By Rick Colvin
The team of Michael Allen, Bruce Bertkau, Bob Hainly, and Steve Thomas blew away the LMGA field April 1, scoring an impressive 149 points in the Team Stableford event on the Palmetto course to win the 2nd flight by 18 points.
Key to the victory were two net eagles and five net birdies by Mike Allen. Allen’s handicap turned a birdie on hole 3 and a par on hole 17 into eagles and his pars on holes 6, 9, 12, 14, and 16 into net birdies. “It’s the best I’ve played in a long time,” Allen said.
In addition to competing for overall score, teams vied for honors on the front and back nines, with no team allowed to win more than once. Winning the front nine in the 2nd flight with 69 points was the team of Dave Angell, Richard Dolan, Brian Ray, and Paul Warhola. The 6th hole produced a point bonanza for the team. Angell, Dolan, and Ray had net eagles and Warhola added a net bogey for 13 points. Angell also had net eagles on holes 1 and 9.
The team of Pat Beringer, Gary Mehes, Frank Schepis, and Bill Tomassini won the back nine with 70 points.
In the 1st flight, the team of Steve Heacox, Dick Higgins, David Martin, and Dave Resler won overall with 128 points. Gary Poleynard, Fred Shaner, and Bill Wolod won the front nine with 67 points and Robert Jannino, Robert Linnett, Eric Rosenstock, and Edgar Yu won the back nine with 62.
Bob Gardner had the hole of the day, scoring a net double eagle, also known as an albatross, on the long and treacherous par 4 No. 6. After a good drive, Gardner hit a 7-iron to 18 inches for a birdie. His handicap gave him two strokes on that hole, for a net score of 1!
The weekly skins game is back! Winning skins were Mike Allen, Andy Eastwood, Steve Heacox, and Bob Gardner.
New LMGA member Bud Equi and his wife, Lisa, bought a place at The Landings in 2016 and came from Atlanta to live here fulltime in 2019. Bud was in management in the specialty chemicals business and still does consulting. Bud’s pre-round routine involves a mental exercise of deciding which “Bud” will show up, swinging the Orange Whip, hitting his 56-degree wedge, 9-iron, 5 hybrid, 3-wood, and driver, and putting for five minutes. “Depending on which ‘Bud’ shows up, I’ll be closer to 100 or closer to breaking 90!” he said.
Lee Flake and his wife, Paula, purchased a home in The Landings in 2016. The Flakes spend a few weeks each year here as well as coming down from Ann Arbor, Michigan for several long weekends. Lee is still working fulltime as CFO of a specialty chemical company but he plays in some club events and decided now was the time to join LMGA. Lee’s pre-round routine starts with 15 minutes of stretching followed by chipping and putting to, as he says, “get a feel for the ball.” He does a range session and then returns to the putting green for a little bit before teeing office. He says our Bermuda grass takes some getting used to, compared to the bent grass up north. But, he says, “the more I play the more comfortable I get.”
New LMGA member Tom Kelly and his wife, Alison, both originally from New England, moved to The Landings in September after 15 years in the Atlanta area. Tom was Global Business Director of Allnex, which supplied resins for industrial paints. He said the company’s resins can be found on “your car, in your tires, on your beer can and, most importantly, on your golf clubs!” Asked about his pre-round routine, Tom said his “involves envisioning a great round, hitting a bunch of balls, and then being brought back to reality in that I still have a lot of work to do on my game.”
John Soron joined the LMGA soon after he and his wife, Connie, moved to The Landings from upstate New York. Both retired, John owned several technology-based businesses and Connie was a teacher. They moved here to be closer to friends and Connie’s family in Richmond Hill. John’s pre-round routine includes stretching and, as with many of us, ibuprofen!
Playing for the first time with the LMGA were Dave Dunigan, Pat Beringer, and Sonny Brownlee. Welcome!