By Rick Colvin
The Marshwood team registered its 4th straight win, dominating Oakridge 5 ½ to 1 ¾ on its home course in the July 16 Bouchillon-Ambrose Cup, alternate-shot competition. Marshwood won five of its matches and halved one. Oakridge won one match, tied another, and picked up a ¼ point from Jay Carey in the overflow Stableford division.
Deer Creek returned to its winning ways, easily beating Palmetto 6 to 2 ½. Deer Creek won five matches and halved two; Palmetto won two matches and tied one. Deer Creek picked up another half point with victories by David Evans and Michael Allen in the Stableford division.
Deer Creek now leads with five victories, followed by Marshwood with four, Palmetto with three and Oakridge with two. Only two matches remain before the competition culminates in October with a two-day tournament to decide the 2021 winner of the B-A Cup.
Weekly Scramble Results
The team of Landings Club Tournament Director Andrew Ward and members Michael Mella, Jon Bokina, and Jon's son, Alex, scored a six-under par 30 on the front nine of Palmetto to defeat five other teams to win the July 16 scramble event. The team of Deer Creek Head Professional Spencer Scheeler, Bobby Balmes, Rich Matos, and Mark Monson won the only skin, with a birdie on par 3 third hole.
New LMGA member Mark Lastner and his wife, Virginia, bought a place at The Landings in June 2020 while still living in Maryland. Mark is CEO of a small physician-owned medical liability company and Virginia works with education-related non-profits. Mark began golfing socially more than 30 years ago. His favorite golf-related memory is playing at a club in Scotland called Cruden Bay that was designed by none other than Old Tom Morris. During the round, a fog so dense he couldn’t see his hands in front of his face rolled in. Fortunately, locals yelled to his group to stay put and wait it out and 45 minutes later the fog lifted and they finished the round. “Nice folks at Cruden Bay,” he said.
Bryan Morton and his wife, Janet, bought a house in The Landings in 2020 and, after she retired in March and he retired in June, moved here permanently from Dalton, Georgia. Bryan worked with Shaw Industries in a variety of capacities and Janet was at Hamilton Medical Center in financial and compliance roles. Bryan started playing golf after college. His swing thought: “stay on my heels and take it back slow.”
Charles Murphy joined LMGA after he retired in May from Novo Nordisk, where he worked in IT. Charles and his wife, Regina, a registered nurse, moved to The Landings in November 2020 from Yardley, Pennsylvania. Regina continues to work part-time at Memorial Hospital. Charles said he’s new to golf although he had been playing a few times a year ever since being introduced to the game by his father. Now, he’s taking lessons and trying to up his game. He says his most important swing thought is to make a full turn, relax and release the club, trusting his set up and grip.