Above Par staves off Bopper's Thumpers
By Lenny Roberts
Drizzle, plugged fairways and
sanded greens didn't stop the Sundowners Golf League's best player
from shooting a 4-under-par 32 Wednesday afternoon.
His team, Above Par, needed his sterling performance to finish
the first half of the 16-week season one point ahead of surging
Bopper's Thumpers, which rallied with week-high 63 team points
to qualify for the August playoff. Also qualifying was the vastly
improved Rhino's FFFF, which took third place, four points ahead
of the Scramblers.
Wallace, who is averaging less that 35 strokes for the nine-hole
rounds, birdied holes 1, 2, 5 and 7 for 22 points, one less than
Jim Coultas, who led the Thumpers with an even-par 36.
Also contributing to the Thumper's attack were Jacob Lusk and
Dwayne Hall, who posted scores of 33 and 42, good for 21 and
19 points, respectively, as the twice-defending champs snuck
into the playoff picture, jumping into second place after entering
the week tied for fifth place with That's Good, Pick It Up, which
totaled just 53 points for the week.
Last year's champs. #&?!@$%, were also a surprise, falling
from playoff contention in third place last week to seventh with
a disappointing 48 points.
Behind Wallace's 32 and tied with Lusk at 33 for the best scratch
rounds of the week was Scotty Davis. Terry Gustafson, whose Meiners
Oaks Sash & Door, the league's perennial low-grossing squad,
fired a 35, but the former Sambaggers finished the first half
of play just five points out of the cellar - a distinction held
by the usually tough Bugsy's Bandits.
High points leaders for the week besides Coultas' 23 were Wallace,
Jim Nelson and Steve Streich, with 22, and Lusk, gustafson and
Davis, each of whom posted 21.
With half the season gone, Above Par, Bopper's Thumpers and Rhino's
FFFF are assured of meeting the second-half's best teams in the
annual quest for the Callender Cup, named for honorary commissioner
and Soule Park mainstay, 96-year-old Eddie Callender.
Above Par, 462
Bopper's Thumpers, 461
Rhino's FFFF, 453
Your Handicap's What?, 448
That's Good, Pick it Up, 445
Forrest Gumps, 441
Village Idiots, 439
Chiefs I.e., 437
Parker's Putters, 436
Dr. Jay's FPs, 433
Meiners Oaks Sash & Door, 427
Bugsy's Bandits, 369
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