By Rick Colvin
A bonanza of points on the par 3 No. 12 Palmetto helped power the Flight 2 winner of the team Stableford event on Jan. 14.
The team of David Brown, Don Snyder, Mike Staman, and Steve Thomas scored a dozen of its 140 points on that hole, with Snyder contributing four points with a birdie for a net eagle. Brown also had a birdie, for 3 points, and Staman added 3 more points with a net birdie. Thomas had a net par for 2 points.
That team had the highest point total of the field of 58 golfers and 15 groups who turned out despite weather that started off in the 30s but eventually rose to the low 50s. The groups competed for 1st place on the front 9, back 9, and overall, with each winning team allowed to claim only one prize.
The team winning the overall prize in Flight 1 also had a big hole. Larry Batanian, Tony Lombard, Mike McGough, and Frank Schepis hauled in 13 of their 129 points on the always challenging No. 2. Schepis accounted for two of those points with a dramatic, comeback bogey. After a second shot in the water, and a penalty, he hit his fourth shot left of the left traps. His chip to a far, back right pin stayed on the green, and he sank the putt. Lombard and McGough had birdies for net eagles. Batanian had a par for a net birdie.
In Flight 1, the team of Herb Gallagher, Dan Malachuk, Milo Moore, and Steve Voss won the front 9 with 67 points; Michael Harhai, Phil Redmond, Bill Tomassini, and Paul Warhola won the back 9 with 66 points.
In Flight 2, Brian Mitchell, Mike Munro, Edgar Yu, and Greg Snyder won the front 9 with 62 points; the team of Thomas Richards, Ron Thomas, Bill Wolod, and George Yost scored 59 points to win the back 9.
Scott Stockslager hit a 6-iron into the wind over the green on the par 3 No. 15, landing in the muddy edge of the marsh; he then managed to blast it onto the green and sank the putt for a par…Bob Wyont birdied No. 17 by hitting an iron 167 yards to 8 feet and sinking the putt.
Don Carlson is a new LMGA member from Marlborough, MA. He and his wife, Anne, bought a home in The Landings at the end of December. Don is a manufacturer’s rep for a building materials company. His favorite course is Old Head at the southern tip of Ireland. He says the course is “beautiful and challenging but fair.”
Matt Amman played with the LMGA for the first time. Amman and Catherine have lived at The Landings for three years, having moved from Wilmington Island. He is a wealth management adviser with Merrill Lynch here on Skidaway Island. The Ammans have three daughters. His favorite course at The Landings is Deer Creek and, while the runoffs on that course are the bane of many of our games, Amman enjoys the challenge. “Really places a premium on your short game!”, he says. By the way, Matt was once a professional baseball player in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
Frederick Shaner is a new LMGA member who has lived with his wife, Mimi, at The Landings part time since 2001. The Shaners live the rest of the year in State College, Penn. Their family-owned company manages hotels and restaurants and owns and manages a golf course in Pennsylvania. He’s played many courses throughout the U.S. but his favorite is Pebble Beach.
Reminder: Together for a Cure tournament is coming up. See the LMGA website for signup details.