Golf, Tournaments

Quiet Resorts Golf Classic

34 Teams gathered at Plantation Lakes Golf & Country Club in Millsboro on Friday April 30th to play some golf and raise money for the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation. With The Bank of Ocean City as the presenting sponsor and Focus Multisports managing the production, the event was very well planned and organized. You could even get a slice of pizza at the turn.

There was one uncontrollable exception however, a steady 30 mph wind with gusts into the 50 mph range. We knew it was going to be tough, but even warming up on the range before the outing didn’t prepare us for teh carnage to follow.

Miken Builders sponsored our team which consisted of the Senator, the Junior Senator, the Voice, and your Hack. There was a healthy contingent of teams with other players from Cripple Creek, including the Birdie Booyz with Ryan and Pip.

We started on the 11th hole which was the beginning of stretch of holes that did the most damage to our score. The back nine at Plantation Lakes is basically in the middle of a construction zone as they complete the massive development. I imagine it was like playing on the Scottish coastline but with the addition of blowing dirt from a construction zone combining with the blowing sand from long stretches of bunkers and dunes. Downwind was mind blowing and into the wind was a nightmare. For example, The Voice hit a 9 iron on the 164 yard par 3 15th which went over the green and out of bounds downwind. And, our best drive into the wind on 500 yard par 5 13th left us about 275 yards from the green!

Our strategy was to have the Senator lead off and put us in the fairway so that the rest of us could wind up and try to launch bombs. What we didn’t plan for were balls being blown off the tie by wind gusts and putting that was nearly impossible. Even in a scramble format, we had several 3-putt greens. Although your Hack was able to hit two (2) drives that rolled out over 330 yards on downwind holes that led to easy birdies, we balanced that with matching bogeys to finish the first 8 holes even par. Not the greatest score in a scramble.

The front nine played much easier without the blowing dirt and dust storms. We drove the green on #1 and made birdie to finally get us under par. Everyone on the team contributed on the front and we were able to add three (3) more birdies and not drop a shot on any of the other holes. Coming to our last hole, exhausted from 5 1/2 hours in the howling winds and shivering due to an approaching storm, the Junior Senator knocked a drive pin high just off the green and we added a final birdie, almost making eagle. It was a 67 for the Miken Builders team and frankly, we were just happy we were done. Too many players in the field, too much wind, and too much time on the course.

As often happens in these types of scramble tournaments, there is always a team or two that posts an unbelievable score. As you can see in the scoreboard below, team “River Bender” somehow managed to shoot a 55 – only 17 under par. At least they only beat the second place team by 4 shots.

Shout out to a couple of Cripple Creek players. Ryan and Pip came in 4th place on a match of cards with a round of 60. Don Dzedzy made a hole in one on the 11th hole in the howling wind. And, big Eddy Mac had the longest drive on #7 when we went through. I hope that held up to win the Long Drive Contest Hole.

Your Hack will be back to real golf on Sunday which is the last day before the spring aeration process closes the course for a few days. I’ll post about that round in a little bit.

Golf, Tournaments

The DSGA Spring Classic

Mr. Robel’ and your Hack teamed up to compete in the Delaware State Golf Association’s (DSGA) first event of the year on Monday and Tuesday. The Spring Classic was a 2-man team event, flighted, and scored on total net Stableford points. Points were earned as follows: 4-eagle, 3-birdie, 2-par, 1-bogey, 0 double bogey or worse. The competition was played over 18 holes at King’s Creek on Monday and then 18 holes at Rehoboth Country Club on Tuesday. Individual partner points were based on the net score for the hole and then added together for the team score.

We began the tournament with a 1 PM shotgun start on the 16th hole on Monday and I was not prepared for the weather. Cold, windy and wet are not a good combination for the opening round of a tournament. Combine that with poor planning on my part in selecting clothes for the day, and it spells trouble.

By the time we were on the second green of the day, I was already shaking from the cold and damp – not even able to hold my putter steady over the ball. As you can see on the scorecard below, I made exactly 2 points for the team in the first 5 holes that included 3 double bogeys and a 3-putt bogey on #17. I threw in a couple of pars here and there, a net birdie on #3 and a real birdie on #10, but that was in a mix that included 5 doubles and 2 triples. Halfway through the round, I just wanted to get off the course. I can’t remember the last time I posted a 90!

Luckily, Mr. Robel’ kept us in the tournament with a fairly steady 84. Ignoring his partner’s incredibly poor start, he was able to earn us 32 overall points. His round included a natural birdie on #7 and 4 net birdies. Unfortunately, he also threw several double bogeys into the mix as well.

We ended the day with only 54 points and were in 7th place in the 13 team Flight 1. We had some work to do on Day 2 for sure. Here is the score card and yes we did put down the wrong number of points on a couple of holes, but these were corrected officially.

Note: on #16 I should have gotten 1 point for a bogey and Mike should have gotten 2 points for a par on #17.

The weather was a little better on Tuesday at Rehoboth Beach or at least I was dressed more appropriately. We had an 8:30 AM shotgun start on the 10th hole. We knew we had work to do and we decided to start off by each making birdie on our first hole. Of course, we followed that up in true “Hack” fashion by each making a double bogey 6 on the following hole – luckily we each got a stroke and therefore a point for a net bogey. After I bogeyed the next hole with a bad 3 putt, I could feel the wheels starting to get wobbly and all I could think about was the disaster that was our first round.

I’m happy to report that we were able to steady the ship and finish our first nine with 34 stableford points compared to 23 points on our first 9 holes the first day of the tournament. I made the turn in 38 with 3 birdies and an additional net birdie and my partner added a birdie, a net birdie and four (4) pars. The strong play continued on our second nine where we added seven (7) birdies or net birdies and another 33 stableford points to bring our total to 67 points, a tournament total of 121 points.

We’d moved up 3 spots to 4th, just 8 points behind the winners. Although our 3 spot jump was the best in Flight 1, it was not enough to overcome our dismal first day. Mr. Robel’ was steady, shooting 84 both days, while your Hack’s 90-76 was very disappointing. It’s so easy to play “what-if” and find 9 additional points in that first round.

The DSGA did a great job running the tournament, although play was very slow. They announced that they would deduct two (2) stableford points from any team that did not post their scorecards within 4 hours and 45 minutes from the start of the shotgun, and some team evidently thought that meant they could take that long to play. Unfortunately, this included our playing partners on the first day. It was way too cold and wet to stand around watching them deliberate over everything. Other than that however, I would very pleased with the overall tournament and it feels good to get the first one of the year under my belt.

So what happened? How can a Hack (you’ll notice on the website and the printed cards that even the DSGA recognizes “Golf Hack Baxter”) shoot 90 on day 1 and then turn around and shoot 76 in the final round. To be honest, I wish I know. Even though I had five (5) birdies on Tuesday at Rehoboth, I still had 34 putts for the entire round, including three 3-putts. I did hit 12 of 18 greens with 6 of them inside of 15 feet and was able to convert 5 of those 6 opportunities for 1 putts. And, the course played shorter in terms of the par 5’s where I was able to make 2-putt birdies on 2 of those holes. That said, I only hit 6 of 14 fairways. Your Hack has some work to do, especially when playing tournament golf.

Here are the final standings for Flight 1 in the tournament from the DSGA/Blu Golf website. I was thrilled to be the highlight for sure. Thanks for all of the support readers have sent me over the past couple of days. It means a lot.

You can view the full leaderboard and click through all of the Flights and Individual scores cards at this link: https://dsga.bluegolf.com/bluegolfw/dsga21/event/dsga211/contest/25/leaderboard.htm