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TEE TIME: Summer is scramble season

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Tee Time

By Dennis George

My wife, with whom I celebrated 39 years of marriage on Sunday (by shooting an even-par 71 at Lincoln Homestead), has often told me that I do not pay enough attention to details.

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I would like to think I do so but more selectively than she would like.

You know, guys, it’s the selective hearing thing.

I have kept an eye on the golfing scene in Nelson County for many years, and I have noticed there are probably more scrambles per capita here than most places.

One can find a scramble to play most any weekend you’d like.

During my time as branch manager of Clark Distributing Company, I turned down most offers to play in them.

If it was during the workweek, chances are that I would play. Heck, I’m not dumb enough to work instead of play.

However, I wanted to play my own ball on the weekends, so I would usually support the local causes by paying for some of my employees to participate.

I’ve just never been a big fan of scrambles.

I find myself trying to hit shots I’d normally never attempt.

Or, someone would hit a ball well and then I’d try to hit one as far as J.B. Holmes.

Bad habits could creep in.

Or maybe it’s that I am not a good scramble player.

I don’t hit the ball that far.

I am an OK iron player.

And I am the putter who goes first and nobody watches me because I rarely hit the putt well enough to show the line.

Scrambles, however, can be a lot of fun, and that’s why a lot of people who rarely play golf will agree to be in a scramble.

It’s interesting to see people on the driving range a few days before, perhaps swinging a club for the first time since the previous year’s event.

There are several categories of people who show up for scrambles, and it doesn’t matter if it is a charity event or one that is paying out nice prizes.

First, there are the casual golfers who are there because (A) it’s the right thing to do, (B) their boss is making them, or (C) they want to be seen.

Then there is the group that could care less about the golf but use the time to drink lots of beer and have lots of laughs. They are the fun guys.

Last, but not least, is the team that comes stacked with A-level golfers whose sole goal is to win at all costs.

I’ve learned a lot in the few scrambles I’ve played in.

The Clark guys would organize an outing after some meetings and I would end up with two or three guys who didn’t know we made a birdie, a par, or a bogey on a hole.

“Give me a pencil with an eraser, and if I can’t win this thing, I ought to quit,” I would laughingly tell my boss.

That’s why I carry a pencil that reads: “Thanks for playing Shelby Oaks G.C. Eraser not intended for cheating.”

Ha.

Why else would there be an eraser?

Larry Columbia, a former executive with Kroger, taught me to accidentally roll a ball on the green towards the hole, coincidentally, from the same location that we were putting.

Most of these events make extra money by selling mulligans, throws, skirts, etc.

I was once told that you purchased a mulligan to help lower your score. You know, use that extra shot to make a putt on the second chance. However, my friends said if you missed it again, you didn’t have to count the mulligan as being used since it didn’t give you a better score.

Have you ever tried to throw a ball to extend a shot?

I did once, in a couples event, and former Marion County basketball coach Sis Roby said I was not very good at it.

I gently tossed a ball from one side of the green, towards the hole.

And it ran.

And it ran.

Into the bunker on the other side of the green.

It takes a real man to agree to wear a skirt and hit from the ladies tee to gain an advantage on a hole.

Too proud to do it?

Not me.

I’ve had to sit on a commode seat and hit a ball on a par three hole. I didn’t mind that because I’ve practiced many a shot from my knees.

My favorite hole in a scramble — It was the 18th hole at South Park Country Club.

You had to hit your ball to the right spot on the green.

Why?

The hole was surrounded by a toilet seat and you had to have the right angle to make a putt.

When you did make it, you reached into the cup to get your ball.

A woman screamed when she did so.

It was only a Payday candy bar, ma’am.

 

Congratulations to Jack Waff.

He recently aced the 14th hole at My Old Kentucky Home, the fourth hole in one of his career.

Jack hit a gap wedge 96 yards into the cup.

He’s also shot his age this year. Jack is 78, and has shot his age every year since he turned 72.

 

Do you know of someone who has gotten a hole in one?

Let me know and we’ll publish it.

 

Dennis George is a golf writer and wannabe golfer. You can reach him at dmg11854@gmail.com.


Local League Results

Maywood Men’s League

Augusta Division

First place: Scott Deopere/Rob Farell (10.5 points)

Second: Jay Allen/Mark Koenig (10)

Third: Damien Ulrich/Eric Walker and Chris Ison/Brian Mattingly (tied with 9)

 

Pebble Beach Division

First place: Terry Huff/Tommy Reddick (13 points)

Second: Willie Edelen/Logan Edelen (11.5 points)

Third: Jason Koch/Billy Taft (11)

Fourth: Ty Puyear/Mick Spalding (10.5)

Low gross: Cole Ballard and Phillip Wheatley (tied with 1-under par 35)

Low net: Freddy Nally (30)

Closest to the hole: Ty Puryear (#12) and Cole Ballard (#16)

 

Boone’s Butcher Shop Morning League

First place: Kelly Wood/Gavin Walls (35.5 points)

Second: and Danny Hayden/Larry Ball, Donnie Miles/Joe B. Yates, Don Hardin/John Peterson, and Walt Liebergott/Jeff Reynolds (tied with 30.5)

Low gross: Tommy Reddick, Chris Gilpin, Ryan Spalding and Donnie Miles (tied with even-par 35)

Low net: Ryan Spalding (27)

Closest to the hole: Jim Gossett (#2) and Wally Bowling (#7)

 

Boone’s Butcher Shop Afternoon League

First place: Denny Adams/Robbie Adams (39 points)

Second: Wes Robertson/Jack Kelly and Gavin Walls/Pat McCauley (tied with 36)

Fourth: Ron Shagool/Mike Collins (34.5)

Low gross: Joe Judson and Chris Gilpin (36)

Low net: David Vittitow (29)

Closest to the hole: Wally Bowling (#2) and Joe B. Yates (#7)

 

Bardstown pros Russ Johnson and Zach Graves finished third in Monday’s Pro-Assistant event play Monday at Keene Run in Lexington.

They had a best-ball score of 68.

 

The Maywood Junior League team split its match with River Trace Golf Club on Sunday.

Turin Duber/R.J. Farrell and Jack Farrell/Ben Farrell/Jack Slaton won matches for the local team.