Jim Wegman, Publicity
We are now in the second half of the year, and our modified rules are still in effect. The cups are blocked, bunkers are unraked, and distances between golfers are being maintained on the tees and greens. On the plus side, we are fielding 35 or more members every Thursday, and that is unusual for this time of the year. The grass is adequate in the rough, and we have a pretty good turf base to play from. The grounds crew, under the direction of Superintendent Ross Buckendahl, is keeping the greens smooth and the modified cups well-trimmed.
Winners: 7/2/20 Low Net by Tee Palms. This is the first time this game has been played in the Niners; White Tee Winners: 1st John Schuler; 2nd (tie) Jim Johnson, Tom Bleier; 4th Peter Gerdik; 5th (3-way tie) Bill Pender, Jerry Richards, Gary Nessel; 8th (tie) Mark Nilsen, Bob Pender; Gold Tee Winners: 1st Bruce Henderson; 2nd Bob Deken; 3rd Bill Lacey; 4th (3-way tie) Paul Bopko, Jim Deleo, Renny Vowell; 7th (5-way tie) Lee Boudreaux, John Gaudioso, Jordy Primack, Lloyd Schaeffer, Tom Thibodeau; Silver Tee Winners: 1st Bill Whitely; 2nd Mike Stewart; 3rd Jim Theobald; 4th Larry Schuller
7/9/20 Lone Ranger Sonoran. This is the first time this game has been played in the Niners. 1st Jerry Richards, Lynn Thompson, Paul Bopko, Luther Murray; 2nd Lee Boudreaux, Bill Whitely, Bruce Vantine, Mike Stewart; 3rd Jim Janowski, Bob Hiller, Renny Vowell, Peter Gerdik; 4th Bill Pender, Jordy Primack, Bob Deken, Tom Thibodeau; 5th (tie) Bob Pender, Jim Deleo, John Gaudioso, Jim Wegman and Lloyd Schaeffer, Larry Swanson, Gary Nessel
7/16/20 Best Balls 1 Gross 1 Net Lakes
A Tale of Two Balls. A funny thing happened on the way to the green. Two golfers found their balls in the fairway only a few feet apart. And as they checked the balls for ownership, they could not decide which ball belonged to which golfer. The problem was both balls were white, although they were found to be two different brands of ball. The discussion continued and centered on any special markings on the balls. Neither ball was uniquely marked, and neither golfer could recall the brand of ball they were playing. Finally, one golfer recalled that he had some balls of a certain brand in his cart, and one of those balls matched one of the balls on the ground. The golfer decided that this ball was his, and play resumed. The entire discussion and the time wasted could have been avoided with one simple step. Golfers should put a unique and identifying mark on their ball and note the brand and number printed on the ball they are playing.