8/8/2013, 12:23 p.m.
You couldn’t ask for a better weekend for golf. Blue skies, soft breezes and birdies were flying all over the place…well almost all over the place; they must have heard I was coming because I didn’t come close to one the entire weekend.
Well, onto the news of the week. I can safely report that the world is once again in balance, as Tiger Woods rang up his 79th career win (second all-time behind Sam Snead’s 82) fifth this season and eighth on this course with a runaway victory at Firestone in Akron.
To put Tiger’s dominance into perspective, if he was playing bid whiz, he’d run a Boston every-time he sat down to play. His 61 on Friday turned the tournament into a battle for second place as he sucker punched the entire field into submission on his way to a 7-stroke victory (15 under par). Will he carry this momentum into the season’s last major, the PGA Championship at Oak Hill this weekend in Rochester, New York? We’ll see.
While Tiger was wowing the crowds in Akron, there was plenty of amateur golf being played on the North Coast. First up, Cleveland NNGA took on Highland’s Blue Course (the Links), and Dr. Harry Stiggers and Norm Bliss set the tone for the day. Both carded low gross scores of 86 in the Super Senior Flight. Bliss took home honors in a scorecard playoff with a par on the last.
In First Flight, the golf course yielded a host of low scores, but at the end of the day it was Eric Payne’s 81 edging Jimmy Chandler by one stroke for low gross. The difference was a Payne par on the 450-yard 17th hole. More than a few golfers have met their fate on the Blue Courses’ famous 17th and 18th holes. Today was no exception as golfer after golfer took a run at those two holes with only 5 pars being tallied out of a field of 22 golfers. Well there’s always next week.
The Match Limited Golf Club took their show to the Painesville Country Club and based on the scorecards the course took no prisoners. Big Bob Roberts didn’t get the message however as he attacked the course on his way to a low net round of 68 in Championship Flight. Hervie Flowers also handled his business shooting 73 to take first place in A-Flight.
In other Match Limited news, sweet swinging John Ward traveled to Pontiac, Michigan and not only shot a net 68, he aced the 144 yard, 12th hole at the Pontiac Municipal Golf Course last Friday. John’s weapon of choice was a 7-iron. Congratulations, John!
Mid City Swingers visited Glen Eagles in Hudson, Ohio. Big money winners include Angelo Mussaro (4 skins), and Bruce Brown (2 skins). Oh and by the way, Mike Brown was low gross winner with an 88. The course must have been biting pretty hard.
Mark your Calendars
Two special events are fast approaching. The first is the 12th Annual Marion Motley/Earl Brown Memorial Scholarship Tournament. The 18-hole tournament will be played at Highland on August 21st. For information contact 216-577-9122 or 216-375-0114.
The second event is the “Highland Open Golf Championship” to be held Labor Day Weekend (September 1st and 2nd) also at Highland Park Golf Course This event is a revival of the sprit of the 6th City Championships of the 60’s and 70’s. Cost of the event is $125 inclusive of two days of golf, lunch on day one and a buffet dinner on day two, cash prizes and golf equipment. Sponsors of the event include Cleveland NNGA, Match Limited, The Wedgewood Golf Association, The Executive Women’s Golf Association, and the Highland Park Skin Train. For information, contact yours truly at 216-857-0340.
Until next week, yell fore, keep it in the short grass and get a proper handicap.