Better late than never. Last Sunday dawned clear and crisp with a thick layer of frost adorning the Links at Groveport. October 30th is the CMGC's second latest Club Championship and the scores reflected the late date, but that did not keep the competition from being close. John Kempton won the 2011 title in a playoff with Jeff McCorkle at net 75.
The field was close at the turn, but trees and OB took their toll and one by one those in the hunt fell by the wayside. Tom pushed an iron into the trees on 15 that was the beginning of his end and Steve flew his approach on 18 long. Not getting up and down meant it was just John and Jeff in the playoff. John won the playoff at +1.
On a personal note, I ran out of balls (both literally and figuratively) after chucking two OB and one in the lake on the 14th tee and had to withdraw. It was a Tin Cup moment, except I was playing horribly laying 98 on the 14th tee. It was a scene I hope never to repeat. Thankfully it didn't appear to impact my group of John and Base too much as John went on to win. Whew!
Here is the final leaderboard. Note that while Handicap Season officially ended on Monday, October 31st, Mother Nature may permit a lot more golf before winter closes in. Next on the CMGC calendar is the North Coast Golf Show and Myrtle Beach 21.
1: John Kempton; +3 (87 gross)
2: Jeff McCorkle; +3 (87 gross)
3: Steve Hawley; +4 (83 gross)
4. Tom Kirk; +5 (96 gross)
5. Rich Jenks; +9 (98 gross)
T6. Scott Kern; +11 (98 gross)
T6. Ed Hawley; +11 (105 gross)
8. Scott Basinger; +12 (100 gross)
9. Vince Resor; WD at +24 net