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Match play events take center stage

Contributed Story Posted 27 June 2014 at 12:00 am

This Week at Shelridge

Contributed Photo – This photo is featured on the new Shelridge scorecard which contains yardages and handicap rating for the various holes.

The ghosts of Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen roam around the Shelridge fairways during the peak time of each season and it gives the local golf club a special aura.

These three pioneers of the game knew “the pure game of golf” when match play (not medal play) was the universal choice of the pros. Today, Shelridge members get a taste of match play when they battle for the finals of the Presidents Cup tourney. The ladies get their exposure by competing for the Shelby and Ridgeway Cups.

Week by week there are one-on-one matches and when each hole is completed the score card says “it’s a whole new game all over again.”

It hasn’t taken long for the men to get started. Gary Murphy is up on the bulletin board for defeating Doug Beltz in the opening round. Mike Rippe defeated Gerry LaMont, Butch Stupnick eliminated Steve Barnes, Alex Misiti beat Joe Brzezinski and Chuck Neumann beat Tom Pegelow. Among the women it was Melinda Whiting over Tina Dennis and Kathy Brooks emerging as winner over Val Peters.

In the regular club schedule there are four straight days of activity at SCC starting tonight with a “Party on The Patio” for the Couples League. Then tomorrow comes one of the major memorial events, this one for Pat Botsford. Sunday afternoon the spotlight turns to the youngsters and the Pee Wee League program opens (ages 5-8).

League activity is enjoying big-time action this season and the results of June 19 show

Steve Hicks and Tim Armstrong leading Group One with 86 points. In the next two places were Marc March and Frank Tozcak with 80.5 and Ken Dunham and Jeff Smith with 78. Group Two was led by James Tee and James Zeliff with 77 points, then Bill Bixler and Tim McCullough with 76 and Jim Hagenbach and Karl Griffin with 76.

In Shelridge Women’s League action this week, Vicki Dorin had the low gross score and Diane Mertz the low net in Class A. In Class B,Mary Jablonski had the low gross score and Sandy Murphy and Val Peters shared the low net. Sandy Zarcone had the low gross and Mary Grabowski the low net in Class C.

Postings on the bulletin board also seeks sign-up for the major club event of July, the third annual Shelridge Open. It is set for Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20.

Short Shots

A colorful new score card is greeting players these days made possible by eight sponsoring businesses and containing yardages and handicap ratings for blue, white and red holesalso eight local rules governing play, tips on golf etiquette and a chart for stroke control.