With his inimitable nasality, Willie Nelson sang to us: “Time, time rolls on like a river, and you know there’s just so much to do.” If he was waiting for television coverage of the PGA from Torrey Pines last Saturday, Willie was among those of us who witnessed time trickle like a slowly dying stream.
In case you missed it, Virginia and Duke were playing basketball — an important game given their respective national rankings. At the time designated for golf coverage to begin, 28 seconds remained in the contest. Six minutes later, give or take, the game finally ended.
Not to be outdone, the final threesome took more than six hours to complete the final (Sunday) round of the PGA tournament from Torrey Pines, and included a point at which one group had to wait for about 25 minutes to play a par-3 hole. Then, the tournament ended in a three-way tie. Then, one player was eliminated on the first playoff hole. Then, the remaining two players played another and another and another hole until after five holes officials declared it too dark to continue.
One television commentator observed that he had been at his station for about 17 hours. Ultimately, it took 15 hours to play the final 15 minutes on Monday, with Jason Day chalking up his 11th PGA Tour win. And pocketing a million-plus dollars.
In case you missed it, some players pointed fingers and named names with regards to slow play; specifically, generally mild-mannered Luke Donald (an accomplished artist as well as golfer) pointed to J.B. Holmes who took more than four minutes to play his second shot at the finishing hole. Holmes responded that he took so much time because “I was still trying to win.” And he was.
Stay tuned, but remember: Jordan Spieth was still trying to win at the Open Championship when he took more than 20 minutes to play a shot, and virtually nobody complained. But then, Spieth won.
Time took center stage in the world of golf last week. Here’s a closer examination.
TIME STOOD STILL
The Debbie Fuchs Invitational tournament held at Galveston Country Club and hosted by Clear Creek ISD was stopped cold, and wet, reduced from 36 to 18 holes due to inclement weather.
Compete results were not immediately available; but, Ball High’s Lady Tors struggled to a 10th-place finish as Reagan Conner managed 14th place individually among the 48 participants.
At the professional level, the LPGA Pure Silk tournament also lost an entire round to weather (high winds), with American Brittany Lincicome firing a final round 66 to win by two shots.
Mark Napier, D. Duqun, J.B. Brown, Tom Francis and G. Armstrong won a score card playoff over Al Kelly, Gary Davis, Jim Gafney and Daryl Landry in last week’s Tuesday senior scramble at Beacon Lakes Golf Course. Yes! You read that correctly.
Beacon Lakes assistant manager Kevin Mattler has begun submitting information on happenings at Beacon Lakes, including the weekly contest that is played each Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m.
Players must be at least 55 years old to participate and need to be checked in by 7:50 a.m. The green fee is $24 and the tournament fee an additional $20; payout each week goes to the lowest scoring team and for front and back nine skins. Additional places are paid depending on the number of players and teams. Welcome aboard!
ALL THE TIME
Bayou Golf Club’s senior scramble is up and running each week. On Jan. 24, Marc Napier, Les Flynn, Tig Davidson and Dick Orweiller carded a 62 for a one-stroke win over Jim Gaffney, John DuRee, badge buddy Charlie Totty and Cliff Robinson.
Additionally, Robinson, a Texas City resident, made a hole-in-one at the par-3 seventh hole using an eight iron for the 105-yard shot.
SAME OLD TIME
Noon each Thursday is the start time for the cash game at Moody Gardens Golf Course, and the regulars there are always looking out for fresh blood, er, new players. Last week, long-hitting Chris Caldwell shot 74 to win low gross and Jim Muntzel’s 69 claimed low net.
Muntzel, Jerry Goen, Craig Harrington and Rick Temple won the team competition. Bruce Baird and Jerry Goen had skins. Goen also claimed some of the proximity cash, along with Larry Poe.
If you want in, remember that you must check in by 10:30 a.m. for the noon shotgun start.
Also, the Moody Gardens Tuesday ladies group meets each week at 12:30 p.m. for a 1 p.m. nine-hole scramble with a shotgun start. The group welcomes all interested lady golfers, who will be added to the email list of B.J. Willard, who “faithfully” organizes the weekly outing.
BTW, B.J. had her first hole-in-one way back in November, using a pitching wedge at the 80-yard par-3 sixth hole at Moody Gardens.
Patrick Schoenvogel put on a display of perfect timing in his golf swing on Jan. 21, making a hole in one at the 136-yard, par-3 17th hole at Moody Gardens Golf Course.
The perfectly timed 9-iron shot was witnessed by D.J. Termini, John Termini, Hal Gregory and John Phillips. A Galveston resident, Schoenvogel now has two aces to his credit after a mere 30 years of golf.
He would like to thank the group playing just in front of his fivesome; they apparently realized the feat and left a cold beer for Patrick at the 18th tee!
Be safe, on and off the course.