Chapter News

‘The Dom-inator’ kinda crushes the CINMGA field to get his hands on the Juggs!

Dominic ‘Dom-inator’ D’Ambrosio, in just his third start on tour, became a winner, and a major winner at that, by demolishing (yea by 1 stroke!) the largest field ever to play a CINMGA event.   He also had to overcome the Billdozer’s math skills who originally added 10 extra strokes to his score.   With this kind of grit, the internet is already abuzz with talk of this early success - Jack, Tiger, Jordan, Dom?   

But as we all know success can be fleeting on the MGA tour.    For example after winning the last three events, Mr. 298 Hanley, joined the Warm Handshake Club (out of the money).  Granted he had earned the right to play the TIPS with an extra 1360 yards at this course so we are guessing that he will win again and not be just a 3 hit wonder.

So congrats to Dom-inator but don’t feel too entitled, as so far all it has earned you is a worthless check, another penalty stroke and a march back to the blue tees next tournament.   

Dave Gibson had a breakout day to shoot his best score ever on tour at 89 and record his best finish ever ending up alone in 2nd place.  On top of that he took home Closest to the Pin (yea he missed the putt so it wasn’t a perfect day)

Tied for third at 90 were Matt Fischer and Dave Ratacjzak.   Matt fired his best score in the last two years and could be returning to his 2014/2015 form that had him a major winner and never lower than 7th place.   Dave is getting back to where he belongs, in DQ land, and just missed his stated goal of DQing every tournament by shooting an 80.   His ‘bad’ play of late (shooting low 80’s) has reduced his penalty strokes so he is actually earning some money now!   Of course he took the Gross Award which he has done in 10 of the 12 tournaments he has played.

We had a threesome (no not that kind) in fifth as Eric Ross, Tyler Stout and the Billdozer were knotted a 93.    Eric seems to adjusting to the huge pressure of tour play in his second outing.  After laying down a couple of 7s early, he played good steady bogey golf to right the ship.    He also had the honor of being the only guy to put a shot on a par three in his foursome.    Sixteen tries and one success in a foursome that included a three time winner and two other guys who carry strokes.    The Billdozer was one of those guys which explains why his ‘lessenstellar’ wedge got so much work.   Tyler carries 11 penalty strokes and hopes to be in DQ territory soon but a couple of 6s and a 7 in the middle of the day took care of that ‘problem’.

Multiple winner on tour, Tim Grimes, put up a true medio scorecard that displayed scores from 2 to 8 to settle into 8th place.

Tied for 9th and rounding out the top 10 were Jeff Gilbert and Ryan Mc Namara with 95’s each going 47-48 in a truly unspectacular medio display (Ok Ryan did put a 2 on the card)

Since moving down from the Mercer County Chapter, Andy Stout has found his comfort zone in finishing between 10th and 12th place all four times.    He had to use an 8 stroke meltdown to get back to 11th this time but he did it!!

Mike Boyer shot his best score of the year (by 7 strokes!!) on a tough course to grab 12th place by himself.

In 13th place, Randy Watkins put together a fun stretch to go 10 over in four holes and blow up a nice round.

Rounding out the money list were three guys tied for 14th at 99.    Former winners Doc and Salsa Dan along with relative new comer Mike Spratt all used some 8s and 9s to spice up their life during the round.   Mr. Harold actually only hit the ball 98 times as his round included a complete whiff!!

For the first time ever in a CINMGA tournament, the Warm Handshake Club was bigger than the money winners group but that does not mean that they all went away empty handed.

Jim Behan just missed the money (he actually was awarded a check due to a senior moment by the Dozer) but did come away with his second straight Most Mediocre award.  The golf gods are apparently trying to tell him something.

Another WHC member, Jared Leiker, dazzled us with his power game to take home the Long Drive Award.   Perhaps this was done in frustration after taking a 12 on the second hole of the day!!

Bob Evans, a former Red Key holder, showed that his workout program is paying results as he shot 50 on the front but… perhaps a little more cardio is in order as he melted down with a 65 on the back to take the Meltdown Award.

Chad Findley, who had opened his MGA career with a nice 99 at the Rebel Beach showed the effects of his long layoff from competition by shooting a 117 to take home the Red Key Award.

All in all a great day at a very nice course, Shaker Run, even though it started way too early for us retirees.    Next event, the DUI cup, is a Ryder Cup style match on 8/29 vs. Columbus.   Sign up if you are interested but we will only be able to take twelve players and will let you know who is on the team.   On August 8th we will take on the Northern Kentucky Chapter in the BS Cup (Brent Spence), another Ryder Cup match.   Again sign up if interested and we will take as many as possible (depends on how many NKY can bring).    Our next tournament, The MGA, will be on August 19th.    We are going to play this at the regional event in Toledo so it is an overnight.   We will drive up Saturday morning and be back at noon on Sunday.   We are hoping to have lots of other chapters there and a great time partying with these medios in Toledo after the round.    See the article about the event that I put up last week. 

Finally it is time to start planning for the World Championship in Vegas.    It is November 10-11 this year and it is an awesome time.   Talk to Rich, Bill, Bob P., Dan H., Randy W., Mike H., Tim G. or Matt N. who all went last year and can’t wait for this year.    All the info. is available at mgawc.com. 

OK if you are still with me at this point, send me an email and you will have earned an extra gold stamp at the next event!

 

 

Event Results

#NameScore"Money"
1.Dominic D'Ambrosio88$1.26
2.Dave Gibson89$0.84
3.Dave Ratajczak90$0.67
3.Matt Fischer90$0.67
5.Tyler Stout93$0.49
5.Eric Ross93$0.49
5.Bill Morley93$0.49
8.Tim Grimes94$0.35
9.Ryan McNamara95$0.25
9.Jeff Gilbert95$0.25
11.Andy Stout96$0.14
12.Mike Boyer97$0.07
13.Randy Watkins98$0.06
14.* Doc99$0.04
14.Dan Harold99$0.04
14.Mike Spratt99$0.04
17.Jim Behan101$0.00
18.PETER RODISH102$0.00
18.Glenn Sargent102$0.00
18.Brandon Hoyng102$0.00
21.Jared Leiker103$0.00
21.Andy Schild103$0.00
21.Mike Hanley103$0.00
21.Greg Adams103$0.00
25.Rich Zinicola104$0.00
26.Robert Preslar108$0.00
27.Chris Blanton109$0.00
28.Tim Rea110$0.00
29.Darren Siefring112$0.00
30.Jamie Horne113$0.00
31.Bob Evans115$0.00
32.Matt Neary116$0.00
33.Chad Findley117$0.00