By Rick Colvin
The team of Vic Bell, John Soron, Phil Redmond, and Steve Voss blew away the 2nd flight by scoring 145 points for a 17-point margin of victory in a Team Stableford game May 27 on Terrapin Point. Team members accounted for the big win by complimenting each other’s strong and steady games; Voss contributed two birdies.
Two teams scored 128 points but the team of Rick Cricenti, Mike Morris, Tom Stephens, and Mark Witbeck took second in a card-off; in third was the team of Ted Bumsted, David Evans, Alan Kane, and Tom Richards. Kane had net eagles on holes 3 and 12, for eight of the team’s points.
In the 1st flight, the win went to the team of David Foley, Kevin Olson, and Bill Wolod with 143 points. Wolod shot a 75, ending with a birdie on the par 3 12th hole. Olson parred nine holes where he got strokes, earning him 27 points.
Only eight points separated the first-place team from the third-place team in the 1st flight. Taking 2nd place with 137 points was the team of John Bellucci, Sonny Brownlee, Greg Maloof, and Michael McCarty. Two points behind in third place was the team of Rick Colvin, John Higgins, and Frank Schepis.
An all-time record 10 skins—including net eagles on the 1st six holes—were awarded to eight players: John Bellucci, Sonny Brownlee, Tom Kelly, Ed O’Donnell, Steve O’Loughlin, and Steve Voss each won one skin; Bob Hainly and Alan Kane each had two.
Rufus Freeman chipped in for a par from about 10 yards out with a gap wedge on No. 11...Brian Ray overcooked a 3-wood draw on the par four 6th, saw the ball bounce on land and hit an alligator in the water. Ray said the gator “jumped and gobbled up the ball right away.” Despite the ‘gator lurking only 10 feet away, Ray hit his third shot on the green and he “came away with a bogey and no scars!”
David Foley and his wife, Irma, moved to The Landings from Columbus, Ohio about 3 ½ years ago. A history professor, David had never played golf before moving here. He says he likes golf because “it’s great at providing an immediate feedback loop, in that a good shot resonates in one’s mind, body, and soul, happily, and a bad shot does the opposite!”
Mike Mella and his wife, Judy, became members of The Landings Club five years ago, but he just recently joined LMGA. Mike started golfing at the age of 65 after moving here from Westchester County, where he was an investment advisor, a role in which he is still engaged. “I’m 71 and racing against time to improve my game before ‘aging out’,” he says. “It’s been a tough slog learning a game of precision and eye hand coordination at 65 years of age. My fondest golf memory occurred about 3 weeks ago when I birdied three holes. I haven’t had a birdie since.” He says the LMGA will be his first exposure to organized golf.
The LMGA Wednesday evening 9-hole scrambles began June 9 on Palmetto and will continue through Labor Day. Sign up on Wednesdays by calling the golf shop of each week’s course. Shotgun start at 6 p.m. If you have questions, contact Greg Snyder at gpsnyder55@gmail or Steve Bunn at SteveBunn62@gmail.com