Duffer's Alley

Duffer's Alley Week of August 20, 2014

Well, it's that time of the season when the members of the various golf leagues get real serious. Bragging rights for the next six/seven months are at stake. This is when all of that practice and getting up early on Saturday and Sunday morning will hopefully pay off. It's Club Championship season. Your chance to get your name inscribed on the club championship trophy. This past weekend, the members of Cleveland's NNGA (National Negro Golf Association) had their last big tune-up, before championship weekend. Highland's Valley Course was the venue. Missing was all of the banter and joking that typically accompanies the brothers on the golf course. The fellas were downright serious. It could be because whoever wins championship weekend, not only has bragging rights for Cleveland, but they get to join the champs from the other nine states that are part of the Association as well as those from other organizations like the Western States Golf Association. Now for golfers that's a big deal. Just to show you how serious things got. Jimmy Chandler, had his game face on, shooting a season best 73, followed by a career best 78 from Deandre Benson. Those kinds of numbers put them in the hunt for the big prize of low gross and almost guarantees that they will be in contention for low net. Of course one great round doesn't mean a thing when you consider that consistency is the big thing in golf. With that in mind, you've got to put Donald "Corky " Williams and William "Chief" Tell in the picture for the Senior Flight, along with Jimmy. Eric Payne has enjoyed a great season but I don't know if his 9 handicap is any match for Jeff Gilbert's 4, but you never know. Pasa Barnett, if he's hitting fairways has the short game to make things interesting in the A Flight, so I expect he and Deandre to go toe to toe, with Randy Keller, and Tom Roper right there mixing it up. B-Flight is wide open. Steve Williams and Stephon Holmes have a great rivalry, but Dr. Bob Mosley could stage an August surprise. Now as for a dark horse for the overall championship. I'm going with Eric Payne to torch the 6200 yard Legacy Course at Sweetbrier, in Avon, Ohio and pull off the upset. Now I know that there are other golf clubs in Cleveland other than the NNGA. If you want your league featured, just drop me a line at mnelson@mln-associates.com. I'd love to highlight your champions. Until next week, keep it in the short grass.