Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bringing back the 50s at The Valley Club

At the Wildflower women’s golf tourney

Only The Wildflower overall golf champions, member Maria Reeser and guest Jean Tagliapietra, managed to dip into the 50s during last week's Women's Member-Guest tournament at The Valley Club.

Yet it was "Happy Days" for all 72 players on the 38 two-person teams.

They enjoyed "The 50s" tournament theme with its Oldies music and familiar 50s attire. Director of Golf Stoney Brown, modestly calling himself "The Edsel of Golf Poetry," penned another one of his marvelous poems that was heavy on the "Johnny Be Goode" and "Sweet Sixteen" references.

Even the names of the flights followed suit—from "Splish Splash," to "Mr. Sandman," and "Great Balls of Fire."

Tournament format was two-person better ball with three flights. Each flight crowned a net and gross champion with the overall champions posting the best low net 36-hole score of the entire field.

Reeser and Tagliapietra shot 59-61 for 120 for that honor. Their total was five strokes clear of the next lowest team. Their 59 Thursday was the best net score of the tournament.

Gross champions of each flight were Alison Shoemaker and Kerry Rutan, Jeri Wolfson and Katy Rice, and Sherry St. Clair and Edie Cary.

Dance to Brown's original "50s poem" on today's Express Web site. Here are leading flight results:

"Splish Splash" Flight: 1st net—Margo Rogers and Cathy Lynch 63-62 for 125. 2nd net—Happy Hawn and Marcia Rankin 64-62 for 126. 3rd net—Joanne Wetherell and Char Sinclair 63-66 for 129.

1st gross—Alison Shoemaker and Kerry Rutan 72-71 for 143. 2nd gross—Barbara Smith and Jean Smith 68-78 for 146. 3rd gross—Suzanne Williams and Genevieve Morgan 73-77 for 150.

"Mr. Sandman" Flight: 1st net—Mollie McCain and Laura Robbins 63-67 for 130. 2nd net—Gundl Haskell and Barbara Williams 66-65 for 131 (won card-off). 3rd net—Claire Bailey and Diana Hoover 66-65 for 131.

1st gross—Jeri Wolfson and Katy Rice 83-84 for 167. 2nd gross—Margot Milias and Kathleen McDonnell 86-82 for 168. 3rd gross—Cheri Schenkar and Mary Jane Burns 81-93 for 174.

"Great Balls of Fire" Flight: 1st net—Sue Fuller and Mary Rolland 60-68 for 128. 2nd net—Barbara Shelton and Jackie McRoberts 64-68 for 132. 3rd net—Gay Weake and Fran Suydam 66-67 for 133.

1st gross—Sherry St. Clair and Edie Cary 87-90 for 177. 2nd gross—Alice Lane and Felicie Lewis 93-86 for 179. 3rd gross—Barbara Thrasher and Lynne Heidel 87-97 for 184.

Stoney Brown's poem

Living in the 50s, Shooting in the 100s


"How much is that Dog-Leg in the Window?

by Stoney Brown, commissioned for The Wildflower and reprinted by permission

I'm stuck in the 50s, like my 9-hole score

And my handicap is no "Sweet Sixteen"!

It's more like something behind "The Green Door"

Or possibly in "Mad Magazine!"

And when "Rockin' Around the Old Putting Clock"

"Chances Are" that I'll miss a few.

Hey! I'm really adept at such negative talk!

So "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo"!

I wish that my swings were "Sweeter Than Wine,"

So this game would give me some "Kicks".

And with tee shots that end up more than off-line

Best keep my "driving" to "Route 66".

Apparently, I haven't the moves like "The King".

So my swing's got me "Singin' the Blues".

Though I swivel like Elvis to give it some zing

My shots fly, well, more like "Peggy Sue's".

So I have to live with my swing and my game

And that's not too "Johnny Be Goode".

It's more closely aligned with "Ain't It A Shame"!

'Cause it sure doesn't work like it should!

Do I love my golf just a "Bushel and a Peck",

Or am I simply "The Great Pretender"?

Since "I'm All Shook Up" and a physical wreck

Please, golf, couldn't you "Love Me Tender"?

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