By Rick Colvin
Sixteen foursomes competed May 6 in a Team Stableford event on the Palmetto course, vying for front, back, and overall honors.
Comprising the winning team in the 1st flight, Rick Cricenti, Gef Fleming, Paul Hubert, and Ron Thomas compiled 138 points, the highest point total of either flight. The team’s back nine score of 74 was also the highest of any team, front or back. However, under the event rules, a team could only win once, so the team of Kevin Brandon, Richard Dolan, Craig Flynn, and Bob Linnett was awarded the victory for scoring 71 points on the back nine. The team of Larry Batanian, Peter Hering, Don Snyder, and Mike Towson won the front nine with 70 points.
Michael Allen, Bruce Bertkau, John Bellucci, and Bob Hainly won top overall honors in the 2nd flight with 130 points; the team boosted its total by racking up 10 points on the 18th hole, scoring 1 point for a net bogey, two points for a net par, three points for a net birdie, and four points by Bertkau, who chipped in for a net eagle.
Peter Altman, David Foley, Tom Hudson, and Tom Kelly won the front nine with 68 points; and Bill Brunton, Gary Poleynard, Jim Shirley, and John Soron took the back nine with a total of 61 points.
The Team Stableford event is one in which each team has an A- B-C and D player, based on their handicaps; it is one of the opportunities LMGA provides for players at different skill levels to play together.
New LMGA member Joe Kirsch and his wife, Terese, moved to The Landings after living in Naperville, IL for 33 years. Joe recently retired from his position as an HR executive with Siemens Corp. Joe began playing golf when he was a junior in high school, learning the game from friends. He’s looking forward to playing more and meeting more golfers.
Erik Estabrook moved to The Landings at the beginning of the year from San Francisco, where he had lived for eight years. Erik will continue working remotely for a virtual community and events platform. He started golf early, learning to play at the age of 5 from his grandfather, who had coached the golf team at Syracuse University. Unfortunately, Erik says what he remembers from those lessons is “mostly proper golf etiquette vs. how to shoot low.”