TUESDAY: BISHOP CONTINUES FINE PLAY
Ben Bishop continues to improve both his health and his golf game. Using his 30th different putter in the past three years he may have found the right one. After firing a nice even par 35 last Thursday at the Canyons, he repeated it today at Falcon Ridge. Though he struggled a bit on the back nine (43) he has now shot two consecutive rounds in the 70’s that can only add to his confidence of rebuilding his game.
“Bubba” Petrick also shot 78 to tie Bishop for low medalist but Bishop lost the overall award on the third handicap hole with a double bogey to Petrick’s nice par on #10. Not all was lost for Bishop as his 78 was a net 62 which once again tied Joe Woodward (95) for first place low net. But this time Bishop prevailed and won first place low net with a bogey on #13 to Woodward’s double.
Bob Chambers, returning from his April golf tour in Nevada and Utah, fired an 82 and net 67 to capture third low net. Fourth low net went to Gary Denhalter (85) and net 69.
APERCU’S: “Bubba” Petrick may have had the shot(putt) of the day on #3 when he sank a 39 foot up the side hill and down to the left for a birdie three. Tom Durenberger had the hole of the day on #4. After hitting a mammoth drive of 90 yards off the tee, his second shot was 70 yards short of the green where he hit his third wedge to within 15 feet and sunk a downhill right to left putt to save par.
MANTHEY AGAIN - REILLY FOR THE FIRST TIME
The Las Vegas weather people were half right on their forecasting and the MMGA players that teed it up on Thursday at the Casablanca did not mind. The rains never developed but the mild winds did. Those winds plus a recent punching of the greens drove a lot of the scores up.
Ron Manthey played his second consecutive Thursday very well to lead all low scorer’s with a 37-41-78 to win medalist by two strokes over Dick Swayne (80) and Neil Hendricks (80). Swayne had the best nine hole score of even par 36 on the front one stroke better then Manthey and two strokes better than Hendricks and Roney’s two over par 38’s.
Joel Reilly must be getting over his AARP tax headaches as he turned in a rather nice 44-46-90 to win low net with a 65 four shots better than the five players with 69. Swayne’s 60 netted him one of the 69’s and when he went bogey – par he took second. Gerry Hart (93) shot bogey – bogey which earned him the third spot.
The next sixty-niner was Jim Barfknecht (87) and he posted a bogey – double bogey for 4th. That left Bob Chambers (82) going double bogey on the first hole but bogey on the second hole for 5th edging out Lew Roney (84) who went double bogey twice for sixth.
NOTE: Next play is on Tuesday May 1st, at 7:00 at Falcon Ridge, and Thursday May 3rd at 7:30 at the Canyons. Always check your sign - up sheets, and or our website, for any changes. Anyone interested in the MMGA may call 346-6363 or visit our website at mesquitemensgolf.com.