By Rick Colvin
The Deer Creek squad tallied its third straight win, beating Palmetto 11.5 to 9.75 in singles matches May 20 on the Marshwood golf course to take a two-point lead over the field. Deer Creek has now bested Palmetto twice and Oakridge and Marshwood once each.
In the other match, Marshwood defeated Oakridge 12.5 to 9.5. Oakridge earned one of its points from four of its players hitting or exceeding their Individual Stableford targets in overflow matches. Oakridge’s Bill Jaques, Gary Poleynard, Tom Kunce, and Rib Rubin all contributed a quarter point. John Bellucci earned a quarter point for the Palmetto team.
Marshwood has now won two straight B-A Cup matches and Palmetto has lost two in a row. Marshwood, Oakridge, and Palmetto each have two points, with four more contests left in the 2021 B-A competition.
The next B-A Cup face-off will be June 10 on the Oakridge course; Deer Creek will take on Marshwood and Palmetto will line up against Oakridge.
Jeff and Julia Kane moved to The Landings from Dallas in May. Jeff’s father and grandparents were golfers and they introduced him to the game when he was 10 years old. One of Jeff’s favorite memories is a golf trip that he took to Scotland with his father, brother and brother-in-law. He says he hasn’t played much over the past 10 years and that he is, quite literally, he says, looking forward to “knocking the rust off the sticks.”
New LMGA member Mark Witbeck played with the LMGA for the first time. He and his wife, Lana, had a long and roundabout multi-year journey from Indiana to arrive at The Landings in January. It started with a plan to travel by boat the more than 5,000-mile Great Loop on their 44’ Gulfstar. The Great Loop route is a circumnavigation of the eastern U.S. and part of Canada, following the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway from Chicago to Mobile, Alabama, the Gulf Coast, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the New York State canals, the Canadian canals, and the Great Lakes. They got as far as Marathon, Florida before being waylaid for three months by Covid. While there, they met Wes and Amanda Doorman, who had recently moved to The Landings. With hurricane season upon them, they returned to Indiana, sold their house, and bought an RV. While spending October through December last year touring golf communities in the Southeast, they stopped in to visit the Doormans at The Landings, fell in love with the place and decided to move here.
Mark, who was director of operations at Notre Dame' Univrersity's publishing arm , played in the men’s golf league there and won the championship three years in a row. He also helped start the First Tee program in South Bend which, within six years, became the largest in the state, involving 80 school and three counties.