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July 7 Results: A New Format Introduced. The “Irish Scramble.”

By Rick Colvin

Shaking up the usual rotation of formats, Tournament Chair Phil Redmond and his minions put together a game they called “Irish Scramble” July 7 on the Magnolia course. Phil acknowledged that he and his colleagues “just sort of made it up.”

Format: Two-man teams competed in best ball the first six holes, alternate shot for holes seven through 12, and a scramble for the final six holes.

In the 1st Flight, Paul Warhola and Tournament Chair Phil, the brains behind the game, shot the low score of the day, a net 64; in second was the pair of Kevin Brandon and Brian Harkleroad with a 68; John Landuyt and Budd Libby came in third with a 68; and Pat Beringer and James Headley shot a 69.

Winning the 2nd Flight was the team of Ron Monaco and Bruce Gingold with a 65; Dave Brown and Thoma Thompson shot a 69; in third was Michael Peebles and Thomas Stephens, also with a 68; and John Evans and Steve Voss came in fourth with a 70.

July 6 Scramble

The team of Palmetto head pro Chris Leake, Jeff Kane, Bobby Balmes, and Cliff Spiro shot a 6-under 30 on the front nine of Palmetto to win by one stroke in the July 6 evening scramble.


The highlight of the evening was a hole-in-one by Kevin Brandon on the 3rd hole from 182 yards with a 6-iron. Brandon said he’d been having trouble with that club but, on the tee, he recalled a tip he’d gotten from Joe Plecker and it paid off.


Membership Notes

Brian and Sally O’Donnell closed on their home in The Landings in June, 2021, and moved here from Boston in November of that year. The couple was raised in Minnesota but as adults split their time between Michigan and Massachusetts. Brian spent a career in finance and is now the treasurer of Lionbridge Technologies, a global marketing services company based in Waltham, Massachusetts.


Brian and Sally like to travel and have played golf in many countries. Their favorite country is Scotland, where they have played at Royal Dornoch twice. Brian says the views there are spectacular and the golf course is challenging.


David Johnson and his soon-to-be wife Cindy Duquette moved to The Landings from Aurora, IL recently and they will be married here August 13. Cindy’s mother, Helen Lenz and father have lived on the island for 24 years. David was in the golf course management business and Cindy was a Special Education teacher.

David’s most memorable round was at Medinah No. 3 in July of 1985. On the 17th, he hit a 7-iron from 151 yards that landed six inches from the hole and hopped in. “It was my first ace,” David says. “Not sure what I shot that day. Does it matter?”