Men’s 9-Hole Club |

Men’s 9-Hole Club

Joe Stein, a 90 golfer — no not his score, his age — came in first in Flight 1, the front nine, in the tournament. That’s pretty terrific when you realize all the younger competitors that were in the contest. He prevailed by making only 13 putts in nine holes.

Nice going, Joe. You should be very proud of sticking it to all your fellow Niners who are basically half your age.

Even the tournament chairman remarked, “Joe is an inspiration.”

Here are the rules of how the tourney is played:

Actually, the Tournament committee, Mike Baca and Tom Lalli, have gone to great lengths in coming up with unusual tourneys.

The Oct. 20 one certainly qualifies as a corker — the Putt Putt Contest. The rules of play doesn’t challenge a handicap because only putts on each green count as strokes — no matter how many times the ball is struck on the way to any of the nine greens. They don’t count even if a putter is used just off the green to get close to the hole.

Some player were pretty sly in using all the rules to their advantage — and they were all legal.

As the contestants went around the course, you could see many of them holding a putter with one hand and reading the typewritten rules in the other.

When all the players completed their round, they retired to our clubhouse tent for some imbibing and telling each other some war stories of how some of the putts should have gone in.

Well, I’ve heard that story before. I think John Vogel had a tear in his eye when he related his experience on the course. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, or tent.

Here’s the rundown of winners:

Congratulations to all who made the cut — and in particular to Joe Stein for showing the rest of us that age is only a number.

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