DGA a NJ Golf Club
It was the first time Heron Glen was the site of the World Series Championship. We played from the white tees but did not play the drop areas. A challenge for some but not for others. Charlie Connors had a daily double. He was the World Series Champion and finished tied for first in DGA along with Rick Newport. Charlie finish with a Net 71 and won WS by 4 strokes over now former champ Mansour Rismanchi. Certainly a big payday but more to come on World Series and were it stacks up against other years.
I believe we did have a first with two players who DNF in the same round not due to weather, Dave Perry, had to get to the party he was hosting and Frankie Thiry who just got very frustrated with the carry on 16 and proceeded to the drop area. There certainly was plenty of discussions about how the DNF's impacted foursome bets, side bets and DGA winnings but we did get it right.
In addition to Charlie's first place finishes, he also was in the Birdies, Gross and Net Par 3's pots. Shawn Smith making a rare appearance and won the back with a Net 33. Mike Jeffries had 4 Greenies, Bruce Rapp and John Rutigliano shared the Sandie pot. Andrew Keller won Net Birdies and Net Eagles. In World Series Day contests, Closest to the Pins were won by Jim Petronchak (5th hole), Shawn Smith (12th hole) and Mark Schuler (15th hole). Longest drive was won by Mike Pollack (John Rutigliano guest) (10th hole).
Speaking of Andrew Keller, he defeated Jim Petrochanchak 4 & 3 in the semi final match of the lower bracket. He parred the first three holes and never looked back. He also learned what it meant when the match is dormie, always something to learn in the DGA. Congratulations Andrew and off to the finals.
Everyone finished before dark in under 5 hours and it didn't impact any scores. Food and drinks after the round were quite pleasant. Another successful World Series Day.
Dave Perry wins by 2 over Rick on a hard and fast course. Dave made 4 greenies including driving the par 4 11th - alas he did 3 put for his par - Jrut also drove the green and made birdie.
A windy, cool fall day and firm greens at Quail Brook. Ed Korleski shoots a Net 66 for a 4 stroke victory over Charlie Connors. A nice comeback from Ed's Net 90 the previous week. Two weeks in a row that the Beer Line was 79. In Partners Match, Babetski/Nowark defeat Perry/Schuler +4. Dave considers it a victory since they covered the +10 point spread! No Johnnies this week...
In post round conversation, everyone was on edge wondering who will be this years NON-qualifier allowed into the 2020 World Series next week.
Commentary from FT-DGA: This was the second round in the hills and off the cliffs of Eastern Pennsylvania. Similar to the previous day at Hideaway Hills, this course known as "CCP" had several holes with deep drops and sloping fairways from tee to green. With sunny and mild weather in the 70s, Mike Rolph found the course very much to his liking, as he shot a tidy net 70 and nearly swept all the pots. Unfortunatelt, both FT and LT encountered mucho trouble along the way as Mike easily bested them by 21 and 33 shots respectively. The most memorable aspect of this course was the extremely long, long cart rides between holes. Mike indicated his tracking device had us driving 13.1 miles on the course from start to finish.
Commentary from Mike Rolph: Great course. Steep drop offs on some of the holes. Tree lined fairways and some hidden water holes. Comment from Doug Conway: Why was there no story on Frank's 12 on the 12th hole which was 157 yards, handicap hole 18...and the card shows no water??? Mike Rolph won easily.
On World Series Day, the rough, the wind and the scores were high! Jim Petronchak shoots a one over par 72 for the 3 shot victory and qualifies for World Series. The Beer Line was 79. Rapp and Newport suffer multiple bee stings looking for Cavallo's two tee shots in the high grass on the right side of #1. Cavallo gets away clean but the nine he took had to sting a little. There was only 1 Johnnie on the day, it was a doozy (62-46), but at least the back was better. Petronchak's gross 78 beat LT's gross front nine by 1 stroke. In Partners Match, Jeffries and Rinaldi nipped The Thirys +17. Rumor has it that this is a Partners Match record, but we may never hear about it.
Once again the heavy rains that were predicted never appeared. The six DGA guys who did show, were the only people on the course. We played the round in 3 hours 10 minutes. Ed Korleski was the only player under par with a net 70 and a 4 shot win over Mike Rolph. The 5th hole proved to be the toughest as three of the six players carded a 9 on the hole.
John DeSimone rides a hot front nine and is the only player to shoot under par as his 68 beats three others by 5 strokes. A rare occurance where the winner shoots a Johnny (29-39). There were three Johnny's on the day, none of them "good". In Match Play, Babetski defeats Connors 3 & 1. Mike Rolph hit #9 Lake in two, but missed the Eagle putt and made Birdie. The Tee Sheet was created using an old calculator which effected three handicaps (Ceglia Jr. +1, Rinaldi -1 and Price -1). Once again, there were Tally errors on scorecard(s) and it effected two Pots. Tally errors have been "forgiven" in the past if the individual hole was marked correctly (even though the scorecard was signed).
Jim Rinaldi beats Mr chip and putt Dan Price by one shot. Jim P defeats Jim R +1 in their individual match. JP started strong and held on when JR shot 2 under gross the last 15 holes. LT nearly cashes in his best round in quite a while and Mike Rolph returns from Florida and happy to be playing DGA again. Many of the tees were way back including 18 which was on the back tee.