LMGA’s December 10 outing produced statistically puzzling results that prompted quite a bit of speculation when golfers gathered for post-round beverages at the Deer Creek course.
The game was mixed-team Stableford, and 21 three- and four-man teams competed on a day that started out cool but, as have many of our days recently, turned gloriously sunny and warm, with a high temperature of 70 degrees. Players wearing shorts were glad they did.
The 77 golfers were assigned to teams and divided into two Flights. Golf chairman and tournament organizer extraordinaire John Bellucci said the Flights were created to produce similar average handicaps. So, it follows that the flight results should have been similar as well.
They were anything but.
The threesome of Doug Duncan, Mike Munro and Randy Gladden racked up 149.3 points to win Flight 1. The foursome of Rick Colvin, Gef Fleming, John Evans and Michael Harhai won Flight 2 with 132 points, with 18th-hole net eagles by Colvin and Evans contributing eight points. The winning Flight 2 score would have resulted in only a tie for sixth place in Flight 1.
The average score in Flight 1 was 134.3, and the range was 127 to 149.3. The average score in Flight 2 was far lower, 122.9, and the range was 110 to 132. Also interesting was that 22 points separated first place from last place in both flights.
The only explanation of the flight-to-flight variance is, of course, “that’s golf!”
The team of Frank Schepis, Tom Richards and Bill Tomassini scored 142.6 for second place in Flight 1. Bill Wolod, Bob Benson and Randy Hatch came in with 137.3 for third place. That threesomes took the top three slots in the Flight fed the oft-noted theory that threesomes have an advantage over foursomes in team games.
Steve Bunn, Bobby Jones and Peter Koch took second place in Flight 2 with 129. 3 points; Gorge Yost, Eric Rosenstock, Tony Lombard and Tom Kunce took third with 129 points.
John Evans was “Deer Creeked” on his tee shot on No. 12 but curled in a 35-foot putt from the base of the hill left of the green for a birdie…Bob Hainly hit a pitching wedge from 95 yards to two inches for a birdie on No. 6…Kevin Olson chipped in with a wedge from 20 yards on No. 6 for a birdie…Paul Lieberman credited “soft hands” for the 3-hybrid he hit from 190 yards to 12 feet for a birdie on No. 13…Ted Bumsted birdied No. 9 from 12 feet after hitting a 159-yard 5-hybrid…Bill Tomassini hit out of the deep trap right of the green on No. 16 to 1 foot for a par, even though the pin was on a sharp downslope…Mark “Big Hitter” Monson drove the ball over the green on No. 5 and chipped close for a birdie...
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Next Week’s Event
…is the ever-popular Pick Six format between ABCD player teams. Seventy-nine guys had signed up to play as of Dec. 12.
This will be last event of the year with Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day occurring on the next two Thursdays. Weekly play resumes Jan. 7.
Sign up now on the LMGA website so that you don’t get left out!