This was the first match of the 2020 Bouchillon-Ambrose season. The game this week was two-man teams playing Modified Alternate Shot in Match Play. Both players of each team hit drives, the teams selected their best drives, and then the teams played alternate shot into the hole. Plantation played against Oakridge while Deer Creek competed with Marshwood.
The Oakridge – Plantation match was a blow-out with Plantation winning handily 6.25 to 2.5. Plantation’s score included .75 points from its 3 Overflow players who each scored 30 or more points in their individual Stableford matches (each “winning” player earned .25 points).
The Deer Creek – Marshwood match was much more suspenseful. Their Alternate Shot teams ended in a tie at 3.5. So, it was up to the Overflow players. Deer Creek’s 1 Overflow player (Michael Allen) scored 39 points for an additional .25 points for Deer Creek. But Marshwood’s 3 Overflow players could only win one of their rounds (Peter Hering scored 38 points) which also resulting in .25 points. So, at the end of the day, Deer Creek and Marshwood ended in a dead heat with 3.75 points each.
Given that this was a B-A match, there was no Skins competition. And pace of play was good with all teams back to the scoreboard within 4 hours. As usual for B-A cup matches, lunch was served along with the usual beverages. Brats and sandwiches were the order of the day. A special SHOUT OUT goes to the Deer Creek staff for setting up tents along with tables and chairs at the scoreboard to help keep the “summer” sun off the players while they enjoyed their lunches. And thank you LMGA folks who make this happen week-in and week-out: President Frank Schepis for overall organization; Tom Seipel and Larry Brown for handling our weekly beverages; and John Bellucci, Steve Skipper, and Mike Munro for continuing to keep us organized despite many last-minute changes and for arranging for the food.
So, the 2020 B-A season starts with Plantation in sole possession of First Place and Oakridge in the “coveted” DFL position. But that could all change on February 20th at Palmetto when Plantation attempts to keep their perfect record with a win over Marshwood and Oakridge tries to move out of DFL with a win against Deer Creek. The game will be individual singles’ match play. Sign up now so that you don’t get left out. And while you are at it, sign up now for next week’s Thirsty Thursday match at Marshwood where the game will be “2 or more” where four-man teams will be required to take two net balls, or more, on every hole.