Spring is in the air and the Keepers Kampaign for 2016 begins on Saturday April 16th with the always entertaining Keepers-Pro Schmo. Keepers will be playing in a Go-Low 2-Man Best Ball with a Virtual Pro score from Sunday’s final round at Augusta. Play begins with assigned tee times starting at 8:30 with 90% handicap from the Blue Tees on the South Course. Kash Sweeps to the top three and Keepers Kup Points for the top five finishing net team scores.
Players pick out of the Keepers Kap one of (8) pro partner’s score from Sunday’s round at Augusta. The Pro’s hole-by-hole score is posted to par on the course we are playing and they play a virtual best ball between the Pro Partner’s gross score and the Keeper Schmo’s net score on each hole.
With 40 Keepers in the field in 2015 it was Craig “Whistling a winning tune” Goodman and Rory McIlroy and Phil “Only a hint of what was to come” Malet and Rickie Fowler who torched the zoysia with net 58 to take top honors. Rich “On the way to year-end glory” Greenberg teamed with Virtual Ian Poulter for net 59 to take third. Tom “Burn Notice” Burne with Jordan Spieth and Paul “Had the beat'” Cohen with Hideki Matsuyama shot net 60 for tied fourth. As you can see this is a Woodstock Birdiefest, so bring your A game.
There will also be a voluntary Players Pool Kash Kompetition-Pars or Better-for those who are interested in a side game. As is our tradition half the money in the Players Pool goes to fund our Folds of Honor/SMGA Wounded Veterans/Israeli Defense Fund Veterans kontributions at the end of the year.
Jump start your year with some Keepers winnings….sign up for the event by clicking the Kosher K.
With the play-Ins and four rounds of matches in the books what started with 73 Keepers kontesting has reached the dramatic stage of the Final Fore. Now the real fun begins as Mike “Coach” Fisher, Marc “Newish In This Neighborhood” Birnbaum, Rich “Kojak” Greenberg, and Herbie “Check Out My New Driver” Kushner play for the cherished Match Play Plaque, more Kup Points, and a slew of Kash Sweeps in the Final Fore.
The kompetition has been fierce as only one #1 Seed has made it through to the Final Fore. A demolition derby since the outset, many of the regulars who go deep in this event have found themselves calling for Roadside Assistance, casualties of the lose one-and-be done format. The reigning champ is back in the semi-finals but not without a scare or two.
The Quarterfinal matches were all spirited games with plenty of fireworks. Three matches got to the last hole or beyond. Fisher beat Herbie Cherner in 19 holes, Kushner beat Moe Mishner in the same. Birnbaum outlasted Steve Gordon winning on the last hole 2-up (that was after Gordon holed it from 135 out on #15 for eagle!). Greenberg took Steve Lustgarten 4 & 3 according to Reuters.
Beyond winning more points for each match the spoils from here in are:
1st Place Keepers Match Play Plaque $300 Kash Sweeps
Runner-Up Keepers Kissing Your Sister Plaque $150 Kash Sweeps
Other Two $100 Kash Sweeps
Congratulations to the “Survivors”….play hard gentlemen this is about Keepers pride!
In a fund raising trifecta The Keepers ran a series of events yesterday to raise money for our Folds of Honor/SGMA-Wounded Warriors Fund. Through a golf event, raffle, and a book presentation by Planet Golf author Darius Oliver we tapped the generosity of Keepers, Woodmont members, spouses, and friends and raised almost $1,900 to add to our annual donation to these military charities. We thank all the folks who participated in these efforts and helped make it a success.
The golf event had 24 folks out poking about the front nine of the South on a sultry day in a Net Stableford format contesting for Kash Sweeps in both men’s and women’s competitions. The winners in the Women’s Division were Jackie Cohen with 12 points ($50 in sweeps) and Jackie North with 9 points ($40 in sweeps). The men’s side had a three-way tie for first at 12 points ($40 in sweeps each) between Doc Keller, Chet Levine, and Monroe Brett. Fourth on the men’s side was Ron Edlavitch with 11 points ($20 in sweeps).
The raffle engaged the generosity of the full Woodmont membership with all the proceeds going to the charity fund. Andy Friedlander held the winning stub and got the Limited Edition Folds of Honor Golf Bag provided by David Dorn. Bruce Buchanan and Bruce Charendoff were picked second and third getting a free golf lesson with assistant professional Conner Farrell.
The evening was capped off with a presentation and conversation by author Darius Oliver about his two wonderful golf books Planet Golf and Planet Golf USA which are, as he says, the definitive reference to great golf courses around the world. He described his process for creating the books and shared his knowledge on course design in evaluating these courses and doing course ratings in his home country of Australia. Darius is the Architecture Editor for Golf Digest Australia. The Q & A at the end was a lively conversation about his expertise in relation to courses he has seen and our courses as well. The opportunity to purchase personalized signed copies of the books brought in additional money to our charitable fund.
Special thanks to Woodmont for hosting this event, Conner Farrell for his hard work in overseeing it, and Darius Oliver for willingness to take the time to share his knowledge on architecture and design with our members.
If you want to get more information on Darius Oliver’s work or purchase the Planet Golf books you can go to his website at PlanetGolf.Com where you can find links to purchase them here in the states.
The next Saturday Keepers on August 8th offers the opportunity to team up with a partner of your choice and test your breakfast food mettle with the Two-Man Ham n’ Egg format. This is an entertaining offering where you and your partner count your net score on every other hole.
For example it starts out that the Ham (you) score counts on the odd holes and the Egg (him) score counts on the even holes. But there is a twist (with The Keepers there is always a twist). Twice during the round, if circumstances warrant it (maybe you left three in a row in the bunker and it is a Ham hole), you can “flip” the order and use your partner’s score instead. Once you do that the Ham n’ Egg score sequence changes from that point on. You can use your spatchula to flip back if need be only one more time during the round so you have to flip carefully….it is like saving your purchased mulligans.
There will be morning tee times using 80% of your handicap for each guy playing for the low net score for 18 holes. You can pick your grilling partner if you choose. Sign up by hitting the Kosher K and, if you want to designate your Ham ‘n Egg partner, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will align your pairing as requested.