MICHAEL NELSON | 7/17/2013, 2:03 p.m.
Today marks the debut of Duffers' Alley, a weekly column on the exploits of Black Golf clubs, featuring the members of the Cleveland Chapter of the National Negro Golf Association (NNGA) as well as other local golf clubs. The column will also provide information on charity golf outings that benefit the Black community.
NNGA members and their guest traveled to Forest Hills Golf Course in Elyria, Ohio. The first foursome, including reigning Club Champ Jeff Gilbert, teed off at 10:30 a.m. and the fireworks began immediately, with George (FrazierNet) Frazier setting the tone for the day by sticking his tee-shot on the second hole to within three feet. The golf kept getting better with Jimmie Chandler and guests Mike Cheselka and Ollie Davis, also dropping tee shots within three feet of the flag on the remaining par threes.
The big winners for the day were Jeff Gilbert, low gross (76), just ahead of Billy Ogle (77) with Eric Payne (66) edging out Jimmie Chandler (69) for low net.
Jermaine Bennett (low gross 73), Timothy Frederick, A Flight winner, Arthur (Chilli) Childress the Senior Flight Champ and Toni Tell winner of the women's flight, set the tone at the 30th Annual Kappa Alpha Psi Cleveland Alumni Chapter Scholarship Golf Outing, at Pleasant Hills Golf Course in Chardon, Ohio. Over 117 golfers teed it up, with teams traveling from Pittsburgh and Columbus. Keep it up Nupes!
The Cleveland Retired School Administrators also hosted annual golf outing on the 25th at Glen Eagles in Twinsburg. The tournament provides scholarship benefits to Cleveland Municipal School District Seniors.
Winners included Mark Hanusein, Men's low medalist and Cindy Metzger, Women's low medalist.
The month of June ended with the NNGA playing at beautiful Ellsworth Meadows Golf Course in Hudson, Ohio. This short but difficult track is a real test of skill and patience. Jeff Gilbert set the pace with a low gross of 68, followed by Billy Ogle (78) and William (Bill) Tell, who won the Senior Flight Winner (83). Closest to the pin winners were Norm Bliss, Tell, Jamie Gilbert and yours truly Michael Nelson.
FYI: Tournament directors please provide the scores of your low net and low gross winners or I won't be able to report on your tournament in the future.
Until next week, keep it in the short grass.