Thanks to everyone for turning out yesterday for Round 2 of the Eclectic Format. It was our largest turnout of the year and I hope we can keep that momentum going forward through the Spring and Summer. With the eclectic taking place over two rounds, I'm able to pay out up to 5 places in the flights.
Our first flight winners are Todd Weatherly and Chris Graham. Both men shot a net 56 to edge out Larry Goodwin by 1 stroke and four other players by 2 strokes. The second flight belonged to Jerry Fallon who finished 1 shot ahead of Sean Carmichael and 2 shots ahead of Curt Eby. Carey Winborne ran away from the competition in the third flight and had the overall lowest net score of the competition with a net 48. He has definitely been the most improved golfer over the past year. Steve Van Norman and Tom Wise shared fourth place. Carey won by 6 strokes over the second place winner, John Corbitt. John put two balls into the church parking lot across the road from Hole 10 in front of a full clubhouse of spectators, much to the delight of his adoring fans. Jeff Brunton captured third place while Ken Nash and Dave Talbot rounded out the top 5.
As for yesterday itself, Carey and Steve Van Norman were our low shooters, both carding a net 60. Steve nearly cleaned out our Hole in One Pot as his shot on Hole 9, ended up 8 inches from the cup. Andy Clark landed 2 feet away on Hole 8. Steve and Todd Weatherly also finished top 2 for the 4 ball qualifier so they will represent our club at a qualifying tournament on May 24, with a chance to go to Monterey in June if they play well. Good luck Todd and Steve!
Our next tournament is our second trophy tournament of 2018, the Spring Trophy Tournament. It will take place on April 28 with tee times starting at 7:30. The top two places in all three flights will earn a trophy. It's also the first round of two for the Zone Qualifier. The cost to enter is $20 for both rounds. The top four finishers of those who enter will go to Monterey to represent our club in the Zone Championship. The courses this year are Poppy Hills and Quail Lodge and the dates are July 26-27. Hopefully we can get several players to try it, including newer members. If you haven't gone before, it's a lot of fun.
For new members and those who just renewed for our club, I've had questions about when your handicap gets established. For new members, you get a temporary handicap after you've played five 18 hole rounds. If you play in a tournament, we put those scores in for you. If you play another round somewhere, you can put the score into the NCGA computer at the course or on the NCGA app on your smart phone. For members who were inactive and just renewed, your former handicap should be re-established during the following handicap cycle. So if you rejoined our club on March 31, April 1 you won't have a handicap but you should have it by April 15. If it hasn't happened, let me know and I'll try to figure it out.
See you all in two weeks.
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