TUESDAY: DENHALTER – WARD LAND BIG BIRDS
Tuesday at Falcon Ridge Ken Ward and Gary Denhalter landed bigger birds than Falcons. Denhalter, from 122yds out on the par four third hole, hit his eight iron onto the green and it rolled some 10 feet into the cup for the first of two eagles. For this shot he was awarded the shot of the day. Ward on the par five 7th hole hit his 7 fairway metal to within five feet of the hole and putted that in for the second eagle of the day. Both players were in the same foursome.
Ward used that eagle to shoot two over par on the front side. Then started the back nine with birdies on 10 and 11. His tee shot on hole 13 was on the lowest level some 100yds from the hole. Unfortunately he plunked it in the water but then hit his third shot to 7 feet and sunk the putt for a bogey five. He went on to shoot another 37 on the back to win medalist honors with 74. Nice round Ken! Andrew Yeh had the best nine holes on the front with a one over par 36 aided by a birdie on four. He also birdied the 10th and 12th holes on the back to finish two shots back of Ward with 76. Two players shot 79’s, Bill Irace and Dave Jordan. Irace was rewarded with first place low net with 67. Yeh was second with a net 68 and Tom Durenberger (81) got the third spot with a net 69. Don Mannon (84) beat Jordon for 4th with a bogey on 13 as Jordan recorded a double bogey six.
The spring winds continued at the Palms for the MMGA. And as usual it made a mess of their scores. No one broke 80 and the best round was turned in by a forward tee player Don Mannon who shot two steady rounds of 41-40-61 for medalist. His playing partner, also from the forward tees, Ken Ward had three birdies and an eleven to shoot the next best round of 83. Hal Rundle (85) was rewarded first low net with a 70 because his par five beat fellow net 70 Jim Baffknecht (87) and his bogey six. Dan Hoffman (88) won third with a net 73. Bubba Petrick (87) and net 75 was third and Tom Durenberger (91) stole 5th with a net 76.
The next scheduled play is Tuesday, May 12th at Falcon Ridge at 7:00 for the red, silver and black tournament and Thursday May 14th at the Casa Blanca at 8:00. 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.