Kevin Michael Murphy
Congratulations are in order for Ron Schwertner and John McCarthy, the winners of this year’s Robson Ranch Men’s Golf Association Shootout. Ron bested Balaji Ramarao by one stroke for the white tee championship, while John held on to defeat Phil Hull also by one stroke for the gold tee championship. While it was a blustery and crispy Dec. 12 on the links, it was a great event for all participants and spectators.
The shootout starts with 18 players teeing off from the white tees and 18 players from the gold tees. The two players from each tee box with the highest net score on that hole are eliminated. If there is a tie for elimination, there is a chip off where the closest to the hole stays to play another hole while the loser is eliminated. Steve Waggoner and Tim Hughes ran the shootout and had some rather diabolical chip off locations to test the competitor’s mettle.
The players who are eligible to participate in the shootout are selected based upon the participation points they earned throughout the year at the play day events. Points are awarded each play day. If you are a member of the winning team that week, you receive 4 points, 3 points for second place, 2 points for third place and all participants, no matter how they finish, are awarded 1 point. Play day teams are chosen each week by a computer program that balances out the total handicaps on each team. At the end of the year the top 18-point winners from each tee, white and gold, are eligible to participate in the shootout.
Membership in the RR Men’s Golf Association is open to all men at the Ranch. The Association sponsors weekly play day events and tournaments throughout the year. There are players of all skill levels and handicaps, so come on out and join the fun. Membership applications are available at the pro shop and online at www.RRMGA.com.