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To Be Or Not To Be The Ball

As a last minute cold front moved back into Florida, 19 unwavering medios and 3 guests overcame the challenge of the temperature and their mediocre golf skills to play in the third annual Caddyshack Open at Sherman Hills Golf & Country Club on Feb. 22nd.  Unfortunately for those 22 souls, the refreshment cart driver must have made a decision to stay warm inside and was a no-show.  But the 22 braved on!

With a shotgun start on holes 13-15, the fun started soon after on hole 16, and somehow we talked Dawn into getting out there in the cold for an hour and taking video.  This par 3 was designated as the "Be The Ball" hole where everyone had to kinda reenact the scene from Caddyshack to determine if they could play blindfolded like Ty Webb (see the second half of the clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3akC_INsFc)...with the shot counting for their score.  Some of the video didn't come out right but there's 18 that did, enough to entertain:

We welcomed four brand new MGA medios, Eric Goniea (visiting from the Tampa chapter), Tony Wickersham, Gary Springer and Pat Farra, plus we welcomed Andrew Barno, previously with the Pinellas chapter.  Now that they've joined, it is open season for digs and riducle of their golf skills (right, like we didn't do that to them before they joined).  And yes an occasional atta boy is in order too when they do something right.  But it shouldn't matter to them anyway since our motto is "Shamelessly Unexceptional".

Here are the awards earned:

Winner of the Caddyshack Open gopher trophy for low net score (and the teeny tiny trophy for low gross) was Greg Brown.  Greg also won the Stepped in Shit award for low USGA handicap score (64).  Greg is definitely the guy to beat this year after finishing 5th on the Global Money List in 2019.

Winner of the red key for the high net score was John Grochowicz.  Because this red key did not bring the normal reward of playing forward a tee box in the next tournament (this being an off-season event), John also was rewarded with a book called "501 Excuses for a Bad Golf Shot".  John also won the Played Like Shit award for high USGA handicap score (89).

Gary Springer won the Most Mediocre golfer award, a Ty Webb "Be The Ball" golf towel.

Frank Mendes won the Meltdown award, an MGA stress ball, for having a 9-stroke meltdown from front nine to back nine.  Honorable mention here goes to Tony Wickersham who has a 15 stroke "meltup.

Thanks to Troy for envisioning and creating the gopher trophy.  Carl Spackler would be proud!  Thanks to Dawn for all the help she gives us on and off the course.  And thanks for Randy for wearing the Carl Spackler hat he won last year.

Here are all the tournament scores with more pictures below:

Caddyshack Open 2020 Results
Place Player Front Back Gross Score Penalty Strokes Net Score Meltdown Meagles
1 Greg Brown 44 46 90 1 91 2 1
2 Eric Goniea 47 48 95 0 95 1 0
3 Andrew Barno 46 47 93 3 96 1 0
4 Pat Farra 46 45 91 6 97 -1 1
4 Pete Bedell 47 50 97 0 97 3 0
6 Troy McNeal 49 54 103 0 103 5 0
7 Greg Bobrowski 53 52 105 0 105 -1 0
8 Randy Dunaway 51 55 106 0 106 4 0
9 Craig Domini 52 45 107 0 107 3 0
9 Gary Springer 50 57 107 0 107 7 0
11 Janis Dunaway 53 56 109 0 109 3 0
12 Dave Sulik 54 57 111 0 111 3 0
12 Larry Waterman 52 59 111 0 111 7 0
14 Roy Fiehler 57 55 112 0 112 -2 0
14 Roy Huden 56 56 112 0 112 0 0
16 Marion Kelley 57 56 113 0 113 -1 0
17 Tony Wickersham 65 50 115 0 115 -15 0
18 Frank Mendes 55 64 119 0 119 9 0
19 John Grochowicz 69 66 135 0 135 -3 0

 




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A lot of fun! It was a great introduction for me as to what this tour is all about. Having fun! Hope to see you all at the Bratish. THAT TROPHY WAS AWESOME TROY!

Great way to start off the season. The only thing better than Troy the trophy was awesome, looking forward to winning two or three of them this year myself. Next tournament will be a lot warmer and I will be heating up.