Niners results May 2016

Jim Wegman, Publicity

The heat is on, so hydrate before, during and after a round. Wet wash cloths and small cold packs will take the heat off and make for a more comfortable round of golf. Don’t neglect the bug spray, especially in the early morning hours on the course. Sun block is an absolute must here in Arizona. Apply and repeat as necessary.


5/05. Par 3-4-5 Palms – 1st Bill Lacey, Patrick O’Connell, Dave Mork and Tom Thibodeau, 2nd Ron Betti, Tom Traver, Bill Bartoo and Bob Melhuish, 3rd Jerry Richards, Jerry Vickery, Jim Theobald and Rich Funk; Closest-to-the-Pin Honors: No. 7 Tom Traver

5/12. Low Net Sonoran – Flight A: 1st Jerry Vickery, 2nd (tie) Ed Allen, Bob Hiller, Dave Mork and Lloyd Schaefer; Flight B: 1st Tom Thibodeau, 2nd Bill Becker, 3rd Bob Melhuish; Closest-to-the-Pin Honors: No. 6 Jerry Vickery, No. 8 Bob Melhuish

5/19. Cha-Cha-Cha Lakes – 1st Lloyd Schaeffer, Jim Janowski, Bill Whitely and Doug Baker, 2nd Bob Hiller, Dennis Manz, Bob Deken and Bill Bartoo, 3rd Ron Betti, Marvin Carmickle, Joe Sigillo and Michael Stewart; Closest-to-the-Pin Honors: No. 2 Jim Wegman, No. 6 Michael Goodyear

5/26. Skins Palms – Team 1: Bruce McCorkle 2, Jerry Vickery 2, Lloyd Schaeffer 2; Team 2: Ron Betti 2; Team 3: Patrick O’Connell 3; Team 4: Marvin Carmickle 2, Dave Peters 2, Bill Lacey 2; Team 5: Mark Moberg 3; Team 6: Jack Cook 2, Bob Deken 2; Team 7: Bill Whitely 3; Team 8: Jim Theobald 4; Team 9: Len Dolins 3; Team 10: Gordon Graham 4; Closest-to-the-Pin Honors: No. 4 Mike Stewart, No. 7 Larry Stadler

Pace of play affects all the golfers on the course in one way or another. Recently we had a couple of weeks where times for nine holes were just short of three hours. Pace of play is the primary complaint by golfers; amateurs and professionals. The captains must work with the golfers to ensure proper pace of play. The league instituted modified rules in 2015 to try to reduce playing time by changing those rules that players cited as “too time consuming.” The frustration felt by golfers during the slow play on May 12 may have led to a series of potentially dangerous, situations involving golfers hitting into the group in front of theirs. Near misses are lucky but don’t count on near misses.

The golfer who strikes a ball and causes injury to another golfer is responsible for his actions. Play “Ready Golf,” but do so safely. If there is a possibility of a ball coming down near another golfer, the ball striker has a responsibility to warn those in front by shouting “Fore” loudly.

The generally accepted rule here at the IronOaks course is that a golfer should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time for a shotgun or a tee time. Late arriving golfers cause confusion, delay start times and show a disregard for their fellow golfers. Do not be a minute man and arrive as the group is leaving.