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June 9 Results: Pick Sixers Go Low

By Rick Colvin

The “pick six” scramble on the Terrapin Point golf course June 9 led to extraordinarily low scores.

In the first flight, teams chose to hit their tee shots from the tournament, club, and Skidaway tees. The team of Michael Allen, Jon Bokina, Bob Schmidt, and Scott Stockslager shot a 55 to edge out the team of Kevin Brandon, John Higgins, Gary Poleynard, and Bill Tomassini by one stroke. The team eagled every par 5. “We were on fire, throwing darts at the flags,” Bokina said. “All of our eagle and birdie putts were 10 feet or less.”

In the second flight, playing from the club, medal and Skidaway tees, the team of Rufus Freeman, Brian Harkleroad, Michael Peebles, and Don Snyder shot a 62, for a three-stroke victory over two team that tied at 65.

The team had no bogeys. Freeman’s putting was stellar, draining multiple 10-foot putts to save holes. Snyder’s bunker game was excellent, helping the team get up and down in clutch situations. “Everybody contributed,” Snyder said. “When we needed a clutch shot someone came through.”

One highlight was Harkleroad’s tee shot into the bunker from the Skidaway tees on the par 5 14th. The team was able to get up and down for an eagle.

Wednesday Night Scramble

Playing in between thunderstorms, the team of Alex Bokina, Jon Bokina, Jeff Kane, and Greg Snyder carded six birdies to come in at 30 to win the June 8 9-hole scramble on the Oakridge course.

The team of Bruce Baker, Kevin Brandon, and Marshwood Assistant Pro Courtland Keyes won skins with birdies on holes 1 and 2, both difficult par fours. Sonny Brownlee, teaching pro Carol Preisinger, Eric Rosenstock, and Jack Welch notched an unanswered birdie for skin on the short par 4 6th hole.

Membership Notes

Brian Harkleroad and his wife, Audrey, moved to The Landings from northern Virginia. Harkleroad worked in energy consulting and, subsequently, retirement planning, before retiring in May. Audrey was an IT consultant.

Brian was introduced to golf by his parents and has been playing for 50 years. As a youngster, he had a job cutting greens at Congressional, back when it was the site of the Kemper Open. “I took pride in getting the line on the green perfectly aligned for the television cameras,” he said.

Jessen Fahey and his spouse, Jenn, live in Denver but are looking for a home in The Landings and plan to move here in the next couple of years. Both Jessen and Jenn are in retirement planning, with Jessen selling investments and Jenn selling 401k plans. Jessen began playing golf with his grandparents when he was in graduate school about 30 years ago. “My grandparents were huge influences in my life and I loved playing with them.” Audrey began playing six years ago.

John and Molly Garone moved to The Landings in March from Franklin Lakes, NJ. He retired after 40 years in the banking industry. John has played golf for 30 years after being introduce to the game by a close friend. He cherishes early memories of the “wonderful social and competitive aspects of the game” that keep him, as he says, “coming back for more.”

Alex Bokina and his parents, Jon and Beatriz Bokina, moved to The Landings eight years ago. Alex is a rising sophomore at the University of Georgia where he is studying finance and accounting. He started golfing when he was 2 years old. "My dad gave me a set of baby Cleveland golf clubs after getting my tonsils removed, and I have been hooked ever since!"