Kompacted to fit into a Tuesday evening, our annual team event, the Keepers Kolor Skirmish, was waged on the South Course. The three Superhero Teams scratched out 18 holes of Almost Skins (5-3-1), no strokes given kompetition, against opponents of equal skills in pursuit of team points for Kash Sweeps and some very kute Bobblehead Trophies for individual MVPs on each squad.
Team Batman, led by a 67 point MVP Performance of their fearless leader, Rick “I’m in it for the long haul” Brecher took the day with a convincing 562 point total in the team event. They got strong support from Billy “Down to under 250 shirts” Burak, Don “You can forget about that other Fisher” Fisher, Nelson “Keep an eye on me” Cohen, and Chet “In pursuit of yellow” Levine, who grabbed 60 points or more in the team win. They earned $50 each in Kash Sweeps for the effort.
The second place team with 546 points was Superman, kaptained by Eddie “Klark Kent” Cohen, who used a stellar 66 point MVP Performance by Jimmy “Boom Boom” Polsky to give ’em something to worry about’. Fine play by Neal “I’ll Be There” Bobys and Craig “Better than good” Goodman helped the Men of Steel take home $25 Kash Sweeps a man.
The Keepers Kup Points go to the top three individual point performers on each of the Superhero Teams. The lead MVPs get the always handsome Bobblehead Trophy and 200 Kup Points per man and the second and third place get 100 and 50 Kup points respectively.
Team MVP Results:
Rick Brecher Trophy and 200 Kup Points
Billy Burak 100 Kup Points
Nelson Cohen and Don Fisher 50 Kup Points each
Jimmy Polsky Trophy and 200 Kup Points
Neal Bobys 100 Kup Points
Craig Goodman 50 Kup Points
Ron Greenbaum and Paul Cohen Trophy and 200 Kup Points each
Ron Kleinman 100 Kup Points
Steve Lustgarten 50 Kup Points
The Players Pool Kash Game generated another $240 toward our year-end Military Charities Donation. Top five individual points across all teams took home the kash.
Players Pool Kash Winnings:
1st-67 Points Rick Brecher $70 Kash
2nd-65 Points Billy Burak $60 Kash
3rd-64 Points Neal Bobys $50 Kash
T-4th-63 Points Nelson Cohen, Don Fisher, Craig Goodman $20 Kash
Thanks to all 30 guys who made the evening success. Special thanks to Dale Baker for stepping in for one our our guys and Konnor Farrell and Jake Thompson for putting on the show.
In last evening’s entertaining Keepers Five Club (KFC) we had 26 Keepers kontesting the front of the North with just five clubs in their bags. To make it even more interesting trying to select their clubs for the evening, they played the holes from variegated tees they were not accustomed to.
For example, the Par 3 2nd was off the forward tee at 145 and the Par 3 6th was 175 off the blue tee. The Par 5 5th played from the front tee as a Par 4 at a mere 380 yards up the hill and the 9th was played from the Mr. Peadbody Way-Back Tee at 495 yards as a Par 5.
With the benefit of Konnor and Andy’s new toy, the Club Genius phone app, we were able to provide live scoring through the event. We are still working out the details with the Golf Channel so the world can watch this stuff live streaming. Following the progress of others as we went was definitely added pressure. Still there were plenty of scores under par and it was a tightly kontested event to the end.
Coming right out of the gate Rick “The Itinerant Keeper” Brecher net eagled the first and the third to get to 4-Under standing on the 4th tee. A slight deviation on the 4th but Rick had a bounce back birdie on the renewed Par 4 5th. Playing the rest of the way even par he finished 4-Under to take second and win 120 Keepers Kup Points and $50 in Kash Sweeps.
Ronnie “Now You Will Know My Name” Rosenberg had the true roller koaster Five Club experience by making a birdie net double eagle on the Par 5 3rd to get to 3-Under in a hurry. A net bogie, birdie, bogie, birdie, bogie finish from 5 to 9 respectively to finish 3rd place at 3 under had to test his blood pressure range. He earned 90 Keepers Kup Points and $25 in Kash Sweeps for his evening work.
The top prize of 150 Kup Points and $100 Kash Sweeps went to Paul “Single Malt” Cohen with a scintillating 5-Under par performance over this difficult track. He net birdied the first three holes to establish the beachhead and then birdied the long uphill 5th before making his only slip with a bogey on the 7th. Playing the 8th from the forward tee at 285 he mastered the task well making a net birdie there and finished in style on the Par 5 9th, where we played the tee ball from the Clyde’s parking lot, with a 5 net 4 birdie to seal the deal at 5-Under.
Kaptin Keith Eig and Steve “Get Used To Me On The Leaderboard” Lerman finished tied fourth at 2-Under to earn 45 Keepers Kup Points each.
Just another fun Keepers evening of “Fake Golf” was enjoyed by all who participated. Kongratulations to all the winners.
With a little help from 8 of their virtual friends, 36 Keepers participated in the annual Keepers Pro Schmo on a beautiful spring day for golf. There were plenty of high fives and fist pumps as they kicked off the Keepers Season in a rollicking fashion.
Top honors in the National League Division went to Gary “Pinehurst Sigma Phi” Faigen who ham-n-egged it with a resurgent Eldrick Woods to shoot a workmanlike net 58 0n the South Course. Gary made net birdies on 9, 12, and 16 to carry his partner down the stretch and win the division.
In the American League it was a log jam at the top. It took net 60 from Marc “Been Working On My Game” Birnbaum and Cameron Smith, Phil “Just Arrived” Cantor and Paul Casey, Steve “Kontrolled Swerve” Lustig and Jordan Spieth, and Artie “She Tells Me This Is My Year” Aronoff and Jordan as well to win this division.
The Net Pars or Better Kash Game raised the first $360 toward The Keepers year-end military charity donations and paid out some walk around Kash Money to seven Keepers who led this kompetition.
Net Pars or Better Payouts:
1st Neal Bobys 23 Points $90 kash
T-2nd Marc Birnbaum and Phil Cantor 18 Points $60 kash each
T-4th Artie Aronoff, Keith Eig, Steve Lustgarten, and Howard Wollner 17 Points $30 kash each
The season ramps up quickly as we move into May with a reinvented 5-Club, Kolor War, and the first of the Alt-Shot Series matches coming your way. Stay tuned for the announcements and sign ups over the next few weeks. Thanks to all who participated in kicking off our 11th Keepers Season.
The year-long race for the top spot in the Keepers X Season has been a close one and two of this year’s Lead Dogs ended up on the top of the heap when it was all said and done in today’s Keepers Kup Finale. Paul “Pablo” Cohen edged out Artie “So Close I Could Taste It” Aronoff by a mere 90 points to claim the Keepers Kopper Kup for 2017.
In the Keepers Kup Finale Event it was the impressive play of Kevin “You Got To Have The Right Attitude” Bass and Howard “Havana Stogie” Wollner with a pair of net 69’s who took the top honors earning the Silver Kup and substantial Kash Sweeps to go with it. With the North Course playing “Indian Summer Tough” they shot gross 39 and 40 respectively on the front side, their second nine, to reel in the top position. Apparently Pete set the pins in kind positions as Kevin parred 5 of his last 6 holes and Stogie 4 of his last 6 down the stretch. Tied third in the day’s kompetition with a couple of Net 70’s were “Kaptain” Keith Eig and Ronnie “I Have Seen The Light” Rosenberg.
With the Rusty Reset in place for the Finale, winning The Kup favors the top five guys in the standings who control their own destiny and only the guys in the top 12 going in can actually take the Keepers Kup. Artie, who has been coach up well all season by his team, gave it his all with a 73 net and a tie for 8th in the Finale but it proved a couple of shots shy of what was needed to catch Pablo.
Paul’s stellar play the last month-tied 3rd in the Keepers National Division of the Freudberg, 2nd in the Keepers Alt Shot Series with Harry Harrison, and a win in the Woodmont Member-Member with Mike Fisher vaulted him into the Lead Dog position going into the Finale and this proved enough to fend off field and claim The Kup.
Final Kup Standings and Prizes:
1st Paul Cohen Net 85 1st Kopper Kup and $500 Kup Sweeps
2nd Artie Aronoff Net 73 2nd Kopper Kup and $350 Kup Sweeps
3rd Neal Bobys Net 73 3rd Kopper Kup and $250 Kup Sweeps
4th Kevin Bass Net 69 $175 Kup Sweeps and T-1st Finale Kup and $75 Finale Sweeps
5th Howard Wollner Net 69 $125 Kup Sweeps and T-1st Finale Kup and $75 Finale Sweeps
6th Mike Fisher Net 71 $125 Kup Sweeps
7th Rick Brecher NP $75 Kup Sweeps
8th Alan Schwartz Net 83 $50 Kup Sweeps
Keith Eig and Ronnie Rosenberg T-3rd Finale- $25 Finale Sweeps each
We raised another $745 through the generosity of those who participated in our 50/50 Raffle today to benefit our annual donation to the military charities. There were four winning tickets picked by the lovely Ali, each winner took home $140 in kash.
Congratulations to Paul Cohen who will now have to get comfortable with his new title of “Keepers Kup Champion”.
Special thanks to Father Konnor Farrel and his staff for their dedicated work in handling The Keepers affairs all season.
The Final Fore of the Keepers Alternate Shot Series is always a spirited affair as it pits four two-man teams against each other in a round-robin series of three 9-hole Alternate Shot Matches on the North Course to determine our Finest Foursomes Team for 2017.
Experience matters as the Cherner Automotive LLC of Herbie and Stewart was making it’s third straight appearance in this Final Fore Kompetition with the notion that this time they would get it right. They had to face a formidable foe of Harry “Sifford” Harrison and Paul “I Got One Of These Already” Cohen as well as pesky challengers in the teams of Jimmy “My Fairway or the Highway” Polsky and Barry “Serenity” Minkoff and Mark “‘A’ Says It All” Goldstein and Randy “I Am Getting The Hang Of This” Weiss.
In the first match the Cherner LLC handled the Goldstein-Weiss Konstellation 6 1/2 to 2 1/2 on the front to set an early tone. Harrison-Cohen was not to be intimidated as they won the last four holes against Polsky-Minkoff on the way to a 6 to 3 win in their first match. It was sizing up to be a two horse race.
The second match on the back of the North proved pivotal as the two leading teams faced off with only a 1/2 point separating them. But hope was dashed early as the Cherner Group showed flawless Foursomes play winning the first three holes to break free and then put it on cruise control adding 3 1/2 points from 14 to 18 to win this match decisively 6 1/2 to 2 1/2. Goldstein-Weiss slipped by with a 5 to 4 win over Polsky-Minkoff in the what was looking like the match for third.
With 9 holes left the Cherners were in kontrol……..
Cherner-Cherner 13 Harrison-Cohen 8 1/2 Goldstein-Weiss 7 1/2 Polsky-Minkoff 7
The final match went back to the front of the North and the Automotive Group wasted no time winning the first four holes over Polsky-Minkoff to get all four hands firmly around winning hardware. Playing hard for second Harry buried a 25-footer on the 7th to lock down that position for Harrison-Cohen at the end of the day with a 5 1/2 to 3 1/2 win over Goldstein-Weiss.
The Final Tally:
1st Place H. Cherner-S. Cherner 18 Points $150 Sweeps 150 Kup Points
2nd Place H. Harrison-P. Cohen 14 Points $100 Sweeps 100 Kup Points
T-3rd Place J. Polsky-B. Minkoff 11 Points $65 Sweeps 65 Kup Points
M. Goldstein-R. Weiss 11 Points $65 Sweeps 65 Kup Points
Special thanks to Konn-Aire Farrell for his adept administration of the Final Fore Matches.
After five months of kompelling kompetition the Keepers Match Play came down to three hardy bracket survivors playing the Battle Royale for the Match Play Championship. As it should be, the quality of play and competitive banter was befitting of a Keepers Major Championship.
In the bracket championship matches two weeks earlier, Alan “Terp Station” Schwartz took out Marc Fink in a nail biter to win the Augusta Bracket. Mike “Coach” Fisher snuck by the Lead Dog Artie Aronoff in extra holes to represent Erin Hills. Kevin “Can I Press” Bass outwaited Mark S. Goldstein to advance to the final from the Royal Birkdale bracket.
The Battle Royale Final was played on the North Course on a glorious day as an Almost Skins 5-3-1 Match Format where the best net score on a hole earns the player 5 points, second best net score 3 points, and not so best net score 1 point. Total points for the 18 holes is the Match Play Champion for 2017. Bountiful Kash Sweeps, slick trophy plaques, and a bunch of Keepers Kup Points were on the line today. Oh, did I mention Bragging Rights?
From the first hole on it was obvious that it would take very special play and maintained focus to win this day. Coach Fisher saw what he was up against when he parred the first from the other first’s fairway only to see both Terp Station and the Press Man make par/net birdie to grab the early lead. Undaunted Fisher made the first of his two natural birdies on the front with a 15-footer on the second to square up the match at 6 points each through two. After all net birdies on three Kevin started to get his hands around the wheel with two net birdies on four and seven managing to build a three point lead (29-26-26) at the turn.
The Par 5 tenth was indicative of the kompetitive quality of the day’s golf as Fish and Terp Al made net birdies to knot the score at 30 points each heading for the eleventh tee. Schwartz and Bass traded blows on the next two with net birdies respectively before Kevin somehow edged ahead over the next three to carry a 3 point lead to the 16th tee with the score Bass 48 Schwartz 45 Fisher 42.
The seminal play of the day came on the Par 3 16th. With two opponent balls on the green in regulation Terp Station hit a peeler into the right greenside bunker-things were looking grim even though he was getting a stroke on the hole. Kevin had 60 plus feet from the front edge to the back left pin and left it double digits short on the way to a bogie. After a splendid iron shot off the tee, the Coach had it 15 feet under the hole on the right level but the uphill birdie putt wandered slightly at the end and he settled for par. The Terpster hit the Sportcenter shot of the day…….Da Da Da…Da Da Da…….sticking his 60-foot bunker shot to kick-in range for a par/net birdie to grab the lead once again.
After a seventeenth hole that none of the kontestants would like to recall, the trio stepped on the final tee box with it all on the line-Schwartz 52-Bass 51-Fisher 50. Any one of them could win which is kind of how it should be.
Kevin managed to find the left edge of the green from the heavy rough on the right so the gauntlet was dropped. Terp Station sewed an amazing recovery hybrid from the dead grass on the tenth hole through a small opening in the trees to the foot of the upslope between the bunkers keeping hope alive. Coach Fisher’s hopes were dashed by a tree limb on this second from the left trees leaving him no way to make better than bogie on a hole when both of the others got a shot.
It came down to putting as Kevin had another kross kountry putt with a six-foot break for a two-putt and the win. The first one pulled up on the hand brake and stayed 12 feet above the hole and his fine second effort once again slipped by the edge leaving him a tap-in bogie/net par. But would that be enough?
After lofting his third across the front bunker to the edge of the fringe below the hole, Alan had 25 feet left to traverse in 2 shots to claim the big enchilada. Terp Station showed the same stoic resolve he had displayed all day stroking the first one to 3 feet 11 inches and, after a pep talk from counsel, buried what was left in the back of the hole for the net par that would hold his one point advantage and claim the Match Play Championship.
Kongratulations to all three guys….it was a match well played and a deserving champion emerged. Special thanks to Brandon Caiola for his effort in administering this final.
The final takeaways from this year’s Keepers Match Play were:
1st Place Alan Schwartz $300 Kash Sweeps and 600 Kup Points
2nd Place Kevin Bass $200 Kash Sweeps and 500 Kup Points
3rd Place Mike Fisher $100 Kash Sweeps and 450 Kup Points
Tied4th Marc Fink, Artie Aronoff, and Mark S. Goldstein $50 Kash Sweeps and 300 Kup Points
The Pinehurst Glenmorangie introduced a new two-man format to the Keepers schedule which blended a bit of Scramble and a hint of Alternate Shot into an original dynamic single malt product. Picking their own partners, not always the way in Keepers events, the guys had to hit their drives, swap balls for the second shot, and then pick the best result to play the rest of the way into the hole alternate shot.
This presented a distinctly different gestalt then the Alternate Shot we have played in the past and the formula for winning proved different as well. The Par 3’s were the pivot point because if you could put two tee balls on the green then you had two putts for birdies under the scramble portion of the hole. The par 5’s on the other hand became survival holes when any hiccup in the approach shots could mean a bogie and a squandered sub-par net opportunity on a likely stroke hole.
Kaptin Keith Eig and Billy “I like the first cut” Burak made 8 pars and 3 birdies on their way to posting a 75 net 68 early in the returns. In was an unusual turn of events as Kaptain Keith deferred to the circumstantial adept putting of Billy B at a number of key junctures along the way. Two-over gross on the three par fives might have been a serious chink in their armor.
The team of Marc “The Bronx Bantam” Fink and Arnie “20/20” Miller also turned in a marvelous round of net 68 with 9 gross pars of their own. Once again three over on the five pars gained them no ground on the net score.
But it really didn’t matter as these two teams were playing second fiddle together to what came next.
Making a Two-Man Reunion Tour ,Marc “You cannot outwork me” Birnbaum and Herbie “The ageless wonder” Kushner brought the band back together to put on an encore performance to remember. With complementary driving and approach play they shot a gross 75 and net 62 to vanquish the competition. 9 gross pars and 3 birdies including a one-under performance across the critical Par 3s proved unbeatable.
The teams of Howard “ATM” Wollner and Tom “Sizzlin” Burne and Alan “Terp Station” Schwartz and Neal “I am there for you buddy” Freed shot net 69 and 70 to finish 4th and 5th respectively. Until about 10:45 last night Alan was not leavin’ the station because his partner Mike Selis suddenly went on the IR, but Neal was the late addition and it proved to be a sound and fruitful development.
The Prizes (per man):
1st Place at Net 62 Marc Birnbaum/Herbie Kushner 300 Kup Points and $100 Kash Sweeps
T-2nd Place at Net 68 Keith Eig/Billy Burak and Arnie Miller/Marc Fink 175 Kup Points and $40 Kash Sweeps
4th Place at Net 69 Howard Wollner/Tom Burne 100 Kup Points
5th Place at Net 70 Alan Schwartz/Neal Freed 50 Kup Points