins are white and the back are red except for #18 which is also white.
We had a top ten weather day in St. Andrews. Mid 70's, sunny with some wind, but NO rain! We had two tee times and the other two guys walked up and played right behind our two tee times, which was good and bad at times! Ron Emma played steady for a 4 shot win.
We played in 25 to 35 MPH winds for most of the day and it rained on and off. The front played into the wind and back was mostly downwind and the scores reflected it. George Nolan wins by 2 strokes over Dave and Mark. Our caddy called the wind a "breeze" and not that bad. some interesting comments were, this hole is 444 yards and into the wind, but it will play as a par 7. Only one of us made the par 7, the other three scores were 8, 8, & 11. Other interesting news was that Mark took George Nolans clubs at baggage claim ("they have the same bag or something") and then George obviously couldnt find them and entered a claim with the airline. We then drove an hour to North Berwick and at that point Mark realized he didnt have "his" clubs. Everyone is guarding their belonging carefully at this point!
On a hot, humid day, Jay Griffith applies high heat and smokes the field with a blistering gross 72, net 59, winning by 6 shots over Dan Price and 7 shots over Mike Rolph. Jay wins both 9's as well as the Birdie, Net Birdie and Net Eagle Pots. Min Minutello gets in the action by winning the Sandy and bot Par 3 Pots. There were two Good Johnnys by Bob Keller and Jim Rinaldi and one good Super Johnny by Dennis "Swingman" Grote. In Match Play, Shawn Smith edges Reese Evans 1 Up on the 19th hole (playoff) by carding a 6 to Reese's 7 on Green Knoll's Par 5 1st Hole.
Frank Thiry shoots a stellar 63 to win by 3 shots over George Keller and Mansour. Plenty of low scores with the tees moved up to the whites. Ron Emma defeats Mike Rolf 5 and 3 in the only match of the day. Thanks to Ron Ceglia Sr. for hosting us again this year - always plenty of food and a great course.
The Kellers vs the Ceglias Family match at Mt. Airy. Bob Keller wins by 4 shots.
Jim Rinaldi shoots even par gross on the back for 65 to win by 2 shots over Greg Cavallo. Jim is now in World Series. Greens were slow and the rough high in many places. Rinaldi carries Jeffries to a win in partners +6. Perennial contenders Babo and Nowark win their match +6. Greg wins his individual match over Ed K 6 and 4. There were some high scores on a couple of holes that led to some good stories and some high equitiy totals.
Jim Rinaldi uses his 3 iron 43 times on his way to a sterling 2-shot win - ok maybe he only used it as much as Mike used his 9-wood. Ron Emma comes alive with a 30 on the back and records a "good" Johnny.
Gkiii scorches the front nine with a 28 only to return to earth on the back, and is tied overall by Jim Petronchak. There were 3 Johnnies as the back 9 caught up to people,partly as a result of #17 which had a 12, 11, four 6's, a 5, and a 3. Course was in good shape , but greens were slow.
On a Sunny and Windy day Rich Fitzgerald keeps his ball flight below the tree line on the way to shooting a Net 66 for a 1 stroke victory over Grote. Only two Greenies wins that Pot. In Match Play, Rapp defeats Thiry,F 4 & 3 and Minutello defeats Ceglia, Sr. 3 & 1. One Johnny recorded by Korleski.