March 6th 2019
Today play was cancelled due to the weather. Let’s hope for better luck next week!
February 27th 2019
No play today, course closed due to wet conditions.That is the very brief message on the front door of the club house. From a distance the first fairway looks green and manicured but i was assured by Gary the starter that due to the rain we have had (and will continue for a while) the course is unplayable.
The outlook for next week is not good but keep checking in early next week for updates.
February 20th 2019
The weather was dry which is more than can be said for the golf course! Ten stalwarts turned out to play and probably regretted doing so! After the constant rain the course was very wet and soggy and balls would plug and be lost in the fairway especially on hole #2.
However the ten players did finish although the score card for one foursome was spirited away by the wind! As this was an exceptional day it was decided that there would be no contest for the day and everyone would go home and hope for better conditions next week!
February 13th 2019
Well the weather gods finally got it right and today the rain came down with a vengeance! The forecasters talked about “atmospheric rivers” but it just seemed like lots of water falling from the sky to the writer! Just for laughs I made the trip to Diablo Hills around 8:15 am to see if anyone was
brave daft enough to turn out but the car park was deserted except for a couple of cars that may have been there since the previous evening! It’s nice to know our happy players are not too stupid!
Let’s hope by next week the weather has changed and the course has some time to drain! Doubts!
February 6th 2019
Despite all the rain we had over the previous week 3 hardy “mudders” ventured out to play with Judd Rogstad riding shotgun to ensure fair play! No actual report of the conditions was submitted but Rich Knowles did shoot a very commendable 44 to take low gross honors and Dave Perkins claimed closest to the hole on #3. Fewest putts was claimed by Rich and the longest drive (no details but assumed over 50 yards!) was recorded by Fran Kilaar. A round of applause for these hardy golfers and a “go fund me” account has been set up to buy new clothes for the trio!
January 30th 2019
The last day of play in January turned out to be quite pleasant weather-wise and twelve of our finest turned out to play.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin, second shot, on hole # 7 won by Rich Knowles with a distance of a mere eight inches! For his effort he won a “Warrior” golf cap (Warrior being the club manufacturer who gives them to customers).
Low gross for the day was a 42 shot by Barry Brown and the group had 14 pars and 2 birdies including a fine effort on hole #4 by Judd Rogstad.
We look forward to Glen Gilman as our fearless starter for February.
January 23rd 2019
Last weeks rather negative forecast was unfounded as a blue sky and sunshine (but with January temperatures!) greeted the 12 players who ventured out on “cart path only” day.
Our starter for the month, Hans Pable, chose hole #4 as closest to the pin which was won by Ray DeWit at 8′ 3″ although the scorecard card did not reflect a birdie.Low gross for the day was a fine 41 shot by Ken Main. Let’s hope the weather trend continues!
January 16th 2019
The weather continues to be uncooperative, today it is an “atmospheric river” that prevents play for all except for two of our players who went out separately and lived to tell about it! The outlook is not too good for next week if the forecasters are to be believed but let’s not jump to conclusions and instead believe good weather is coming!
January 9th 2019
After several days of rain a brief break in the clouds appeared and so did five hardy souls ready to walk the course and play golf! A passing psychiatric doctor gave them a quick check and declared them “not a threat to others” and said they be allowed to play.
Unfortunately conditions were not conducive to good scores and with the exception of Tom Kerns who shot a very commendable 44 the rest were forgettable! However credit must be given for the tenacity of these players and hopefully the weather will improve and play will be more meaningful shortly!
January 2nd 2019
A very cold start to the new year but 13 of our hardiest (and probably dumbest) players turned out to shiver and play.
Our first starter for the year, Hans Pable, did begin in a good way by bringing a large box of donuts for the crowd(I mean small group) who definitely showed appreciation by wolfing them down!
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 won by Roger Lockwara with a fine shot to less than two feet which he converted into a birdie! Way to start the year Roger!
Low gross was shot by 3 players Mike Frey, Stan Johnson and Frank Kilarr who all had 45’s, not a bad score considering the cold temperature. Unfortunately the forecast for next week is predicting rain but as everyone knows weather forecasters are not the most accurate people in the world so lets hope the rain holds off and the mercury rises!
December 26th 2018
The day after Christmas (aka “Boxing Day” in the more civilised areas of the world) and the rain has stopped, the sun is shining (occasionally) and fourteen of our finest turned out to play. The heavy rain we had at the beginning of the week had certainly taken its toll on the course, the grounds staff were still bailing out the the water hazards and converting them back to sand traps!
However that didn’t stop Rich Knowles who shot an impressive 39 and also won closest to the pin on hole #3 at 20 feet but no birdie. The group as a whole had fourteen pars but no birdies.
This was the last outing of 2018 and the annual performance tables will be posted on the web site shortly. I hope everyone had a good year and let’s all go out in 2019 and do even better!
December 19th 2018
Another chilly, foggy day but 16 of our hardy members turned out and enjoyed the camaraderie and friendship if not the golf! Erland Persson, our starter for December, chose closest to the pin on hole #4 as competition for the day and this was won by Tom Kerns at 7′ 6″ which he birdied on his way to a 43.
Low gross for the day was a 41 shot by Barry Brown and the group as a whole had 16 pars and one birdie.
Next week is the last game of the year so let’s have a good turnout (if it isn’t raining!).
In the meantime I hope all our players have a wonderful holiday and may there be lots of happiness in everyone’s life!
December 12th 2018
Despite cold, gloomy and foggy conditions 15 of our finest players turned out to play and were rewarded with a break in the fog and clouds so that within the hour the weather was cold but the sun was out! The course was in good condition considering the weather over the past couple of weeks and scores reflected this. Low gross for the day was 41 shot by both Rich Knowles and Tom Kerns. Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Dan Crowley (a fugitive from Arizona) but no birdie.
Bill Bargenquast made a visit to the group after play and assured everyone he was working on returning to the fairways as soon as temperatures were milder ( a polite way of saying “no chance in this weather!”)
December 5th 2018
Rain, no play scheduled.
November 28th 2018
After a week of on and off rain the day dawned clear (somewhat) and once again our trusty Starter, Roger Lockwara, turned out to greet anyone wanting to play. As it happened some hardy souls led by Stan Johnson decided to venture out and play despite a cart restriction of “cart path only”. It so happened these stalwarts all walked and it was reported that conditions were not too bad and nobody disappeared into a mud hole!
There was no formal contest for the day but the individual scores were recorded and entered into our data bank. Unfortunately the forecast for next week does not look promising but let’s be optimistic and see what Mother Nature brings!
November 21st 2018
Well the air quality definitely improved today but the rain didn’t exactly encourage our players to play. Just our hardy Starter for November, Roger Lockwara, took his duties seriously and turned up at DHGC just in case there were any of our members
stupid hardy enough to want to venture out. Needless to say no one did turn out so we adjourned until next week when the weather will hopefully be dry. Have a great Thanksgiving Day everyone!!
November 14th 2018
With the air quality falling due to the wildfires north of us just 8 golfers (the slightly retarded bunch in our group) turned out to play. This of course made the starters job very easy and Roger had the players sorted into 2 foursomes and out playing before you could shout “Fore”.
Play was at a good pace and scores were surprisingly good. The first foursome, Leo Barrella,Barry Brown, Jack Bybee and Bob Sherman excelled themselves on the ninth hole when everyone had a par! Due to the small number of players no official competition was held although Leo had a birdie on hole #4. Low score for the day was a 40 shot by Barry Brown followed very closely by Leo with a 41 and Jack Bybee 42. The participants as a whole had 9 pars and one birdie (Leo on hole #4).
Next week play is on the day before Thanksgiving and a threat of rain is forecast so attendance might be low but please come if you can and the weather does permit.
November 7th 2018
We had 22 players turn out for the first round in November despite it being a little chilly (weatherwise not to eat!).
Low gross for the day was our “King of the Sandbaggers” Ray De Wit with a fine 39 and the group as a whole had 22 pars and one birdie.
Our Starter for November, Roger Lockwara, chose closest to the pin on hole #4 as the days competition and this was won by Barry Brown at 11′ 11″ the birdie put just sliding by.
Our scores and stats whiz, Mike Frey, has posted Octobers year to date scores and details for you to see how you are doing this year! Find them on the “Monthly Stats” page.
October 31st 2018
Twenty players turned out to play including a guest of Tom Kerns. This must have inspired him as he shot the low gross of the day with a 39.
As a group we had 26 pars and 2 birdies. Competition for the day was fewest putts won by Leo barrella with just 14! Rumor has it he counts using his fingers and toes but couldn’t get his left shoe off! ( He right thumb is never included!).
October 24th 2018
Today was the Annual Tournament for our group. See the full description and some photographs on the “Annual Tournaments” page on this website.
October 17th 2018
Another low turnout, just sixteen players but they performed well with 22 pars and 3 birdies, two of them by Rich Knowles who had back to back birdies on holes 3 and 4, great job Rich! He also won closest to the pin (which he obviously converted into a birdie!).
Low gross for the day was a fine 40 shot by Stan Johnson, this is the second week in a row Stan has the low gross honors, obviously he is getting in form for our annual tournament next week! Competition for the day was closest to the pin, hole #3 won by Rich at 10′ 5″ which he obviously birdied.
Looking forward to our annual tournament next week, please be on time and stay for the winner announcements afterwards! See you there…
October 10th 2018
Maybe it was the weather, but that is doubtful as the day dawned clear and cool, but only 14 players turned out! However the group did manage 22 pars and 1 birdie and Stan Johnson shot his best score of the year with a 39! Obviously preparing for the annual tournament in a couple of weeks! The competition of the day was not named as our starter forgot all about it and the rest of the crew didn’t notice!
Speaking of the annual tournament, we have 6 foursomes signed up and Mike, our stats guy, is feverishly working on handicaps and pairings! It should be a good time for all watch this space for the results!
October 3rd 2018
Maybe it was the threat of rain that was forecast but only 14 players turned out on a cloudy but not unpleasant weather day.
Paul Hersch took over as starter/marshall for October and did the group proud with a box of donuts!
Competition for the day was fewest putts won by Barry Brown with 14 who also shot his best score of the year with a 37! For a change his putter cooperated and the result was obvious.
The group as a whole had 18 pars but no birdies.
The plans for the annual tournament are coming along, if you haven’t signed up yet there will be a sign up sheet at the Luncheon on October 8th, make sure your name is on it! You need only 7 scores recorded in 2018 to participate but do note that, in future, cards with more than 2 holes skipped will not be counted towards that day’s stats.
September 26th 2018
Twenty four players turned out for the last outing of September and what an outing for one of our stalwarts (and if you don’t know what that is Leo don’t worry it isn’t bad) Leo Barella who shot a very impressive 39! Not only that he also won the closest to the pin award with a distance of 16′ 7″.
The rest of us mere amateurs managed 18 pars and 1 birdie. The line wanting Leo on their team for the Annual Championship forms on the left!
Speaking of the Annual Championship we are getting closer so anyone needing rounds to meet the 10 round minimum needs to get them in by October 8th.
The monthly results stats for September has been posted on the web page courtesy of Mike Frey our mathematical whiz kid!
September 19th 2018
Another nice day for golf although a low turnout of only 19 players. We did have 2 newcomers, Gary Grice and Jimmy Sirmans, welcome to the group guys, don’t be strangers!
Stan Johnson, our esteemed Starter nominated “closest to the pin, second shot, hole #7” won by Gary Nicholson over strong competition from several players.
The group as a whole had 27 pars and 2 birdies low gross for the day was a fine 41 shot by Gary Nicholson (helped no doubt by hole #7!).
September 12th 2018
Twenty one players, including a newcomer to our group (and Branch 8) Gary Grice, welcome!
Definitely a cooler day, but then fall is coming, but pleasant for playing golf. Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole # 4 won by Paul Hersch (but no birdie) and low gross was a fine 39 shot by Rich Knowles who is obviously getting ready for a repeat “King of the Sandbaggers”!
As a whole we had 24 pars and 2 birdies.
Remember the annual club championship is coming up in October so make sure you are signed up, the sheet is available after play every week and at the October luncheon.
September 5th 2018
Twenty one players turned out for the first round of September under the watchful eye of our starter, Stan Johnson.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 won by Leo Barrella with a shot that finished 16 feet from the pin. No birdie!
The group as a whole had 21 pars and 2 birdies with a low score of 41 carded by Ron Shahade.
August 29th 2018
Twenty players turned out for the last round of August including Wally making the trip from Oakland!
Low score for the day was a 41 shot by Rich Knowles and the group as a whole had 16 pars but no birdies. It appears there was no competition this week but everyone gets a big “attaboy” for turning out!
August 22nd 2018
Twenty-seven players, including Rod Spicer returning after several months, turned out on a cool (compared to the recent weather) day under the watchful eye of our starter, Mike Anderson.
Competition for the day was cancelled as the score “rooster” was not available but everyone was advised to play well!
The low score for the day was a great 40 shot by Dan Crowley (AKA “he with the policeman’s hat”), and the group had 22 pars and one birdie.
August 15th 2018
Twenty one players turned out on a very pleasant day for golf.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin hole #4 won by Leo Barrella with a fine shot that finished 7′ 4″ from the hole. Unfortunately his birdie putt slid by! However Judd Rogstad carded a birdie on this hole despite not registering a closest to the pin distance. It is assumed he holed from off the green but no details have been given.
The group had a total of 18 pars and 2 birdies and low gross for the day was a fine 38 shot by Rich Knowles.
August 8th 2018
Twenty one players turned out despite the smokey conditions, not a good day for those with respiratory problems!
Competition for the day was closest to the pin, hole #4, won by Rich Knowles at 24′ 5″ (unfortunately, no birdie). Low score for the day was also Rich with a 42.
Bob Sherman made a great birdie on hole # 4 and additionally the group had 19 pars.
Thanks to Don Atwater and Glen Gilman for reinstating the “gift box” for the CTP competition. Once again the winner will be able to choose a prize (a piece of golf stuff?) from the box instead of an “attaboy”. Unfortunately this is not retroactive! (Sorry Judd).
August 1st 2018
Twenty players turned out under the watchful eye of Mike Anderson who arrived with a supply of muffins (flattened but very edible!).
The group had 19 pars with one birdie. Low score for the day was a 41 shot by Rich Knowles (this is becoming a regular occurrence, is there no competition out there?).
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 won by Bob Jones with a shot to 14′ 9″.
July 25th 2018
19 players turned out on a very hot July day. With a twist on contests Rich Knowles decided closest to the pin on the second shot on hole #4 was appropriate (a little ironic on the shortest hole on the course) won by Bob Jones! Low gross for the day was a 41 shot by Barry Brown and the group as a whole had 19 pars and one birdie carded by Hans Pable on hole # 7, way to go Hans!
It was nice to see a fleet of new golf carts awaiting those who chose to ride although the increase in fees was not so well received! Next month we welcome Mike Anderson as our leader so lets have a good turn out.
The monthly stats for July will be posted shortly,courtesy of Mike Frey, take a look at your performance!
July 18th 2018
A very warm day and our Marshall. Rich Knowles turned up with donut holes ready to send players out!
Contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4, won by Phil Philpot at 26′ 4″, which qualified for on the green realistically rather than closest to the hole, but as no one else managed to land and stay on the green it wins!
The group as a whole had 18 pars and 1 birdie and low score for the day was a fine 40 shot by Mike Frey.
July 11th 2018
Twenty three players turned out on a warm summer day with Bob Bogardus subbing for Rich Knowles as starter.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Ron Shahade at 7′ 7″. Harry Hubinger turned out to play and once again shot the low gross tying Ron Shahade at 41.
This coming Friday ( the thirteenth, but I’m not superstitious, knock on wood) is the Italian /American Golf tournament and BBQ at Rossmoor Creekside golf course and a good crowd of Branch 8 nine hole golfers are participating. Hopefully the Organizer, Mike Anderson will have a few words at the next regular 9 hole meeting.
July 5th 2018
Because of the Independence Day holiday we moved play to today (July 5th) which necessitated starting at 8:30 as Branch 146 had tee times starting at 10:00 and this would avoid a conflict. This was unnecessary as some of our regulars did not get the message, didn’t understand that 8:30 was before our regular time of 9:00 for the first tee time or completely forgot!
However 16 stalwarts did turn out under the watchful eye of Rich Knowles our Starter for July. One of the attendees was our old friend Harry Hubinger
(a nonagenarian no less!) who shamed everyone by shooting the low score for the day (a fine 39) and also winning the competition for the day closest to the pin with the second shot on hole #3 (2′ 4″). The group as a whole had 21 pars and a lone birdie (yes shot by Harry!).
Next week we will be back to our usual Wednesday play with the first tee time at 9:00 am so those who were missing today will have no excuse!
June 27th 2018
Twenty players and one guest, Pat Dodson, turned out to play on a cool and breezy morning.
The group as a whole had 10 pars and 3 birdies with Jack Holzinger having a par on the difficult third hole!
Low score for the day was a tie between Rich Knowles and Ron Shahade who both shot fine 40’s.
Today was the memorial service for one of our members, Wally Freeman, and it was nice to see a good turnout of the 9 hole group to remember one of our good friends and fellow golfer. His good humor and ready laugh will be missed.
On another note next Wednesday falls on the July 4th holiday so we will be playing on Thursday the Fifth! Make a not of this otherwise you will be paying holiday rates for a round!
June 13th 2018
The day started out with lots of sunshine and the prospect of temperatures approaching one hundred degrees by mid afternoon but 21 players still turned out to play! We were also joined by a guest, Jerry Miller who is new to the area. welcome Jerry!
Dan Crowley joined us, not to play (he had an injury), but to ride around the course and listen to the words of wisdom from our elder statesman, Leo Barrella! It isn’t sure if he did learn anything from the ride but he seemed happy enough enjoying a beverage in the clubhouse afterwards!
The group as a whole had 17 pars and low score for the day was a great 39 shot by Frank Kilarr (including a birdie) way to go Frank! Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Rich Knowles with a distance of 10′ 8″ which was converted into a bogie!
June 6th 2018
The first outing of June was a little cooler than everyone expected but 23 players still turned out to play under the watchful eye of the Starter for June, Barry Brown. He did remember to bring the appropriate sugar laden treats which disappeared rapidly!
Contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole 33 won by Dan Crowley (in fact the only player to hit the green from the tee!) with a distance of 6′ 4″ but he failed to convert it into a birdie.
Low gross for the day was fine 41 shot by Rich Knowles and the group as a whole had 32 pars but no birdies.
Tomorrow is the DAI tournament and it is shaping up to be a great day. Full details will be published on the DAI page here on the website later this week.
May 30th 2018
Yesterday was a beautiful summer-like day with plenty of sunshine, warm temperatures and little wind, just right for playing golf. Today was very cool, cloudy and a punishing wind that was not good for golf! However 23 did turn out to play despite the weather although one group who shall remain nameless played just 4 holes before retreating tot he clubhouse for a meal!
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Judd Rogstad at 8′ 3″ but he missed the birdie. The group as a whole had 27 pars and 3 birdies with the low scores of the day being a 42 shot by Stan Johnson and Dan Crowley.
Next Thursday, June 7th is the DAI tournament and we have 43 players firmly committed with over 50 participants in the dinner afterwards. It should be a great outing and a full report will be posted on the DAI page.
May 23rd 2018
Less than a month away from the first day of summer and we were greeted by a dreary day with a little drizzle and sweater temperatures! However that did not deter 24 players from turning out and enjoying golf and the social time afterwards.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Roger Lockwara with a distance of 5′ 5″ but no birdie. Low score for the day was a tie between Ron Shahade and Rich Knowles with fine 38’s but Ron acknowledged that the automatic 2-putt on the greens due to “plug and sand” may have played a part.
The DAI tournament scheduled for June 7th is just about finalized with 44 players and 50+ diners. The foursomes will be announced next week together with the full schedule.
May 16th 2018
Another great day for golf and 23 players turned out to play. For reasons known only to the donut shop and our starter Leo (and the shop is bewildered but appreciates the business), he brought another bag of donut holes. However our ever appreciative players did not question the reason but dived in!
Low score for the day was a fine 38 shot by Tom Kerns but as the greens had been sanded and spiked yesterday and the automatic 2-putt rule was in affect the purists in our group were suspicious! Go show them Tom, repeat this again next week! The group as a whole had 25 pars and 3 birdies a very respectable showing.
Closest to the pin on hole #4 was won by Judd Rogstad at 8′ 9″ but he missed the birdie (damned sanded greens!). However the second place at 13′ 8″ by Phil Philpot resulted in a birdie so something good came out of the situation.
We are finalizing our pairings for the DAI which is coming up in just over 3 weeks, so if you and your friends (or spouse) have any preferences e-mail them to email@example.com before Saturday, May 19th.
May 9th 2018
A beautiful spring day brought 21 players out ready to play. Our able Starter, Leo, “He who must be obeyed” Barrella quickly organized the players into a semblance of order and got them moving out.
Low gross for the day was a fine 41 shot by Rich Knowles and several players shot in the forties. However the play of the day was by Bob Sherman, who on the 4th hole, designated as the closest to the pin, landed a mere 3 feet from the hole which he converted into a birdie! Great going Bob!
The group as a whole had 19 pars and this lone birdie.
Jack Bybee turned up after the round, without his medical boot, striding into the restaurant like a North Korean soldier kicking his heels high, and announcing he would be back next week to play a serious round of golf so watch out for fireworks!
Next Wednesday is the absolute final day for registering and paying for the DAI dinner so for you procrastinators bring your check books to the lunch next Monday ( May 14th) or you will miss out on a fun round of golf and a great awards banquet afterwards!
May 2nd 2018
A sunny spring morning saw just sixteen of our members turn out to play although Bob Jones and Jack Bybee, both on the injured reserve list, did join the “after round group” for lunch and tall stories! Leo Barrella assumed the mantle of Starter and brought a suitable number of donut holes for the participants.
The best round of the day was a 39 shot by Barry Brown, his best score this year. Phil Philpot has a great round, he shot a 42 including a a birdie on Hole #6 and also was closest to the pin on hole #3 at 11 feet. Whilst we are on the subject of the “closest to the pin” challenge several members have been asking about the prize box. They obviously haven’t noticed this has not made an appearance in several months because the supply of suitable prizes dried up and rather than spend money on replenishing this the committee decided that the reward for being closest from now on will be a warm and sincere “way to go name of winner” from the days Starter or his designated replacement.
April 25th 2018
A sunny spring morning saw 24 of our finest golfers take to the course under Starter Bob Sherman’s last week of duty, many thanks Bob.
We welcomed Don Allen back to playing after his medical leave and he played a good round according to his companions.We also had a newcomer, Bill Johnson, hope you enjoyed the round Bill!
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 won by Judd Rogstad at 9′ 0″ although he did not make the birdie.
The group as a whole had 26 pars and 2 birdies and the low gross for the day was a 41 shot by Ken Main.
Another reminder for the DAI tournament on June 7th, get your reservations and checks to Mike Anderson no later than the May luncheon on May 14th.
April 18th 2018
Twenty two players turned out on a chilly (but dry) day under the watchful eye of our April Starter, Bob Sherman.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin, hole #4, won by Paul Hersch with a fine shot to 9′ 8″ but unfortunately he missed the birdie.
Low score for the day was a 42 shot by Ron Shahade but personal best rounds were shot by Hans Pable (47) and Paul Hersch (43)!
One very interesting fact about today’s play for the first time the writer remembers 50% of the players shot a score in the 40’s (11 out of 22) , an impressive statistic!
As a whole the group had 24 pars and 2 birdies.
A reminder for those who haven’t signed up for the DAI tournament on June 7th the May luncheon will be your last chance so bring your checkbook and sign up!
April 11th 2018
Despite the threat of rain coming for the afternoon hours twenty-three members turned out to play. Mike Anderson was covering as Starter for Bob Sherman who needed an early tee time to attend a school teacher meeting (a new career for Bob maybe?) but he did contribute a box of donut holes before playing (he forgot last week!).
Competition for the day was closest to the pin hole #4 and despite the number of players only one, Frank Kilaar, managed to hit the green with his tee shot and he was 29′ from the hole! Actually any further and he would have been in the trap but that is another story.
Low score for the day was a 43 shot by Barry Brown and the group as a whole had 10 pars but no birdies, not a memorable day for our group!
April 8th 2018
A very pleasant day for golf and 25 of our members turned out to play including a new comer (although a longtime Branch 8 member) Leary Wong.
Due to unforeseen circumstances our holder and measuring tape were unavailable for the CTP contest so our Starter for April, Bob Sherman declared fewest putts the competition of the day.
This was won by Roger Lockwara with just 13 putts and low gross for the day was 44, a tie between Mike Frey and Stan Johnson.
It was good to see Don Allen at the gathering after the round. Although he is still recovering from his fall he joined the group to down a beer and along with all the participants reminisce about our dear friend Dick Brooks.
April 1st 2018
As I am sure most of you have heard Dick Brooks an enthusiastic and hard working member of our group suddenly passed away today, Sunday April 1st. This came as a great shock to the writer who has known Dick since he first joined our branch and has worked closely with him both within the branch and the 9 hole group. His enthusiasm, good spirits and hard work has done a lot to make Branch 8 and the 9 hole group what it is today and he will be sorely missed. Our deepest sympathy goers out to his widow, Sharon, and his family, may he rest in peace.
A card has been sent to Sharon on behalf of the 9 hole group expressing our feelings and regrets.
March 28th 2018
There was a lot of smiling faces at the first tee today as twenty six happy golfers turned out under blue skies, sunshine and warm temperatures.
However the couple of weeks layoff affected everyone’s game as scores were above average but the main thing was everyone enjoyed the day!
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #7 won by Tom Kerns at 6″, low gross was a 44 by Barry Brown and the group as a whole had just one birdie and 15 pars.
Next week we start a new month with Bob Sherman as our Starter and the weather is forecast to be fine!
March 21st 2018
I guess we have had too much sun in February as the heavens opened and the rain has returned. At 8 am a couple of our members went to the golf course just to see what was happening. A couple of our golfers (who won’t be named so as not to embarrass them) started examining smart phones and declared the rain would not be returning until noon and we should all go out and play. The older members graciously declined their kind invitation and retreated to the greenery for some sustenance whilst our heroic younger members ventured forth at 9 am to play. Unfortunately the smart phone forecasts were off and rain returned with a vengeance around 10:30! We didn’t see the soaking bodies returning but they were still out when we older (but dry) members left for home!
Hopefully next week will be better weather, see you all then!
March 14th 2018
For the first time since last year (February 8 through March 8 to be exact) golf was rained out today. That didn’t stop a couple of our stalwarts from turning up hoping the weather forecasts on the local radio were correct in saying “overcast until noon and a slight chance of showers thereafter,”‘ (a likely story as the heavens opened and what seemed suspiciously like water was bouncing of the ground in the car park!). A couple of cars slowly drove through the car park but left without stopping and the only fool hardy people who stayed for any length of time were clever enough to go into the Greenery restaurant and have a great breakfast!
Without seeing a long term weather report it is hard to say if play will be possible next Wednesday but turn up anyway, the restaurant will be open!
March 7th 2018
22 players turned out on a very nice day with spring-like weather. Our esteemed leader for March, Dave Perkins did us proud with a box of donuts and had everyone out in a very timely manner.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4. Somehow the tape measure went missing so all distances were estimates based on shoe size! I am not sure who’s shoes, rumor has it that Frank Kilarr has a foot that is just that size (with a shoe on) but nothing was confirmed. However as Bob Sherman claimed a distance of 3′ 5″ and he did make the birdie the title was awarded to him. Unfortunately the prize bucket was with Dick Brooks who didn’t attend today so he missed out on his winnings!
The group as a whole had 24 pars and 5 birdies.
One of our stalwarts was also missing, Don Allen,who apparently has had a mishap and fell. The group hope you are feeling better and it won’t be long before you are back hitting them long and straight!
February 28th 2018
The weather was brisk but still 21 players turned out probably because of the upcoming storm forecast to hit tonight and last two or three days!
Competition for the day was closest to the pin, hole #3, won by Roger Lockwara at 20’+ (in fact the only shot recorded!) but no birdie.
Low score was a fine 41 shot by Ron Shahade (who would have been lower if he could sink 2 foot putts) and the group as a whole had 16 pars and just 1 birdie.
Next month Dave Perkins takes over as Starter,be on time, Dave is a stickler for punctuality!
February 21st 2018
Despite temperatures coming very close to freezing twenty two hardy golfers turned out to play.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin hole #7, 2nd shot, won by Frank Kilarr at 7′ 8¾” ( who measures to ¼”?). The group as a whole had 22 pars, 6 birdies and a magnificent EAGLE on hole #5 by Mario Moratorio! Great going Mario! Low gross for the day was a 41 shot by Barry Brown.
February 14th 2018
Although it was Valentines Day twenty six players turned out to play including newcomer Brian Strange, a recent transplant from London, welcome Brian, don’t be a stranger!
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Rich Knowles at 7′ 8″ but his birdie putt slid by…
Low gross for the day was 41 achieved by three players, Mike Frey, Stan Johnson and Rich Knowles.
The group as a whole had 29 pars and 3 birdies.
February 7th 2018
Twenty three players turned out on a beautiful spring day (in February?) and were greeted to a sumptuous box of connoisseurs donuts supplied by February’s Starter, Glenn Gilman.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin, hole #7, second shot, won by Erland Persson. Low gross for the day was mike frey with a 43 and the group as a whole had 17 pars and one birdie.
January 31st 2018
A fine weather day and seventeen golfers turned out to play.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Paul Hersch with a shot to 3′ 7″ but he failed to convert to a birdie… Rumor has it Paul is taking lessons and has improved his shot making quite a lot, but he obviously needs some putting advice!
Low score for the day was a 42 shot by Mike Long, visiting from the 18 hole group, and the group as a whole had 18 pars.
Arrangements for the DAI in June are coming along nicely, if you haven’t signed up yet please talk to Mike Anderson or Dick Brooks to get you name in!
January 24th 2018
Nineteen golfers turned out to play on a rather gloomy but dry morning. The competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Leo Barrella at 9′ 8″ which he converted into a birdie!
As a group we had 12 pars and 2 birdies and low score for the day was a tie between Ron Shahade and Dick Hall who both carded fine scores of 42.
We also welcomed our assistant chair, Phil Philpot after his bout with pneumonia, back to enjoy a beverage and lunch. Phil, how many times do we have to tell you NOT to drink cold beer without a sweater on during the winter? He never listens…….
January 17th 2018
Maybe it was the love of golf or the threat of lots of rain arriving starting tomorrow or the need to frolic on manicured grass and absorb pure air but most likely it was just a bunch of old guys who didn’t know any better and 21 of them turned out to play under overcast skies and low temperatures! Our starter for the day, Don Allen did his usual great job of shepherding the wayward flock of bewildered golfers into some semblance of order and got them all out to play!
Competition for the day, closest to the pin on hole #4, was won by Hans Pable at 6′ 3″ but he missed the birdie.
Low score for the day was a tie between Jack Bybee and Ron Shahade with 44’s and the group as a whole had 16 pars but no birdies.
January 10th 2018
After some very heavy rain for a few days it was good to have a dry spell although the ground was to say the least a little damp! Carts were asked to observe the 90 degree rule and it was very obvious why! Despite this 20 players turned out with the low gross carded by Stan Johnson with a fine 42. Closest to the pin on hole #4 was Jack Bybee at 12′ 6″, his birdie attempt just sliding by.
As a group we had 13 pars but no birdies.
January 3rd 2018
2018 arrived and despite the forecast of rain 23 of our finest turned out to play. Our Marshal for January was Don Allen who turned up with a supply of donuts that quickly disappeared!
The contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Dick Brooks with a shot that finished 3′ 8″ from the pin which he converted to a birdie. Of interest to those who savor such facts in second place was Barry Brown with a shot that finished 8’3″ from the pin which he converted to a birdie. On second thoughts that wasn’t very interesting 😛 .
Low gross was a fine 38 shot by Mike Frey and as a group we had 35 pars and 4 birdies.
December 27th 2017
20 players, including a special guest, Conner the grandson of our esteemed member Paul Hersch, turned out to play in bright sunshine although a little cool at first.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Leo Barrella at 17 feet which he sank for a birdie!
There were several very good scores including Leo who shot a 43, Jack Bybee with a 45 and Mike Frey with a 41. Low score honors however went to Ron Shahade with a great 37 which included a birdie on hole #1 plus 4 pars.
The group as a whole shot 3 birdies and 22 pars.
The schedule for 2018 has been posted on the website, no surprises except for the first week of July when we will be playing on Thursday, July 5th due to the holiday. Lets have a great 2018 and break some records!
December 20th 2017
Another chilly day but to be expected, winter officially started at 8:38 am just as we were preparing to tee off! Thanks to Fred Nelson for filling in for Erland who was at the doctors having his injuries seen to (hope you got good news Erland).
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #7 with the second shot won by Bob Sherman with a 2′ 2” distance.
Low gross for the day was a 40 shot by Barry Brown but it should be mentioned that Phil Philpot had a fine 41 with a string of pars! The group as a whole had 30 pars but no birdies.
Next week is the final round of 2017 so let’s have a great turnout and celebrate the coming new year afterwards in the Greenery!
December 13th 2017
Another cold morning but we still had 22 players turn out. Our Marshall (Erland) also was present despite being on crutches and sporting a splint around his wrist the result of a fall. That’s the 9 hole golf spirit!
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 and with a shot to 9’10” was won by Leo Barrella. No one was more surprised than he was but a redo wasn’t possible!
Low gross was a tie between Rich Knowles and Barry Brown who both shot 40. The group as a whole had 23 pars and just one birdie.
The schedule for 2018 will be posted here on the website next week, no surprises we play our regular weekly round every Wednesday except in July when we will play on Tuesday, July 3rd instead of Wednesday July 4th.
December 6th 2017
The 2 polar bears huddles together for warmth on the side of the first fairway didn’t faze our 24 (yes I counted right, 24!) ardent golfers who turned out eager to play despite the frosty conditions.
Our Marshall for December, Erland Persson, did us proud with a tray of tasty cakes and got the players out with no delays.
The contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole # 3 won by Fred Nelson at 17′ 9″.Low gross was a tie between Stan Johnson and Ron Shahade who both shot fine 42’s. The group as a whole had 15 pars and a lone birdie.
November 29th 2017
Bright sunshine made people believe it was summer but the thermometer said otherwise! However 22 players turned out and Dick Brooks returned to Marshall.
He chose “blind hole” as the days contest in which only 3 holes count in the scoring. The small detail missing is none of the players are aware which 3 holes until after the rounds are completed.
The result was a win for Mike Anderson with a total of 13 strokes and Mike also had the low score of the day with a 42 (for 9 holes!).
As a group we had 19 pars and just 1 birdie.
November 22nd 2017
Despite it was the day before Thanksgiving Day 20 players turned out to play on a brisk but pleasant weather day. We were joined by 2 repeat visitors, Ron Philpot the son of our long time member Phil and Lai Fong having another round as a guest of Jack Schweitzer.
Frank Kilaar stood in as marshal for Dick Brooks who was housebound getting ready for a family invasion! Frank did us proud with a selection of muffins from the upscale bakery “A Sweet Affair”, this could be habit forming!
Closest to the pin hole #4 won by Gordon Batesole with a shot to eight feet but he didn’t make the birdie. Low gross was a 39 by Jack Schweitzer with a fine 39. As a group we had 26 pars and one birdie.
November 15th 2017
Thanksgiving had to be close as we turned out for the annual “DICK BROOKS TURKEY SHOOT” . Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate as there were sporadic rain drops and a chill in the air but that did not stop 16 hardy golfers from showing up ready to compete. The winner of the turkey was Ron Shahade who beat out the field. The low gross for the day was a great 38 shot by Gordon Batesole, an 18 hole regular who decided the 9 hole group was fun! Welcome to the group Gordon!
The group as a whole had 14 pars but no birdies. Next week is the day before Thanksgiving so attendance might be low but we still have our regular time slots so if you can come out and join us!
November 8th 2017
Another day where the weather reminded us that Thanksgiving was near (although I knew that, CVS has Valentine’s day cards on sale) with temperatures low and a chill breeze blowing. However that didn’t stop 24 of our stalwarts from turning out to play with Jack Schweitzer (remember him, the King of the Sandbaggers in 2013) shooting a great 39!
Closest to the pin was hole #4 won by Stan Johnson at 10 feet 10 inches but his birdie putt slid by.
As a group we had 32 pars and just 1 birdie.
Last week I mentioned the possibility of playing Buchanan Field on November 23rd, completely missing the fact that was Thanksgiving Day (and nobody corrected me) so I will try again for December 7th. I will send out an e-mail to those who played in our last outing so please reply if you are interested.
November 1st 2017
After our annual tournament last week today’s routine outing seemed rather bland! It was also considerably cooler than last week which might have contributed to the turnout of just twenty players including returning guest of Jack Schweitzer, Lai Fong.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 won by Stan Johnson with a shot to 15″ 3″ which did not result in a birdie!
Low gross was a 42 shot by Jack Schweitzer and the group as a whole shot 18 pars and 2 birdies.
For the winning team and individuals from last week your framed certificates will be available at our table next week at the luncheon. Please stop by and pick them up.
We are considering another “away” round at Buchanan Field golf course in a couple of weeks, possibly Thursday November 23rd. If any of you are interested please drop an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or see me at our next Wednesday meeting.
October 25th 2017
Today was our annual tournament and awards lunch afterwards. It was a great day for playing golf, the weather was very cooperative with blue skies, comfortable temperature and little wind.
The results have been posted on the annual tournament page under the 9 hole golf heading on the website, please check there for full details.
It was also brought to our attention that we have 2 very fashion conscious players in our group, note how elegant and debonair this pair looked while dining!
October 18th 2017
Twenty six players turned out to play on a chilly but clear morning, a welcome change from the smoky air we have been experiencing from the disastrous fires over in Napa County.
We welcomed Lai Fong a guest of Jack Schweitzer to play with us and he reciprocated by winning the closest to the hole competition on hole #4 with a distance of 3’5″ which he converted into a birdie! Congratulations Lai, you certainly made an impression on your fellow golfers!
As a group we had 5 birdies and 31 pars with Tom Kerns claiming low gross honors with a 41.
Next week is our annual tournament and there will be no open play. Most of you paid the $20 luncheon fee to Phil Philpot but those of you who did not play today but are playing next week please remember to bring your check or cash. We have 7 starting times next week, so even if you are teeing off in one of the times towards the end of the list please be at the course before 9am to ensure the scorecards are set up correctly and for group photographs.The tournament is shaping up to be a great time let’s all enjoy it!
October 11th 2017
The day started a little chilly and smokey from the wildfires over in Napa County but we still had 21 eager golfers ready to play. Contest for the day was closest to the pin, second shot, won by Phil Philpot and low gross honors was shared by Ron Shahade and Barry Brown both carding 42’s. The group as whole had 20 pars but no birdies.
We are just two weeks away from our annual club championship and final details are being hammered out. We are planning on having a celebratory lunch after play for both the contestants and those who were unable to play but want to participate. We are in discussions with the Greenery restaurant and should have everything finalised by next Wednesday giving us a week to get our act together! Watch this site and your e-mail for developments!
October 4th 2017
Twenty one players turned out to participate in the first outing in October fortified with an ample supply of high calorie donuts supplied by our starter for the month, Barry Brown.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 won by Ray De Wit with a shot that finished 23 feet from the pin. Ray also took low gross honors with a superb 39!
The group as a whole had 21 pars and 2 birdies.
One of our long time players, Bill Bargenquast, joined us in the Greenery restaurant after the round. Bill is still recovering from major surgery and cannot play yet but he is very hopeful that he can get out and swing a club in early November. Welcome back Bill and best wishes for a successful recovery and return to play!
September 27th 2017
Nineteen players turned out on a very pleasant day despite it already being fall!
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Dick Brooks with a shot that finished 7 ft 7 inches from the pin. No word if her made the birdie.
Low gross for the day was a fine 44 shot by Mike Anderson and the group as a whole had 19 pars and 2 birdies.
Next month is our annual tournament and the luncheon on Monday October 9th will be the last chance to sign up!
September 20th 2017
There was definitely a hint of fall in the air, it wasn’t cold but there was no hint of the scorching temperatures we have had. Twenty five players turned out with the contest for the day, closest to the pin, second shot. This was won by Phil Philpot who won despite missing his shot by 1″!
Low gross for the day was a fine 40 shot by Stan Johnson. The group as a whole had 28 pars and 1 birdie.
The plans for the annual championship are taking shape and it should be a good event. If you haven’t signed up yet make sure you get your name in ASAP!
September 13th 2017
Strange weather greeted our golfers today, loud crashes of thunder and brief rain squalls got the attention of everyone! However 26 players did venture out onto the course and were rewarded with dry if rather unseasonably cool weather.
We had a visitor from Reno where our former member Joe D’Angelo now resides, welcome back Joe, don’t be a stranger! Actually it appears Joe has been playing more than his share of golf up in the mountains as he shot a fine 37 to take low gross honours!
Contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Jack Bybee who did convert it into a birdie. As a group we had 20 pars and 4 birdies.
A reminder is going out this weekend to everyone to sign up for the annual club championship on October 25th, don’t forget to reply this will be a great event!
September 6th 2017
The first outing in September brought a new starter, Don Allen, who graciously turned up with not one but two boxes of donuts! Thank you Don!
22 players turned out including our long lost member Bob Poirier who brought a guest, Alan Tom. Welcome back Bob and hope to see you again Alan.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 won by Ron Shahade with a shot that finished 3′ 6′ from the hole which he converted into a birdie.
As a group we shot 16 pars and 4 birdies. Low gross was a tie at 42 shot by Jack Bybee and Ron Shahade.
It is getting closer to our annual club championship with individual and team competitions. For those who didn’t sign up today the sheet will be on the 9 hole golf table at the luncheon on Monday. Don’t forget to sign up it is always a great competition.
August 30th 2017
On a great weather day for golf 28 players turned out. Our Starter for August did the group proud with not one but two challenges, closest to the pin on hole #4 and fewest putts with a bottle of fine wine going to each winner!
Closest to the pin was won by Jack Schweitzer at 9′ 1” and fewest putts was Ron Shahade with only 11! Congratulations to both of you!
The group as a whole had 32 pars and just 1 birdie. Not surprising was Ron Shahade having a low gross score of 38!
Our thanks to Mike Anderson for his month of herding the players and his kind donation of the prizes today.
August 24th 2017
With a stiff breeze blowing eight of our 9 hole finest turned out to take on Buchanan Field GC. The players were Leo Barrella and his lovely wife Judy, Stan Hennessy, Roger Lockwara, Rich Knowles, Dick Brooks, Dan Crowley and your faithful scribe. It has been quite some time since I played here and i had forgotten most of the layout. Fortunately we had several participants who play here regularly to help navigate the course.
It was an enjoyable round, the course is in decent shape, although I found reading the greens a challenge but putting is a challenge to me on any course!
After the round we stopped and drained a pitcher of beer and swapped tall stories! Rich Knowles was awarded a sleeve of balls for the low gross score of 38 and Judy received a sleeve for “ladies low gross”.
It was a pleasant outing and the general consensus was we should repeat this in the near future. Watch for details, probably towards the middle of October.
August 23rd 2017
Twenty players turned up to play under the guidance of our starter Mike Anderson. Some regulars were missing but a good day was had by everyone. The contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #7 with the second shot won by Roger Lockwara at 5 feet.
Low gross for the day was one of our newbies, Dan Crowley with a 46 and the group had 24 pars but no birdies.
The outing to Buchanan for tomorrow has a full complement of 8 players committed and a report will be published here after the round.
August 16th 2017
Another good day for golf and 23 players turned out to enjoy a round.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Judd Rogstad at 8′ 111/2″ ( note: less than NINE FEET!) no word if he made the birdie.
Low score for the day was a commendable 41 shot by Ron Shahade and the group as a whole had 18 pars and 1 birdie.
August 9th 2017
Twenty two players turned out to play under the watchful eye of Mike Anderson our starter.
The contest for the day was closest to the hole on #7 on the second shot won by Mike Frey at 61/2″, nearly a birdie!
Mike also tied with Rich Knowles for low score of the day with a fine 42.
There was 18 pars and one birdie shot by the group.
As mentioned a couple of weeks ago we are trying to out together a couple of foursomes for a round at Buchanan Field on August 24th. We cannot book a time until a week before (August 17th) but so far we have 5 interested players. If anyone would like to join let me know at the luncheon on Monday and I will see what I can do about tee times.
August 2nd 2017
Another great day for golf, although a little toasty! Mike Anderson took over the starters responsibilities for August and got our 16 players off in an orderly fashion.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 won by Stan Hennessy with a distance of 14′ 8″.
As a group we had 12 pars but no birdies. Low gross for the day was a fine 41 shot by Ron Shahade.
July 26th 2017
Another great day for playing golf and twenty eight players turned out. Starter for the month, Rich Knowles set “fewest putts” as the challenge for the day which was won by Bob McIvor with just 13!
Low gross for the day was a fine 41 shot by our Starter, Rich Knowles.
The group as a whole had 22 pars and just one birdie.
For those of you who might be interested there is an opportunity to play an “away” round at Buchanan Field golf course at the end of August (tentatively 24th), if you are interested please let Barry Brown know.
July 19th 2017
Twenty four players turned out on a nice sunny day with the test for the day being closest to the pin on hole #4. This turned out to be a birdie extravaganza with three players getting birdies on the hole! Stan Johnson and Tom Kerns playing in the same foursome both had birdies but Dan Crowley, a talented newcomer, won the prize with a shot that finished 5′ 4″ from the hole which he converted to a birdie. Leo Barrella, not to be outshined had a birdie on hole #4 on his way to shooting the low gross score of the day a fine 40! Great round Leo! Don Atwater also played a great round shooting a 45 which included back to back pars on holes 3 &4.
As a group we had a total of 5 birdies including one by Jack Holzinger on hole #4.
July 12th 2017
Another great day twenty-eight players turned out and our starter, Rich Knowles turned up with donuts again, he obviously thinks we are a great bunch of guys!
Today was designated a 4 club event with all players selecting just 4 clubs to play the round. To most people this meant four golf clubs but it is rumored that one member used a size 10 Nike spikeless club attached to his foot (which didn’t help his game either!).
Winner was a tie between Tom Kerns and Rich Knowles with scores of 42! They should consider the contents of their golf bags carefully next time they play!
As a group we had 21 pars and one birdie.
July 5th 2017
Another wonderful day in Walnut Creek and twenty three eager golfers turned out to play under the direction of July’s starter Rich Knowles (who thoughtfully provided an ample supply of donuts holes!).
Competition for the day was closest tot he pin on hole #4 won by Don Atwater at 14′ 8” and low gross was a fine 41 shot by Ray DeWit.
We were joined by a guest, Dan Crowley who is taking a break from the sweltering heat of Arizona and enjoying the cool ninety degree weather of California!
June 28th 2017
Twenty players turned out to play with Jack Holzinger keeping a close eye (and magnifying glass) on the proceedings for his final duty as starter this month.
Contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Phil Philpot with a shot to 17’8″ of the hole. His birdie attempt stopped just 2″ short of the cup!
Low gross was a fine 40 shot by Ron Shahade and as a group we had 21 pars but no birdies.
June 21st 2017
The middle of a heat wave with all forms of growth wilting but nineteen hardy members turned out to play including a newbie, Gary Nicholson.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by our guest, Gary, and low gross was a 42 shot by Larry Feigenbaum.
As a group we shot 17 pars but no birdies. Hopefully next week will see more temperate conditions but be sure to turn up and play!
June 14th 2017
A beautiful day for golf and 25 players turned out under the watchful eye of Jack Holzinger our starter for June.
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Don Atwater with a shot that finished 9′ 4″ from the pin. No word if he converted this to a birdie.
Low gross for the day was a 41 shot by Jeff Foster and the group as a whole had 13 pars and 3 birdies.
June 7th 2017
It was a dull and cool day (with rain forecast for tomorrow!) but twenty three golfers turned out to play.
The contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 won by Stan Johnson with a shot that landed 10″ 2″ from the pin. Unfortunately his birdie putt stopped just short of the hole but he was happy with the par.
As a group we shot 19 pars and 2 birdies and low gross for the day was a 45 shot by four of our members, Leo Barrella, Jeff Foster, Ron Shahade and Barry Brown.
For those of you who may have missed it the DAI tournament on June 1st was a great success and both the golf and the dinner afterwards were enjoyed by everyone. A full report of the event is on the DAI page of this web site.
May 31st 2017
This was a warm-up for the DAI tournament tomorrow and twenty three players turned out to play on a cool but pleasant day.
The biggest news for the day was a hole in one by none other than Don Atwater himself on hole #4!! This feat was a great precursor to his tournament the next day! Unfortunately for Don there was no closest to the pin contest this day but he still earns a framed certificate from the Branch 8 nine hole group!
The rest of the play was insignificant and the great 37 shot by Harry Hubinger was relegated to second place!
The group as a whole shot 22 pars but no birdies. Look for a full report on the DAI on the web site shortly.
May 24th 2017
The weather was a little chilly after a couple of days of very warm weather but twenty four of our finest turned out to play.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Joe Williamson with a wonderful shot that finished just eight feet from the pin. No word as to whether he converted this into a birdie but a mere eight feet should have been a no-brainer for golfers of our skill level!
Low gross was a 41 shot by Rich Knowles and the group as a whole carded eighteen pars and one birdie.
May 17th 2017
On a very pleasant day 22 players turned out with our friend Leo as Starter and he also provided donut treats for everyone! Well done Leo.
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4, several people hit the green but Stan Hennessy came closest at 23′ 4″.
Low gross for the day was a 44 shot by Barry Brown and the group as a whole only had 5 pars. I think it is time for some serious driving range practice gentlemen!
For those procrastinators who haven’t signed up and paid for the DAI this is the last reminder, get your self signed up!!
May 10th 2017
A very nice weather day and twenty one of our finest turned out to play under the watchful eye of our Marshall, Leo Barrella (who also brought donut holes!).
The contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Joe Williamson at 27 ft. 5 inches a good shot considering the pin was located on the far right of the green behind the trees!
Low gross was a fine 41 shot by Mike Anderson and the group as a whole had a total of 24 pars but no birdies.
I am sure you all have had several reminders from Phil Philpot about the DAI tournament coming up on June 1st. If you haven’t signed up and paid please do so ASAP, the cutoff date is May 23rd!
May 3rd 2017
It was a beautiful weather day, blue skies and lots of sunshine plus legs that had been covered for months peeking out of shorts!
Twenty five players turned out under the watchful eye of the Marshall for May, the stickler for discipline, Leo Barrella.
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Erland Persson at 13′ 6″.
Low gross was a 38 by Jack “Sandbagger” Schweitzer, ( with scores like this Jack you’d better make sure you’ve signed up for the DAI, the prizes are pretty good!).
As a whole the group shot 24 pars and one birdie. See everyone next week!
April 26th 2017
Although not a perfect weather day at least there was no rain and twenty two members and one guest Ron, the son of our esteemed member Phil Philpot, turned out to play.
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by our guest, Ron Philpot, with a fine shot to 5 feet which he converted into a birdie. He was not alone in that feat, 3 of the players in that group had birdies!
Low gross was a very commendable 42 shot by Mike Frey and as a whole the group had 11 pars and 5 birdies.
For those wondering what happened to April 19th, no results were submitted after play was completed!
April 12th 2017
The weather forecast said slightly overcast but dry, however Mother Nature had other ideas and a steady drizzle with some larger drops greeted the few golfers who turned up at the course! After hanging around and looking anxiously at the sky a half dozen hardy souls declared they would venture forth.
Low gross for the group was Jack Bybee with a commendable 49 considering the conditions and the group carded 3 pars.
The contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Jack Holzinger with a fine shot that finished just six feet from the pin.
Let’s hope for better weather and a great turn out for next week!
April 5th 2017
Finally we were blessed with a sunshine and warm weather and our enthusiastic golfers took full advantage of the situation! Twenty eight people turned out to play and from all accounts everyone had a great time.
Under the leadership of Glenn Gilman (the donut hole person) the contest for the day was closest to the pin with a second shot won by Stan Hennessy at an even two feet ( with Stan that is probably a pair of 81/2’s 😛 ).
Low gross was a 38 shot by Barry Brown and as a group we had 28 pars and 5 birdies.
Hopefully this is the start of the summer golf season and we have many more days like this ahead.
March 29th 2017
The weather was great and 22 players turned out to play. The course was in surprisingly good shape considering all the rain we have had over the last couple of months and despite a couple of soft spots and rough that “ate” errant shots our players had a good time.
Ron Shahade shot a very commendable 41 and also won the contest “closest to the pin on #4, although the distance was not recorded it is assumed it was on the green and not Marchbanks Drive! The group as a whole had 17 pars but no birdies.
Lets hope we can make it two weeks in a row next week!
March 22nd 2017
The joy of playing last week was forgotten as he rain returned, the course became nearly unplayable and depression took over. Actually the last comment is assumed as only five golfers turned up at the course and just two were
stupid brave enough to venture out to play. No word as to whether they returned but we have been keeping a close eye on the obituary column in the local paper and so far neither person has been listed! We are somewhat optimistic about next week but rain is in the forecast for the weekend so let’s not get too worked up! See next weeks column!
March 15th 2017
Hallelujah!! The weather finally cooperated! After a few dry days with some sunshine and warm breezes to dry out the golf course 19 of our fine members were able to venture out onto the links and swing clubs at golf balls! It was a wonderful sight to see so many happy, in fact almost giddy, SIR players go out and play. As it was our first official outing of the year scores weren’t important it was the camaraderie and pure joy of the game that mattered most.
But the group did mange to shoot 4 birdies and fourteen pars which was quite an achievement after the layoff. However I fear this happiness maybe short-lived as the forecast is for some more of the wet stuff next week but until then let’s savor the outing we just enjoyed!
February 8th,15th and 22nd, March 8th 2017
2017 continues to be unfriendly towards golfers with plenty of rain and cold weather preventing all sensible golfers from playing. We say sensible because it is rumored that a couple of our members, suffering from early dementia, have ventured out to play and one is still missing although his wife has refused to file a missing persons report!
So far this year we have had a total of 26 rounds played over 2 months and many of these were abandoned after a few holes. At the time of writing this the forecast is showing a glimmer of hope for later in March, watch this space for results!
February 1st 2017
Despite the start of a new month there was yet another day with rain in the forecast albeit for late afternoon/ evening.
Dick Brooks filled in as starter for the absent designate (who will not be named) and sent ten brave people out to play.
Low gross was a fine 43 shot by Ron Shahade and the group as a whole shot 1 birdie and seven pars.
The weather forecast for the first ten days of February does not bode well for golf but we can all hope things do get better! Remember prayers can help!
Phil Philpot is sending out notices for the 30th annual DAI tournament on June 1st. Do make sure you respond and book your places for this fun event as he needs to confirm numbers with the caterer and have enough players for a shotgun start.
January 26th 2017
Another gloomy day but at least it was not raining. However after continual rain for the six previous days it was not surprising that the course declared “cart path only” for everyone including walkers! Just kidding, but it was very sloppy and just ten brave souls ventured out and played. All ten made it back to base safely but with some hair raising tales to tell! No official scores were kept and there was no CTP competition.
January 18th 2017
A couple of very optimistic members turned up at DHGC, anxiously looking at the sky and saying (without much conviction) “No, the clouds are breaking up” or “the rain isn’t supposed to come until later this afternoon” only to feel the rain drops falling on their faces! Yes mother nature was once again messing with us and we have no recourse!
Unfortunately your writer has been informed by people much wiser than he that this time of year is called “winter” which is ancient Greek for “piss on golfers” ( the Latin equivalent is much cruder) and we must get used to it until at least the beginning of March!
However that still hasn’t extinguished his hope that things will change for next week!
January 11th 2017
The weather once again did not cooperate, this is starting to be irritating! Hopefully see everyone next week.
Remember to sign up for the 30th annual DAI when the e-mail arrives!
January 4th 2017
Well the first week of 2017 was not a friendly time for golfers. Rain turned our course into a swamp and play was impossible. Rain persisted all day and unfortunately the forecast for this week is more of the same.
Still a couple of stalwarts (or should I say dreamers) did turn out and spent a short time shooting the breeze with Liston the course starter before retiring to other tasks. Let’s hope next week is better!
December 28th 2016
Despite the cold weather and the soggy course after some heavy rain 14 stalwart players turned out and braved the elements.
Whether it was the after effects of Christmas cheer or forgetfulness our starter (who shall remain nameless) did not nominate any hole for the usual closest to the pin competition so the only thing to play for was low gross which was won by Rich Knowles with a fine 41 considering the conditions.
As a group we shot 14 pars but no birdies.
We now welcome a new year for our next outing (although the long range weather forecast looks very ominous) but I am sure everyone will be eager to participate.
December 21st 2016
For the last round before Christmas 20 players turned out on a chilly but fine day.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Barry Brown at 8′ 01″. Low gross was a fine 41 by Ron Shahade ( I bet he’s been taking lessons again…. ) and as a group we had 2 birdies and 20 pars.
We have one more round before the new year so let’s have a great turnout next week!
In the meantime I hope everyone has a good Christmas Day and for some a good Boxing Day! (Ask an Englishman about that if you don’t know about this day).
December 14th 2016
After several days of inclement weather only a few very hardy (stupid?) golfers turned up to mill around the car park and exchange pleasantries whilst deciding if golf was a viable option. The majority of the attendees decided no but at least two foursomes decided to go and play. These brave (?) players had closest to the pin on #4 as the contest won by Jack Bybee at 23′ 10″. Low gross was a 49 by Don Atwater and as a group they had 1 birdie and 7 pars. Let’s hope the weather is better next week!
December 7th 2016
The day started off very cold and did not improve! There was a rumor that a couple of polar bears were sighted on the fifth fairway huddled together for warmth but that could not be confirmed.
However twenty three hardy souls turned out to play (and a couple turned up but elected not to play) under our Marshall for the day Frank Kilarr who also supplied a good serving of donut holes!
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Leo Barrella at 6′ 01/2″. No word if he made the putt for a birdie but at that distance even a one armed blind man would have a very good chance so it is assumed he did.
As a group we shot 23 pars and 4 birdies and the low gross for the day was 43.
November 30th 2016
Despite threatening skies and a light drizzle (not to mention it was cold!) 26 players turned up to hit the fairways. Mike Anderson also rewarded everyone by providing hot coffee! Thanks Mike.
Our Marshall declared the play to be a four man best ball tournament which was won by the sandbagging foursome of Don Allen, Rod Hughes, Ron Shahade and our groups #1 sandbagger, Leo Barella. They finished up with a score of 35, one over par.
I would like to thank all those who volunteered to Marshall in 2017, it is greatly appreciated.
November 23rd 2016
As mentioned last week this was a take care of yourself week due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
However that didn’t stop many players from turning up,the writer estimated there were upwards of fifteen players milling around when he teed off with the first group. There was a couple of guests and a new member to be, Bill Drysdale. Hope the motley crew didn’t scare him off!
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and see you all next week!
November 16th 2016
Although a little cool it was a good day for playing golf and 25 stalwart members turned out to do just that!
Following tradition our Marshall declared today to be “Turkey Day” in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving celebration and selected hole #4 as the hole for closest to the pin with the winner to receive a turkey. The lucky recipient was Don Atwater (he was looking gaunt and malnourished so the win was appropriate) at 8’9″. Unfortunately he missed the birdie putt.
Low gross for the day was won by Harry Hubinger with a fine 42 and the group as a whole had 16 pars but no birdies.
Remember next week is “you’re on your own” week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Anyone wanting to play should turn up for the first tee time at 9 a.m. and the foursomes leave when ready. There will be no competition or scorekeeping outside of your individual bets.
November 9th 2016
For November the weather was very pleasant and 30 players turned out. Our Marshall had declared today a “voluntary” 4 club tournament and many players participated. The winner was Rich Knowles with a fine 44 (appropriate score for a four club tournament don’t you think?) and closest to the pin on hole #3 was won by Stan Johnson at 15′ 5″.
The group as a whole shot 19 pars and 1 birdie.
November 2nd 2016
Despite chilly weather 26 hardy souls turned out to play. We welcomed back a pair of our old regulars, George Benkly and Al Welch returning after prolonged health sabbaticals! Good to see you both guys, now stay healthy!
Dick Brooks was our Marshall and he arrived with an appropriate box of goodies for the crowd.
Although the weather was dry a heavy dew overnight made the course very wet and that coupled with some deep grass off the fairways led to numerous lost balls by every foursome!
The competition for the day was closest to the pin with the second shot won by Mike Anderson with an excellent 7″. Coincidentally Mike also had the low gross score for the day a 43. Has he been secretly practicing?
As a group we shot just 13 pars.
October 26th 2016
Today was our annual club championship and the weather certainly cooperated! Blue skies and sunshine welcomed our players and we had a great time.
A full report on the tournament, including pictures and the results, has been posted under “Annual Tournaments” here on the website.
October 19th 2016
Jack Holzinger kindly stepped in and Marshalled for Paul Hersch who could not fulfill his spot. Thanks Jack and Paul you owe him!
It was a very pleasant day and 28 golfers turned out to play.
The contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 won by Frank Kilaar with a fine shot that finished 8’3″ from the pin. There is no proof but it appears that as Frank performed this shot playing in the first group all the other players gave up hope of beating this distance! 😀
The group as a whole shot 35 pars but no birdies. Low gross for the day was Jack Stack with a 39.
Next week is our annual championship, let’s hope the weather cooperates! The rules and the composition of the teams will be sent out to all participants by the end of the week. Let’s have a great day!
October 12th 2016
Our Marshall, Paul Hersch made up for his memory loss of last week when he arrived with boxes of donut holes for our golfers! Rumor has it that they disappeared quickly!
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole # 4 won by Judd Rogstad with a fine shot that finished 2″ 9″ from the hole (think of all the money it would have cost you if it had gone in Judd 😉 ) which he did convert to a birdie.
Low gross for the day was a fine 36 shot by Jack Stack and the group as a whole carded 19 pars and 2 birdies.
Today was the last day for signing up for the annual club championship and now we will go over each participant’s performance for the last year to calculate handicaps and put together 4 man teams. These will be announced the week before the actual competition.Please remember foursomes will be put together as competition teams and not our usual social groups so please be aware of this and accept the pairings.
October 5th 2016
Twenty six players turned out on a cool but sunny day under the watchful eye of our Marshall Paul Hersch. Unfortunately Paul forgot about our tradition of supplying artery clogging sugar loaded treats on the first outing of the month but blamed a case of temporary insanity and promised to make amends next week!
Contest for the day was fewest putts with Dave Perkins and Jack Stack sharing the honors with 15 putts, a very commendable achievement!
The group had 31 pars and one birdie the result of a magnificent tee shot on hole #4 by Leo Barella which arched upwards through the sky and landed softly on the green a mere three feet from the pin! A thing of beauty the others in the foursome were honored to observe!
Low gross for the day was Jack Stack with a 40.
The contestants for the annual tournament are very close to being finalized, remember the last chance for entering is at the luncheon on October 10th so make sure your name is submitted. The teams will be announced ASAP the handicaps are calculated.
September 28th 2016
Twenty three players turned out to play, less than expected but probably due to some of our players recovering from the 18 hole group outing to Copperopolis!
However the group still had 5 birdies and 22 pars, a good performance. The competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Wally freeman with a shot that finished 9′ 3″ from the pin.
The best performance of the day was by Mike Anderson who shot his personal best score at Diablo hills with a sterling 41! Congratulations Mike!
September 21st 2016
A cool, some would say a little chilly day (it is the first day of fall tomorrow remember!) greeted our players as they assembled on the first tee. it was noticeable how many were wearing golf jackets and rumour had it some players were hiding behind the golf carts huddled together for warmth!
However we managed to have 27 players complete the nine holes with Stan Johnson winning low gross with a very nice 42 thanks to just 12 putts! Way to go Stanley!
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Bill Bargenquast at 3’5″ which he did convert to a birdie.
The group as a whole shot 20 pars and 2 birdies.
Again a nag about the Annual championship scheduled for October 26th please make sure you sign up at the October luncheon or send an e-mail to email@example.com or call barry brown at 930-8206.
September 14th 2016
The weather was perfect, warm but not hot, no breeze and twenty nine eager players ready to break records. Unfortunately no records were broken but everyone had a good time.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Roger Lockwara at 16′ 3″.
Low gross for the day was Bill Bargenquast with a fine 41.
As a group we shot 27 pars and 1 birdie.
Reminders have been sent out to golfers who played in last years annual championship about this years event on October 26th and we hope to have a turnout of around 30 players. If you want to play and haven’t registered yet please let us know by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Barry at 930 8206. Watch this space for further details!
September 7th 2016
Another great golf day and twenty six players turned out to play including a couple of guests,Don Michalske and Harry Hubinger. Welcome guys and come back again soon!
Our Marshall for the month, Erland Persson kindly provided our sugar loaded snacks and efficient tee offs for all participants.
Contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 won by Don Atwater with a fine shot that finished 5′ 3″ from the pin. It took a little while to confirm the ball did belong to Don as for the first time since records have been kept in the group the ball was a pristine pure white ball with no black circumferential ring (AKA Don’s racing stripes) which is Don’s usual choice!
Low gross for the day was a couple of very nice 40’s shot by Jack Stack and Harry Hubinger. The group as a whole had 29 pars and two birdies.
Finally a reminder our annual club championship is fast approaching ( October 28th) so please remember to sign up next Monday at the lunch or e-mail Dick Brooks or Barry Brown to reserve your place.
August 31st 2016
The weather was perfect and twenty nine players turned out to play under the watchful eye of Mike Anderson filling in for Jack Stack.
The contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4. This was won by Stan Hennessy with a fine shot that finished 7′ 5″ from the pin but unfortunately he didn’t make the birdie.
As a group we carded 29 pars but no birdies. Low gross for the day was 43 shot by Barry Brown.
Don’t forget the 9 hole championship is fast approaching, do remember to sign up at the luncheon on September 12th or e-mail Dick Brooks or Barry Brown.
August 24th 2016
Twenty six players turned out to play on a nice day for golf, not too hot!
The contest for the day was a first, closest to the pin on hole #5 with the fourth shot! The rules were:
1. Birdie wins.
2. If no birdie then a par (4) wins.
3. If no par then closest to the pin wins.
Not sure where this came from but the winner was Bill Bargenquast at 5′ 03/4″. (This too is strange but then it is Bill!).
As a group we had 36 pars and low gross was Rich Knowles with a 42.
August 17th 2016
Twenty two players turned out including returning guest, Tom Anders, on a very pleasant day for golf.
The contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 won by Judd Rogstad with a shot that finished 15′ 4″ from the pin.
Low gross for the day was a tie between Jack Stack and Bill Bargenquast both shooting 41’s.
As a group we recorded 25 pars and 2 birdies.
Don’t forget we are holding our annual “Club Championship” on October 26th at DHGC so make sure you are available on that date. Sign up sheets will be available at the September luncheon and you can always e-mail Barry Brown or Dick Brooks at email@example.com.
August 10th 2016
On a perfect weather day, twenty eight players turned out including a guest (and hopefully future Branch 8 SIR member) Tom Anders, welcome to the group Tom!
The contest for the day was fewest putts which resulted in a tie between Marechal Duncan and Jack Bybee with just 15 putts over the 9 holes. Well done gentlemen.
Low score for the day was a sterling 40 shot by Dick Brooks who was showing off new grips on all his clubs. They worked Dick!
As a group we shot 25 pars and 2 birdies.
The travelling 9 hole group have an outing to Monarch Bay on August 25th. If you are interested in playing interested please contact Dick Brooks or Phil Philpot at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP as the available slots are filling up fast.
August 3rd 2016
Twenty seven players turned out to play on the first Wednesday of August and in keeping with the long tradition our Marshall for August, Jack Stack, turned up with a cornucopia of donuts which were greatly appreciated.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on Hole #7 in two shots. This was won by Judd Rogstad with an admirable distance of 2′ 2″!
As a group we shot 26 pars and 1 birdie. Low gross was a 40 shot by Barry Brown.
We also welcomed a guest player, Connor the grandson of our longtime , member Paul Hersch. Welcome Connor!
July 27th 2016
Only 15 players turned out to play, probably due to the Annual 18 hole Championship being played at the same time snagging many regulars (your writer included). But it also might have had something to do with a high temperature over 100° and no breeze making playing an endurance test!
The low score for the day was 44 shot by both Mike Anderson and Mario Moratorio, good work gentlemen in the heat!
We had 2 guests (both repeat offenders!) Ron and Nathaniel Philpot, the son and grandson respectively of our esteemed member Phil Philpot. Thanks for joining us gentlemen.
The play results for July will be posted on the web site before the end of the month, take a look and see how you and your friends performed during the month.
July 20th 2016
Only 20 players turned out to play probably due to several of our regulars being on vacation.
However it was a pleasant day to play and Ken Main shot a very commendable 39.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Bill Bargenquast at 16′ but his birdie putt slid by the hole.
As a group we recorded 30 pars and one birdie.
A new e-mail address has been created for 9 hole correspondence at email@example.com for joining in on a Wednesday or for general Branch 8 9 hole golf queries (no we don’t give golf lessons!).
July 13th 2016
Warm weather returned with a vengeance today with temperatures getting into the mid nineties by the time the last group finished. twenty two players turned out to play with low gross going to a fine round of 38 shot by Barry Brown.
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on #3 won by Rich Knowles at 12′ 9″. No word if he converted that to a birdie.
As a group we had 21 pars and one birdie a great putt by Mario Moratorio on hole #4.
For those of you who are interested the travelling nine group are organizing an outing to the Vintner’s Golf Club in Yountville on July 28th. There is only room for 12 players so get your reservation in now by e-mailing the group at firstname.lastname@example.org . We have played this course before and it is a fun course.
July 6th 2016
Twenty eight hardy golfers turned out for the first outing of July although the weather was very cool and quite windy. However our Marshall for July did bring a selection of donuts which disappeared in short order!
The contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #6 ( a par 4 for those who are not familiar with the course) won by a young sandbagger called Veronica! Her shot at slightly over 18′ was the winner.
Low gross for the day was Wally Lamboy with a 41. As a group we shot 23 pars and 2 birdies.
As we are getting more new players each week this is a good time to mention some basic rules of the 9 hole group.
1. Everyone is allowed one mulligan which can be taken anywhere at any time.
2. Balls in play can be “bumped” before each shot six inches prior to addressing the ball.
3. At the individual player’s discretion all sand traps can be regarded as “under repair” and the ball can be lifted out and placed on a suitable lie no nearer the hole without penalty. This includes traps in the fairways and around the greens but always with the proviso “no nearer the hole”. This rule is not mandatory and the player can opt to play the ball as it lies in the trap.
June 29th 2016
Twenty five people turned out to play on a brisk day not the triple digit weather of the previous couple of days.
The contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Dick Brooks with a shot that finished at 7′ 8″.
Low gross was a 41 shot by one of our players and the group as a whole shot 25 pars and 3 birdies, a good day!
We were joined by a nice young lady by the name of Veronica who is the granddaughter of one of our regular participants. We will refrain from mentioning the fact that her score for the nine holes was much better than his!(His initials are DP, but you didn’t get that from this source!). The 9 hole group wishes her all the best when she starts at the University of Arizona in the fall.
The monthly stats for June are now posted on the web site, take a look and see how you are doing for the month and the year to date.
June 22nd 2016
Twenty five players turned out on a day which was forecast to be very hot but actually turned out to be a quite comfortable.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4. For a change the pin was actually clearly visible from the tee and not blocked by the trees! Because of this several players dropped shots to within fifteen feet but the winner turned out to be Erland Persson at 11′ 4″. Another shot of note was Judd Rogstad who sank a 40 foot putt on #3 green for a birdie! way to go Judd!
Low gross score was a 38 shot by Barry Brown but Bill Bargenquast was very close with a 39. As a group we shot 1 birdie and 40 pars, quite a good day for everyone.
In July ( 18th and 27th) the 18 hole group are having the annual club championship spread over two weeks on a Monday. Unfortunately due to a scheduling problem Boundary Oak golf course has changed the date of the second week from Monday to Wednesday. I know several of our members will be playing in this tournament so please be aware of the conflict with our regularly scheduled outing on July 27th.
June 15th 2016
We had a fine turnout of 29 players, including Sam Park back after a month’s absence for vision problems. He says now he is back to normal and will be turning in some fabulous scores :).
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 by Bob Bogardus. Unfortunately his distance was not recorded but as there were no birdies amongst the group it can be assumed it wasn’t a “gimme”.
As a group we shot 27 pars but no birdies.
All the details of the DAI played on June 2nd are now posted on the web on the DAI page with additional pictures on the “Interesting Images” page.
June 8th 2016
27 players turned out on a very nice day (weatherwise) and our Marshall, Bill Bargenquast, selected “closest to the pin on hole #7, ON THE SECOND SHOT”. He must have had a premonition as the winner was…..”Bill Bargenquast” who also happened to shoot the low gross score of 41. I hope he bought a lottery ticket!
Collectively the group shot 26 pars and one birdie.
June 1st 2016
Only 22 players turned up, possibly because the forecast was for triple digit temperatures! Bill Bargenquast is the Marshall for June and in keeping with the longstanding tradition arrived with a suitable box of donuts!
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4, the pin being tucked away in the right corner behind the trees! This was won by Wally Lamboy with a shot that finished 14′ 9” from the pin an admirable effort.
The group shot 21 pars and 5 birdies with low gross being a 41 shot by Barry Brown.
Tomorrow is the 29th DAI tournament at Las Positas, full details will be reported on the website on the DAI page.
May 25th 2016
Twenty six players, including Dennis Reschke from the 18 hole group, welcome to fun golf Dennis!
We still have some walking wounded including Bob Bogardus and Dick Deyoe who cannot play but they both managed to join in the eating and drinking in the restaurant, they obviously have their priorities right!
As far as the results went it was boring with Barry Brown winning the day’s competition, closest to the pin on #3 hole, at 12′ 6″ (but a wimpy putt did not get a birdie) and he shot a 40 for low gross. As I said boring!
As a group we shot 15 pars and one birdie.
Tomorrow the travelling nine are playing Las Positas as a warm up for the DAI tournament next week so it should be interesting. Look for a report under travelling nine before betting on the DAI outcome!
May 18th 2016
Twenty three players turned out today all eager and ready to go which was fine as the tee was open and our first group left early.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 but unfortunately the tape we use for measuring went missing between the first tee and hole #4 so it wasn’t possible to determine a winner. The person in charge of the tape (who will remain nameless, we will just call him DB) swears there was no hard feelings about last week’s dispute and the writer is inclined to agree with him. However it is understood Ron Shahade made a claim for a shot 4′ from the pin (we won’t divulge what he used to make the measurement but no one imagined he would have something that big in his pocket!).
There were 21 pars and 2 birdies with low gross being a 40 shot by Barry Brown.
Remember next Thursday ( May 26) is the travelling 9 outing to Las Positas, a great way to warm up for the DAI tournament on June 2nd.
May 11th 2016
We had a good turnout of 29 players including a newbie, Leary Wong, welcome Leary and don’t be a stranger!
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #7 on the second shot. This was won by Dick Brooks with a shot finishing 17″ from the pin. Unfortunately Dick needs handwriting lessons as this was disputed by many as being seventeen feet! A ruling panel was hastily convened (in secret of course) and the decision was made to let the seventeen inches stand ( 5 judges for, 4 against).
The low gross for the day was shot by Ken Main with a fine 38. The group as a whole shot 29 pars and 2 birdies.
Phil Philpot will be sending out final notices for playing in the DAI so if you haven’t booked this is your last chance.
May 3rd 2016
Joe Maurino took over as Marshall for the month of May and did a great job in getting the 25 players out in an orderly fashion.
The contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Stan Hennessy with a shot that finished 8′ 2″ from the pin. No word on whether he converted this to a birdie.
Low gross was a 41 shot by Jack Stack and the group as a whole had 25 pars and 1 birdie.
Remember those of you who have not yet signed up for our DAI tournament on June 2nd have another chance at the luncheon on Monday May 9th. Time is running out for you procrastinators so get moving!
April 27th 2016
The threat of rain did not keep seventeen of our tenacious golfers from turning out to play and their collective bravado paid off in that the few drops of water that did descend on play was inconsequential.
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Bob Bogardus with a fine shot 7′ 7″ from the pin. Unfortunately he tarnished the shot with a 3 putt! Any one available to give putting lessons?
Jack Holzinger was also a star today shooting a fine 48, way to go Jack!
The group shot 14 pars and one birdie, low gross being a 41 shot by Barry Brown.
April 20th 2016
The day was fine and slightly overcast when 20 of our members turned out to play.
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 won by Jack Stack at 3′ 6″ which he converted into a birdie. Unfortunately for him the keeper of the prize chest, Dick Brooks, was absent but Jack was given a rain check.
The group as a whole shot 20 pars and two birdies. Both birdies were by Jack Stack, he did convert one to a birdie (see above) but had a mediocre round (for him) shooting a 46. Low gross was shot by Barry Brown with a 41.
April 13th 2016
27 players turned out on a very pleasant day and with donut holes on the first tee courtesy of our Marshall for April, Bob Sherman.
Competition for the day was fewest putts won by Paul Hersch who had only 13! As nobody asked for a recount the result stands!
We were joined by Chris McConnell the grandson of one of our stalwarts, Jack Stack. Jack put on his best game and recorded the low gross for the day with a 42.
The group as a whole had 19 pars but no birdies.
April 6th 2016
The forecast for the day was temperatures soaring to the mid nineties and it was obvious by the number of knobbly knees on show our golfers took it seriously!
Twenty eight players turned out to play under the watchful eye of April’s Marshall, Bob Sherman. Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Marechal Duncan with a shot 11′ 6″ from the pin.
The group shot 24 pars and a lone birdie.
Low gross was 43 shot by Jack Stack, Jeff Foster and Barry Brown.
March 30th 2016
26 players turned out for the last outing in March with Dick Brooks marshalling again. (Anyone getting tired of seeing him and his clipboard yet?). The contest for the day was closest to the pin with their second shot won by Jack Holzinger at 28″, a fine result. He won a sleeve of golf balls for his efforts.
The group as a whole carded just 17 pars and 2 birdies. You scribe was a putting failure with 21 putts on his way to a 45 but Darryl Sweetland came through (again!) with a low gross of 41.
Bob Sherman takes over as Marshall for April so lets all turn out and give him a big show of support!
March 23rd 2016
There was bright sunshine but the temperature was only in the fifties when we started teeing off. The cold probably accounted for the low turn out (only 19 players) plus the rather soggy conditions.Dick Brooks continued as the Marshall and did a sterling job, not one golfer was lost! Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Rich Knowles at 15′ 6″.
Low gross was a 40 shot by Darryl Sweetland and the group as a whole shot 13 pars and 1 birdie.
March 16th 2016
Sunshine ruled today and 27 happy golfers turned out to play! The course was still very wet after the heavy rains we have had the last week or so but that didn’t stop the enthusiasm.
Dick Brooks volunteered as Marshall as he has been declared “unfit to play” by his doctor (due to a knee problem he says but rumour has it the doctor watched his swing) however he did bring donuts which seemed to disappear rapidly!
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on #4 won by Stan Hennessy at 33′ which he converted into a birdie! Additionally as a group we shot 13 pars.
Low gross was a 42 shot by Darryl Sweetland .
March 9th 2016
So much for the good weather in March, today was a brief respite after some very heavy rain but the golf course was very sodden and drizzle continued. However a couple of hardy souls did turn up, new member Sam Park amongst them, but the general opinion was to drink coffee and go home! A little red sports car (couldn’t see the driver but rumour has he was quite tall) roared into the carpark and did a quick u-turn and disappeared back onto the road!
The forecast is not good for the rest of this week and the beginning of next but keep your fingers crossed and look for e-mails regarding play next week.
March 2nd 2016
Continuing good weather into the first week of March did encourage our members and 28 people turned out to play under the watchful eye of Mike Anderson our Marshall.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 won by Bob Bogardus with a distance of 17′ 1″. Low gross was 43 shot by Barry Brown.
The group had 30 pars and 1 birdie.
The DAI tournament is being organized and is scheduled for June 2nd at Las Positas Executive course in Livermore. The competition organizer and Head Honcho, Phil Philpot is arranging the play and banquet afterwards. E-mails have been sent to all 9 hole players and a signup sheet will be available at our table at the March 7th monthly luncheon. All players wishing to participate are requested to let Phil know ASAP so he can finalize the details.
February 24th 2016
24 players turned out with weather more suited to May than February!
The contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Paul Hersch with a fine shot that finished 1′ 5″ from the pin which he converted to a birdie.
Low gross was a 36 shot by Ken Main playing for only the second time this year! Great score Ken!
Phil Philpott is e-mailing everyone with the details of the DAI tournament in June at Las Positas course. We have played there before and the course and dining afterwards was excellent so please join us!
This is the last round in February and the monthly stats will be published on the stats page shortly. Take a look and see how you are doing.
February 17th 2016
The dry weather continued but definitely cooler and rain in the forecast.
Twenty five players turned out and under Glen Gilman’s guidance we were smoothly shepherded out onto the course.
The group shot 28 pars and one birdie with the low gross score of 42 being achieved by Tom Kerns and Barry Brown.
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on #4 won by Paul Hersch at 9′ 9″.
A special mention should go to Don Atwater who made many golfers much younger than himself very envious with a fine score of 44. Way to go Don!
The details for the 29th annual DIA tournament are rapidly coming together and full details and a sign up sheet will be available at the monthly luncheon on March 7th. Details will be posted on the DIA Tournament web site page as they evolve. Watch that spot!
February 10th 2016
The good weather (seventy degrees in February, I mean this isn’t the Mexican riviera!) continues and twenty five players turned out to play including a newcomer, Frank Kilaar, welcome to the group Frank!
Our Marshall chose closest to the pin, second shot as the days competition which was won by Ron Shahade at 5’6″.
Low gross was a 40 shot by Barry Brown and the group had one birdie and twenty pars.
Plans are being drawn up for our annual DAI tournament in early June possibly at Los Positas in Livermore. We had a great event there 2 years ago and this year promises to be the same. Full details will be coming out shortly.
February 3rd 2016
February brought a change of Marshall as Glenn Gilman took over for the month and in keeping with tradition brought donut treats for everyone. The weather was dry but very chilly and the 20 participants all were bundled up appropriately.
Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Mario Moratorio at 18′ 6″. Low gross was a tie at 44 between Barry Brown, Don Sanderson and Jack Stack.
The group scored 13 pars and one birdie.
Boy roll on spring and some warmer weather!
January 20th 2016
After the very heavy rain the previous day it was surprising that 13 stalwart golfers turned out to play and a handful of weenies showed up but did not stay to participate! Jack Holzinger a regular 18 hole player joined us and seemed to survive the ordeal!
In anticipation of some water logged areas yours truly brought his scuba gear but fortunately the water only came up to my knees in the worst places!
Low gross was shot by Jack Stack with a 43 and the group as a whole had 13 pars but no birdies.
The forecast for next week looks a little better so hopefully more of you will be willing to play.
January 13th 2016
Despite heavy rain in the early morning hours 10 hardy golfers turned up at DHGC (rumour has it most were on day passes from Napa Hospital) and went out to play.
We had two newbies in the group, Rick Knowles who just joined Branch 8 last Monday and Jeff Foster who is applying for membership. Welcome guys!
Because of the conditions no contest was set up but one of the newbies, Jeff Foster, fresh from Virginia, had low gross with a 45, a very commendable score given the conditions and it being the first time he had played the course.
Our players managed just 5 pars and no birdies between them.
Our schedule for 2016 is posted on the website as is a new page the “Weekly Stats Summary for 2015”. Here is listed all the players during 2015, the number of rounds played and their average score over these rounds. Congratulations to Judd Rogstad for playing the most rounds in the year, 49!
I am planning on setting up a new page on the website giving the stats for all players for the month (in arrears) and these will be compiled into an annual summary at the end of the year similar to that shown in the 2015 summary.
January 6th 2016
The first outing of the year and the heavens opened and rain came down in buckets. Just on the odd chance one of our members did not notice this precipitation I did venture out to DHGC around 8:30 am but nobody was seen anxiously pacing around on the first tee (apart from a couple of ducks!). Let’s hope next week the weather is kinder to us!
December 30th 2015
Only 14 players turned up to play on a very cold day the final round of 2015. Competition for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 which nobody managed to win! Rumour has it the closest ball to the green was somewhere in St Johns Church but as the ball in question was apparently being blessed this could not be be confirmed! Low gross was carded by Ron Shahade with a fine 41 given the conditions. Just 14 pars were recorded and no birdies. With the forecasted “El Nino” weather phenomenon coming in the new year our golfing activities may be in jeopardy but I am sure everyone will have a great New Year and we’ll see everyone in 2016!
December 23rd 2015
Again just 19 players turned out on a chilly day (but it wasn’t raining!). Competition for the day was closest to the pin on #4 won by the dark horse Ron Shahade at 14′ 4″. It wasn’t recorded if he sank the birdie but knowing Ron he probably did (he’s sneaky that way!).
Low gross was a tie at 42 between Jack Stack and Barry Brown.
Collectively the group shot 22 pars and 2 birdies.
Next week is the last round of the year so lets have a big turn out!
Remember we still have a few spots open for Marshall’s next year, please don’t be shy about volunteering!
December 16th 2015
A cold but sunny day greeted the 19 players who braved the chill to play. The contest was closest to the pin on hole #3 won by Bob Bogardus at 40′!
The group had no birdies and just 12 pars.
Low gross was shot by Bill Bargenquast with a 43. Yours truly who shot a 38 last week struggled and in fact only hit two good balls all day and that was when I stepped on a rake! (Ouch!)
December 9th 2015
21 players turned out to play with the contest being closest to the pin on #4. This was won by Jack Stack who finished 15′ from the pin but didn’t convert that into a birdie.
The group shot 22 pars and one birdie and low gross was shot by Barry Brown with a 38.
December 2nd 2015
Another fine and sunny day with 22 players turning out. Our Marshall for the month, Erland Persson, brought a box of donut holes which were attacked by the players like vultures on a carcass!
The competition was closest to the pin on #3 hole deservedly won by our Marshall with a shot to 4′ 10” which he converted into a birdie! Well done Erland!
Low gross was shot by Bill Bargenquast with a fine 41.
The group as a whole had 25 pars and 2 birdies.
November 25th 2015
The day before Thanksgiving sixteen hardy players turned out on a cold but sunny day.
The contest for the day was closest to the pin on #4 won by Ron Shahade.
Low gross was a 41 by Jack Bybee and the group shot 21 pars and 1 birdie.
November 18th 2015
Twenty five players turned out to play in the traditional turkey shoot sponsored by our fearless Marshall Dick Brooks. He designated closest to the pin on #4 as the prize hole and Jack Bybee won with a shot that finished 11’8″ from the pin, beating out Joe D’Angelo by 3″!
Otherwise it was an uneventful day, with 23 pars being carded but no birdies.
November 11th 2015
26 players turned out to play on another chilly day (for California). There was some muttering heard from a member whose name we will not divulge but whose initials are BB (and not this BB the other one) about moving back to Wisconsin where the weather is warmer but everyone knows the four seasons in Wisconsin are snowy, construction, humid and rainy!
Dick Brooks, our Marshall, decided on a best ball scramble as the competition of the day where everyone hits a drive and then playing the best ball into the hole. There was also a closest to the pin on hole #3.
The winning team was Barry Brown, Stan Johnson, Hans Pable and Phil Philpot who turned in a card at even par for the round with 2 birdies which gave them the victory.
Closest to the pin was won by Stan johnson with a distance that could not be measured with our 25′ tape but it was still in Contra Costa County!
Next week we will be having our annual Turkey Shoot so turn up and try to win the bird!
Finally we still need people to Marshall next year. If you can help please send an e-mail with when you are available to Barry Brown or Dick Brooks, it will be greatly appreciated.
November 5th 2015
Today was Guy Fawkes Night (aka Bonfire Night) and 26 players turned out to play for a rather cool start. For those of you who don’t know who Guy Fawkes was his day is celebrated in England by burning his effigy and setting off fireworks (very civilized) , check your encyclopedia for further gory details!
Our Marshall had decided on a “3 club Montie” tournament where the players chose 3 clubs to play with and a putter was a mandatory extra. (Total 4 clubs).
Bill Bargenquast came home a winner with a very good score of 44. He declined to share his club selection with the writer!
The other competition was closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Judd Rogstad with a shot that finished 7′ 9″ from the pin.
All told the group shot 32 pars and one birdie.
October 28th 2015
Today was our annual tournament for individuals and teams. The results are published here on the website under 9 hole golf, Annual Tournaments. Also take a look at our “Interesting Images” page!
October 21st 2015
Twenty two players turned out on a beautiful sunny day helped by a supply of sliced cake brought by the Marshall for the day, Mike Anderson.
Our competition for the day was closest to the pin on #4 won by Jack Bybee at 9′ 3′. Unfortunately his birdie attempt slid by the hole.
As a group we had 22 pars and one birdie. Low gross for the day was 43 by Barry Brown.
Next week we have our annual tournament. Twenty eight players have signed up and we should have a great day. See you all then!
October 14th 2015
Twenty players turned out to play in a competition organized by our Marshall, Dick Brooks, called “3 little pigs”. The origin of the name is rather obscure but the idea is to throw out the two highest scores on your card and the player with the lowest gross for the remaining 7 holes is the winner!
The winner was Bill Bargenquast with a 28 who also coincidentally had low gross with a 40.
We also had closest to the pin on hole #4 won by Joe D’angelo with a shot that finished 7′ 11” from the pin.
Entries to the Annual Tournament closed today, teams and handicaps will be released next Wednesday, October 21st. and all contestants will be notified.
October 7th 2015
Twenty six players turned out with Dick Brooks and Bill Bargenquast filling in as Marshall for the day.
The test for the day was again closest to the pin on #4 won by Rich Deyoe with 7′ 3″. Fine shot Rich!
As a group we had 33 pars but no birdies.
Low gross was shot by Jack Bybee with an excellent 41. I can attest to his putting which was awesome!
Remember the annual tournament is on October 28th and last chance to sign up is the lunch next Monday, October 12th. We already have 30 participants so it is shaping up to be another great competition!
September 30th 2015
Twenty players turned out on a cloudy day which much to our surprise turned into a light shower for a few holes!
Our Marshall Bill Bargenquast chose closest to the pin on #4 as the days competition which was a prophetic choice on his part as he won with a shot just over eight feet from the pin!
As a group we shot 23 pars and 2 birdies. However a couple of players did themselves proud, Judd Rogstad parred hole #8 for the first time and Rich DeYoe shot ten shots below his previous average with a 43!
Low gross went to your scribe with a 39.
September 23rd 2015
Twenty four players turned out to play and our Marshall, Bill Bargenquast, chose “fewest putts” as the days contest. Despite taking a three putt on the ninth hole Rod Spicer still claimed the prize with a mere 14 putts, good show Rod!
The group as whole shot 20 pars and one birdie with low gross going to jack Stack with a fine 37.
September 16th 2015
Another low turnout, only 22 players decided to play despite cool and dry conditions. We thought that “screw-up” day for the year was last week but today we had a duplicate as the tape for measuring the contest went missing between the first tee and the seventh green where the measurement was needed! The competition was closest to the pin on the second shot which was won by the only player who still remembered the boy scout system of using the distance between wrist and finger tip for measuring and recorded a 14″ result.
Low gross was a 40 shot by the same boy scout and the group carded 18 pars but no birdies.
Plans are being drawn up for our annual group championship for 4 man teams and individual low gross and low net. If you haven’t signed up yet see the Marshall at the next outing. Final day for signing up will be the monthly luncheon on October 12th, teams will be announced shortly thereafter.
September 9th 2015
Today was declared 9 hole screw up day by our esteemed statistical guru Dick Brooks. Whether that was due to confusion about the contest for the day (it had to be cancelled due to s***w ups) or just the way most of us played is a mystery!
Only 20 players turned up possibly due to the forecast of triple digit temperatures or because of a conflict with a fermented grape juice event but the results were dismal, only 16 pars and one birdie.
The bright note was the birdie was scored by Glen Gilman his first birdie ever! Congratulations Glen, now for many more!
Low gross was shot by our marshal Bill Bargenquast with a 41.
September 2nd 2015
Bill Bargenquast took over as Marshall for the month of September, thanks Bill! He arrived with the prerequisite donut snacks which were appreciated.
Thirty golfers turned out to play and between them managed 19 pars but no birdies.
The contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #4 which was won by Roger Lockwara. That’s two weeks in a row for Roger, nice going. Unfortunately for him he is having surgery on his knee next week and will be out of action for a few weeks. Get well soon Roger!
Low gross was a 43 shot by Jack Stack.
August 26th 2015
28 players turned out on a day which turned out to be extremely hot! Marshall Bill Cooke quickly got the foursomes moving and despite a relatively crowded course play proceeded smoothly.
Contest for the day was closest to the pin on hole #3 which was won by Roger Lockwara.
Low gross for the day was 41. 25 pars but no birdies were recorded for the group.
August 19th 2015
Twenty four players turned out on a very nice day.
The contest was closest to the pin on #4 won by Bob Sherman with a shot that landed 8′ 4″ from the pin and which he converted to a birdie! Congratulations Bob!
Low gross was shot by Jack Stack with a 42.
As a group we shot 27 pars and 2 birdies.
August 12th 2015
Our Marshall, Bill Cooke, organized the play today as a “four club event” where our players could choose just four clubs from the contents of their bags and had to play the entire round with them. The contest was low net score based on the players 9 hole handicap as calculated by our mathematician Dick Brooks.
Twenty seven players player participated with Fred Nelson shooting a gross 41! Taking handicaps into consideration the low net was won by Fred (surprise!) with a 33, second was Tom Kerns with a 34 and a tie for third with 35’s for Mario Moratorio and Ron Shahade.
The players contributed $5 to a prize fund which was divided between the top three scores.
27 pars and one birdie were recorded.
August 5th 2015
29 players turned out it would have been 30 but one of our regulars, who to save him embarrassment will not be named, was incapacitated by a fierce man eating chihuahua and had an injured finger! Fortunately he doesn’t have a Yorkshire terrier living close to home or he would have been in real trouble!
The weather was very cooperative and our Marshall for August, Bill Cooke, came with a bag of donut holes for everyone to eat.
Contest for the day was closest to the pin on #3 won by Dennis Fitzpatrick at 23′ 2″ which he did not convert into a birdie.
The group as a whole carded 38 pars and 3 birdies. Low gross was Jack Stack with a fine 39.
July 29th 2015
The weather forecast was for record temperatures and as the players began arriving there was a lot of speculation around who would chicken out because of the weather!
However twenty seven players turned out to play carding 22 pars and just one birdie between them.
The contest for the day was CTP on hole #4 won by Phil Philpot with a fine shot landing just 7′ 6″ from the cup. Unfortunately he lipped the birdie putt but his team mate, Barry Brown did mange to sink his 10′ shot for the days only birdie.
Low gross of 42 was carded by Jack Stack.
Phil Philpot and Dick Brooks have come up with a great idea for a new 9 hole group tentatively called ” The travelling 9 hole group”. The idea being to play at least once a month at a 9 hole course within a reasonable distance (probably no more than 60 minutes drive) using carpooling were possible. There are many courses available and Phil and Dick are busy compiling a list of possible venues. Stay tuned for further details or talk to Phil and Dick next week.
July 22nd 2015
After the very humid weather we had at the beginning of the week it was quite a surprise to arrive at DHGC and find the temperature at least 30 degrees cooler ( 65 vs 95) and very breezy. However our tough and hardy members shrugged this off (except for one unnamed member who wanted his mommy to bring him a sweater) and played sterling golf.
The contest for the day was CTP on hole #3 won by Marechal Duncan at 16″ 5″ but he failed to make the birdie.
The shot of the day was Phil Philpot who hit a beautiful high tee shot on hole #4 which finished just 10 inches from the cup! He made the birdie but was so close to an ace I could taste the drinks in the club house!
23 people turned out to play and carded 30 pars and 2 birdies. Low gross was 41 shot by Barry Brown.
July 15th 2015
Barry Brown was back in the proverbial saddle as Marshall and managed to get 30 players out in a reasonably orderly fashion!
Ken Main came out to join us and proceeded to shoot a 38! However he was joined at that by Jack Stack and Barry Brown.
The competition for the day was closest to the pin on the SECOND shot on #7 but no winner was declared as no one claimed the prize!
The group had 20 pars and just one birdie.
July 8th 2015
Barry Brown could not perform as Marshall and Dennis Fitzpatrick kindly stepped in and did a sterling job as substitute.
29 players turned out and the competition of the day was closest to the pin on #4 won by Phil Philpot who unfortunately did not convert the 20 foot putt into a birdie.
The group had 23 pars and a very good 6 birdies. Low gross was Dick Hall with a 41.
July 1st 2015
A scorcher of a day started the first start of July with triple digit temperatures forecasted. Our Marshall was Barry Brown and he came with the appropriate supply of donuts for the players. Maybe it was the hot weather that kept players away from the course, although we like to think it was several members on vacation, but only 23 turned out to play.
There was a shortage of non- SIRS golfers as well and we got the first foursome away well before 9 am and the last group finished before noon.
The contest for the day was closest to the pin on Hole #4 won by Jack Stack at 6′ 10″ which he converted into a birdie! The group as a whole had 21 pars and Jacks’ lone birdie.
Low gross was a 37 by Barry Brown which was given to him because it was his birthday, next week the group will not be so kind!
It should also be mentioned that Joe D’Angelo one of our frequent players had a HOLE IN ONE!! Playing in a tournament with our 18 hole group on June 29th Joe sank his tee-shot on the second hole! I am sure more details will be posted on the 18 hole web page but let’s all give Joe a big “attaboy” for this achievement. Way to go Joe!
June 24th 2015
Another wonderful day for golf and 33 enthusiastic players turned out, including first timer Buddy May from the 18 hole group. Welcome Buddy, don’t be a stranger!
Mike Anderson was our Marshall and he arrived with chocolate chip cookies! Judging by the crowd gathered around the box they were appreciated.
The competition for the day was “longest drive” on hole #2 won by Phil Philpot with a sterling effort that nearly reached the fairway sand traps.
Low gross for the day was Erland Persson with a 43.
The group collectively scored 33 pars and 2 birdies.
June 17th 2015
A beautiful spring day saw 27 players turn out to play under the leadership of Mike Anderson who surprised (and pleased) everyone by bringing a box of cookies!
As the closest to the pin marker had gone AWOL he decided to have fewest putts as the competition which was turned out to be a tie between Wally Freeman and Don Allen at fifteen putts. They each received a sleeve of balls as a prize.
The group had 28 pars and 1 birdie.
Low gross score was 43 by Barry Brown (sigh).
June 10th 2015
June in California is usually a time of sunshine and light breezes but this day dawned overcast and gloomy. Several people turned up thinking about playing but only thirteen hardy souls actually ventured onto the course. Mike Anderson was the Marshall and did everyone who did attend proud with a fine selection of donuts.
With so few players the usual contest was cancelled and everyone just played their best game. By the time the first group reached the fourth hole the rain had begun in earnest and a steady stream followed us for the rest of the round. Fortunately there was plenty of ways to get dry and warm in the restaurant afterwards and everyone took advantage of this! Hopefully next week we will have more seasonal weather!
June 3rd 2015
Despite several regular players taking off for the DAI tomorrow we had a respectable turn out of 26 players. Glenn Gilman substituted for Mike Anderson who was one of the “DAI early birds” and did a fine job. We had closest to the pin on hole #4 which was won with a shot 3’9″ by a no-show at the restaurant afterwards thereby fore fitting his chance to select from the goodie box!
The group shot 17 pars and a remarkable 5 birdies. Low gross was, well you know who, with a 38.
Tomorrow is the DAI tournament at Northwood, a full report will be posted on the DAI webpage and hopefully some photographs.
May 27th 2015
29 players turned out, including 2 guests Stan Hennessy and Don Machalski, welcome guys!
Dennis Fitzpatrick our Marshall chose closest to the pin on #3 as the contest of the day which was won with a shot that finished 30″ away and resulted in a birdie for Bob Jones.
The group as a whole carded 22 pars to go with the lone birdie. Low gross was a 40 shot by Barry Brown.
May 20th 2015
24 players braved a chilly morning which also was rather windy. The forecast was not very encouraging and it proved to be true as the temperature never improved enough to shed the windbreakers!
We had two new members join us, Ray DeWitt and Ron Brown. I hope they enjoyed playing with this fine group of golfers!
Dennis Fitzpatrick chose hole #7 as closest to the pin and this was won by our new comer from last week Ron Deyoe with a shot that finished 25’3″from the pin. No birdie but a very close putt that was a “gimme” for a par.
The group had 20 pars and 2 birdies. Low gross was a 41 shot by Barry Brown.
Our DIA tournament scheduled for June 4th at the Northwood Golf Club on the Russian River is just about finalized with close to 40+ players and wives. The full details will be posted on the website shortly and Chairman Philpot will be sending out full details to everyone.
May 13th 2015
A rather gloomy day and just 19 golfers turned out to play. The competition was closest to the pin on #4 which was won by Erland Persson with 20′ 4″ (no birdie).
We were joined by a new Branch 8 member Ron DeYoe, welcome to the 9 hole group!
Low gross was a 40 shot by Barry Brown. The group shot 21 pars and 1 birdie.
May 6th 2015
Dennis Fitzpatrick assumed the duties of Marshall for the month of May and did the group proud with a big box of donut holes!
29 players turned out to play scoring 28 pars and 3 birdies between them.
Dennis chose closest to the pin on hole #3 as the contest and this was won by Jack Bybee at 12′ 2″. Unfortunately he did not convert this into a birdie.
Low gross was Jack Stack with another 39.
April 29th 2015
28 players turned out to play and Joe Angelo chose “closest to the pin with the second shot” as the days competition which was won by Mike Anderson who hit a great second shot to within 4′ 5″ of the pin!
Jack Stack was the low gross shooter with a very nice 39.
As a group we shot 28 pars and 5 birdies!
Next month Dennis Fitzpatrick is our Marshall so be nice to him!
April 22nd 2015
The highest turnout of the year, 36 players including a guest from branch 146, Bob Bogardus, enjoyed great weather. Joe Angelo was Marshall and in a very nice gesture brought a large box of doughnut holes for the crowd. Needless to say these disappeared fast!
The course is in good shape right now and Larry Lange took advantage of the conditions to birdie holes 4 and 7 for a low gross score of 38. The competition
was closest to the pin on #3 won by Bill Cooke at 8″ 5″. The group carded 34 pars and 3 birdies including the pair by Larry.
April 15th 2015
It was a beautiful day, warm but not too hot and 32 players turned out including a couple of newbies, welcome guys!
Joe D’Angelo selected hole # 4 as closest to the pin which was cut to the far right of the green, almost invisible from the tee! However that didn’t stop Jack Schweitzer from putting a shot 6 feet from it and winning his pick from the prize bucket.Low gross was shot by Joe himself with a very nice 39.The group as a whole shot 2 birdies and 36 pars.
Just a reminder we still have room for volunteers to fill the Marshall’s position for September and the first couple of weeks of October so don’t be shy.
The DAI tournament details are just about finalized so make sure you get your check to Phil Philpot if you haven’t already.
April 8th 2015
It was a cold start after the couple of days of stormy weather but 18 hardy souls turned out to play.
Dick Brooks substituted for Joe D’Angelo as Marshall and did an outstanding job of getting everyone onto the course with no delays.
The contest was closest to the pin on #4 which was won by Don Cvietusa at 41″. (Don only does inches and metric, feet, unless attached to legs, do not exist for him) :). Unfortunately he did not make the birdie. Low gross was shot by Barry Brown with a 41.
The group shot a total of 17 pars and just one birdie.
Phil and Dick did make the trip to Northwood and have arranged for a buffet lunch to be available prior to the DAI tournament. Remember bookings and payments for this are closing on May 11th and sign up sheets will be available at the April luncheon. See Phil Philpot for all the details.
April 1st 2015
April Fool’s day was a great day for golf and 30 golfers turned out to enjoy perfect playing weather.
Joe D’Angelo did us proud with a huge box of donuts ( after play he was seen wandering around the car-park with the box under his arm presumably with leftovers) but everyone seemed happy to have “sugar shock”!
Hole #3 was selected for the “closest to the pin “contest which was won by Judd Rogstad at 5’ 9”. He missed the birdie putt.
Low gross was carded by Larry Lange with a 36! We obviously have another sandbagger rising to the top, watch him at the next tournament
Collectively the group carded 37 pars and 4 birdies.
Phil Philpot and Dick Brooks are taking a trip to Northwood in the very near future to check out the dining setup at the golf course for the DAI tournament in June and details will be provided shortly.
March 25th 2015
29 players turned out on a nice spring day. Our Marshall for the day (and all month which is greatly appreciated), Glenn Gilman, decided on closest to the pin with the second shot on hole#7. As this is a par 3 but usually with few people hitting the green this was an interesting choice. Equally interesting was the winner, Darryl Sweetland, Little SIR and staunch member of the 18 hole group who posted a distance of 121/2″!! Great going Darrell.
Low gross of 42 was posted by Mario Moratorio.
March 18th 2015
25 players participated on a day when most of our retired Chevron people missed the play to attend a free lunch. The general opinion of the stalwarts who did turn up to play was that Chevron must put on one helluva meal (plus lots of drinks) to entice our regular golfers to miss playing!
Our Marshall, Glenn Gilman, chose the foursome with the lowest total putts as the competition. I can only guess that nobody wanted to take the honor as the winning foursome of Phil Philpot, Stan Johnson, Paul Hersch and Barry Brown carded a total of 69 putts to win! That’s nearly 18 each, two putts a hole, gee small boys wearing blindfolds using hockey sticks could beat that! I heard a rumor that the gentleman with the white stick who walks his dog near the course has graciously offered putting lessons to everyone who played today and the course management would like to remind everyone they have a fine selection of first class putting instruments for sale in the pro shop!
Low gross was carded by Larry Lange with another fine round of 39.
March 11th 2015
Despite the threat of rain 16 players attended for what was a great day for golf,very pleasant temperature and little wind. Glenn Gilman had the groups moving out at a good clip (I was in the second foursome and we completed play in just under 2 hours).
The contest was closest to the pin on #4 which was won by Bob McIvor at 14″3″ which he converted into a par. Low gross was Larry Lange with a fine 38.
Details of the DAI tournament in June are coming together rapidly and a good turnout is forecast. Check with the DAI web page frequently for all the details and don’t forget to sign up yourself and non-playing guest (if applicable) with the chairman Phil Philpot (e-mail email@example.com or phone 937-2260).
March 4th 2015
Another great spring day and 27 enthusiastic golfers turned out. Glenn Gilman was our Marshall and he came with a great selection of donuts! Low gross was a tie between Bill Cooke and Joe Angelo who shot 40’s.
Glenn selected closest to the pin on # 3 which was won by Don Atwater who hit a superb shot to 22″ from the pin and he made the birdie! On a side note all the players in Don’s foursome hit the green and this resulted in three pars and Dons birdie.
There was a total of 38 pars and 3 birdies among the players.
There has been little comment about the rule of “free drop from bunkers no nearer the hole without penalty” so we will continue with this until the traps are blessed with new “bunker” sand!
February 25th 2015
Just another lousy day in paradise and 28 players turned out in sunny but cool weather.
Today’s competition was closest to the pin on #3 and by some miracle the lead foursome did remember to leave the sheet and tape there! Dick Hall was closest at 3″ 2″ but missed the birdie putt. Dick also tied for low gross with Don Allen who both shot a 43.
The group shot 25 pars and 5 birdies the most so far this year.
Note: The weekly scores and averages for all players through the end of February has been posted on the “Weekly Stats” page.
February 18th 2015
24 players were in attendance for a gloomy start which quickly turned to sunshine.
Today’s competition was closest to the pin on hole #3 but due to a memory lapse by the lead foursome the sheet and measuring tape was left on hole #4! Dave Perkins was declared the winner with a shot that was 278 yards, 3 feet 7 inches from the 3rd hole. He missed the birdie putt
Low gross was shared by Don Allen, Bill Cooke and Barry Brown with 45’s.
The group shot a total of 25 pars and one birdie.
February 11th 2015
Despite a bright sunny day only 19 players turned out to play. Marshall Phil Philpot designated fewest putts as the competition for the day and it turned out to be a three way tie between Fred Nelson, Rod Spicer and Judd Rogstad who all had 16 putts.
The group as a whole carded 17 pars and one birdie.
Low gross scorer was someone the writer is ignoring for the balance of the month “A Nony Mouse”! See everyone next week.
February 4th 2015
23 enthusiastic players turned out on a very cold and foggy day the good spirits helped by Marshall Phil Philpot’s cheerful disposition and his free donuts! The group shot 30 pars and 2 birdies including Dick Hall on hole #3 where he claimed closest to the pin.
Low gross was again Barry Brown who, aided by a red hot putter (only 13 putts) shot a 39. Your writer is seriously thinking of ignoring his scores from now on he has had enough publicity for this quarter!
The Marshall volunteers are just about complete for the year, just a couple of weeks open. Please take a look at the schedule and see if you could help on any of the open dates
I have also set up another page for this group called “Interesting Images” so if you catch a picture of one of the group doing something interesting ( taking a leak behind a tree doesn’t count) send it in for publication.
JANUARY 28th 2015
We had five foursomes and a five-some for a total of 25 players.
Don Allen was closest to the pin on hole #4 at 2′ 5″ and made his birdie. Dave Perkins made his first appearance after recovering from his arm injury and shot a respectable 50 with 2 pars. There was a total of 36 pars and 7 birdies carded.
However the best round of the day (and a personal best at DHGC) was carded by Barry Brown with a 36! He ran off 5 consecutive pars on the first 5 holes and then shot 2 over for the final four holes. Maybe Jack will have some competition!
JANUARY 21st 2015
21 players turned out on a very foggy day. Fred Nelson carded a very respectable 40 and Mike Anderson won closest to the pin on #4 at 18′ 10″.
The group managed 24 pars but no birdies. Don Atwater submitted a picture of the foggy view of the second tee with an unidentified old man either teeing up his ball or about to keel over, it’s hard to say!
On another note we have been discussing dropping the ball out of the sand traps due to their unplayable properties. There has been a reaction from several players so it has been decided that we will try this rule for a month and then have a discussion as to whether or not to adopt this rule permanently or until the sand is upgraded. Everyone should try this with an open mind and be ready to give an opinion at the end of February. Of course if you feel that you want to play from the bunkers regardless of the condition please go ahead.
JANUARY 14th 2015
Another foggy day but 23 enthusiastic players turned out for a “3 club Monty” a tournament put together by Dick Brooks. Players were allowed to have three clubs plus a putter for the round. Not surprisingly there were some interesting scores and shots but at the end three players, Joe D’Angelo, Larry Lange and Barry Brown all carded 42’s. There are now surplus clubs for sale by all three players!
As a group there was 25 pars but no birdies.
Hole #4 was selected for closest to the pin and this was achieved by Larry Lange (a rival for Jack Schweitzer perhaps?) at 13′ 5″.
JANUARY 5th 2015
For the first outing of the year 22 players turned out on a chilly but dry day. Dick Brooks was the Marshall for January and he brought an ample supply of donuts plus he designated today’s competition as closest to the hole on #4.
Players carded just 1 birdie and 38 pars, other scores were ignored!
Low gross for the day was Jack Stack with a 40 and Jack (“sandbagger”) Schweitzer was closest to the pin at 12′ 5″.
Last Update 03.06.19 BarryB