By Rick Colvin
The teams atop both flights of the June 23 game on the Palmetto course walked away from their competitors, recording five-point margins of victory. The game’s format was one better ball on odd-numbered holes and two better balls on even-numbered holes.
In the 1st Flight, the team of Kevin Brandon, John Evans, Joel Klein and Sean Ryan came in at 21-under; Bruce Gingold, Ed O’Donnell, John Tripp, and Bill Wolod were at 16-under; Michael Allen, Dave Martin, Doug Ramey, and Steve Thomas came in third at 18-under.
In the 2nd Flight, the winning team, with a score of 21-under, consisted of Chris Bigalke, Jay Carey, Alan Kane, and Edgar Yu; three teams were tied at 16-under.
Thirty-nine of 52 players participated in the skins pool and 10 skins were awarded, using the new MoreSkins format. Skins winners represented a wide range of handicaps, from 2 to 33.
Wednesday Night Scramble Results
The LMGA Wednesday evening scramble on June 15th was a first with seven teams of threesomes playing the Palmetto front nine. Palmetto Assistant Pro Kyle Brennaman, with his professional “home course” knowledge, teamed up with Bill Tomassini and Jack Welch for a 7-under 29, quite a feat for a threesome. Their round included an eagle on the 4th hole, a tough par four, and unmatched birdies on holes 6 and 7 for 3 team skins. The team of Marshwood Assistant Pro Courtland Keyes, Jon Bokina and Alex Bokina had the other skin with a birdie on the 1st hole.
The evening scramble on June 22nd was another highly competitive 6-team event. With 7 birdies in 9 holes, the team lead by Courtland Keyes with Kevin Brandon, John Clark (new to The Landings and LMGA) and Page Thomson posted a blistering 29 on the Deer Creek front nine to collect first place in the team game. Two other teams were right on their heels posting 30s but to no avail. The only skin was awarded for a birdie on the third hole to the team of Spencer Bethel, Jeff Kane, Mike Mella and Mark Witbeck.
John Tripp and his wife, Ami, moved to The Landings from Nashville, TN. John manages the provider network for Memorial Health and Ami is a nurse. They have two sons, James, 2, and Luke, 4. John began playing golf when he was 7 years old, taking after his father and grandfather. “My earliest memory of golf was at a local par 3 course, where my dad would just hand me a 7-iron and tell me to hit the ball until I got it on the green!”