August 4: BIRDIE MEN

The first birdie of the day was probably the greatest shot in years at Falcon Ridge and it was shot by Ben Bishop on the most difficult hole.  His lay-up shot left him 100yds out with an insane lie on the side of the hill with a 40 degree slope.  Coming to grips with what he had for his third shot he hit it on the green, bounced twice and rolled up and in to the jar for the “shot of the century”.  The putters of the threesome of Andrew Yeh, Ken Ward and John Meyer were hotter than the 108 degree temps on Tuesday.  The threesome had a total of 11 birdies that included four by Yeh on 10, 12, 13 and 16.  From the forward tees, Ward matched that total with his own four birdies on 7, 10, 14 and 15.  The third member of the group, John Meyer, also from the forward tees, had birdies on 9, 10 and 11.  Yeh took medalist with 71, Ward was only three back with a very nice 74 and Meyer recorded an 83.  Great putting guys!  Pat “Smitty” coming out of his “funk” had birdies on 5 and 10 on his way to great rounds, of 39-39-78 to win low net honors with his 62.  Lira (90) was four net shots back with 66 and Ward 67.



After shooting a great 39-47-86 for first place low net at 68 at Conestoga last Thursday, Terry Gardner repeated a similar performance at Falcon Ridge on Tuesday.  This day it was another 39 on the front side followed by 44 on the back for superb 83 and another first place low net of 66 one shot lower than Don Mannon (78) and Tom Durenberger (78).  The two consecutive low net rounds jumped him seven places into fourth place in the MMGA summer net tournament with only five contests remaining.  Durenberger earned the medalist honor by edging out Mannon with a par on the first handicap hole as well as shooting a one under par 36 on the difficult back nine.  Andrew Yeh and John Meyer were a shot back with their 79’s.

Meyer and Pat Smitty (80) were two shots back in the net field with 69.



Andrew Yeh took back his medalist crown on the Canyons Thursday with rounds of 39-35-74.  But his three teammates played him close the entire day.  After the front side Yeh shot 39 with no birdies.  J.P. LaLiberte and Ed Hoepfner matched that 39.  Paul LeVan was just one shot back with 40.  Yeh recorded two birdies on the back to just one bogey for a one under par 35 for a total 74.  As on the front side LaLiberte and Hoepfner matched cards with 38’s to end up with nice 77’s but three shots short of Yeh.  LeVan shot one shot better on the back than on the front for his 79.  Great play by all in the foursome.  Hoepfner’s solid round rewarded him with low net honors with 66.  LaLiberte and Manny Lira (93) were three shots back with 69.  Ken Ward (79), Sterling Johnson (83), Terry Gardner (87) and LeVan all were one shot back at net 70.