Yo Fellas – Sure, we had a terrific time & all went well, but the BIG takeaway from our week in southern California was that Marty got a hole-in-one on a particularly challenging 192-yard par 3 on our last day. Details to follow. See the Video and Photos here. Handicaps: 16 Daryl, 17 Matt, 24 Tim, 25 Lary, 30 Rob, 32 Marty.

Game 1 / Super Tues 3 March / Classic Club

Raw Scores

1. 103 Matt 53 + 50
2. 107 Marty 53 + 54
3. 109 Daryl 54 + 55
4. 110 Lary 53 + 57
5. 114 Tim 59 + 55
6. 118 Rob 62 + 56

Handicapped Scores

1. 85 Lary
2. 85 Marty
3. 86 Matt
4. 88 Rob
5. 90 Tim
6. 93 Daryl

Daily Side Betts:
Daryl – Closest-to-the-Pin – Hole 17 – $20
Marty – Longest-in-the-Cup – Hole 3 – 24 Feet – $20
Matt & Lary – Most Pars (3) – $10 each

Game 2 / Weds 4 March / Indian Wells

Raw Scores

1. 93 Daryl 49 + 44
2. 101 Matt 47 + 54
3. 103 Lary 50 + 53
103 Tim 51 + 52
5. 117 Marty 59 + 58
6. 121 Rob 59 + 62

Handicapped Scores

1. 77 Daryl
2. 78 Lary
3. 79 Tim
4. 84 Matt
5. 85 Marty
6. 91 Rob

Daily Side Betts:
Daryl – Closest-to-the-Pin – Hole 6 – 25 Feet – $20
Daryl – Longest-in-the-Cup – Hole 10 – 49 Feet – $20 (Daryl popped it in the cup from the sand trap)
Daryl – Most Pars (4) – $20

Game 3 / Fri 6 March / Desert Willow – FireCliff

Raw Scores

1. 96 Tim 48 + 48
2. 101 Daryl 51 + 50
3. 103 Matt 55 + 48
4. 109 Rob 53 + 56
5. 110 Lary 57 + 53
6. 119 Marty 59 + 60

Handicapped Scores

1. 72 Tim
2. 79 Rob
3. 85 Daryl
85 Lary
5. 86 Matt
6. 87 Marty

Daily Side Betts:
Marty – Closest-to-the-Pin – Hole 17 – 00 Feet – Hole-in-One – $20
Marty – Longest-in-the-Cup – Hole 17 – 192 Yards – Hole-in-One – $20
Marty & Tim – Most Pars (4) – Marty wins $20 (due to the agreed-upon tie-breaker)

Marty, the least-likely golfer among us to hit a hole-in-one (according to our handicaps), crushed his driver 192 yards away, over hill & dale, rocks & boulders, a lake, and 3 treacherous sand traps on the left. Tim was sure it was a hole-in-one; Daryl & Marty less so. By-the-by, Tim had landed his ball only 8 feet away from the pin (and yes, he did sink his putt for a birdie). Daryl has terrific video of our boys ‘finding’ the ball at the bottom of the cup. And Daryl made sure that the SF Chronicle will be publishing Marty’s feat in Sunday’s edition. Of note: Marty’s Game 3 score was by far his poorest of the week, yet that’s when he scores his hole-in-one. His scores for 16-17-18 illustrate this: 8-1-8. The other 5 of us all felt as though we had glimpsed greatness & were vicariously imagining that it could have been any of us. We are all still basking in his glorious feat. Congratulations, Marty!

Grand Prize Champion / Handicapped / For The Week:

1. 241 Tim
2. 248 Lary
3. 255 Daryl
4. 256 Matt
5. 257 Marty
6. 258 Rob

Plus Matt, Daryl, and I had golf boards for Game 2, very cool. Liked the C snow very much. And sorry ’bout all the nose-blowing in the mornings.

Finally, a major point of conflict & ridicule was introduced when I posited that the Monkees two albums from 1967 (Headquarters & Pisces Aquarius) were arguably ‘better’ & perhaps more listenable than the Beatles two albums from the same year (Sgt Peppers & Magical Mystery Tour – both of which I love). I would suggest you naysayers revisit those two Monkees albums, and check out what All Music Guide has to say regarding this debate of great import. Sure, it was a bold & provocative statement meant to incite rhetorical flair & heated, feverish debate – but I got swatted down too quickly. Dismissed out of hand…please listen to those 2 albums out of respect to me, and get back to me with adjectives & comment.

Thanks, Your True Pal, Rob.