Other Sports Board Games - 1971 Apba Golf
Derek Kraft - Aug 18, 2017 - 02:52 PM
Post subject: 1971 Apba Golf
As if TV Pro Wrestling and SOM Basketball aren't enough, I have taken on another game, Apba golf! I have the 1971 PGA golfers and will be using the Apba rules and both Apba and ASG courses. I have a 16 event schedule, which includes mostly real events at the time, but also a few events that did not exist in 1971. 8 golfers will play each event, with a cut down to hopefully 6, but I will play that by ear.
I have divided the golfers into 4 groups: (1) the big 4, Jack, Arnie, Lee and Gary, who will each play 14 events; (2) a group of about 12 golfers (George Archer, Gene Littler etal) who will play a few events, (3) another group of 12 who will play 1 or 2 events, and (4) guys who won't play at all. If someone won an event they will at least get 1 start, and if that event is part of my schedule they will play that event. Charles Coody for example won the 1971 Masters so he will play that event. I have left open slots in the majors and other big tournaments (Players, Match Play) for guys in groups 2 and 3 who play well.
The season-opening tournament is the D.C. Open, being played at Congressional (Apba course Metro DC). First place prize money for the event is $25,000! And our good friends at Winston have promised a year's supply of smokes to the first golfer to make a hole-in-one on tour!
Derek Kraft - Aug 18, 2017 - 04:11 PM
Post subject: 1971 D.C. Open 1st round
The first round of the 1971 DC Open is complete. The conditions were normal but the wind was blustery at Congressional, and the pin position was the extremely difficult 5, and this caused some high scores. Note that the 11th was played as a par 5.
Jack Nicklaus missed two 5' putts and a 6' but still finished -2, the only player to finish under par.
Gary Player had the most interesting round, bogeying 3 and 6 before holing out from 80 yards on the short par 4 8th (which played as the easiest hole at -6), birdying 9, 11 and 13 and bogeying 10, 12, 14 and 18 (which played as the most difficult hole, +9, with only Jack not getting a bogey or worse).
Arnold Palmer had a nice round going until he lost a ball in the trees AND found the water on 18.
After round 1 the leaderboard looks as follows:
Jack Nicklaus -2
Gene Littler +1
Gary Player +1
Johnny Miller + 2
Lee Trevino +2
Dave Eichelberger +4
Arnold Palmer +4
George Archer +5
Derek Kraft - Aug 18, 2017 - 04:12 PM
Post subject: 1971 D.C. Open round 2
Scoring conditions were easier on Day 2 as the course played Normal with Calm winds and the much easier Pin Position 4. All but Eichelberger shot a better round than they did on Day 1.
Player and later Nicklaus played the best as each shot a -5 67. Player shot 4 under on the front and made 2 24' birdie putts on the back 9 par 5s before hooking his 2nd shot into the water and doubling 18. Nicklaus only hit 5 Fairways but it didn't matter when your short stick was as hot as his. Jack holed a bomb from 49' and also sank one from 25'. But it wasn't just from distance - he made mid-range putts look easy too, including one from 11' and three from 10'!
Trevino shot a 70 to keep himself in it and Littler a 69 to get to red numbers.
Arnie and Eichelberger will not play the weekend
Leaderboard after round 2
Nicklaus -7 (70)(67)
Player -4 (73)(67)
Littler -2 (73)(69)
Trevino E (74)(70)
Archer +3 (77)(70)
Miller +3 (74)(73)
Palmer +5 (76)(73)
Eichelberger +9 (76)(77)
Derek Kraft - Aug 22, 2017 - 10:38 AM
Post subject: D.C Open round 3
The 3rd round is complete. It was another benign day of Normal conditions, Calm winds and pin position 2. On moving day 2 players made big moves, but in opposite directions.
George Archer was impressive, shooting a -5 67, matching the best round for the tournament. He had 5 consecutive 1-putts on the front and twice hit the green with his second shot on a par 5.
Jack Nicklaus doubled both the par 4 12th (drove into trees, had to play safe, then butchered a wedge) and the par 4 18th (water!). He also had 3 birdies and 3 bogies and finished with a disappointing round of +4.
Any of 5 players can now win on Sun (I don't think Miller has a shot) after Archer's great round and Nicklaus's poor one.
Nicklaus -3 (70)(67)(76)
Littler -3 (73)(69)(71)
Archer -2 (77)(70)(67)
Player -2 (73)(67)(74)
Trevino -1 (74)(70)(71)
Miller +2 (74)(73)(71)
Derek Kraft - Aug 26, 2017 - 01:53 PM
Post subject: 1971 D.C. Open 4th round
What a Sunday it was here at Congressional (Metro DC Apba course), site of the opening event of the 1971 season, the D.C. Open. All but one player shot under par and the best round of the tournament was posted.
Conditions: Calm, Normal Wind, Pin Position 6
Johnny Miller and Lee Trevino were the first out. Miller had an up and down front 9 with 3 birdies and a bogey and was out in a -1 35, putting him at +1 overall. Lee on the other hand was hot, hitting all but one fairway AND green and had 3 birdies, including one from 31', and shot a 33 on the front, putting him at -4 overall.
George Archer and Gary Player were next. Archer opened with 8 straight pars but the rest of his day was a struggle and he never challenged, shooting a +4 76 and finishing +2 overall. Gary bogeyed 1 then parred five consecutive holes before jump-starting his round w/ a 27' birdie on 7. He followed up w/ a 14' birdie on 8 and shot a -1 35 on the front, placing him in contention at -3 overall.
The overnight leaders at -3, Jack Nicklaus and Gene Littler were the final group. Each bogeyed and birdied a hole early. Gene hit all but one green on the front. He birdied three consecutive holes, 5, 6 and 7, and then for good measure 9, thanks to great iron play and hot short range putting, sinking putts from 8', 7', 4', and 9' respectively. Littler shot a sizzling 32 going out and was -7 overall. Jack hammered a 350 yard drive on the par 5 6th then sank a 45' eagle putt. He followed up w/ an 8 Iron to 4' on the next hole, adding a birdie. Nicklaus shot a 33 and was -6 overall at the turn.
Johnny Miller caught fire on the back, birdying 11 after knocking a 100' lag putt to 2', and then sticking his irons and making his putts on 12 (11'), 13 (6'), 14 (5') and 16 (6'). Miller was -4 overall and had to be contemplating the most unlikely of comebacks. Alas, it was not to be, as he found the trees, the sand and the rough on 17, doubling the hole. He finished with a 68 and -2 overall.
Trevino and then Player birdied the short par 5 11th. Player then birdied the following hole, putting each at -5. Littler dropped a shot when he went over the green on the difficult par 3 10 and couldn't get up and down. Nicklaus did worse, finding the water and a double bogey. Both bounced back with birdies on the par 5 though. Jack was -5 and Littler was -7 w/ a two shot lead over 3 chasers.
Trevino parred 12-15 to remain at -5. Player dropped a shot at 13 but birdied both 14 and 15 to move to -6. Littler parred 12-15 and remained at -7. Jack went par, bogey, birdie, par over 12-15 and was -5.
Lee went for the green on the par 5 16th, ended up in the sand, and hit his wedge to 15'. He then sank the birdie putt to move one stroke back at -6. He parred the difficult 17th.
Player also went for the green on the par 5 and found the sand. He knocked his wedge even closer, 8', but couldn't sink the putt. Player then missed the green on both his 2nd and 3rd shots on 17, and had to settle for a bogey, dropping him to -5. He would end up parring the 18th.
Jack had to be disappointed with a par on 16 especially after bombing a 350 yard drive. But not as disappointed as Littler who needed 4 shots to find the green and 2 putts to complete the hole dropping to -6 and a share of the lead w/ Trevino.
Trevino found the green w/ his 5 iron 2nd shot on 18 but was 41' away. With the clutch subtraction he MADE THE PUTT!!! Trevino was in the clubhouse w/ a 66 and -7 overall.
On the 17th, Nicklaus was 70' away from a birdie and got to within a 1', but it wouldn't fall. He would birdie 18 to finish at 69 and -6 overall, one back of Lee.
That left Littler, who came into the round tied for the lead and led by 2 strokes at the turn. He found the rough w/ his 2nd on 17 then needed to make an 8' putt to stay within a stroke. MISS! Gene would bogey and then par 18 to finish w/ a 70 and -5 overall. I don't know if Gene was thinking about the money or the certainty that a Masters' invitation would be waiting for him if he could win this one, but whatever it was, he fell apart late. You have to feel for him.
The winner of the opening event of the 1971 season, LEE TREVINO!!!
Final leaderboard and earnings:
Lee Trevino -7 (74)(70)(71)(66) $25,000
Jack Nicklaus -6 (70)(67)(76)(69) $12,500
Gene Littler -5 (73)(69)(71)(70) $4,500
Gary Player -5 (73)(67)(74)(69) $4,500
Johnny Miller -2 (74)(73)(71)(6 $1,500
George Archer +2 (77)(70)(67)(76) $1,000
The tour will now take a west coast swing for the Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open, the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, and the Hawaiian Open. Hope to see you there!
Derek Kraft - Sep 06, 2017 - 01:28 PM
Post subject: 1971 GC-LA Open round 1
The Tour begins its West Coast Swing with the Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open at Riviera Country Club (Apba Los Angeles). The winner receives not only $22,000 but also the coveted Rhinestone Jacket.
Day 1 featured a Firm course, Moderate winds and Pin Position 1.
Gary Player and JC Snead were the 1st group out. The South African birdied the opening 2 holes then carded another on 5. Through 8 holes Player was -3 with 1 putts on EVERY hole. He proceeded to 3-putt on 9 and bogeyed. Snead parred everything on the front except for a bogey on 7. Player drove into the trees on 12 and had a Lost Ball. After finding the sand with his 2nd, and then hitting to 30, he had to settle for a disappointing double bogey. He birdied and bogeyed one more each coming in and finished with an even par 71. Snead went bogey, birdie, bogey to begin the back but then birdied 15 and 16. He also finished at even par 71.
Arnold Palmer and Dave Stockton were next. Coming off a missed cut, Arnie was determined, birdieing 1 and 2, grinding out a tough bogey on 5 after hitting into the trees and being forced to play safe, and finding red numbers again on 6 and 9. He was -3 at the turn with only 10 putts. Stockton stuck a 4W on the easy par 5 1st (Snead was the only player who didnt get at least a birdie on the hole) to within 6, then sank the putt to open with an eagle. He then found the trees on his drive on the 2nd and went backwards after hitting a trunk with his 2nd, which he ended up doubling. Stockton then made a 51 putt from the fringe on 4 and followed up with 2 more birdies on 5 and 6. He bogeyed 7 after failing to hit the green then made a pair of 10 par putts on 8 and 9. He was -2 after 9. Arnold parred the first 5 holes on the back, missing makeable birdie putts of 7 and 8. He then made birdies on 15 and 16 after knocking 8Is to 10 and 7 respectively. Palmer finished with a birdie on 18 and carded an excellent -6 65. Stockton had 2 birdies and a bogey on the back and finished nicely with a -3 68.
Miller Barber and Billy Casper were the 3rd group. Barber bombed his tee shot on 1 and knocked a 4I second to 7, two-putting for a birdie. He found the trees and had an unplayable lie on the 2nd, which led to double. He boarded the bogey train at the end of the front 9 beginning on 7, where he had a poor lie in a fairway bunker and failed to advance the ball. He was +4 at the turn. Casper hit all but 1 fairway on the front nine and had 3 birdies, including a 28 putt, and no bogeys. On the back Casper chipped in from 20 yards and added another birdie and one bogey, finishing with a fine 67 (-4). Barber rallied a bit, carding a pair of birdies and no further blemishes and finished with a 73 (+2).
The final group consisted of Lee Trevino, winner last week in our nations capital, and Bob Lunn (who won the real 1971 GC-LA Open). Trevino got off to a birdie, bogey, bogey, birdie start and was -1 at the turn. Lunn birdied the opening two holes then gave them back with bogeys on 5 and 6. He was even after 9. Trevino birdied the difficult par 3 10th (the only player to do so) and followed it up with the same on the par 5 11th. He saved par with a 13 putt on 13 and hit a 7I to 3 on 16 but missed the putt. Trevino reached the clubhouse with a -3 68. Lunn had 3 birdies on the back, but also 5 bogeys. A 3-putt from 15 on the par 5 17th was a killer. He finished with a +2 73.
The leaderboard after Thur:
Arnold Palmer -6 (65)
Billy Casper -4 (67)
Dave Stockton -3 (6
Lee Trevino -3 (6
Gary Player E (71)
JC Snead E (71)
Miller Barber +2 (73)
Bob Lunn +2 (73)
Derek Kraft - Sep 12, 2017 - 07:46 PM
Post subject: 1971 GC-LA Open round 2
What a fun round Friday was at the Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open. Arnold Palmer opened the day with a 2 shot lead but at various times 3 others shared the lead, and 2 of those guys each had the solo lead for a spell. At the end of the day, 5 players were within 2 shots of the leaders.
Conditions: Course = Firm, Wind = Calm, Pin Position = 4
Lets's start with the 2 players that missed the cut, JC Snead and Bob Lunn. Snead dug himself into a hole with a double bogey on 2 and never recovered, finishing with a +1 72 for the round and +1 overall. Lunn began the day at +2 and only birdied 2 holes in his second round, finishing with a +1 72 as well (+3 overall). Snead was last seen wandering down Hollywood Boulevard and drinking from a brown paper bag. Lunn - on his way to the San Fernando Valley, holding a map to the stars, with the address of Linda Lovelace highlighted.
Miller Barber was +2 after his first round, and after nine indifferent holes on Friday dropped another shot. He then birdied 11 and 13, bogeying 12, and finished the round with a birdie, birdie, birdie finish. He shot a -3 68 and was now -1 overall and would survive to play the weekend.
Gary Player shot the best round of the day (67) and had the fewest putts (25). He had 3 birdies and 1 bogey on each side. But because he started the day at even par, he never challenged the lead. As it was though, Player finished the day at -4, only 2 shots back going into moving day.
Arnold Palmer began the day with a 2 shot lead but ended it tied for the lead. In between he scored 4 birdies but offset them with 4 bogeys, the worst of which was the missed 3' par putt on 6. The unplayable lie in the trees on 12 wasn't one to write home about either.
Dave Stockton was -3 after his first round. He birdied 3 of the opening 4 holes on Friday and then after sinking an 11' birdie putt on 6, watched his playing partner Palmer bogey, giving him the solo lead. Stockton immediately lost the lead as he bogeyed 2 of the next 3 holes and 2 more on the back (offset with a single birdie), finishing with a -1 70 (-4 overall).
Trevino began the day 3 shots back but after birdying 1, 6 and 7, was tied for the lead. He then proceeded to bogey 9 and 10, the latter by 3-putting from 15'. But he rallied with 2 more red numbers, including a 28' putt on 14, and finished with a -3 68, matching his first round score (-6 overall).
That leaves Billy Casper, who shot the craziest round of the day, despite the record reflecting it being a mundane even par 71. But it was how he got there that was the story. Casper opened birdie, bogey, birdie, bogey, birdie. After parring 6 and 7, he found himself in the middle of the fairway 145 yards from the green. The wind was swirling. He hit a knockdown 8 Iron. He rolled on his average I, got to take 5 yards less left and the ball was rolling slowly on a line towards the pin. The wind roll was +5 carry and + 5L, but it was a knockdown shot so the wind is 50% less AND rounded down (so 2.5 carry and 2.5 left are 0). The ball was oh so close to the cup. The roll for 12 less the dice total resulted in a double 6 or 12! HOLE OUT! Casper was your solo leader. He immediately gave it back on 9, regained it on 12 with a birdie, and then bogeyed 3 more holes on the back. An even par 71 left him at -4 and with a bad taste in his mouth. Oh, what might have been...
Palmer -6 (65)(71)
Trevino -6 (68)(68)
Casper -4 (67)(71)
Stockton -4 (68)(70)
Player -4 (71)(67)
Barber -1 (73)(68)
Snead +1 (71)(72)
Lunn +3 (73)(72)
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