Duffer's Alley

Duffer's Alley Week of July 30, 2014

You know something that is most embarrassing to all genius, me included? It’s when you find out that for all of your brilliance, you don’t really know that much at all. That happened to me this weekend (it wasn’t the first time, but who’s counting), when I once again was reminded that there are 100’s of golfers in Cleveland better than me. But, I’ve adopted a famous quote by the Reverend Jesse Jackson as the motto of my golf game. “Keep hope alive.” Well how about a little golf news. The brothers of the purple and gold also known as the Zeta Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (of Cleveland, Ohio for the uninitiated) recently held their 22nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at the Bunker Hill Golf Course in Medina County, Ohio. If you’ve been reading the column on a regular basis, you’ll surely have noticed by now that some of the more popular courses for charitable tournaments seem to be in Medina, County. This little jewel of a golf course has a little something for everybody. If you want holes that are all carry, this is your track. If you want water hazards, this is your track. If you want uphill blind pins, downhill guarded by bunkers, long, short, narrow, or wide open this 6700 yard course (from the tips) is the course for you. This is the third year that the men of Omega Psi Phi have held their tournament at Bunker Hill and each year it gets better. The one constant though has been the play of Bennet Gaines (72), who’s making a name for himself as one of the better amateur golfers among all fraternity men. Close on his heels was my Kappa brother, James Cody (73). B-Flight winner was John Taylor (72), and coming in first in the senior flight was the irrepressible Dr. Harry Stiggers (79). Back to Bennet Gaines; in addition to medaling at Bunker Hill, he shot 78 to take first place at the 79th Omega Psi Phi, Grand Conclave Golf Tournament, held July 11, 2014 in Makefield Highlands Golf Course in Yardley, PA. Watch out Bob Davis. Not only did Daryl Gregory, who serves as tournament director put on an outstanding event, which includes one of the best steak dinners anywhere, the brothers of Omega Psi Phi use the proceeds to provide a needed source of scholarship funds for deserving youth from our community. In other golf news, Jimmie Chandler showed the youngsters in the Cleveland NNGA that he still has game. His net 70 (13 handicap) left him just short of Eric “Bam Bam” Payne’s 67 (11 handicap) this past Sunday at Sugar Bush. Randy Keller, Sr. the Shaker Heights Prosecutor went on a birdie binge over the last three holes to secure third place with a 73 (14 handicap). As for the rest of us, well let’s just say, we had a good time.