The rain held off enough for the twenty who showed up to get in their 18 at Highfields on Saturday. The course was in great condition and the golf maybe not quite as good. Our latest "major winner" Johnny "Bad Knees" was in one of the early groups and, despite assuring everyone that all he had to do was show up, couldn't recover from a poor opening nine to compete for honors. John "best player to never win a major or other" Hickey shot an 86 for 36 points and thought maybe this would be his day until Harry Walsh came in a score of 37 points after a great back nine score of 39 for 22 points. A couple more of players were on 34 including Paul Roper, Donal McNulty, with Shocks one better with 35. Best score of the day was Anthony, our venerable chairman, who shot an astounding 76 for 39 points. He made light of the one stroke levy from winning the sweet rock to come in with 39 points for second overall, pipped by yours truly with 40!
Ricky took closest to pin on 2 and on 17. He followed up that with the long drive on 18.
Another successful Goose tourney. Well done to Ricky on his last year hosting this tournament.
Next up is the Captains on Saturday September 13 in Indian Pond. This is a new course for most and is should be a great day out.
Blocker is, as ever, looking for the money for the Cape. Everyone should bring a check for it to the Captains and get it paid.
Matchplay Final ---------Johnny Kelly takes the Big One !!!!!
JK took the matchplay final in Waverly on Saturday knocking off DBZ on the way to a 4 and 3 victory. Johnnny played excellent all day and even though Peter brought his A game, it wasn't enough the way "Bad Knees" has been playing this year. Shocks and Timmy Lenihan completed the foursome and largely kept out of the way. The Commish presented Johnny with his trophy after the round in front of the good group that attended. Johnny thanked Shocks in his acceptance speech for carrying his bag so well. He also praised Peter and congratulated him on his strong showing all year on the back of his second place in the Cape last year. Three other foursomes attended on the day and fittingly honored the Champion. Johnny assured everyone that couldn't be there he would give them a private shot by shot account of the day on their next meeting. Thank You Johnny!!!
On a side note, Congratulations to our esteemed chairman, Anthony, on the arrival of his first born, a son named Sean! Lets see your handicap go down now, Big Guy!!!
Another Kerry Win!!!!!
Timmy Lenihan made it a three in a row for the Lenihan family and four in a row Kerry win when he took the Masters Tourney on Saturday July 12. Butter Brook was at its best on Saturday with hot humid conditions. Timmy obviously had been minding himself all week as he tore through the front nine with 25 points and ended the day with a 44 point total to demolish a powerful field. Three birdies later he also claimed the over 13 birdie pool. Well done Timmy!!
In second place for the second year in a row was The Commish with the same 40 point total as last year. Tough tournament to win!!!!
In third place was a late charging Blocker with 38 points, 25 of them on the back nine. Nice finish Joe!
Other notable scores was Anthony and Shay with 37 points, Johnny Kelly with a handicap protecting 33, DBZ also with one eye on the matchplay with 26 points.
"Big Fade", as he probably told you, won a closest to pin and a long drive!!!! Its been awhile but good to see the big guy back in the envelopes.
Other closest to pin was won by Anthony edging out Sid.
As usual in Butter Brook, everyone had a great day. A special thanks goes out to the bar staff and the cart girl. Rarely are beers so pleasantly presented.
Matchplay final will take place at Waverly Oaks in Plymouth on Saturday July 19. Peter DeBiasie defeated Shane Brady 3 and 2 to make it to the final. He will take on Johnny "not as bad as they were knees" Kelly who upended Ritchie Vaughan in the semi again by a 3 and 2 score. Ritchie didn't bring his A game as he had threatened to do and Johnny was not in a giving mood as he advanced.
Johnny will be giving Peter 8 shots but has already told everyone who will listen to put their money on him. Peter refuses to comment on anything as he starts his mental preparation with a "me against the world" type attitude. A good crowd is expected so please let The Commish know if you are attending.
'Farmer' Repeat at Sid's Tourney
John Lenihan made little of the one stroke reduction he earned from his Granite win and won his second title in a row with an outstanding 39 points off thirteen. John had 21 points on the front despite a ninth hole meltdown and followed it with 18 on the back with two scratches. In between he hit a ton of great shots and thoroughly deserved his victory. In his speech he thanked the organizers for putting on a great day, his wife for always believing in his talent, farming and carpentry! He especially wanted to thank his caddie for the day Dave Shocks whose advice he said was inspirational.
In second place was Ricky Rush who went out in 18 and home in 20. He is back in top form and looking for more hardware. Third place was taken by Blocker with 37 points.
Front nine was taken by Johnny "top three" Kelly with a fabulous 22 points. Johnny pulled the reins in on the back nine with a matchplay tussle coming up, no way was he being cut a shot. Back nine was won by Ricky with 20 but was given to his brother Cattle Crush by rule. (1,2,3 winners not eligible for front nine/ back nine)Closest to pin was won by Johnny Lenihan, Ritchie Vaughan and Ricky Rush. Long Drive was won by Gerry McGath as most of the big hitters didn't get it on fairway. Actually Gerry must have been the only one on the fairway!!!! Well done to all.
Guest prize was won by Paul Gallagher with 35 pts. Great to see Paul back in US. He was an original member before moving back a few years ago.
Well done to Sid and Anthony who put on a great day. Next up ButterBrook for the Masters.
The 'Gentleman Farmer' takes Hughes Tourney
With 39 points Johnny Lenihan, who hails from the posh farming suburbs of Tralee, took the second annual Hughes Cup after a great day at Granite Links on Saturday. Johnny went out with 21 points thru 9 helped by a birdie on the fourth hole. He overcame a speed wobble at the par three sixteenth but recovered to finish with two pars and record the winning total. Johnny gave a memorable speech as he accepted the trophy from Shay Hughes. He becomes the second player and Kerryman to get in the winners circle this year and will compete for the rest of the year off one stroke less than his GHIN. He promises this will not be a problem!!!!!!
Second place was Dave Shocks with 36 points and a par on the index 1. Dave is always in contention in these tournaments.
Third place was taken by another Kerryman, this one on his virgin voyage, Brian Hickey. Brian who joined recently and is playing off 17, started off nervously and had 15 points through nine holes. He stormed through the Granite nine and was on track for a record nine but for a real self soiling episode on 18. However 20 points gave him a total of 35 and second place. Well done Brian!.
Sid and The Axeman finished on 34. A host of players were on 33 which just shows how a stroke here or there can mean some hardware.
Long drive on the front nine was won by Shane Brady.
On the back Ricky Rush took long drive and Mike Forest took closest to pin on sixteenth.
Highest point total for the day was from Matt Lapo from New Hampshire with 40 points off a handicap of eight shot a 76. Great round Matt!!!!
Usual suspects,Paul Roper, Mike Forest and Johnny Kelly never contended for the best dressed award as another guest took that coveted prize. Sean Ballance took this biscuit with an eye gouging pin stripe trousers with matching top that was straight out of a seventies porno film. There was no second place to that.
Well done to the Big Fade for putting on a great day. As usual drinks were flowing at the after party and all the pain of the day was quickly washed away. Great Day!!!!!!!
Matchplay First Round
First round of the matchplay is done and dusted after a modest turnout enjoyed a beautiful day in Atlantic on Saturday. The draw threw up a few good matchups and first out was Seamie O’Neill and Shocks with Adolf taking that one. This fourball was followed by Ritchie V taking on Blocker in what was a battle of the bigger hitters. On this day Ritchie had all the answers and Joe all the questions as he slumped out of the matchplay with head low. Ritchie was unstoppable and has guaranteed a hiding for whoever he plays next. Johnny Kelly took on Roper in another lob sided one. Roper couldn’t find his game all day and Johnny “do you think I’ll be in top five” Kelly closed it out early. As did the other winner in the foursome, he warned everyone that he will dole out a lot of punishment to anyone else he meets. Great to see some gracious winners come out of one group!!!!
Next fourball had The Commish taking on Twink and Dav taking on Swervy. Twink couldn’t keep up with the young at heart Commish, who moved on to the second round. Dav was never going to let a six hole lead slip again, like happened last year, so calved early and lost to the most relaxed and happiest golfer on the course. The next fourball had Cattle Crush drawn against the super confident Big Fade. The new found confidence took a big hit as Hughes couldn’t pull back Cattle Crush who went four up at the turn and finished it out on seventeen. Gerry Mac took on Shane Brady on the other half of this ticket but Shane proved too strong for the one armed Dub. Wait till I get him with two good elbows! Gerry promised.
‘Cape King’ Martin O’Dea made his season debut as he clashed with Sid. Martin couldn’t be stopped despite a couple of speed wobbles. He made a few clutch shots and putts to frustrate a battling Sidney. In the other half of this foursome I was robbed of my rightful place in the next round as I played the best golf of my career but Harry Walsh in his first outing of the year was just too good with a super 95 to my scintillating 101. What do I have to do to win a match??? Harry made all the putts he needed and should have won earlier. It would have eased the pain.
The last groups of the day saw Ray Heatley tackle DBZ. DBZ emerged victorious in a vicious scrap in which Ray on his virgin outing had to tackle the crafty veteran. Adrian and our esteemed chairman played the match of the day as Anthony won early. He would have beaten anyone today as he shot a 74. Adrian had no answer to that.
The draw for the next two rounds was made after in the bar. With 11 “golfer” remaining, there had to be 5 byes and just three matches in the second round.
Byes are Cattle Crush, Anthony, Ritchie V, The Commish, Harry Walsh.
Second Round Matches
Johnny “Top Five” Kelly v Dave “Adolf” Shocks
DBZ v Martin O’Dea
Shane Brady v Swervy
Quarter Final Draw
M O’Dea/ DBZ v Cattle Crush
The Commish v Ritchie V
Shane B/ Swervy v Anthony Walsh
Shocks/ JK v Harry Walsh
Sweet Rock 2014
First outing of the year is in the rear view mirror. A total of 22 people, of which at best 5 were golfers, showed up on Saturday at Newport National. Weather held up for the day, if it did get a little windy and cold by the back nine.
First closest to the pin was the third hole which was playing real tough. It took a skulled five iron from Blocker that scurried up to about 12 feet to win the first envelope. You have no shame Blocker! collecting an envelope on that one. Second closest to the pin was the next hole and to add insult to injury, Blocker again claimed the money.
Long Drive was with the wind on the sixth and Adrian Walsh took the honors with a tremendous dong!!!! Final closest to the pin was the thirteenth hole over the water. Jason Boulware took the honors. Birdie pool was claimed by Roper on indexes over DBZ, Adrian Walsh, Ritchie Vaughan.
And down to the main business of the day, Shane Brady, as always in contention, took third place with 34 points. Second place was the loud and late arriving, big hittin, one legged, Gerry McGath. Gerry had 37 points and accepted the second place trophy in his usual understated manner!
Winner and 2014 Sweet
Rocker was our chairman Anthony Walsh with 38 points (78 gross). Well done
Anthony who becomes the first player affected by the new "winner cut by a
stroke" rule. How appropriate considering it was the brainchild of our
Next outing is the matchplay, May 3 in Atlantic. Draw as always will be made at the course on the day.
Message from the reichstag is to get your scores posted. The handicap fuhrer and his minions will be checking.
Thirty two golfers, members and friends showed up on Friday to play a little golf, drink a little beer, and generally make life at the duck inn a little more difficult than usual.
Cranberry Valley was a little cooler than anticipated on Friday morning, but the course was in good shape and the players were in the best shape they were going to be. Scores were on the good side with a bunch left between 32 and 36. The winner on the day was John Millae, who could do no wrong, coming in with 40 points off 10. Great score from a player who doesn't get out much. (Thankfully as the rest of the weekend shook out). Hot on his heels was the DBZ, who does get out a lot, with 39 points on his best showing thus far on the Cape. Front was won by DBZ with 21, Back by Millae, 21. Millae took the long drive and Cattle Crush won closest to pin.
Bayberry on Saturday morning turned out to be a whole different kettle of fish!! Thirty one players showed up. (Man down Sir!!!, cost of taxis is getting out of hand). It was a beautiful day, the course was the only thing in great shape. Scores were still good enough. The winner on the day was Ricky Rush with an outstanding 40 points. Bernard Brady and Shane had 39 and 38 respectively. Dave Shocks and Walter Q. had each 37 points to put them right in the hunt for Sunday. Front was won by Walter Q with 21, the back by Hano with 22. Closet to pin was won by Ricky and long drive By Dr. Phil!!!
In the other big news of the day, hurlers rather luckily outpointed the footballers to take the cup for the second year in a row. Calahan made the usual jackass speech which is too long to transmit over any network. Hope McGath's is shorter next year. (I'm sure everyone wishes that!!!!). Dav hardly got a word in at all (thank God for that).
So it all came down to Sunday at Olde Barnstable on another great day. Ricky had the lead but forced to play off three. Thats a lot of shots to be giving up to a group within a few shots, high handicappers, Walter Q., Martin O'Dea, DBZ. Also right there off lower handicaps, Hano, Eamon, Shocks, Sid.
In the end it came to a card off between Peter DBZ and Martin O'Dea. On the second index hole Martin won the glass ball and title of King of the Cape 2013. He had daily totals of 34, 39 and 29 for a winning total of 102. Well done to Peter with same total and second place honors. Third alone on 101 was Ricky who battled well but it is tough to win off three. Fourth was Sid who despite a subpar round on Friday battled back on Sat and Sunday to a total of 100. The rest of you looooosers were way back. Guests Bernard and Shane Brady had 104 totals, which was outstanding but as guests were ineligible for a trophy.
Timmy L. won front with 19, Hickey the back with 21 and Hickey took overall honors on the day with 36. Long Drives were Donal McNulty, closest to pin were Shocks.
Again Well done to our Cape Classic Champion 2013....Martin O Dea!!!!!!!!!!