Jock Ochiltree is the World Golf Village team representative and a certified genius or magician. It seemed as if Jock and the Slammer & Squire head professional, Anthony Vaughn, covered their course with a 100-acre sky canopy during today's event! Inside this cocoon, we enjoyed comfortable temperatures, light westerly winds, mostly clear conditions, and not a speck of rain until 90+ percent of the field had returned their score cards to the Legends Grille. Hurrah! Jock et al withdrew the canopy and
gave a light, well-deserved soaking to a few of our pace-of-play stragglers. So be it…if this is what it takes to keep MSIS rounds under five hours.
On top of a superbly conditioned course yielding 67 birdies and two eagles, we were treated to chilled apples on the 1st and 10th tees and two offerings of cool mango-scented towels.
Assistant Pro Matt Williamson, PGA, and Food & Beverage Director Michael Brashier (pictured, l-r) were out front to launch the event. Matt issued our marching orders while Michael readied a feast of pulled pork, roasted chicken, beans, cole slaw, cookies, etc.
SHOT OF THE DAY
ABC's Wide World of Sports was discontinued in 1997 but the MSIS still brings you the constant variety of sport... the thrill of victory... and the agony of defeat... the human drama of athletic competition.... This month the setting was hole 15, named Looks Easy. Yeah! Now they tell us.
Ray Mantle (QH) dropped his first shot in the water, disdained the drop area and teed it up again, then sank his second shot. In short order, he scored a natural par, a net birdie, and a mulligan hole-in-one!
On the day, Ray bagged four net pars, nine net birdies, one net eagle and is still waiting for his first hole-in-one.
9:00 a.m., Monday, July 18
San Jose Country Club
A Donald Ross design (1925)
5,955 yards, 69.8/121
Bill Basney, Team Representative
Todd Bork, PGA, Head Professional
Mike Smith, PGA, Asst Professional
THE SHAKY LADDER
On the season, San Jose, Jacksonville, and Magnolia Point held onto the top three slots while World Golf jumped three rungs to claim fourth place. It's still a hot race: four or five other clubs could climb into second place next month. Here's a summary of how today's top four teams fared.
San Jose Country Club
With 271 points, Bill Basney's team maintained its hold on first place. Ron Clark was the heavy hitter with 45 points against 391:1 odds while Chuck Hansen and Tom Donovan each contributed 40 points.
Queen's Harbour Yacht & Country Club
With 265 points pared down from 276, Ray Mantle's team might have earned first place today but for the fact they fielded three rookies–Abdulla, Chou, and Kastner–who were limited to 38 points under MSIS Rule 5-2. In particular, Abdulla was docked six points when he scored 44 points against 123:1 odds. Otherwise, Queen's Harbour would have posted the day's low mean and deviation. Don't count them out just yet.
World Golf Village
On its home course, World Golf was expected to be near the top. With 260 points, Jock Ochiltree's team rose three places on the season. Jock, Don Poppleton, and Jay Shah, led the charge with 39 points each. At the end of the day, World Golf and Queen's Harbour tied for least dispersed scores as measured by a 2.3 deviation. Magnolia Point, at 2.7, was second best in that category.
Eagle Harbor Golf Club
With 257 points, Eagle Harbor held to 13th place. Remarkable: the race for the 2011 Brady Cup is so tight that 4th place doesn't merit a nudge up the ladder. Captain Gary Owensby and Jack Garrity led the team with 40 points each.
Q: How many golfers suffer from uncombable hair syndrome?
A: With all those hats (berets, boaters, buckets, panamas, tams, etc.), only their hairdressers know for sure.
Uncombable hair syndrome, a rare disease, was discovered in the 1970s. The hair is disorderly, stands out from the scalp, and cannot be combed flat. A few MSIS golfers may have uncombable hair syndrome; rat's nest hair is more likely.
Eagles: 2 Bob Wildner (MP), hole 16, 15' putt
Mike Lamphier (EH), hole 8, 25' putt
Birdies: 4 Bob Wildner (MP)
3 Pat O'Connell (SG), Wib Finch (JG),
Ron Clark (SN)
9 Made on hole 8
8 Made on hole 15
Strokes: 70 Bob Wildner (MP)
90 MSIS Average (2010 average: 91)
Points: 46 Don Gould (ML)
34 MSIS Average (2010 average: 34)
CLOSEST TO FLAGSTICK
Hole 2: Jim Begley (EH)
Hole 7: Dennis Donahue (MC)
Hole 13: Leedom Kettell (SG)
Hole 15: Pat O'Connell (SG)
DIFFICULTY RELATIVE TO PAR
90 pickups were recorded today, none on hole 6! If you recall, we had at 89 pickups at Marsh Landing in May, 63 pickups at St. Johns in April, 187 at Deer Creek in March, 159 at Hidden Hills in January, and 225 at Ponte Vedra Inn in December. At this rate, you can expect 99 pickups at San Jose. Gentlemen, place your bets!
You expect to get strokes on holes where you most need them but those are not necessarily the most difficult holes. The hardest hole today, no. 18, is called Catcher's Mitt; the easiest, no. 8, is called Funnel.
Today's Toughest Holes
11 pickups were taken on hole 4.
Today's Easiest Holes
No pickups were taken on hole 6.
Hole 11, the 10th most difficult hole, caused one golfer to hurl his driver into the tee-side pond.
Once again, your scorecards were deftly handled by a volunteer crew of your fellow-competitors.
Readers: Geoff Sackman (WG)
Gary Scheidmantle (WG)
Scorers: Mike Cooper (SN), Joe Power (EH)
Tally: Jack Garrity (EH)
Runners: Glenn Dobrick (SG),
Barney Poston (HH)
Board: Jeff Hartman, PGA, Director of Golf
Anthony Vaughn, PGA, Head Pro
Sorter: Steve McBride (WG)
Reserve: Jock Ochiltree (WG)
Bill Smith (EH) offers a list of golf books to enjoy during the upcoming hot and humid weather.
The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever by Mark Frost. "In 1956, millionaires Eddie Lowery and George Coleman made an off-the-cuff bet on a golf match and inadvertently set up one of the sport's most climactic duels…."
[Bill says, "Not only the best golf book I ever read it is the BEST book I ever read!! Absolutely could not put it down."]
In Search of Burningbush: A Story of Golf, Friendship and the Meaning of Irons by Michael Konik. "…buddies on a road trip…telling of a recent pilgrimage to the sport's ancient Scottish birthplaces."
Golf in the Kingdom by Michael Murphy. The best-selling golf novel of all time…"Though golf is definitely a fanatic's game, half of this is written for laughs."
The Greatest Game Ever Played: A True Story by Mark Frost. "…the story behind the legendary 1913 U.S. Open, in which Francis Ouimet…shocked the genteel golf world by defeating British champion Harry Vardon…."
To Win and Die in Dixie: The Birth of the Modern Golf Swing and the Mysterious Death of Its Creator by Steve Eubanks. "…the story of long-forgotten golf professional J. Douglas Edgar, an Englishman from Newcastle who was one of the best players of the early 1920s. Edgar, who Eubanks argues created the modern golf swing, moved to Atlanta in 1919, where he influenced young Bobby Jones."
Caddy for Life: The Bruce Edwards Story by John Feinstein. "…the caddy for over 40 years for legendary pro Tom Watson...Edwards was diagnosed in 2003 with ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, …only 15 days after proposing to the longtime love of his life."
Little Red Book: Lessons And Teachings From A Lifetime In Golf by Harvey Penick. "The lessons Harvey Penick taught in the pre-gadget days still stand. The golf swing is basically the same, and Penick could teach it better than anybody…."
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