A record number of players for 2014 turned out to play in the “Masters” on Tuesday at Falcon Ridge.  Thirty one members teed it up.  For some it was the last time until they return from up north in the fall.  The tournament was flighted into four flights.  Here are the results.  Andrew Yeh earned first place low gross in the first flight with a 35-39-75.  Also on the front nine, playing partners Bob Chambers, Paul LeVan and Dave Jordan all shot 39.  Both LeVan and Chambers had two stroke penalties on the ninth hole.  Frank Thomasino shot 79 for second place.  Dick Swaye shot a pair of 40’s and won first place low net with a 69.  Thomasino was second with 71 and third low net went to Bill Irace (84) and net 73.  The second flight was won by Jim Guttridge with an 83.  Bob Chambers (84) netted a 70 for first low net.  Pat “Smitty” (88) and Ed Hoepfner (84) slit second and third low net with their net 71.  The third flight gross winner was Jim Chatlin with a remarkable 79 eleven strokes better than runner up Gary Denhalter’s 90.  Denhalter didn’t seem to mind as he netted a 72 for first place low net honors.  Second and third place was a tie between Jim Anderson (96) and Dennis Simmons (96) and net 73’s.  The senior flight had a record number of players this year with eight.  John Meyer set the tone on the first nine holes recording a one over par 36 and followed up with a 41 for 77 and first place low gross.  Roger Wilson tried to stay with Meyer shooting a four over par 39 on the front that included two birdies on holes two and five.  But he finished with 81 and a net 65 for first place low net.  The 65 was the low net of the entire tournament.  Don Mannon (92) recorded a net 66 for second low net.  Third went to Terry Gardner (86) and 69.  Wilson had the two best putts of the day sinking a 75 foot birdie on hole number two and a 78 foot putt for par on the 10th hole.   The other abnormity was Terry Gardner scoring seven straight five’s on the last seven holes and eight of the nine on the back side.

According to playing partner Andrew Yeh John Meyer never missed a putt today.  “It didn’t matter whether it was three feet or 7 feet or 10 feet John made everything today.  And Andrew should know because Meyer’s three birdie 36-29-75 beat Yeh’s 40-36-76 by one shot.  But Dave Jordan, giving up on his $400.00 putter played his best round in some weeks firing a great 38-37-75 to match Meyer’s round.  And to add rub it in just a bit Meyer birdied the first handicap hole to earn the medalist honor for today.  Jordan almost had a par four straight on the back nine holes but pared the par five to record eight of nine holes on the back side with fours. Jordan’s 75 did net him a 67 to tie Tom Durenberger (80) and he won it by going par, par while Durenberger shot par bogey to take second low net.  Third low net was a three way tie between Frank Thomasino (77), Gary Denhalter (86) and Bill Irace (80).  Denhalter was out immediately with a disastrous eight on the first handicap hole.  Thomasino also with a bad hole seven gave third to Irace’s six and settled for fourth low net.

The next scheduled play is on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:00 at Falcon Ridge and Thursday, April 24th at 7:00 am at the Casa Blanca.  Always check your sign up sheets for any corrected times or places.  Anyone interested in joining the MMGA can call 346-6363.  Also check out our website at www.mesquitemensgolf.com.