Cripple Creek, Golf

Thanksgiving Weekend Golf

We were lucky to play both the Friday and Sunday after Thanksgiving in beautiful weather. It was sunny with temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s and mild winds. Today is another story – it’s pouring outside, coastal flood alerts, thunderstorms are coming, and Cripple Creek is closed for the day. I guess it’s a day to update the blog, play online poker at Pokerstars with some of my boys, and generally sit on my ass. It’s raining so hard, our dog – Bogey – won’t go outside. And now, let’s talk about the weekend golf.

FRIDAY MATCHES

We had 12 players in our team matches on Friday – playing best 2 of 4 net and Skins. Your Hack was paired with Pip, Jimmy D., and Hurricane Hastings. We were joined by a portly, older gentleman that many of you know as the Sheriff. Although we played as a 5-some, we were behind several groups of slower players, so we had no issue keeping up the pace. To make things interesting, the Sheriff and I played a better ball match against Pip and Jimmy D. $10 Nassau, automatic 2 down presses, and Junk.

Our 2nd group featured a grudge match between the Senator and Hagen against Mike Nangle and Scott Haines. After the beating they took in their recent Myrtle Beach trip over the Masters’ weekend, Nangle and Haines were looking for blood.

The final group featured Decker and his son (who was visiting over the Thanksgiving holiday), Dewey and Ryan, our assistant Pro. To add to the excitement, your Hack and Pip had an additional team bet against Dewey and Ryan for the lowest overall better ball score. Sometimes, you just have to keep things interesting.

Friday’s Scorecard

Judging by the scorecard above, your Hack must have had some intuition about his play that morning. I posted my best round in the past couple of months. Sitting 2 under par after the first 4 holes, I was sitting in the middle of the fairway on #5 with a 7 iron into the green, thinking I was going low. They say you shouldn’t think ahead when playing and “they” were right as usual. After a 7-iron that refused to draw, I ended up in the right bunker, bladed the next over the green, hit an indifferent chip and 2-putted for a double. Your Hack further lived up to his name by double bogeying #7 and #8, finishing the front with a 39 (4 over par) – six (6) dropped shots in five (5) holes. Typical Hack stuff.

Luckily, the Sheriff covered me on a couple of the double bogey holes and we won the front 2 up in our match against Jimmy D. and Pip. Our foursome only stood 1 under in the best 2 of 4 match. You might think I was a little frustrated and you’d be right.

As the back nine began, I was able to right the ship with four (4) straight pars, but we remained even in our Nassau as Pip and Jimmy D. matched us hole for hole. Things were about to change however. Going for broke on #14, I hit a drive from the up tees on the par 5 that made it across the cart path and was only 185 from the green. A nice 5 iron left me about 25 feet for eagle, which to my astonishment I made. Another up tee on #15 let me get within 15 yards of the green with my drive – a nice chip and tap in for birdie brought me back to only 1 over for the day and up 2 on the back in our Nassau match.

I let it slip again with bogeys on the last 2 holes – both from the fairway – and ended with a 74. The Sheriff and I won the Nassau 3 ways, lost a final press, and ended with six (6) pieces of Trash. Pip and I also won our match against Dewey and Ryan, but out team only ended at 9 under for the best 2 of 4 team match.

The Senator and Hagen destroyed their opponents, mostly on the strength of the Senator’s fine play. He shot 76 and also led his team to an 11 under score to take the overall team match. Hagen, Nangle and your Hack were able to win skins as well.

SUNDAY MATCHES

With only nine (9) players on Sunday, we went out in threesomes and played individual Stableford again at 80% of handicaps, rounded down. Your Hack, Senator Cummings and Steve Hagen went out first and added a $2 – Nine (9) Point game to the gamble within our threesome. The Sheriff, Mr. Robel’ and Mark Browne followed with Jimmy D., Dewey, and Reid comprising the final group of the day.

Let me get something out of the way. In typical Hack fashion, I started the day brimming with confidence after my play on Friday. Over confidence as it turned out. I ended up shooting 83 after making only 2 pars on the front and finishing the round with the “big right miss” OB on #18, which led to a triple bogey. “GOLF!” as our friend Paul Dillion is fond of saying. I did have one highlight (lowlight really) as I hit #14 in two (2) for the second round in a row, but then 3-putted for a par. That, in a nutshell, was my day. I ended up with the lowest Stableford score of the bunch (that’s not good) and was beaten soundly in the 9 Point game by the Senator and Hagen.

Sunday’s Card

Overall, the day featured some great play. The Senator continued his fine run and posted another 76, featuring birdies on #4 and #13. His shot on #13 almost went into the hole for a 1 – coming to rest about 3 inches to the left of the cup. We thought it was in from the tee! In addition, Mike had two (2) chips that hit the flagstick but refused to drop. The Senator is in fine form and his handicap is about to be cut!

The Sheriff posted a 79 which was his first round breaking 80 in a while. Marred only by a double bogey on the easy 10th hole, his scorecard featured birdies on #4, #9, and #13. Glen has been bothered by a bad back and troublesome hip for the last few years and it’s great to see him post a score like this. The older, portly gentleman can play.

Mr. Robel’ blew through the front 9 with a 33, posting four (4) birdies – #3, #4, #8 and #9. He kinda streaky I guess. He added a birdie on #11 to go three (3) under for the round. Looking ahead to the inevitable chatter about his handicap after the round, our Mr. Robel’ then managed only one (1) par coming in to post a strong 75. We now have another player on the verge of a handicap adjustment.

Strong Play from Hudson & Robel

Both the Sheriff and Mr. Robel’ cleared some skins, as did Jimmy D. who posted an 80 with three (3) birdies. It was a strong day for birdies at the Creek and there were a bunch of smiling faces on the back deck after the round.

Unfortunately, we had a problem in the Stableford match. As I was running the game, your Hack has to take full responsibility for the fail. You see, someone does not know how to keep score in a Stableford format. The player earns points based on their score for the hole – 3 points for a birdie, 2 for a par, 1 for a bogey, 0 for a double and -1 for a triple. The points are added up and the player’s handicap is added resulting in the total Stableford score – high score wins.

In one group, the scorer gave points to the players for “net scores” and also added the handicap at the end, resulting in the Senator and Mr. Robel’ losing out on sharing the top prize. It’s unfortunate, but “it is what it is” and your Hack will do better the next time. The incorrectly paid winner will be donating his “winnings” to the First Tee of Delaware for our annual 4 Club tournament to be help on New Year’s Eve.

Up next is our Holiday 3-Man Step Away tournament scheduled for next weekend at the Creek. We are currently at 48 players and have fingers crossed for the weather on Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned, and keep it in the short grass.

Cripple Creek, Golf

It Was Stableford Wednesday

Your Hack was joined by nine (9) fellow golfers on the day before Thanksgiving in a game setup by Mr. Robel’. Tee times, players – with handicaps – and the stakes appeared in our text feed. It was time to play.

11:10 Hack 5- Mr. Robel’ 7- Sheriff 9
11:20 Dewey 6- Boteler 9-Councilman 10
11:30 Decker 12-Young Decker 9- Sunderlin 12
Stableford, $20 game, Top 3 $40,$30,$20
Skins $90

In Stableford, the player earns points rather than a score on each hole and the point total is added to the player’s handicap to determine the highest score. Points are earned as follows: 3 for a birdie, 2 for a par, 1 for a bogey, 0 for a double bogey and -1 for a triple bogey or higher. In this game, the highest score wins. I almost forgot. You can get 5 points for an eagle, but that didn’t come happen yesterday.

Playing with the Sheriff, we decided to spice things up by playing Lucky 7 within our group. Your Hack started off well, chipping to about 3 feet on #1 and making par, while the Sheriff and Mr Robel’ both 3 putted for bogey. I continued playing well on the front, hitting every fairway until #8. My 3-wood refused to draw and I ended up far right and behind the large group of trees blocking the green. A layup and a poor chip resulted in a bogey to take me to 2 over par. My partners struggled a bit on the front as the Sheriff accumulated a couple of negative Lucky 7 chips and Mr. Robel’ had some putting woes.

On the 9th hole, my drive was pulled left and struck a tree which meant I was about to take the negative “hit tree” Lucky 7 chip from the Sheriff unless I made a “Barkie” – a par after hitting a tree. Fortunately, I made a 12 footer for par, avoided the negative poker chip and finished the front with 16 Stableford points.

The back 9 started well as I rolled in a nice birdie putt on #10, only to be followed by Mr. Robel’s birdie which stole the “Birdie” Lucky 7 chip. Last one to make wins! Mike continued his strong play on the front, while I struggled with 3 bogeys in a row on holes 12 through 14 and then again on holes 16 through 18. I finished the front with an additional 13 Stableford points, which made my total 29 + 5 handicap = 34 points. Mike’s strong play on the front pulled him close, but his total was 1 behind at 33 points. The Sheriff had a tough day and ended a bit behind in both Stableford points and Lucky 7 chips.

The real action was in the group behind us as Steve Dewey shot a 1 under 35 on the back bringing him into the house with a 74 and the lead in Stableford points. Birdies on three (3) holes mid-round provided the rocket fuel for his big win. In addition, his threesome was playing a 9-point game within their group and Steve cleaned up there as well.

The final group of Decker 1, Decker 2, and Drew sort of “quietly” came to the house with some tough scores. Over drinks after the round, they indicated that they had a great time, but just couldn’t make any putts.

Final tally? Mr. Dewey ran the table, taking first place in the Stableford, beating his partners badly in the 9-point game, and earning a few skins for his birdies – only one was cut. Your Hack was lucky to come in 2nd in the Stableford, win the Lucky 7, and cleared one skin. Mr. Robel’ placed 3rd in the Stableford match thanks to his great play on the back nine.

We are getting some rain overnight and on Thanksgiving Day which will probably mean “cart paths only” for our Friday game. We currently have 12 players signed up – we’ll see how many show. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and keep it in the short grass.

Here is a special shoutout to our buddy Nick Stanisic for his hole in one on #3 last Sunday. Congratulations Ramrod!