Keepers/Young Guns 4-Club Results
In the co-mingled Keepers/Young Guns Net 2-Man Team 4-Club Kompetition (that is a mouthful) we had 24 guys trying to play the front of the South with limited provisions. As is always the case this leads to some creative choices for the quiver as guys decide how important their putter is, what attack clubs to carry, how to get to an attack position off the tee, and what they hell they are going to hit on the par 3’s. We saw it all today in a very tightly bunched field.
At the end of the day Kaptin Keith Eig and Monroe “Roe” Brett bested the field by one shot with a score of even par 35. Kaptin played with 3 wood, 8 iron, PW, and Sand Iron (doing double duty as his putter, apparently with great proficiency). Roe played with the same 4 clubs he plays with every day. The key was the birdie net eagle by Kaptin Keith to a very tough pin back left on #6.
There were five teams at one-over 36 in a logjam tie for second. Michael “Long Ball” Cherner/Barry “Where Have You Been” Minkoff, Steve “Lead Dog” Keller/Jim “Boom-Boom” Polsky, Michael Levin/Bobby “Sky King” Lipnick, Jamie “Carrot Top” Cohen/Billy “Billy B” Burak/, and Art “Krieg” Blitz/Moe Mish all found ways, albeit different paths, to get to 36.
Billy B had the very rare 3-3Wood-3 on #5 for a net eagle that gave his team a bit of hope. Krieg Blitz made an amazing par net eagle on #3 after a less than full driving effort left him a good 385 out. Ice water in his veins he rolled in the hybrid putt from about 19 feet to right the ship for team Blitz/Mish. Keller/Polsky redefined the ham and egg approach playing around at least 4 X’s on their card.
Lots of could have/should haves ensued over dinner. But the tale of the tape left the proceeds in the hands of Eig/Brett.
(Click to see the full scoresheet of the 4-Club event)
Keepers-Wounded Warriors Outing
Through the generosity of 25 Keepers and Woodmont member sponsors the 3rd Annual Keepers/SMGA/Wounded Warriors Outing was held at Woodmont on June 25th. Smiles abounded as 11 Keepers and 17 Warriors participated in an afternoon of golfin’ fun which included instruction time with Trillium Sellers, John Ronis, and Brice Busse, a picnic lunch, 18 holes of zoysia golf on the South Course, and some spinning of yarn after the golf over drinks and munchies.
Our guests included military husbands and wives, older and younger brothers, buddies, and folks of all ilk who have served their country protecting the freedoms we share. This is always a special day for both The Keepers and the Warriors who spend time sharing stories, jokes, and an occasional high five……kind of what we do all the time with our friends on the golf course.
These are special people who are blessed to have this SMGA/Wounded Warriors program provide them with golf lessons, equipment, assistive devices, and a strong dose of what the game of golf can do for your soul. Talking with them it is unanimous how much Jim Estes and his folks have done for them through this program in helping them rediscover a little bit of normalcy in their lives.
Thanks to all of the sponsors who helped underwrite this afternoon’s fun. We were able to add another $750 to our fund that facilitates a donation to the SMGA/Wounded Warriors at year’s end.
Photos courtesy of Rita Mhley Communications
Keepers Match Play-Sweet Sixteen
Two months and 48 matches later we arrive at the Sweet Sixteen in the Keepers Year-Long Match Play. There have been some tightly contested matches in the play-in, first, and second round matches but the sixteen guys listed below remain for the back stretch and a chance to reach the Elite Eight. Congratulations to:
Billy Burak vs Rick Cohen
Tom Burne vs Richard Goldstein
Keith Eig vs Rick Brecher
David Ruben vs Arnie Miller
Mike Fisher vs Arthur Blitz
Howard Wollner vs Steve Lustgarten
Gary Abrahams vs Gary Jonas
Sol Gordon vs Neal Bobys
Our strategy of like-kind matches in the first two rounds must have worked because we only have 3 guys repeating from last year’s Sweet Sixteen. Play on gentlemen!
Tuesday Keepers/Young Guns 4-Club
On Tuesday June 24th The Keepers and Young Guns will run a collaborative afterwork 9-hole 4-Club event with tee times from 5 to 6 p.m. The teams will be blended members from the two groups playing a net best ball with 90% of their handicaps. The 4-club format is always fun where each player will designate 4 clubs they can use during the round (no sharing clubs between team mates)-the putter is considered a club if you choose to take it with you. This takes a little forethought in picking your implements so plan accordingly.
Entry fee is $10 kash per man-all the money will go to pay off the top three winning teams. There will also be Keepers Kup Points to the top five finishing Keepers.
(Click on the Kosher K to sign up for the event)
Keepers Beat The Pro-Results
Pulling a Jim Furyk, Ronnie Mr. Green Greenbaum missed his assigned tee time but managed to get in 16 good holes and thoroughly thrash Phil Mickelson and the rest of The Keeper field with 30 points to win the Saturday Keepers Beat The Pro by 4 points over a host of challengers. This was a modified Stableford format in a head-to-head match where Ronnie got 3 points for each hole he beat Phlashy Phil and one point for each hole he tied. For his effort he got 300 Keepers Kup Points, moving to the top 15 in the standings, and $100 in Keepers Kash Sweeps. He may be looking for a travel alarm clock in the shop with his winnings.
Tied for second, winning 150 Kup Points and $25 in sweeps each with 26 points, were Len The Plumber Goldman over Phil Mickelson, Arnie Eyes For You Miller over Matt Fitzpatrick (A), and Rich So Much Sussman over Charl Schwartzel. Tied fifth at 25 points were Howard Going Postal over Henrik Stenson and Sky King Lipnick over Matt Fitzpatrick.
This was a very tightly played set of matches as there were another 8 Keepers who beat guys like Sneds, Kevin Na, Dustin Johnson, and Jordan Spieth for at 21 to 24 points. Biggest move in the Kup Standings goes to Len The Plumber who now owns second place and is just 205 points behind The Lead Dog Keller.
This weekend was the first Keeper’s major of the year with the 2-Day Senior Championship and there were major Kup points on the line. The Keepers treated this as a flighted kompetition-the American Flight comprised of guys with Handicap Indexes of 14 or less and the National Flight guys with Handicap Indexes of 14.1 or more. They played with full handicap for two rounds and the top five finishers in each flight got the Kup Points.
Day 1 on the zoysia was a day for scoring. Marc Fink led the Americans with 4 under (82-14-68 net) and Don Greenberg had first position for the Nationals with the same 4-under (88-20-68 net). Len Goldman and Barry Forman were in hot pursuit in the American Flight with Lustgarten and Lipnick a few furlongs back in the Senior Circuit. But there were Sunday pins and Sunday nerves to contend with on North Course greens-this was not going to be a cake walk.
In the American Flight Len The Plumber Goldman continued to show some of last year’s form and shot a solid 73 net to go with his 70 from Saturday and sling shot himself into first place with 1-under 143 for the two days. Barry Forman matched this with a Sunday 73 net of his own and finished tied 2nd with Rich Kojak Greenberg at 144-even par. Taking a few hits the Bronx Bantam Marc Fink was 4-over on the day and had to settle for 4th at 145. Kaptin Keith Eig and Phil Schulman came in 2-over for the two days at 146 in a tie for 5th.
The National Flight was a stroll in the park for Don Not The Bald One Greenberg who threw down a 75 to go with his 68 from Saturday and win first place going away with 1-under 143. The move came from Paul PC Cohen who had the round of the day with a net 68 that rocketed him to a 2nd place finish at 149. Lustgarten and Lipnick held position finishing 3rd and 4th at 150 and 151 respectively. Mark A Goldstein had a fine net 74 to finish 5th at 152.
As a result of this weekend’s play the Keepers Kup Standings have been stirred but not shaken. Len Goldman’s 500 points moved him up 4 slots to 3rd place halfway through the season. Kojak moved up 4 slots to tied 5th with Kaptin Keith. The Bob Beamon came for Don Not The Bald One and PC Cohen who both jumped 10 spots to get into the top ten with the fine finishes in the Senior. Check out the Keepers Kup Standings to see positioning as we enter the second half of this year’s Keepers Kup Kampaign.
(Click here for full Keepers Results in the Senior Championship)
Keepers U.S. Open Beat-The-Pro
This Saturday Keepers event on June 14th pits you in a one-on-one match against one of the pro’s playing at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. We will assemble the scores of 8 of the pros from Thursday’s round at Pinehurst and post them to par on the corresponding holes on the Woodmont scorecard. You get 110% of your handicap in a kuasi-Stableford kompetition against the pro you picked from the Keepers Kap. For each hole you win in your match you get 3 points, for each hole you tie you get 1 point. Total points for the day wins the event.
Last year’s event had serious fireworks-it took 29 points to win as (4) guys beat their pros soundly.
Phil Malet over Dustin Johnson
Howard Wollner over Lee Westwood
Lew Selis over Luke Donald
Gary Fisher over Sergio Garcia
Don’t miss your chance to enhance you position in the Kup Standings. Keepers Kup points for the top 5 finishers and Kash Sweeps for the top 3.
As Aretha Franklin used to say “R.E.V.E.N.G.E…….find out what it means to me………”
So it was today as The Keepers returned the Whoopee Cushion back to it’s rightful home by beating the upstart Young Guns 105 to 93 in the 3rd Edition of the Whooppe Cup competition. Still reeling from last year’s shellacking at the hands of the Young Guns The Keepers won 6 out of the 11 Best Ball, Scramble, and Singles matches to win by 12.
Convincing performances in singles by Billy B Burak and Rusty Here Comes The Judge Minkoff accounted for 10 points of the difference. A strong showing in Four Ball matches by Sol The Antler King Gordon/Bobby Sky King Lipnick and Allen Zee One and Only Zweig/Len The Plumber Goldman brought in another 11 point differential for the winners.
The Young Guns got a strong showing from Joey Scheffres in singles and the team of Jamie Cohen/Alex Finkel in an unsuccessful bid to retain the cushion. For the record the youngsters look resplendent in their new team duds rolled out for this event.
(Click to see full results from the 2014 Whoopee Cup)
Member-Member Memorial Day-Results
This weekend provided an opportunity for the club to celebrate members of blessed memory through it’s Two-Man Member-Member Memorial Day Event. Two-man teams played best ball with their handicaps for Stableford points in two nine-hole formats on the North Course. The Keepers were well represented with 22 of our guys participating in the event-representing two-thirds of the field.
In a runaway the winning team of Neal Bobys and Michael Rothbard scored 58 Stableford points and garnered 300 Keepers Kup points for Neal moving him into second place in the Kup Standings. A distant second was Allen Zee One and Only Zweig and Jim Boom-Boom Polsky with 36 Stableford points netting 200 Kup points to each man. It got close after that. Tied third (125 Kup points per man) with 35 Stableford points were the tandems of Chet The Jet Levine and Marky Mark Miller and Don Not The Bald One Greenberg and Kojack Greenberg. Our current Lead Dog Steve The Simple Country Dentist Keller and Tom Burn Notice Burne took fifth with 31 points earning 50 Kup points each.
With 9 events in the books we are about to hit the center of the Keepers Kompetitive season over the next six weeks the Senior Club Championship, Keepers Beat The Pro Day, Keepers-Young Guns 4-Club Pickup Game, and the Woodmont Match Play Club Championship on the calendar. Make sure to sign up for these Kup Point opportunities as the field is starting to position itself approaching the back stretch.
Erich Segal would be proud of the 20 guys who played in the “Love Story-Never Having To Say You’re Sorry” Tuesday Two-Ball Alternate Shot kompetition. There were ample opportunities to apologize to your partner but The Keepers would have none of that. Just a caution to the wind effort with no remorse was what this was all about.
Using their Alternate Shot-Net All-Star Nine Holes-(2) Par Fives, (2) Par Threes, and (5) Par Fours the familiar names rose to the top again. Freaky Friedson and the Country Dental Practitioner Keller and Kaptin Keith Eig and Gary Abrahams shot a net 33 to win top honors. Log jam tied for third included Billy B and Burn Notice Burne, All You Want To Zee Zweig and Moe Puba, Don Not the Bald One Greenberg and Neal Bobys, Ronnie Being Green Greenbaum and Brian The Stud, and PC Paul Cohen and Gary Techno Geek Jonas with a score of net 34.
With the new South scorecard brandishing only (3) Par Fives now it got a little dicey for a number of groups to manage their two par five selections at par or better. SD Cherner, First Secretary of Gaming and Rules, is on assignment in Italy looking for the perfect Virgin Olive Oil. But when he returns, considering the compaction of the scoring at the top, the thought of going to All-Star Twelve is definitely going to make it to the next meeting agenda.
(Click to see the full Love Story of the scoring in this event)