1st ROUND PLAYOFF RESULTS (Matches held on August 20, 2015)

Format:  Team Net Aggregate (add gross scores then subtract handicaps)

“A “  DIVISION

Wardick/Placella (73)  defeat  B. Gelsomino/Hunter (75)

Castigliego/Sherman (71)  defeat  DeQuattro/Volpe  (79)

Harrington  (72)  defeats  V. LaFazia/Deinzer  (76)

“B”  DIVISION

Reilly/D. Gelsomino  (76)*   defeat   Lawrence/Monaco  (76)  (decided by lowest handicap hole #17 – Reilly team – 9; Lawrence team – 13)

Meikle/Panos  (78)  defeat  A. Taveras  (88)

Anderson  (72)  defeats  M. Taveras/Ryan  (79)

Molis/Battista  (78)*  defeat  Moretti/Guerra  (78)  (decided by 2nd lowest handicap hole #15 – Molis team – 12; Moretti team – 13)

NEXT  WEEK’S PLAYOFF MATCHES   -  AUGUST 27, 2015

Format:  QUOTA  -  Details will be posted and e-mailed to all participants

 

“A”  DIVISION

Wardick/Placella  v.  Harrington/Mason(?)

Johnson/J. LaFazia   v.   Castigliego/Sherman

“B”  DIVISION

Molis/Battista  v.  Panos/Meikle

Reilly/D. Gelsomino  v.   Anderson

Note:  On Thursday, August 27th, there will be a separate QUOTA tournament for all players who are no longer in the playoffs.  So  please show up on the 27th!!

PLAYOFFS BEGIN ON THURSDAY AUGUST 20, 2015

REMEMBER!!!!                 REMEMBER!!!!                REMEMBER!!!!                   REMEMBER!!!!           REMEMBER!!!!

LEAGUE  PLAYOFFS  WILL BEGIN THIS THURSDAY,  AUGUST 20TH .    

THE PLAYOFF FORMAT WILL CHANGE EACH WEEK OF THE PLAYOFFS.   THE FORMAT FOR THIS WEEK’S  MATCHES  ARE  AS  FOLLOWS:

1)  ”A”  PLAYER TEAMMATES WILL PLAY IN A MATCH AGAINST ANOTHER  ”A” PLAYER TEAM.

2)  ”B”  PLAYER TEAMMATES WILL PLAY IN A MATCH AGAINST ANOTHER “B” PLAYER TEAM.

3)   2 MAN NET TEAM AGGREGATE.   EACH PLAYER’S   NET  SCORE  WILL  BE  ADDED  TO  HIS        TEAMMATES  NET SCORE.   LOWEST   2  MAN NET SCORE IN THE MATCH WINS  AND THAT TEAM WILL MOVE ON TO  THE  NEXT  WEEK’S  PLAYOFF  MATCHES.

4)   EACH PLAYER MUST PLAY OUT THE HOLE AND PUTT  OUT HIS BALL.   NO GIMMEES.   NO PICKUPS.   IF ANY PLAYER FAILS TO PLAY OUT A HOLE, HE MUST SCORE A GROSS  10  FOR THAT HOLE.  NO  EXCEPTIONS.

5)   IF ANY TEAM MEMBER IS UNAVAILABLE FOR THE WEEK’S PLAYOFF MATCHES, THE REMAINING TEAM MEMBER WILL PLAY AGAINST BOTH OPPONENT TEAM MEMBERS.  THE LONE PLAYER’S NET SCORE WILL BE DOUBLED.

6)  EACH TEAM AND/OR INDIVIDUAL THAT LOSES IN ANY WEEK WILL THEN PLAY A NEW TOURNAMENT OR SERIES OF MATCHES IN THE SUBSEQUENT WEEKS.  THE FORMAT HAS YET  TO  BE DETERMINED.  TO KEEP ALL PLAYING, THERE WILL BE A SEPARATE TOURNAMENT EACH WEEK FOR THE TEAMS AND/OR INDIVIDUALS THAT LOST IN ANY OF THE PREVIOUS  PLAYOFF ROUNDS.   

“A”  DIVISION  MATCHES

1)    Dan DeQuattro  &  Paul  Volpe  v.  Ray Castigliego  &  Doug  Sherman

2)   Jim Wardick  &  Steve Placella  v.  Bill Gelsomino  &  Jim Hunter

3)   Jack  Harrington  v.  Vin Lafazia  &  Dan  Deinzer

4)   Bob Johnson  &  John LaFazia  have a 1st Round Bye

5)   Steve Richtarik  &  John Graham are both unavailable and are not playing

 

“B”  DIVISION  MATCHES

1)   Joe Molis  &  Bob  Battista   v.   Bob Moretti  &  Rick Guerra

2)  Kevin Lawrence  &   Armand  Monaco  v.  Garry  Reilly  &  Derrick  Gelsomino

3)   Bob Brown  &  Angel Taveras   v.   Jim Meikle   &   Ernie Panos

4)   Chris  Anderson   v.  Mike Taveras   &   Dennis Ryan                                                                                                                                                              

Week 14 – The Final Chapter

While it is a forgone conclusion that, but for a major disaster,  the Johnsons have sewed up the regular season championship.  However, places 2 through 5 are only separated by a total of 6  1/2 points, so there should be some jockeying as a result of the final week’s matches this Thursday.   The battle for last place rages as well.   Steve “Statman” Richtarik has consistently kept his team in the basement throughout the year.  He  should be congratulated for his team’s consistent mediocraty.  But beware.  Ray Castigliego’s band of hooligans are lurking a mere 2 points from the league cellar.  It is just a matter of which team will roll over and play dead for the greater number of holes.

It looks like the “A” division player of the year honors will be a contest between present individual points leader, Vin “Maggott” LaFazia, Bill “150 down the middle” Gelsomino, Paul Volpe and  Dan “Lobsterman” Deinzer.  They are only separated by 4 points heading into the final week of play.

The “B” division player of the year honors will be a contest between present individual points leader, “Smilin” Joe Molis,  newcomer, Bob Battista, Jim Meikle, Dennis Ryan, Mike (one of the Dominican triplets) Taveras, Kevin “Big Baby” Lawrence and Bob Moretti.  They are only separated by 8.5 points heading into the final week of play.

Some matches to watch this week:   Jim “Guinea Slayer” Hunter  v.  Jim “Slick” Wardick (Italian on mother’s side);   Dennis Ryan  v.  Chris  Anderson;  Bill “150 down the middle” Gelsomino  v.  Steve “I used to run this league” Placella

Finally, Bill Gelsomino will set up the upcoming playoff schedule and format this Thursday as well.  As always, it will be more than interesting.  Stay tuned….

 

Week #12 Highlights

Ken Mason had the round of the week shooting an even par 35 On Triggs’ front 9.  Ken lit it up by making birdies on 3 of the first 7 holes  as he was 2 under heading to the easy 8th hole.  Unfortunately Ken hit an errant drive on #8,  losing it in the process and stumbled with a double bogey 6.  He finished up with a par on #9 for his even par 35.  Ken cruised to a 7-3 win in his match  with the befuddled Steve Placella.

 

GELLY GETS ROLLED IN WEEK #11 MATCHES

Vin LaFazia, sporting 3 bites of candy from Bill Gelsomino, rolled over the Gelly man in last Thursday’s match.  Additionally, Dan Deinzer, playing Gelly as a replacement for Jim Hunter and getting 4 bumps,  slapped Gelly around for a 1 point victory.  Lafazia was all smiles at the end of the match while Gelly went off to look for the Statman and Handicap Guru, Steve Richtarik.

Week #11 Match of the Week

Matches of the Week –  Vin LaFazia’s league leading team of “maggots”  faces off against the 3rd place team of Gelsomino’s “Gelly Boys” .  The light hitting Gelsomino will be taking on that cranky maggot himself, Vin LaFazia.  Both of these bums always bring their “A” games to important matches.  Lafazia should be getting a couple of strokes which should make Mr. Gelly very, very irritable.  Gelsomino, due to the prolonged absence of his partner, Jim “Guinea Slayer” Hunter, will also be taking on Dan “the Buffalo Boy” Deinzer.  Gelly will be giving a boatload of strokes in this one.  Unless he lets his emotions get in the way, look for Dan to pull this one out on strokes alone.  It is a sure bet that Gelly will key the “Statman’s league issued Lexis automobile after the matches.

Jim Meikle, a proud member of the maggots, will take on Bob Moretti of the Gelly boys.  Meikle who should be getting a couple of strokes in this one is among the league leaders in points earned in his division.  Bob Moretti needs to be in top form to overcome the candy provided to Meikle.

Soft spoken Ernie Panos, another maggot, will take on Rick Guerra, one of the Gelly Boys.   It sure is curious how things work out.  Guerra, now a Gelly Boy,  blames Vin LaFazia for ruining his game two years ago when he was Lafazia’s partner.  Panos, a maggot, has been the only student in Gelly’s so-called golf school.  Word is that Panos was very upset with Gelly when photo’s leaked recently on TMZ of Gelly wooing and providing golf instruction to an unnamed golfer in Myrtle Beach, SC.  On good information, TMZ has reported that Panos is now using  his Gelly Golf School logo shirt as a bed for his pet gerble…

Week #10 Matches of the Week

Match of the Week:   Bill Gelsomino  vs.  John LaFazia and Bob Johnson  -  In a battle of the 2 top teams, Bill “150 down the middle” Gelsomino will face off against “Baby Face” John LaFazia and “Gentleman” Bob Johnson in a threesome.  Gelly’s panties will certainly be bunched up as he will probably be giving “Baby Face” John, 3 strokes and “Gentleman” Bob, 2 strokes.  I am sure that Steve “Statman” Richtarik, the league handicap guru, will be getting an ear full from Gelly, both before and after the match.  In this match, due to John’s prodigious length, Gelly will only see John on the tee and at at the green.  Bob Johnson, always the gentleman, has indicated that he will hit only irons off the tee so that Gelly won’t be lonely.  Bill Gel should be smiling throughout this match.  Why you say?  Word is that Gelly has always liked a good threesome.  Prediction:  Gelly rolls both of them.   His game has been too consistent of late.

Match of the Week:   Bob Battista  vs.  Bob Moretti  -  This should be a great match.  Rookie, Bob Battista, has earned the second most points in his division so far this year.  Bob Moretti has put up some low scores, but his point total, until last week, hasn’t recently reflected that.  Bob M will be giving probably at least 3 or 4 strokes to Bob B and that may ultimately be the deciding factor.  Prediction:  If Bob Battista gets 4 strokes, he will take Bob Moretti to the wood shed in this one.  Bob Moretti can’t be consistent enough to overcome Bob Battista’s candy at 4.  If Battista gets only 2 or 3 strokes, then the match is on .  My suggestions is for Bob Moretti to wash and wax Steve Richtarik’s car and fill it up with gas prior to the match. 

Week #8 Team Texas Scramble (Gelsomino Open)

This Thursday, June 17th,  marks the half way point in our match play season.  The league is taking a break from its individual match play schedule and will be holding a “team”  Texas Scramble Tournament on Thursday.  As you may already know, the format will be as follows:  Each player hits their drive or 1st shot on each hole.  The team captain then selects which drive or 1st shot is to be used by all in your group.  Each player then plays his own ball in from the position of the selected 1st drive or shot.  Note:  Each player’s drive or 1st shot must be used at least once during the 9 hole round.  You must put your ball into the cup.  No gimmees.   Then record the lowest score of a player in your group.  No handicaps will be used.  Obviously, all teams must play as a foursome or less depending upon the number of players from their team that show.  Bill Gelsomino will be collecting $2.00 from each player and the league will match the amount as a prize for the winning team to be distributed to them on week #8.

Team & Individual First Half Leaderboard

Team 1st Place:  Bob Johnson, John LaFazia, Joe Molis & Bob Battista    127.5 points

Note: the team of Bill Gelsomino, Jim Hunter, Bob Moretti and Rick Guerra, after leading the league pack for virtually all of the first half of the season, succumbed to the relentless charge of Bob Johnson’s group of Johnsons on the last week of the season’s half way point.  The Johnsons garnered 20 points on that final week while the Gelly Boys could only muster a mere 13.5 points.  As a result, the Johnsons slipped into 1st place.  After Gelsomino’s poor showing last Thursday (3.5 points), partner, Jim Hunter, has been telling all that it’s time for a change in leadership and that he is now the captain of this motley crew.  I anticipate that he will come up with a new team name as he said that he always thought that the name, “Gelly Boys”, sounded a bit feminine for such a tough bunch.  More on this later….

Johnson’s Johnsons – With the exception of week #3, each and every one of the Johnsons have been consistent point earners for the team with all earning substantial points on a weekly basis when needed.  Lately, all of them have been riding a hot streak as they gained 10.5 points on the Gelly Boys over the past two weeks.

Individual Points Leaderboard -  A Division -  Bill Gelsomino  42.0;  Jim Hunter   41.5;   Vin Lafazia  36.6;  Dan DeQuattro  34.5;  Ken Mason  33.5.

B Division -  Bob Battista  40.0;  Chris Anderson  39.5;   Joe Molis  38.0;   Dennis Ryan  37.0;  Jim Meikle  36.0.

Closest to the Pin Winners:  Week #6:   “A ” – Jim Hunter – hole #7;    “B”  – Mike Taveras – hole #4

Week #7:   “A”  – Bob Johnson – hole #12;   “B”  – Garry  Reilly – hole #14

Eagles:  Week #7:   Dan Deinzer – hole #10  and Joe Molis – hole #15

Each of the closest to the pin winners and the eagle makers win a sleeve of golf balls.

WEEK #8  MATCHES WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY,  JUNE 25TH.   ALSO, REMEMBER, THERE WILL BE NO LEAGUE MATCHES ON JULY 2ND, SO WEEK #9 MATCHES WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY,  JULY 9TH.   GOOD LUCK TO ALL IN THE 2ND HALF.

Matches of the Week #7 June 11, 2015

Match #1:  Jim “Guinea Slayer” Hunter  v.  Steve “I used to run this league” Placella  -  The Guinea Slayer has been riding roughshod over the league’s “Eyetalian” community for some time now.  So far this year, Hunter has defeated each and every league member of Italian heritage that he has faced in competition; week #1 – Paul Volpe “Dead!”  week #2 – Paul DeMasi “Dead!”  week #3 the kid, John LaFazia “Dead!”  week #4  the kid’s old man, Vin LaFazia “Dead!”  week #6  Steve “Statman” Richtarik (his mother is of Italian descent) “Dead!”.   At the end of each of these matches, Hunter has been heard to say to anyone within earshot, “Who’s next?”   It all ends Thursday night!!!   Placella will be battling the “Slayer” for all that is right and just in the Thong League.   Harkening back to the days when his ancestors were slighted with name changes and taunts upon their arrival to Ellis Island, Placella has vowed that he will destroy Hunter in this match so that he can no longer be called the “Guinea Slayer”.  Placella, who has been fasting and training for this match,  will be bringing his garlic necklace, giving  Hunter the  “Malok”, and will have a host of other surprises for Hunter in their match.   The “Guinea Slayer’s” reign will end Thursday night.   Prediction:  Hunter the Guinea Slayer – DEAD!!!

Match #2:  Jim “Slick” Wardick  v.  Bill “150 down the middle” Gelsomino -  These two beauties have been battling each other for a while now.  I am not sure who even won their last match, but I am sure that one or the  other of them will surely tell you in short order.  First off, Gelly’s consistently low scores have eluded him this past week and he is now on his 4th swing change and 6th grip change just this season.  This past week he has been wearing out the mat in his garage by hitting thousands of balls into it.  Word is that he has yet to find a satisfactory solution to his problems.  Gelsomino, who wants to win the coveted Thong League “best dressed” award this year and accordingly is always dressed to the nines on the course,  was heard to say to his teammate, Jim Hunter, “Somebody better tell that bum, Wardick, that he better dress for our match!  I won’t tolerate him coming in here looking less than professional!”  Wardick, who apparently was told of Gelsomino’s comments, was looking for the trash barrel nearest to the 10th tee so that he could deposit Gelly into it head first.  Hunter, who thinks he is the real captain of the Gelsomino team, is having several barrels placed in close proximity to the 10th tee.  Wardick has been working diligently on his game in order to cash in on the summer member guest matches at Alpine.  With his handicap soaring, he feels that the unsuspecting Alpine CC members and Gelsomino will be easy pickens in any match.  Look for Wardick to smack Gelly in a close one.  Prediction:  Wardick in by a whisker!

Matches of the Week #6 June 4, 2015

Bill  ”150 yds down the middle”  Gelsomino    v.    John  ”G-String”  Graham:    Bill Gelsomino has been on fire lately and leading his team to the top of the Thong League heap.  John Graham, still recovering from shoulder surgery,  has been inching his way back to top form.  However, his short game still lacks consistency and that has helped keep his team at or near the Thong League basement.  Graham has divulged that he and his good looking, but diminutive caddie, Robert,  will have some surprises in store for Mr. Gelly.  Those surprises may be any of the following:   1)  Robert the caddie pilfering Gelsomino’s golf balls, 2) Robert the caddie relieving himself on Gelsomino’s golf balls and/or  3) Robert the caddie driving over Gelsomino or his golf ball with the golf cart.  Prediction –  G-String and Robert the caddie  take down Gelly.

 

Steve  ”Statman”  Richtarik    v.    Jim “Guinea Slayer”  Hunter:     Word is that the Statman will be taking away all of the Guinea Slayer’s candy for this match.  So it is a good and safe bet that  for the first time in a long time, Hunter will be giving strokes and not getting any.  It is also a good and safe bet that the Guinea Slayer will be trying to ply the lightweight Statman with as much liquor as the Triggs’ cart girl can serve.  Hunter, however, shouldn’t be fooled by the lack of a vowel at the end of the Statman’s last name.  The Statman, is of course, 50% Italian on his mother’s side and has vowed to put out his own version of a “hit” on the Guinea Slayer.  Prediction – The Statman takes out the Guinea Slayer in a close match.