By Rick Colvin
Two teams tied at the top of the 1st flight and three other teams shot the same score in the 2nd flight in the April 15 two-net-better balls competition on the Deer Creek course.
After a card-off comparing scores on the last nine holes, the team of Michael Allen, Bill Brunton, Bob Hainly and Bob Schmidt won the 1st flight at 19 under; also, at 19 under but coming in second, was the team of Charlie Bradford, Craig Flynn, Rib Rubin, and Steve Voss.
Bob Hainly attributed his team’s win to the play of Michael Allen. “We spent most of the day cheering him on and marveling at the kind of golf day he was having,” Hainly said. “As they say, ‘We rode that horse right into the barn!’”
For his part, Allen said it was a “total team effort” and that “I just got lucky on some of the holes where I was able to take advantage of my handicap.”
For the runners-up, Craig Flynn had natural birdies on two par 4s -- 5 and 16. The birdie on 16 was a net eagle. In addition, Rib Rubin contributed six pars, including 15, 16, and 17. “Typical for many players but a good round for me,” Rubin said.
In the 2nd flight, three teams tied at 17 under with Steve Heacox, Dick Higgins, Jim Rogan, and Edgard Yu emerging victorious after the tiebreaker. In second was the team of Bob Kulp, David Martin, Gary Mehes, and Bruce Schneidewind. Jim Dwyer, Paul Lieberman, Brian Mitchell, and Mike Staman took third place.
Winning skins were Tim Elliot (10), Dave Foley (15), Bob Hainly (14), Gary Mehes (13), Jim Rogan (12), and Mike Towson (16).
Tim McDermott shot a 73, the low round of the day. McDermott had four birdies, including 2, 3, and 4.
New LMGA member, retired Air Force Col. Jeffrey “Hawk” Baker and his wife, Dale, moved to The Landings from Hawaii in 2018. Hawk retired from active duty in 2011 after a 30-year career as a pilot in which he flew the F-117 Stealth, F-111, and EF-111 fighters as well as other jets. He amassed around 500 combat hours during Desert Storm and other campaigns. Until recently, Hawk commuted to New Mexico, where he had taken his last position. Asked about his golfing career, Hawk said he started playing at the age of 10 and took lessons in college; he returned to the game after a 40-year hiatus.
Sam and Kathy Collura have lived at The Landings since July 2016. He continues to work as a vice president of strategic accounts in the wireless network software business. He began playing golf in the 7th grade after his mother took up the game, playing at a par-3 country club course.
Welcome back Tim Elliot and Russ Harrison!