The Rob Hughes Birthday Golf Tournament is held in the first week of January each year to commemorate, well, my birthday.
Grand Prize Champions Through the Years:
- 1999 # 41 Chabot, Oakland – Jake
- 2000 # 42 Mission Hills, Hayward – Brent
- 2001 # 43 No Records
- 2002 # 44 Chabot, Oakland – Jake
- 2003 # 45 No Records
- 2004 # 46 Tilden – Rob
- 2005 # 47 Groveland – Richard
- 2006 # 48 Alameda North – Matt
- 2007 # 49 Lincoln Park, SF – Bro John
- 2008 # 50 Tilden – Matt
- 2009 # 51 Alameda South – Banks
- 2010 # 52 Lema Long, SL – Daryl
- 2009 # 51 Alameda South – Banks
- 2010 # 52 Lema Long, SL – Daryl
- 2011 # 53 Chabot – Daryl
- 2012 # 54 Willow Park, CV – Dale
- 2013 # 55 Groveland – Jason
- 2014 # 56 Chabot – Matt
- 2015 # 57 Alameda North – Jake
- 2016 # 58 Poppy Ridge, Livermore – Tim
- 2017 # 59 Callippe, Pleasanton – Daryl
- 2018 # 60
2017 Results are in!
The rain held off, the course was soggy and it had a voracious appetite for all of our balls that plugged in the muck. Rob can attest that if you didn’t stand right over top of the ball your weren’t gonna see it. When you did lift your head up, the views from atop Holes 15, 16 and 17 were magnificent—west to The City and east to the verdant hills of Livermore.
Below are the final standings (HC in parentheses), gross scores (without the HC applied), and NET scores (with handicaps).
- GPC – Mark Childress (33) 95 (48+47) 62
- Bridesmaid – Tim Hale (25) 92 (44+48) 67
- Wanna Be – Jason Roberts (25) 99 (51+48) 74
- Woulda Been – Daryl Walker (10) 87 (43+44) 77
- Coulda Been – Mark Rose (32) 110 (57+53) 78
- Shoulda Been – Rob Hughes (27) 112 (53+59) 85
- Tweedle Dee – Jake Manzanares(25) 116 (58+58) 91
- Tweedle Dum – Dale Johnson (26) 117 (57+60) 91
We were off the course at ~1:00 and convened in the ClubHouse for libations, good honest ribbing and the typical hyperbolic inflation of the day’s great moments.
Tim won the closest to the pin prize with a lifetime best shot of 8’4” on Hole 17, the uphill 190 yard par 3 that historically psyches all of us out. Tim’s retelling of the shot, its flight, and how it ever avoided not going in the cup is indelibly etched in our minds.
Jason claimed the longest drive on the picturesque 15th Hole with a 200 yard tee shot. And finally, the longest putt went to Daryl on the 9th Hole with a putt of 32’3”.
But all glory on this day belonged to Mr Mark Childress. He was consistently knocking his approaches up onto the green or at least green side. And he did putt like a madman! Maybe it was the MoJo of last year’s psychedelic Jefferson Airplane SuperBowl teeshirt. Whatever it was, congratulations Mark, it was fun to watch you tear it up!… Realize though that now you’ve shown your true skill, I do believe the moniker of “Sand Bagger Vance” is yours forever.
Revelry continued at the after party/KickOff of the Super Bowl at Susan’s and Dale’s place. A raucous crowd of 14 to 15 folks plus three dogs ate, imbibed, shared lots of laughs and had a grand ole time. The Game? Outside of commercials and halftime shows, there were only a few paying scant attention to it. Our attention was captivated by catching up on stories, sharing time with one another, and ensuring that enough fun was had to repeat the event next year.
Dale F Johnson, PhD
Tim’s Five Club Invitational was originally the Six Club Invitational. Then we figured out that 6 was one club too many. The third annual event will occur around June of 2017. Under this format each player can select 5 clubs with which to play the entire round; clubs cannot be exchanged, shared, etc. The Grand Prize Champion is measured by medal score, typically with our handicaps applied. Such a format is a far cry from playing a course with 14 permitted clubs; restricting the event to 5 clubs puts an emphasis on skill, adjustment and crazy ass shots. The reigning champion from 2016 is **** (I dont recall)
Note: The 2017 edition of the 5-Club Invitational will be held June 24. Contact Tim to participate.
The “JMT Tournament of Birthday Champions” began in 2004 and celebrated the occasion of Jason’s, Mark’s, Tim’s and as it turns out, Dale’s birthday. Rebranding it as the “Fall classic” around 2009 was Tim’s idea. The name change gave the event more general appeal with the added benefit of reflecting another fall classic, the world series. Usually played the first few weeks in October, the FC is distinguished by fine weather and scoring optimism, real or imagined, for an end of season showdown.
The 2016 edition featured fine play with winning honors going to Rob Hughes and Mark’s brother-in-law.
Bandon, Oregon Webcam
The Fall Classic for 2017 will be played in Bandon Dunes, Oregon, the week of Nov 5. The venue selection celebrates 4 or 5 notable 60 year birthdays for some of the club members. Per the driving force of the trip, Rob Hughes, the trip offers “a dramatic backdrop for a momentus occassion.”
For better or worse, the group decided to play in November due to scheduling issues and a decent discount on green fees. See the current weather in Bandon, OR at left to see what is in store!
Source for the video is Bandon.TV, an eclectic collection of Bandon OR news and views presented by, I believe, a local surfer by the name of Mongo.
See an actual course webcam on the Bandon Dunes website.
Results from the 5-Club Tourney played at a club favorite course, Poppy Ridge, Livermore.read more
Countdown To Bandon!read more
Teams and Venue Announced for 2017 5-Club Invitationalread more
Bandon OR Webcamread more
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Trumpeting Gloryread more
Notice of site updates to Rob’s Birthday Tournament section and the Super Bowl Open results.read more
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New Gallery page with new photo galleriesread more
Pictures from the Rob Hughes 45th Birthday Golf Tournament January 18, 2003.read more
Super Bowl – Sunday 5 Feb 2017read more
Thanks Jasonread more
Instructions for entering your scores on The Grint and thereby getting an official handicap for competing in the Chabot Golf Club Official Events.read more
why no word from Dale?read more
Tues, 10 Jan 2017 Yo Golfers - Here are all the final scores for my 59th birthday golf tournament, Callippe Preserve, Pleasanton, Sat, 7 Jan 2017 (See Below) A grand (and soggy) time was had by all. Any other 9 golfers on Earth would have had a miserable day out there...read more
The hearty souls who gathered in the rain to celebrate a birthday.read more
“Chabot Golf Club” was a name I picked out of the air, based on our long history to the area, and Lake Chabot Golf Course in particular….read more
The origin of Chabot Golf Club, according to club historian Rob Hughes, began around 1982 and was named the Nor-Cal/Chabot Disc Golf Club. Rob, Jake, Jason and Brent loved disc golf and played whenever possible, often doubling as babysitting duty with small children in tow. Soon we enticed others to join our decidedly bohemian outings and competed on select Bay Area courses.
The group slowly evolved to “Ball Golf” sometime in the late 80’s, early 90’s, though as of this writing, the specifics of the transition are hazy. It perhaps occurred from a desire to try something new and more socially popular. We played both games for a time and eventually decided the classic game presented more of a challenge and served to expand the participation of others. The group expanded, mostly from the social circles of Rob and Jake, which largely brings us to the present day.
Annual tournaments keep the group connected, with many foursomes in between. A recent transition to a handicapped scoring system has expanded our list of tournament winners, and new players brought in by current club members are heartily welcome, ringers excluded!
Video of the 2017 5-Club Invitational
Daryl’s photos from Tim’s 60th Birthday Edition of the Fall Classic, 10/3/2010.
Tim’s 5 Club 2016 photos (courtesy of Daryl)
Photos from Robs-B-day Tourney from 2014
A few after-party shots of the 2009 Fall Classic at Eagle Vines (Daryl photos).
First Tee Video from Rob’s 2017 Birthday Tourney
Rob’s 2003 Birthday Tourney Photos courtesy of Vic Rethy
Super Bowl Open, 2010, Poppy Ridge, Livermore, CA
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