May 8th 2019
The morning started out a bit overcast but by 10:00 AM the sun had come out and it turned into a beautiful morning for the nineteen golfers who came out to play. The competition event for the day was closest to the pin on the 4th hole (called by Bob Jones who was substituting for Dave Perkins who had called in sick) which was won by Ron Shahade with a nice 4’ 11” but …. to his chagrin he missed the birdie putt !! As a group we had 25 pars and 3 birdies and low score for the day was “41” which was shot by Rich Knowles and Frank Kilarr; nice round guys.
May 1st 2019
Fourteen golfers (including one guest….Derek Southern) turned out to play. The competition for the day was closest to the pin on the second shot on the 7th hole as established by our starter Dave Perkins. However, it seems the team of Phil Philpot., Dick Hixson, Roger Lakwara and Frank Kilarr who were tasked with leaving the tape measure and score sheet at the 7th hole were so engrossed in ????? that they forgot to leave the tape and recording note pad at the hole….net, net no competition for the day event this week; how many golfers does it take to remember ……… As a group we had 13 pars and 1 birdie and low score for the day was a second lowest of the year 39 shot Dick Hixson.
April 24th 2019
Another glorious morning at Diablo Hill Golf Course and twelve players turned out for the last round of April. Low score for the day was a 42 shot by Mike Frey and the group as a whole had 12 pars and 2 birdies. Rich Knowles won Closest to the Pin event with a nice 8’ 6” which he did convert to a Birdie. Marshal Bob Sherman is off the hook…he organized the Closest to the Pin Event so he will not have to serve as Marshal next month.
April 17th 2019
Fourteen golfers turned out for the a beautiful morning of golf at Diablo Hills Golf Course. Low score for the day was a nice 40 shot by Tom Kearns and the group as a whole had 18 pars and no birdies. Dave Perkins won Closest to the Pin event with a 15’ 4” distance and he did not sink the putt for a Birdie.
April 10th 2019
A hearty group of thirteen SIR member golfers and one guest golfer turned out for the a glorious morning of golf at Diablo Hills Golf Course. Low score for the day was a super 38 (including 6 pars) shot by Rich Knowles and the group as a whole had 21 pars and no birdies. No special event organized by Marshal Bob Sherman….guess he got preoccupied and forgot to mention it to the first tee group…oh well, guess he will have to serve a Marshal again next month!!!
April 3rd 2019
Finally, the rain has let up; albeit the course in still a bit soggy in spots!!! A twelve SIR member golfers turned out for the a wonderful morning of golf at Diablo Hills Golf Course. Low score for the day was 43 (including 4 pars) shot by Mike Frey and the group as a whole had 13 pars and no birdies. Ray DeWit won Closest to the Pin event with a 9’ 7” distance and Ray did not make the putt for a Birdie.
This month’s play was cancelled due to the weather. A few hearty players did make in out on a couple of Weds. for “practice rounds”. Let’s hope for better weather in April.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.