RYDER CUP MATCH PLAY TEAMS FORMED

Before teeing off at Riverway on Thursday, May 5, a draw was held to determine the teams for the BIRDIEHUNTERS (RYDER CUPT) TEAM MATCH PLAY TOURNAMENT 2011.

It has been suggested that the names “Indians” and “Cowboys” are passé and that more exciting names for the two teams – the YELLOW JERSEY and the BLUE JERSEY (T-shirt) – be dropped for more exciting terms. So how about the CIA’s and the FBI’s? Maybe the “O’Bamas” and the “O’Samas” (give it an Irish flavor!)? How about the CHIEFS and the ADMIRALS?


We could establish a consensus before the start of the official match play tournament.

MATCH PLAY RULES

To make sure that pairings would be fair, we matched players of similar handicap indices and had the winner of the coin flip to choose a color-blue or yellow.

Here are the results:

YELLOWS: CHANG HJ, HAN, SIMON, ED, VINCENT, BILL, CHANG LIM

BLUES: RORY, JOE, ERNIE, HARRY, EUGENE, ALAN, JOHN

Guidelines for participation:

  1. Those joining later during the season will be asked to flip a coin to determine which group they could play for.
  2. As in previous years, we established a tournament fee to cover for the following expenses:
    1. Cash prize for each of the top three team players (accumulated points)
    2. Dinner party at the conclusion of the tournament
  3. The suggested tournament fee is $75.
  4. Tournament shall be held on the last THURSDAY of the months of MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, and SEPTEMBER.
  5. The match play shall be a “net” competition using established handicap indices rounded up to a whole number, i.e., a 14.6 index shall have a 15 course handicap; a 17.3 index shall have a17 course handicap. If a 9 handicap player is matched against a 20 handicap player, the player with the higher handicap shall have a 1 stroke advantage on holes 1,2, and 10 to 18.
  6. One (1) point is awarded to the winner of a hole
  7. Points won by a player shall be added to the respective team’s total.
  8. Points accumulated by each player shall be tabulated at the end of the tournament. The best three (3) scorers for each team shall receive a cash award.

Here is the result of the “trial run” of the tournament yesterday:

Had this been a formal tournament, the BLUE TEAM would have won 41 points against 40 by the YELLOW TEAM. What is quite exciting is the point advantage by matched players.

HAN took 8 points from RORY who managed to win 3 points. JOE and CHANG HJ split 6 points. CHANG manhandled HARRY with a 7-5 win, while ERNIE is two better than SIMON (7-5). ED, the super-senior socked it to our youngest player, EUGENE with a 9-3 margin. VINCENT surrendered to ALAN by a 3-8 deficit. BILL put up the white flag against JOHN (2-9). ED, HAN, & CHANG LIM were the Yellow Team’s highest scorers while JOHN, ALAN, and ERNIE scored big for the BLUE’s.

FIRST MATCH PLAY TOURNAMENT – MAY 26

Here is our leaderboard:

Two consecutive wins by ED catapults him to 1st place with 102 point. Han also made a move yesterday. BILL and JOE were bumped from 1st & 2nd place. Simon’s KP on the 11th hole moved him to 5th place. In only 1 game, ALAN roared to 9th place.

However, it is early in the game and those handicap indices are changing. It will be interesting to see how the super senior’s fantastic scores lately could lower his index.

He has now taken over Mr. SB#1 crown from VINCENT.

BOOOOOO!!!!

BIRDIES HUNTED

ERNIE captured a rare bird on the tough and long Par 4 – 4th hole with a 25 footer from the fringe nearly pin high and got another on the Par 3-6th. HAN, JOE, and ALAN had the other birds.

POINT ROBERTS @ 7:30am Thursday MAY 12

Twilight hours are moved back at most courses now. With Summer rates imposed on all courses, we are fortunate to get the last FOUR twilight tee times. Green fees are $48.

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