from Hugh Quinn, 1st VP
Todd Southard (alias Surfer Dude) won the 2019 TGA Senior Club Championship by three shots over Steve Wessels with a score of 147 as he surfed on his GolfBoard over the 36 holes.
While it seemed like a comfortable three shot victory, it was anything but. After trailing by three shots entering the final round, Steve shot 35 to Todd’s 37 on the front nine to get within one. They were tied after #13. Todd birdied #15 to take a one shot lead and with a par on #16 to Steve’s bogey, he now led by 2 with two to go. After driving into the left bunker on #17 into a tough lie, Todd couldn’t advance his ball very far. His third shot from about 130 yards ended up about 12-14’ from the hole. Steve made par and Todd rolled in his lengthy par putt to maintain the two-shot edge. On #18, Todd drives into the right trees and hears the sound of timber. Thanks to the eagle eyes of Scott Wearn, his ball is found in the left rough well back. He hits a 7 iron to get to the 200 yard plate! He three wood shot ends up a little short of the green. He then proceeds to hole the pitch shot for a par which he couldn’t even see go in! Surfer Dude definitely had the golf gods on his side! Great win!
Steve’s consolation was winning low net (142) in Senior A. Scott Wearn took 2nd gross followed by Greg Howard in 3rd and Hugh Quinn in 4th. Dave Larmour earned 2nd place net.
In Senior B, Mark Robson opened up a five shot lead after the first round and won 1st place gross by 6 over Jim Williams with a score of 163. Mike Martin took 1st place net by two shots with a 147 over Mark DeBusk.
In Super Senior, Tom Birrittieri, shot 162 to win low gross by three shots over Larry Wise. Larry, in turn however, won 1st place net with a 137. MISTER Mark Hartson took 2nd gross which is still a mystery to all of us! Finishing second net was Joe Brooks with a 147.
In our new Legends Flight (for really old guys), Rodie Marovich won by five shots with a score of 156. Rodie wanted to make it easy on his scorekeeper so he made all 4s on the back nine! Speaking of old guys, Bob Cornish (he’s 85!) took second gross with a 161. 1st Net went to Art Vanderlip with 136 followed by Maurice Banks at 137 and Cliff Venable at 138.
The weather was a little different this weekend than last, from the 90s to the mid 60s on Saturday and low 70s on Sunday. But we’re not complaining… it’s good to have some cool fall air finally!
Average scoring in Senior A went from 82.3 on Reynolds to 77.6 on Sunday. In Senior B, it was 94.6 to 92.4. In Super Senior, it was 92.1 to 85.6. In Legends, it was 90.5 to 85.2. And to think the Reynolds is shorter and the greens hold better!!! What gives? It just might be the trees, huh?
The three best comeback rounds belong to Mark Harper Sr. (90 to 75), Joe Brooks (104 to 90), and J.R. Lawson (100 to 86).
Two players shot the same score both rounds: Rob Heflin with a pair of 88s and Ed Archer with a pair of 96s so it really doesn’t matter what course they play.
On a personal note, it was my 40th anniversary yesterday and my wife still puts up with me (and golf). Amazing woman! We did celebrate a month ago with a trip to AK so don’t think I’m a complete dunce! And we did go to dinner last night!
Thanks to Brian Sainz, Jim Williams, and Brian Nason for helping with scoring this weekend. Both Brians did not play in the event but came out to help. Thanks guys! And we always appreciate the support of the TLGA Ladies who help us get underway in the mornings.
And special appreciation goes out to Steve Livingston who handled the beverage duty this weekend! That’s what former TGA Presidents get to do!
Our good friend and Second VP, Hayes Smith, lost his mother this past week due to a long illness and the funeral was Saturday. Our condolences go out to Hayes and his family.
Complete results can be found here.
Next up in two weeks is the Hatfield-McCoy matches. Sign up deadline is this coming Sunday, October 13.