October 2017 -
Stepping into October, the Sandbaggers had two events that marked a later playing season than usual.
In the early month, the Club played the Earl Fry Course (north) at Alameda. For many of us, it marked a return to a course that is a challenge, flat and with plenty of water. The south course is expected to open 8 holes or so early 2018. After opening the South Course – Jack Clark Course, Alameda will turn its attention to raising the Earl Fry track.
As for the results for the last qualifier into the year-end TOC, Joe Abriol shot a real nice 82 for a net 63 to grab the last qualifying spot. Frank Offen and Nick Villa followed closely with a net 66 and 67 respectively.
Anyway, fun was had by all and since it was not for anything but fun, Dave Penney opened a 19th hole at his house afterwards where food and drinks made for a longer period of enjoyment. Thanks to Dave & Ronni for hosting the 19th Hole! And yes, there was a true official Sandbaggers 19th Hole sign welcoming us…
On the 22nd, the season officially came to a close with the Sandbaggers 1st ever Tournament Of Champions. This is something the new members had at their former club and meant that any low-net “winner” of any other event was the Champion and could compete to be the Champion of the Tournament Of Champions and win a $100 gift card. Spirited competition took place with Bill To & Wayne Bonnington having a net 69 and needing to go to a Card-Off where Bill took the prize!
To be fair, Bill did play a warm-up round there a week earlier, to discover all the course’s secrets…
But how close was it really, Bill earned his first ever Eagle, dropping his second shot on the par 5 green in two from 200+ yards, then making a tricky downhill putt. Wayne decided to take another route as he bogeyed the last hole. But that wasn’t all, Dave Penney and Nick Polo had net 70’s and had a triple bogey and double bogey on the last hole respectively. What could have been? Jim Landers also had a nice net 69 but hadn’t qualified for the TOC.
That closes the 2017 season! If you played then you know that competition was fierce and most everyone had some good golf, some not so good golf and some great friendships.
Thanks go out to outgoing President Jim Landers for a job well done! New faces coming on board mean new things for 2018 and beyond. Don’t forget to sign back up as next season promises more excitement and fun.