Two Weeks of Scramble Results 9.8.18 – 9.16.18

Hello Mainlands Golfers!  This weeks post is twice as informative as usual because I quite frankly forgot to do last weeks scores post.

So with out further uh-dew let’s talk about some winners.

The 9.8.18 Scramble Winning Team was . . .

1st Place A Flight : Jim, Whit, Steve, Kevin, and Stuart -10

2nd Place A Flight : Stuart, Frank, Bob, Charlie and Rex -8

3rd Place A Flight : Peter, Chuck, and Mrs.  No last name Given,  -8

1st Place in B Flight : Stan, David, Jamie, Duke, and Kevin -5

Closest to the Pin was Reggie on #6 Team

Congratulations to all of the Winners.  All of you have monies deposited into your club credit accounts and the Closest to the pin has golf balls behind the counter with his name on them.

The Sunday Two Person Scramble was cancelled two hours before it started due to excessive wetness.  Then it rained another inch for half an hour.  Yeah it was wet.  Rob Neighbor and Vaughn Rodriguez showed up to play and were obviously a tad put out.  This Weeks Honorable Mention goes to Rob and Vaughn, they clinch the MGC Sunday Two-Person Attendance Award.


For the Week of 9.15.18 the Saturday Scramble went off in some of the most dry conditions we have seen in the past two months.  It felt like a rare treat to have no mud in the middle of the fairway.  As such the scores were a bit lower.

And the Winning team was . . .

1st Place A Flight : Chuck Pete, and Robert -12

2nd Place A Flight : Stu, Frank, Rex, Carl, Charlie -10

3rd Place A Flight : Chuck, Jim, Steve, AJ, and Fred -8

1st Place in B Flight was Stan, David, Jamie, Duke, Kevin -5

Closest to the Pin was Al on Team #3.

Congratulations to all of the Winners, the Whiners and the rest of the Players.  All of you (well the winners), have monies deposited into your club credit accounts and the Closest to the pin has golf balls behind the counter with his name on them.

The Sunday Scramble was completely, utterly, unequivocally, righteously, awesome.  It was my personal favorite format the 4 Club Scramble.  The course was dry but daunting with only being able to use 1/3rd of your arsenal.  That being said the scores were rather low.  Mike and I played with Rob Neighbor and Vaughn Rodriguez.  They whipped us by three strokes and Rob didn’t even bring a putter!  By the end of the round Rob got really good putting with his pitching wedge, while Vaughn just SMASHED his driver to dominate the course.  They were the winning team with a 64.  It is always nice to see good people at the top of the leader board.

1st Place Team : Rob Neighbor and Vaughn Rodriguez -3

2nd Place Team : Christina & Michael Brogan -2

3rd Place Team : Rob Harris and Leroy Williams Even Par

Closest to the Pin was Stuart Hoff on #17

1st Place got $16.50, 2nd Place $9.90, 3rd Place $6.60 was the prize money.  So Rob and Vaughn got paid to play golf.  That makes them professionals now and they are ineligible for amateur competition.  How is that for an Attendance Award?

Finally This weeks Dishonorable mention goes to those who shall not be named.  But if you have 5 clubs in your bag and we have told you at least twice that it is a 4 club scramble that means you are either cheating, disqualified, or at least should check into some hearing aids.

Two more weeks of the Sunday 2 Person Scramble.  Next weeks format is Stableford Scramble.  I am taking suggestions for the final week format.  Maybe a Skins game?  Maybe another 4 Club?  Maybe we could merge them both into a bris(k) round of golf?




Scramble Results From Labor Day Weekend

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 ,



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Back-to-back for Bryson, Finau’s Ryder Cup case, more putter woes for Tiger and a brutal gimme putt: What you missed

NORTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 03: Bryson DeChambeau of the United States reacts on the 15th green during the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston on September 3, 2018 in Norton, Massachusetts. 

Bryson goes back-to-back

This time in 2016, Bryson DeChambeau didn’t have his tour card. He’s now weeks away from cashing golf’s biggest paycheck.

Fresh off a resounding win at Ridgewood, the 24-year-old ran the performance back at TPC Boston, his final-round 67 good enough for a two-shot victory over Justin Rose to capture the Dell Technologies Championship.

“Consistency has been a big thing for me,” said DeChambeau, who will be No. 1 spot in the FedEx Cup standings heading into East Lake no matter what happens at the BMW Championship. “I’ve been trying to get that week in and week out, and I was able to kind of figure something out last week on the putting green and that’s kind of progressed me to move forward in the right way.”

DeChambeau began the weekend seven shots back of the leaders, but made his charge on Sunday, an eight-under 63 earning him a spot in the final pairing with Abraham Ancer. Bryson put an early end to the afternoon with five birdies on the front nine, his steady ball-striking (sixth in sg/tee-to-green) and short game (sixth in putting) keep contenders at bay.

DeChambeau is only the second player to win the first two legs of the FedEx Cup (Vijay Singh accomplished the feat in 2008). The win also comes near the two-year anniversary of DeChambeau, in the Finals after struggling in his first summer on tour, grabbing the DAP Championship to earn promotion to the bigs. Moving to No. 7 in the world—a ranking better than Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Patrick Reed—and a Ryder Cup bid looming, don’t think you’re going to see DeChambeau back in the minors anytime soon.

Speaking of Ryder Cup…

Finau making life easy on Furyk

The most important responsibility of a Ryder Cup captain is choosing his at-large selections. And also the most scrutinized. Case in point: Darren Clarke picking Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer due to their experience rather than their play in 2016. A move that backfired, with the two going 1-6 in seven matches at Hazeltine.

Which brings us to Jim Furyk, manning the helm of the American squad this fall. Furyk technically has four picks at his disposal, although—thanks to strong seasons, their roles in the team’s brain trust, and frankly, their importance in promotion and marketing—many believe Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are already on the team. That leaves two spots, one of which DeChambeau has essentially locked up. And if DeChambeau’s work the past two weeks have earned him the nod, the same could be said about Tony Finau.

A week after finishing runner-up to DeChambeau at the Northern Trust, Finau turned in another fine display, finishing T-4 at TPC Boston. Following Sunday’s round, Finau was not shy about this Paris ambitions.

“The more solid I play each week, I’m making it tough to not pick me, if I’m being honest,” Finau said. “I’m not the one that gets to pick, I’m the one that just gets to play. But I’ve played some nice golf these last couple weeks, and if that’s what it comes down to when (Furyk) makes his decision to pick a team for the Ryder Cup, and that’s what he’s waiting for for those picks, then I think I’m going to be a hard guy to look past.”

Finau makes a compelling argument. Finau is crazy long (third in distance), racks up the red numbers (sixth in eagles, 11th in birdies), is tough as nails (remember that 68 at Augusta National after dislocating his ankle?), and only Dustin Johnson has more top-10 finishes this year. That three of those came at majors doesn’t hurt his cause.

The only real knock on Finau is his lack of wins—his only career victory came at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open—but it’s one he’s not giving much thought.

“I’m trying to win every time I play,” Finau said. “I haven’t been able to do it, but I just feel the more I give myself opportunities, it’s going to happen. And my game feels as good as ever.”

Furyk will announce three of his picks on Tuesday, with the final selection coming after the BMW Championship. Theoretically, Furyk could announce Finau next week. But the 28-year-old doesn’t need another tournament to make his case.

Short-game slump continues for Tiger

At one point, he was three shots off the lead on Monday. That was the good news for Tiger Woods. The bad is the 14-time major winner remains flummoxed on the greens.

Woods went to his third flat stick of the year in Boston, desperately seeking answers for a short game that ranked last in New Jersey. Though his putting showed signs of life earlier in the week, it failed him again as the tournament progressed, posting negative strokes gained totals on Sunday and Monday and needing 33 strokes on the greens in the final round. Trouble that transformed a possible top-five standing into a T-24 finish.

To be fair, it wasn’t just the putter that was off on Monday, as Woods’ usually-stout second-shot game failed to fire on all cylinders. His driving didn’t do him any favors, either.

Still, if Tiger hopes to make it to the Tour Championship—and perhaps more importantly, be formidable in France—he needs to right the ship with the short game, and in a hurry. That this week’s BMW Championship is at Aronimink Golf Club, one of the harder venues in the country, won’t help.

A brutal missed gimme

Of course, Woods’ putting woes are nothing compared to this.

“This” being Joe Durant at the 17th hole of the PGA Tour Champions’ Shaw Charity Classic. Durant was tied with Scott McCarron, looking at a birdie attempt to take the lead into the final hole. Alas, Durant’s attempt failed to find the cup.

And so did his par putt from gimme length.

Ahead, McCarron birdied the final hole, and though Durant also made bird, the gimme ultimately cost him a shot at a playoff.

Personally, I blame the yellow ball.

Mahan regains tour card

Hunter Mahan has lost his way inside the ropes the last few seasons. The former World No. 4 fell to a low as 859th after last year’s U.S. Open and, following a failed attempt at the Tour Finals, lost his tour card for the first time in his career. He’ll start his revival bid in earnest next season, with full exemption in tow.

Mahan, who made appearances on the tour this year thanks to past champion status, accumulated enough non-member points to earn a return to this year’s Web Finals. The six-time tour winner made an auspicious showing at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the circuit’s first postseason event, but it was his performance at the DAP Championship that is sending him back to the big leagues. Mahan bounced back from a so-so 71 start to turn in a 66, 65 and 67, rounds good enough to vault him to a runner-up finish at Canterbury Golf Club. The T-2 bestowed $88,000, a sum that guarantees Mahan will receive one of the 25 cards dispersed through the tour’s Finals.

Mahan, who’s made seven Ryder and Presidents Cups appearances for the United States and $30 million in his career, has just one top-10 finish on the PGA Tour since 2015. Mahan asserted that fighting his swing back happened to coincide with starting a family, and admitted he was unable to adjust according on the course.

“We have a lot going on,” Mahan said. “Mentally, you’d like to deal with one thing at a time. I think it overwhelmed me and I lost track of my swing a little bit. It feels like an avalanche, but it’s just a snow flurry.

“I’m a father and a husband, and I have to be there first. It’s hard to be there mentally in both places.”

This past year, Mahan’s family also dealt with the loss of his sister-in-law Katie Enloe, wife to SMU coach Jason Enloe, to leukemia.

However, Mahan had showed signs of life prior to the Web Finals, nearly winning the alternate event Barbasol Championship in July. With his tour card in hand, Mahan likely won’t return to the world’s top five. But he’s only 36 years old, and proved this week he still has plenty of gas left in the tank.


This article is from Dew Sweeper, your one-stop shop to catch up on the weekend action from the golf world. 

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Padraig Harrington’s new swing takeaway is something to behold

Padraig Harrington, 46 years young, came up just shy of his 16th career European Tour victory this past weekend, falling to Andrea Pavan by two strokes at the Czech Masters. In addition to his strong finish, Harrington cemented his legacy as a tinkerer. An elite tinkerer.

Harrington displayed a very interesting (feel free to supply your own adjective) takeaway at the event, in which he pauses just a moment after pulling his club away from the ball. It’s a unique begin to the swing, that’s for sure, but it’s even more than just a pause. Harrington is also lifting his left foot completely off the ground for just an instant.

The Irishman has been known to try different-than-usual things with his game — stepping through his finish was one example — both in his swing and on the driving range. The range is where we could have first seen this recent tinkering. Harrington was testing this latest strategy during a warm-up session at the PGA Championship earlier this month in St. Louis.

The thesis behind the move is to this point unclear, but what is clear is that Harrington is working through some type of swing thought on his takeaway. On the range, at least, he’s pushing one golf ball backward, away from the point of contact, pausing, then continuing with the rest of his swing. It’s mesmerizing. Based on this week’s results, it’s successful, too.


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Scramble Results Weekend of 8.18.18

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!


Join us for the Sunday Two Person Scramble!

Sunday Two Person Scramble

Try to Beat the Mike/Tyson Team! 

Sundays at 4 PM  |  $15 per person

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  • September 2 – Four Ball
  • September 9 – Standard Scramble (3 club)

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On an extraordinary Sunday at Bellerive, Tiger Woods reminded us again of his greatness (even in defeat)

ST. LOUIS — You’re tempted to say he’s the hardest-working man in show business, except Tiger Woods isn’t in show business. That’s the root of his greatness and his greatest challenge. As a public being, he’d like to be judged, first and foremost, as he judges himself, as an athlete. But the world won’t stand for that. The modern elite athlete must also be an entertainer, a showman, a celebrity, a philanthropist. A role model. It’s too much.

On Sunday, we saw the version of the man that truly captures and inspires: Tiger Woods, athlete. “He shot 64 when he looked like he was shooting 74,” said his playing partner, Gary Woodland. “Only a great athlete can do that. He missed that five-footer for birdie on 1, got mad, stiffed it on 2 and made that.”

Woodland’s caddie, Brennan Little, was caddying for Mike Weir on Sunday at Medinah in 1999 when Weir was paired with Woods and Woods won his first PGA Championship. “That was intense,” Little said Sunday night. “This was more intense.”

That was then, Tiger Woods at the start of his professional career. This is now, Tiger Woods deep in the back nine of it. Then there would be more chances forever, until forever disappears.

These were his four scores: 70, 66, 66, 64. Only one player shot better, Brooks Koepka, who won by two over Woods and three over Adam Scott. Koepka is 28 and his body never aches. “If you’re working out every day, you’re not going to be sore,” he said Saturday night, 24 hours before the coronation ceremony as the (unofficial) best player in the world, the (unofficial) player of the year, the (unofficial) future first ballot Hall of Famer. Tiger Woods is 42 and his body always aches. He’s probably taking an ice bath right now. The things we do, to pursue the things we want. Woods wants a 15th major, his kids at the awards ceremony, a new last chapter. He may not realize—he may be too close to the action to know—that he is already at work on an exceptional third act. Act I of his playing career was called Talent + Work. Act II was called Obsession + Work. Act III, a work in progress, is called Trying. Who cannot relate to trying? It’s what we tell our kids and our better selves, right?

It seems fitting, that this piece of sporting near-magic happened where it did, in this great and proud city, or in its leafy, moist suburbs, anyhow. You know St. Louis: the Cardinals, the breweries, the Blues, the dwindling factories trying to hold on, the late, great Sporting News (print edition), union workers clinging to their cards, the reinvention as a tech-and-med town. You never saw bigger crowds following Woods, anywhere. St. Louis fans have a measure of patience you won’t see in New York or Chicago and Los Angeles. That’s why they love baseball so much. That’s why they were the sixth man in this fourth major. “It felt a little bit like a football atmosphere out there,” Woods’s caddie, Joe LaCava, said Sunday night. He’s a Giants fan himself. Woods’s team is the Raiders.

Eric McHugh, a St. Louis TV cameraman, worked the tournament on Sunday wearing a black Mizzou basketball hat. He’s covered everything there is to cover in St. Louis, and way beyond St. Louis. “I’ve covered games in the Coliseum, with 85,000 people there, hollering,” he said, referring to the Los Angeles football temple. “This was more than that.” Not in terms of numbers. No golf course, and Bellerive especially, can handle a crowd that size. If it was half of that, it would be huge. (The PGA of America did not release attendance figures.) McHugh was speaking as Woodland was, of intensity. “The crowd noise for Tiger was like a storm brewing. You’d be standing on the side of the fairway and he’d be walking up it and it was like a sound wave, building up, getting louder and louder.” There has never been another golfer who has created an atmosphere like that, who shakes life into the people who watch him, on a screen and especially in person. That’s because there’s never been a golfer with a life story anything like Tiger Woods’s life story. It’s easier to root for him now than ever before, because we can all see what he is: a man in recovery.

Woods did at Bellerive what he did last month at Carnoustie. Both times, he was nearly excellent. Both times he stirred memories of his former greatness. Both times, he showed his desire, intensity and anger, and his sense of humor, too. He showed—he proved—the very thing he has said for some years now: “Father Time is undefeated.” In the intense heat and humidity of the Show Me state in August, Woods needed two shirts a day. Greatness sweats. If you’ve ever seen Michael Jordan in action, or Bill Murray or American Pharoah, you know that. Woods played his second shot on 17 on Sunday, out of the muddy weeds beside a swollen creek, with beads of sweat on his cheeks, nose and neck. His towel should get a percentage.

Woods’s prime was far longer than you might realize. It began in 1991, when he won his first (of six) USGA amateur titles at age 15, and concluded in 2008, when he won his 14th professional major, at age 32. And here he was, 10 years later, on a long, soft course. Once, he owned the courses like this one, as he owned the American summer. Bring him to Valhalla, to Medinah, to Southern Hills—he knew what to do. He did what Brooks Koepka did here. Woods stomped on those courses, from early Thursday to late Sunday and with every club in his bag, most especially the driver (as needed) and the putter. Plus, the breaks went his way. The teetering putts fell. He played under a magic spell, in a cocoon of his own making. Now there are holes in it. They might be only pinholes, but air escapes. The 25-foot birdie putt on 11 sat practically on the paint. Back in the day, that ball fell. As it did at the 2005 Masters, on 16. As it did at the 2008 U.S. Open, on the 72nd hole. As it always did. Woods used to say, “You gotta get a little lucky.” It sounded arrogant because he was lucky and he was better than everybody. But he was also being accurate. Winners seem to always be a little lucky.

Woods will be on the Ryder Cup team, certainly as an assistant captain, almost certainly as one of Jim Furyk’s four captains picks. You can imagine him winning another PGA Tour event. Bellerive played much more like an ordinary Tour course, but with a far better field. It’s less easy to imagine him winning another major, not with the likes of Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson and Francesco Molinari and Justin Thomas flying around this world.

“The energy was incredible,” Woods said Sunday night. He was speaking of the fans’ energy. He could have been speaking of his own.