The first Tuesday Night Pick-Up Game was a flighted kompetition with the Single Elimination format. Two divisions of Keepers, the American League (handicap indexes of 14 or less) and the National League (handicap indexes of 14.1 or more), competed for Keepers Kup Points and Kash Sweeps in today’s 9-hole event. Double the money….double the fun!
The format called for playing without a full and diminishing deck. Each Keeper started out with only 10 clubs and eliminated another club on each tee box. By the fourth hole they were down to 7 clubs, by the ninth just 2! The results of this competition once again proves that the 14-club limit is totally without meaning in that the range of net scores of the 20 guys playing were only 4 apart. It also proved that the difference in handicaps does not give members of the higher or lower handicap group any advantage-in fact the Nationals would have beat the Americans if this was a typical blended competition. The next time someone says they don’t have a chance in one of our competitions because their handicap is too high I will forward them this posting.
The approach the players took to “figuring out what to eliminate” on each hole was varied. Some flew by the seat of their pants, some used ouija boards, and a few, came with supporting reference material. Tom Burne had what looked like a regression analysis white paper of a combination of hole lengths, average club distances, wind conditions, and barometric pressures to help in the task. Apparently that was effective as you will see below.
By the time guys reached the 7th green they were hitting PW’s from 190 (maybe twice), knockdown hybrids from 135, and putting with everything from sand irons to fairway metals trying to eke out one last net par coming in. Needless to say creativity in conception and execution of shots was at a premium.
In the Senior Circuit Flight there was a three-way tie for first with a net of 37 between Gary “New Knee” Jonas, Chet Levine, and Sky King Lipnick. Each got 120 Keepers Kup Points and $60 in Kash Sweeps for the finish. Tied for fourth were Sol “Antlers” Gordon and the Simple Country Dentist Keller with net 39-receiving 45 Kup Points each.
In the American League Flight it was crowded at the top. With net 38 there was a five-way tie for first with Tom “Burn Notice” Burne, Moe “The Mish” Dweck, Ron Kleinman, Howard “The Oracle” Wollner, and Kaptin Keith Eig each getting 90 Kup Points and $35 in Kash Sweeps as their cut of the pie.
Kool day for all who participated. Look out for the next Keepers event-Tuesday Two-Ball on May 20th. It will be Alternate Shot-Pick Your Own Partner. The posting of the event and sign up will be out later this week.