Greetings from The SFV Bratish Open!
It was another illustrious day on the links as we settled in for a round of Olympic proportions. The Bratish Open started out beautifully as the players were all tied at the first tee. It just seemed to go downhill from there for everyone but our winner Steve Davis. With the help of 5 mirdies in the first 6 holes he shot a 42 on front nine! We all knew that couldn't last...and it didn't. But luckily that left enough of a buffer for the back nine and his +10 stroke differential, including a razor-sharp 8 on the par 3 13th. His 94 total was good enough, though, to win both the Grand Prize, Gross AND Biggest Meltdown awards for the day. Congratulations Mr. Davis!
The race for second was very close as newcomer PC Yi beat out both Gordon and Scott by one stroke with his 104. Great job in your official MGA debut PC!
Once again, in order to take advantage of the golf carts and because of our overall laziness, we dropped off our clubs before heading to the 19th and tallying up the scores. So, unable to challenge each other on the course, Gordie and Scott reverted to the Olde English tie-breaking method known as the Beer Pitcher Lemon Toss (roughly translated). Lemon wedges at 10 paces, into a mostly empty pitcher of beer. The anticipation so intense, food workers and bartenders couldn't help but to leave their posts just to get a decent view of the action. But the competition would prove to be short-lived as Gordie "The Canuck Who Can Chuck" Suffield used the momentum he gained from his Longest Drive Award win, and stepped up with a confident toss. The crowd went wild as the BPLT southpaw shut the door with his first shot. Clearly rattled from the emotion of the moment, Scott was unable to match Gordie's feat and had to settle for earning his second Most Mediocre Award of the year. All in all a great round for them both as, in actuality, they both shared the 3rd and 4th place prize money anyway. It was just fun watching guys toss lemon wedges into a pitcher for some reason....Good to have you back Gordo!
Steve "The Whippet" Nelson continued his solid play by earning 5th place with a 113. Steve is not the longest hitter on the tour but has become a brilliant manager of the long courses with his "play-it-safe-up-the-middle" method. Many of us who haven't seen the short grass in awhile sercretly envy his brilliant style.
Our other newest member Inaki "The Dumpling" Lazcano came in at a close 6th with his 116 but also managed to earn his first Closest to the Pin Award this year. This is siginficant because until his win, we weren't sure any of us would actually hit a green on a first try. Since no one was able to accomplish it at the F.U. Open, we carried that award over to the Bratish. Just to prove our point, no one took that one this time either...SO 2 CttP AWARDS will once again be up for grabs at The SFV MGA! Bryan's 123 rounded out the field and can only be defined by one phrase--"not enough chip-in pars!"
SFV MGA wants to welcome our newest members Inaki and PC. We hope you find the mediocrity you are searching for.
We also had a guest as future, and newest newest member, Todd Mander joined in for the fun. His score of 99 could be a warning shot across the bow of this mediocre frigate, but we have faith that his own mediocre tendencies will rise to the surface and shine when needed most.
We're past the halfway point of the season. 3 more to go...It's gettin' to be serious time! See you at the MGA!