Hello and good golfing to everyone out there.  It was a beautiful weather weekend.  And of course it was hot.

The Saturday Scramble went out in all of its glory and splendor.

Flight A

1st Place – Jim, Stuart, Kevin, Ed, & Charlie -12

2nd Place – Tom, Clem, John, & Steve -11

3rd Place – Jim, Steve, Vincent, & Bill -10

Flight B

1st Place – Matt, Johnny, John, Tony, & Mike -10

2nd Place – Grey, Al, Chris, Marc, & Al A


The Closest to the Pin was John Carroll on #7

Winners have club credit added to their respective accounts and John has a dozen balls behind the counter waiting for him.

The Sunday 2-Person Scramble had its first run of the summer and it was quite the turn out.  48 people turned out and we took up the entire front 9.  As such pot was $144.00.  Mike talks about how we are not playing for $1,200,000.00, but it seems like it is getting close.  First Place team gets 50%.  2nd Place gets 30%.  3rd place gets guess how much? Closest to the pin was on #16 and the winner gets a dozen balls this week.  Team Mike / Tyson does not put money in the pot so we are ineligible, we play strictly for the glory…. or the shame.  TomatO, TomAto I guess.

Before I announce the winners let’s give a shout out to two eagles made.


And CHEERS to JEFF TAMLYN for eagle-ing #9.

1st Place Charlie Purkiser and Toni Cothran -7 Each of you has $36 in club credit added to your accounts.

2nd Place John Harrington and Mark Nelson -6 Each of you won $21.60.

3rd Place Matt Easterman and Dave Lent -4 Each of you won $14.40

Thank you to everyone who came out.  You all helped make a great event.  Mike and myself are looking forward to a long, hot, summer of golf.


May your golf ball find firm fairways, gentle greens, and may it rest gently at the bottom of the cup after just one putt.


Until next week,


Golf Tampa Bay

Hello and good day to you Mainlands Golfer!  After some technical internet-type issues I am finally able to post the Scramble results online.  The scores have been totaled.  Then they were tabulated, testified, and re-verified, all under the watchful eye of the golf department of the GRU.  These scores should be the most accuratest EVER.

The Saturday Scramble bounced, hopped, and rolled, along in its normal fashion.  4 Teams in two flights won some prize money.

Flight A

First Place – Stu, Bob, Frank, Rex, and Carl -11

Second Place – Karen, Mark, Bruce, and other Mark -9

Third Place – Mike, Stan, other  Mike, Jeff, and Tom -8

Flight B

1st Place Whit, Jim, Stuart, Steven, Kevin

Closest to the Pin was Team #6 – WAY TO GO PETE

The Sunday Scramble ended on Sunday.  The weather was sublime.  A nice breeze lasted the whole round as the clouds kept the burning sun at bay.  We played a standard 2 person scramble and some scores were pretty impressive.

1st Place Trent and Corey – 10

2nd Place Vaughn and Rob -2

3rd Place – Steve and Rita +1

Closest to the Pin was on #6 by Steve Hensley.

The Pot from the prior weeks rain out was added to this weeks for a total of $114  so each of the winners got paid a kings ransom of $28.50 EACH.  Who says the stakes aren’t high?

A few weeks ago I gave Rob Neighbor the attendance award for the Sunday Scramble.  But the TEAM with the most consistent attendance was Rick Pightling and Lew Tucker.  These gents were here in the sun, in the rain, and in the mud.  Sometimes all in the same day.  For being consistently considerate, and attentive attenders The Mainlands Golf Club is thrilled to give a dozen Wilson Duo U golfs balls to these gentlemen.

Finally I would like to thank all of the golfers that came out and made this summer’s Two-Person Scramble an awesome weekly event.  I truly enjoyed playing with everyone I was paired up with.  I look forward to doing it all again next year.

Better Late than Never! The scramble results are in.  The Golf Tabulator 9000 has been repaired and waterproofed and the results are the most-est accurate-est we have seen all week.

The Saturday Scramble was a little light on numbers but the friendly competition was as fierce as a President on twitter.

First Place Carl, Charlie, and Rex -10

Second Place John, Wayne, Clem, Chuck, and Pete -8

Closest to the Pin was Clem! Yay Clem!

Quick Trivia: If Clem had a son and he went to a University where might he have gone?  Clem-SON! ! ! HA HA HA

Gosh I think I’m hilarious so if you don’t please don’t burst my fragile bubble.

The Sunday Scramble was the first of the season where everyone thought it would rain and be a total swamp.  It was not.  Mike and I were the only people to show up and try to tough it out.  Vaughn Rodriquez showed up to play with his wife and we all played a threesome while his wife cheered us on.  Except for that time she laughed so hard at my SUPER shanked 5 wood off the 9th tee.  It’s ok, I usually hit at least one shot each round that is ridiculously hilarious.  Actually I only hit one shot like that all day so I was a super happy golfer.  The rain never came and the balmy temperature was perfect.  It was a truly lovely day of golf with some truly enjoyable people.

1st Place – Mike and Tyson

Closest to the Pin – Mike or Tyson

This coming Sunday is my favorite format . . .  4 CLUB Scramble.  Your putter counts as a club just so you know.

Thank you all ,



Golf Course Near Me

School may be back in session but it is DEFINITELY still summer.  What a hot and muggy weekend served with a healthy side of precipitation.  What is there not to love right?  I have been wearing flip-flops for a consecutive 92 days.  Aaaaaaaaahhh.  Who doesn’t love living in Florida?

The Saturday Scramble had a very good showing on a rather beautiful day for which to go out and golf.

Flight A

1st Place was Matt, John, Brian, & Anthony -9

2nd Place was Whit, Charlie, Jim, Steve, and Kevin -9

3rd Place Stu, Bob, Frank, Rey, Carl -9

Remember, in the Saturday Scramble ties are broken by the first birdie made.

Flight B

1st Place was Kenzik, Paul, BAMA, and Angie -9

2nd Place was Don, Dennis, Richard, Steve, and Paul -7

3rd Place Greg, Al, Craig, Tom, Al with -7

The Closest to the Pin was Rex on team #2.  YAY REX! ! !

The winners all have monies deposited into their club credit accounts and Rex has a bag with some golf balls behind the counter.

The Sunday 2 Person Scramble was another good showing.  On the first hole and the last hole and every hole in between there was dark skies and maybe even some drizzles.  However fate was with us as the weather never came close to shutting down the day.  We continue to see new faces each week and for that I am quite happy.  Mike and I got to play with Steve and Tim for the first time and I have to say I had a blast.  The scores might not have always been great but we certainly laughed a lot.  Needless to say the scores were a little higher this week due to the format of Alternate Shot.  Mike and I might have scored a little better had it not been for my epic drive on 18.  I almost cleared the WHITE TEES.  When the dust settled and we shot what I would consider a respectable score of 10 over.  Mike was a little more disappointed than I was but well, he is better than that.  This is why I pay him to be my partner.  A total of $66 went into the pot from the 11 two player teams.

1st Place was Rob Neighbor and Vauhn Rodriguez 80

2nd Place was dynamic duo Rita O’neil and Steve Hemsley 82

3rd Place was Carl Nicks and Frank Schmidt 83

Closest to the Pin was the south paw golfer Colton Tison on #16  That sh#t was close let me tell you.

All the winners have monies deposited into their club credit accounts and Colton has golf balls behind the counter with his name on them.

Thank you everyone.  I wills see you out on the course!


Hello and Good day to my fellow Mainlandian Golfers . . .

First off let me ask; What was up with Saturday?? It was like a stealth hurricane showed up and tried to destroy the coast of Florida.  If we put that together with the Red Tide threat we could make a serious made for tv movie.

Shockingly the Saturday Scramble was completed.  I am sorry to say that a power surge hit the course and the only equipment that wasn’t plugged in to a surge protector was or patent pending Golf-Tabulator 9000.  Mathematics is not necessarily my strongest suit so I took of my shoes and socks an started adding up the scores.  The winners are as follows:

First Place: Don, Michael, Dennis, and Richard -10  (They birdied no. 5 to clear first place.)

Second Place: Rex, Carl, Stuart, Bob, and Frank -10

Third Place: Kevin, Stuart, Steve, Chuck, Jim -9 (Chuckles is back in town!)

Closest to the Pin was Team #9 and Pat Terell – Way to GO PAT! ! !

The winners have club credit placed in their accounts.  Pat has golf balls behind the counter.

The Sunday Scramble was another wet day.  However relative to the swamp we have been playing in as of late the course seemed rather dry, relatively.  The pot was carried over from last week.  So there was BIG MONEY on the line.  Big money for Mainlands means the pot was $128.00  First place splits 50%, $32 for both of the gentlemen that claimed first place.  Second place splits $38.40 and Third place splits $25.60.  By the time we tallied up the scores we pulled out our older model Golf-Tabulator 8000.  It doesn’t have the bells and whistles of its predecessor but it still gets the job done.  Of course it isn’t supported by tech support because it is outdated so we had to buy the newer model.  You all know how it goes.

1st Place – Matt Easterman and Dave Lent -5

2nd Place – Rita O’Neil and Steve Hensley -4

3rd Place – Steve Bevins and Stuart Hoff Even PAR

Closest to the Pin was #17 – Dave Lent

Way to go!  There are balls behind the counter for Dave and the rest of you have Money deposited in your club credit accounts.

Team Mike Tyson shot a rather astounding -10.  That damn bogey on #8.  It was an awesome day for myself personally because aside from my one birdy putt I just sat back and watched Mike put on a clinic.  It was way better than that time he went to the clinic.  (I’m gonna get in trouble for that one maybe.)  Mike is going for his Players Aptitude Test (PAT) in a month.  He will be bona fide PGA professional if he winds up shooting two rounds in a row, no more than 15 over par.  This year he is playing Lansbrook, and he likes the set up.  I have played golf with Mike for over 15 years and he is playing as well as ever.  If you see him wish him luck.  He has the game and he has the confidence.  And if he makes the cut he said he’s buying everyone on the Mainlands email list a drink.  GO MIKE! ! It’s hard to not root for Mike.  That is unless he ambushes you in your backswing by shouting at you.  Sorry Cody, Sorry other Cody.  Not sure which Cody’s backswing he interrupted but there he goes buying more consolation beverages.

Finally before I go . . . Sunflower Seeds.  All over the course.  The ban is still in effect.  I am at a loss for words and if you know me that never happens.

See you on the links

Tyson Duane

Golf Scorecard

Hey there Mainlands Golfers! ! ! We have the Scramble Results from the weekend.

This week the Saturday Scramble went off in Shotgun format so that we could accommodate long time friend of the course David Dale and his Bobby J Memorial tournament.  It was the nicest weather we have had in easily two weeks and dare I say it but the course was ALMOST dry.

First place was a new group today, but a group full of familiar faces none-the-less.

Flight A 1st Place – John Green, Wayne Sawa, Steve Hensley, and Cam Burrows!

Flight A 2nd Place –  Stu Hoff, Steve Bevins, Jim Dunham, and Kevin Pilsbury.

Flight B 3rd Place –  BAMA Graham, Jess Falin, Kenzie Witt, Paul Stanley.

Closest to the pin was Steve Hensley on No. 1

Congratulations to the winners, you all have Club Credit deposited to your respective accounts, and Steve Hensley has a bag of golf balls behind the counter with his name on written on that bag for identification purposes.

The Sunday Scramble had a rather robust showing of over 13 goups.  And all 13 groups were unlucky enough to get rained on about half way through the round.  After the 3rd lightning stroke I could no longer ignore the wrath of Zeus and we called it a day.  The prize money in the pot is totaled to $84 going into next weeks round.  That is big money around these parts.  I wanted to play the 4 club challenge this week but Mike pushed for the Shamble.  Personally my game has been in shambles and I don’t like any format that reminds me of that fact.  On the sheet we are scheduled to do the regular Scramble format.  So I ask you the consumer. . . vote for either 4 club or Regular Scramble and we will see what happens.

REMEMBER –  $5 off of your 18 hole greens fee this month, all month, if you book your tee time online.


I’ll see you at the course,




Well the Golf Course certainly is GREEN.  That is what happens when you get almost 3 inches of rain on a Saturday.  You also get a Scramble that is closed down.  Again.  The picture in the caption was taken by me on #18 at the rounds conclusion.  The rainbow was an awesome end to a wet and awesomely fun round.  Something about wading through the mud makes me reminisce fondly of my childhood.

The Sunday Scramble started off on a Saturated and Soggy course.  The course was about the most wet conditions I have ever played.  But we finished the round much to my surprise, with 8 groups starting the day and only 6 groups completing the round.  Due to the extremely hydrated course conditions we did not play the 4 club scramble rather a regular scramble with up to 15 clubs in your bag.  After the score cards were methodically and precisely dehydrated we fed them into the Golf-Tabulator 9000 for the official scramble results.

1st Place  – Stuart and Rich +4

2nd Place – Dave and Rob +12

3rd Place – Tristan and Ryan +12

(Ties are broken by team score on lowest handicap hole)

Closest to the Pin was the 6th hole when Rob Neighbor plugged an AWESOME shot to like maybe 12 feet.   You know when the greens are that soft at least it makes it east to repair your ball mark, even when you hit it so high that the entire ball plugs into the green.  I think everyone in our group on Sunday hit at least one ball that was completely enGOLFed in grass.

The prize money pot has been dispersed to the top three teams from a pool of the prize money of the teams that completed 18 holes.  The 2 teams that did not finish their round will have their money rolled over into the pot for next weeks scramble.  The winners have money in their club credit accounts and Rob has a bunch of golf balls behind the counter with his name on them.


Next week we will attempt my favorite, the 4 club challenge.

Stay dry my fellow golfers…


Hello Mainlands Golfers.  This past weekend’s Scramble Results are in.  On Saturday the Scramble was to find umbrellas and shelter.  We got rained out, which I believe is 2 weeks in a row now.  On a positive note the course is as lush and green as it could be.  So at least we got that going for us.

Sunday’s Two-person Scramble was surprisingly packed being our largest Sunday Scramble of the Summer so far.  40 people came out for a battle royale on the links of Mainlands.  The course was wet and the format was a standard scramble.  When all was said and done the results were tabulated in our Golf-Tabulator 9000 and the winning team is . . .

1st Place David and Alex Hobbs -2

2nd Place Stuart Hoff and Steve Bevins Even  Par

3rd Place Donna Dorsey and Ken Thompson +2

Closest to the Pin was stuffed to about 5 inches by Trey Orobik on number 17.

Congratulations to all of the winners!!!  Your club credit accounts have some new dollars in them and for Trey he has some golf balls behind the counter with his name on them.

Each week I am trying to address a singular topic I find relevant to the game of golf and maybe even life itself.  Sometimes the topic is easily evident, remember those heinous sunflower seeds?  Yes someone was back again spitting them out on the greens of the #1 and #2. (insert sigh of exasperation here) But that was last week’s topic.

Today I wanted to take the time to talk about responsibility.  To make a long story short I was in between clubs with about 130 into the green on number 18.  I say to Mike I’m thinking of laying off of an 8 instead of stepping on a 9.  He said I like the easy 8.  So I try to hit an 8 with three quarters strength.  I hit one of the straightest shots I have hit all day.  Right where I was aiming, straight over the pin the ball flew like a rocket.  I line drived it right over the pin and into this rather nice looking Chevrolet.  THUNK… I hear it hit and watch it bounce somewhere into the parking lot.  This week I would like to give a DIS-Honorable mention; to my 8 iron.  I would also like to give an Honorable Mention to myself.  Point being I walked to the Chevy, saw the dent, walked inside and wrote a note with my apologies, my name and my cell phone number and I taped it to the window.  Golf and Life are mirrors of each other.  In both you are responsible for your actions.  The Golf Course is not responsible for my bad shot.  The weather didn’t make it happen.  Mike’s caddying wasn’t responsible.  I hit the ball and it is my fault.

I don’t know a golfer who hasn’t hit a ball OB.  I implore all golfers to think about integrity and how it is an integral part of both life and golf.  If you are not going to be responsible for your golf ball maybe you shouldn’t play.

I have said before that Golfers tend to be people of high moral fiber.  I am fortunate to say that the people I meet through the golf course are almost always decent, honest, and good people.  I appreciate that fact so much and I look forward to keeping that reputation.  If you are still reading this I thank you for the gift of your attention.


-Tyson Duane

I hope everyone had a most lovely 4th of July!  The Scramble results are in from Saturday and Sunday and I am pleased to say both Scrambles went off with great weather and even greater golfers.

The Saturday Scramble results have tabulated and confirmed.  The winning team is . . .

1st Place Kevin, Jim, Stuart, Steve -11

2nd Place Ben, Keith, Steve, Frank, & Josh -10

3rd Place Stu, Bob, Frank, Rex, & Charlie -9

Closest to the Pin is Stu from Team 2 – Way to go Stu

All of the winning teams have money in their club credit accounts and Stu has some balls behind the counter with his name on them.  Well not his name on the balls per se, but his name is on a bag and the balls are in the bag.  You know what I mean…

The Sunday Scramble was a tough one for me personally.  Because I am very bad at golf.  But also because this week my partner Mike just played like dog @ss.  I mean he was BAD.  We didn’t score very well but I was thrilled none the less because I easily carried our team.  I didn’t carry us to any placement but I did manage to help us hobble across the finish line.  We all have those days of golf, where you wonder why you are even out there.  Mike was so bad I was glad that he came in to work today because I thought he might just quit.  Don’t worry Mike it happens to us all.

The Sunday Scramble was a Modified Stableford points system.  4 points for an Eagle, 2 points for a Bird, 1 point for Par, -1 for a bogey, -2 for double or worse.

1st Place Stu and Steve +20

2nd Place Rob and Andre +17

3rd Place Rita and Steve +16

Congratulations to Bob Beard for winning closest to the pin on no.3

All of the winning teams have money in their club credit accounts.  Bob has some golf balls behind the counter.

I would like to give an Dis-honorable Mention to the pace of play yesterday.  We started out with a decent pace of play but by the end of the day there was over 4 holes WIDE OPEN between Mike and myself and the group behind us.  It is important to keep your eyes open in golf.  Specifically you want to keep your eyes on the group in front of you.  If you can’t see them that is BAD.  That means you are lagging behind the pace.  If you are putting on the green and you look back and see TWO GROUPS ON THE HOLE BEHIND YOU that is VERY BAD.  I think everyone should think about their golf game and ask them selves if maybe this might be you.  Certain slower playing twosomes will be moved to the back of the pack in consideration of other golfers and the pace of play.





Good Day my fellow golfers.  I trust everyone enjoyed the weather this Father’s Day weekend.  I had a blast grilling ribs, fish, corn, potatoes and anything else I could find in my fridge.  There is nothing that takes me back to fond childhood memories more than the smell of burning charcoal.  But I digress because now I am getting hungry.

The Saturday Scramble had 7 groups go off at 7:30am this week.  The top three teams are:

1st Place – Chuck, Jim, Kevin, & Steve, AJ -11

2nd Place – Carlo, Frank, Bob, Dick, & Stuart -11

3rd Place – Jess, Angie, Kenzie, Paul, & BAMA -9

Closest to the Pin was MORT on  No. 8


Father’s Day at 5pm we had 14 teams show up and play classic scramble format golf.

Mike and I might have placed first place if it weren’t for three holes were we both lipped out par puts.  If only.  The fish was THIS big.  Wish in one hand and something in another.  Golf certainly gives one ample opportunity for stories that start similar to this.  First place was handily won by none other than local legends and pillars of the Mainlands Community:

1st Place – Stuart Hoff and Steve Bevins -4  ($19.50 each winnings.  Stu is buying a round for everyone next week lol.)

2nd Place – Rita O’neil and Steve Hensley +1  ($11.70 each winnings.)

3rd Place – Ken Thompson and Donna Dorsey +2  ($7.80 each winnings)

Closest to the Pin was  on No. 12 –  Rita O’neil  Way to go Rita!!  There are golf balls behind the counter with your name on them.

Mike and I had the pleasure of playing with Dave and Rob.  I just have to say that I haven’t laughed during a round that much since the last time I played with Dave Wall.

This was my tee shot into the drainage ditch on #15.  Remember it is “lift, clean, and place” during all scrambles.  You don’t have to play it as it lies, and many golfers do.