Let's dive into the numbers and analyze this early season's trend by comparison of players' handicaps from previous years. As manager of the
league, among many duties, I have an important role that inquires attentiveness to details. The first two tournaments have been impressive.
Let's begin breaking this down. In the season's opener, we had two players, Joe Hart and Marc Napier, who were under par. In the past tournament at Clear Creek, there were five players, three at -3, and two more at -1. So the handicaps look pretty good compared to other seasons this early. There are two sides to every coin of the handicap game. Everyone must feel that they have a chance to win if they shoot well. In my opinion, I feel like this is not happening. Now, here is where some players' feelings get hurt, yet, it's constructive criticism. First, we have the weekend golfer. He plays mainly for fun or exercise, and he may not work on his game seriously. Well, shame on you for being mediocre 'cause you get out of it what you put in. Junk in! Junk out! Another type of player is the one who had a physical injury, and their game is a little "off." He can't play to his actual handicap. My suggestion would be for the player to not return until he is comfortable with your game. Lastly, are the ones who hurt the entire field by attempting to cheat. I refer to them as a "field trickster." It has been rearing its ugly head throughout the tournaments. It's glaringly, obvious things such as writing down the wrong score or "mysteriously" finding your ball. At this time, I will not call anyone out, but you can guarantee I will if it continues.
The league will not tolerate any egregious behaviors or actions. This is supposed to be and will remain a "gentlemen's game."
Now that I got that off my chest, let's talk about what turned out to be an awesome tournament that paid over 3,500 dollars in total wins, which included a record amount of cash paid in skins. The three skins won paid $426 each. Seven players were in the hunt after the turn. Lloyd Hart and Victor Rangel were in great shape until number 11. They shot 8 and 9, respectively. This landed both back into the middle of the pack. My main man, Ethan Bulthouse, hovered around the top of the leaderboard until 15 and 16 with a pair of double bogeys. Vincent Gilmore and newcomer, Carlos Garcia, had a huge payout with a tie for fourth place finish and a three-way split on the skin pot that paid them $426 each. The final three players, Joe Hart, Jeremy Williams, and Trey Smith, played well and battled each other through 18 holes. After hole 8, they were all tied up, but Trey birdies nine, the number one handicap on the course to take a one-shot lead over Jeremy and a two-shot lead over Joe. Jeremy got even on 16 with Trey's double bogey and they both enter the clubhouse tied at 3 under. Joe bogey was hole 16 and he was down 3 shots. It was looking like another finishing tournament collapse for Hart. I have to give it to him, he par 17 and birdies 18 to finish with a three-way tie for first. I don't think it is a coincidence that these three guys finished on top. Joe trains and works out like crazy. Williams works at Golf Galaxy which has the best equipment for his swing. Trey owns Performance Indoor Golf Studio where he's constantly pounding balls. His swing sounds different and the ball jumps off the club when he hits it. All three are deserving to be winners. Trey was the one on top
who birdie the hardest hole on the course to reward him for the 2023 Clear Creek Championship. Congratulations on a job well done.
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