September 3, 2014
Well, the more things change the more they stay the same. At least that how it goes when it comes to the Championship of Cleveland's NNGA chapter. For the third consecutive year, Jeff Gilbert is the overall champion. But we'll get to him later. The weekend of August 23, 24 was one with perfect golf weather. For the two days NNGA played at Sweetbrier in Avon, Ohio, the sun warmed the greens so that they were running fast, and the fairways were lush. The result; golfers were rewarded for good shots and penalized for bad ones. Miss the fairway, pay the price. Day one of the Championship ended with William Tell giving Jeff all he could handle, but Jeff’s distance and ball control, was as good as ever. He shot a 3 under par round of 69/64 to lead Tell by nine strokes, Sam Gilbert, James Chandler and Jamie Gilbert, were hot on the leader's heels. Sunday began with eight golfers in contention for ....second place, because Jeff put the pedal to the metal, showing no signs of letting up. A number of players did make big moves on Sunday. Sam Gilbert held on for second place (166 gross/144 net) Steve Williams came out of nowhere to take third place (189/144). One stroke behind was Dr. Bob Moseley with a 178/145 to edge Donald "Corky" Williams in a 2 hole playoff. One of this year's goals of the NNGA was to attract new members and to get younger. Hats off to Pasa Barnet, Eric Payne and Deandre Benson on their recruitment efforts. The organization created an associate membership status for those new recruits. Winner of the Associate category was Deshon Valley who shot 174/137. Now back to Jeff Gilbert. His game was tight. He hit his irons on the money and sank 95% of his putts from eight feet and in. He may have missed five fairways over the two days and even on those he was in the first cut. When Jeff's hitting it long and accurate, and his short game and putting are on, he’s unbeatable, and this weekend was just such a weekend. So once again, with a two day total of 139/129, the best amateur golfer in Cleveland is Jeff Gilbert. Congratulations Jeff on a fine season.
Until next week, keep it in the short grass.