Our league’s fastidious statistician, Joe McDermott, reports the teams of Jim Adderman and Herb Bartlett, and Jim Spinney and John Hanna tied for first; Rich Eaton and Dick Marks came in second; and, Bob Piper and Kent Booker, third.
Closest to the centerline on the seventh hole was Ian Drewette and closest to the pin on 10 was Rich Eaton. Low putts for the day were achieved by Jay Morris and Bill Babcock. After four weeks of play, the standings show Eaton and Marks ensconced in first place, McDermott and Papa in second and Adderman and Bartlett in third. The way the weather is going our league season may be completed sometime in mid-September.
Three women played exactly to their handicaps – Joanne Nelson, Sally Huber and Judy DiNucci. Everyone else didn’t. I guess that means we are in need of more practice than recent rains have allowed. Let’s hope the bad weather pattern has finally changed. On this day there were no chip-ins. (Thanks to GFD for this report.)
Had I been closer to the main road, I would have been part of it. One of our members was heading north and turning into the driveway and a van was heading south toward South Bristol village. The two collided right before my eyes. The rear wheels of the van actually lifted a few inches from the road and pieces of auto bodies flew everywhere. It was like watching one of those auto test collisions on TV, but completely unexpected.
The driver of the car turning into Wawenock misjudged the speed of the oncoming van. The van was moving at a pretty good speed.
Resurfacing of 129 had been completed weeks earlier, so with a smooth highway it was easy to exceed the speed limit. All were wearing seat belts and no one was seriously injured. It was good to see that a very young child was firmly strapped into a car seat in the back of the van and not hurt in the slightest. The point of going over all of this is to urge our readers traveling Rt. 129 to slow down when nearing the course, and all of us to be cautious in turning left into the driveway. Golfers crossing the road should be especially watchful of cars heading north and south. An accident-free summer and fall would be welcome.
Paul was returning from a visit with the beavers downstream and says he’s “negotiating” with these industrious critters. Imagine how Paul’s presentation to the beavers just might go: ‘Hi, guys. You fellows are really doing some great dam construction down here. Let me suggest that you agree to keep your dams low enough to prevent water from backing up over the fourth and seventh fairways after a heavy rain. If you are willing to do that, we’ll let you use anything that you find on the course in your construction.’
Well, those beavers are good listeners. On Paul’s next visit he saw that a fairway yardage marker and a pitching wedge are now part of their construction. So now we’re waiting for them to reduce the height of their dams. It’s good to have a golf club manager who can talk with the animals.