Monday, December 28, 2009

The Fall Classic: a Great Tradition

For the past 10 Octobers, Bill and his friend and fellow lawyer Aaron Reber, have hosted a two person handicapped better-ball golf tournament- the Case-Reber Fall Classic at Granville Golf Course. Granville is a Donald Ross designed gem chock full of charm and ambience. The course is characterized by Ross-style crowned greens built into hillsides with plenty of slope and contour. The 18th, a short par 4 is a great signature hole with the players teeing off from a high bluff with fabulous views of Granville and the spires of Denison University. A well-hit drive carries forever down the hill.

This year's tournament brought 16 two- man teams to Granville. The competitors include lawyers with whom Lisa and I have worked, German Village friends, Aaron's Chase Bank cohorts, and folks we play with at The Lakes- our home club.

Sunday, October 4th presented cool and windy conditions for the players. Pars were hard to come by. The winning team of Mike Zuk and Mark Leonard carded a net of 68. Competition was closely fought as 10 teams including that of Lisa and Bill finished within three shots of the lead. Lisa was the mainstay of our team on the back nine carding three net birdies. Pete McCoy shot 79 on his own ball capturing the separate low gross award. Anne Eckhart, the highest handicapper in the field, won closest to the pin on the 7th hole with a 5 iron shot that positively whirred as it checked up five feet from the hole. John Ranft slam-dunked the "long-putt" with a 45 foot snake on 12. As the competitors approached their final tee shot of the day on the elevated and scenic 18th, they were greeted by the sound of bagpipes far below aside the green played by Jeff Lynn, proudly outfitted in full Scottish regalia. Post game drinks and dinner at the historic Buxton Inn brought a fitting end to another fall classic.

Granville's challenging tee shot off number 1

Dan Wilhelm and Bill (note the homage to the Bobby Jones era)

John and Joanne Ranft with Ellen and Dennis Leukart

Aaron Reber, the classic's co-host, hones his stroke.

Anne Eckhart, Tom Houle, Lisa and Bill ready on number 1 tee

Craig Walley, Marshall Swain, Andy Ruzicho, Rich Pettit

Rick Stovall, Tom Allen Dar Buck, and Brett Miller

Bill Heise, Dave Sivinski, Jerry McMenemy and Dan Wilhelm

Cyndi and Nate

Bagpiper Jeff Lynn pipes us down 18.

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