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Post subject:   PostPosted: Jan 07, 2018 - 10:49 PM

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vwm85341 wrote:
I thoroughly enjoyed your recap of your tourney and look forward to reading the Sunday recap as well.
APBA golf is a pretty good game that I think is underrated. I have several seasons myself and enjoy playing, especially the greats from different eras against each other.
Looking forward to Sundays final day!

I appreciate it, thanks! I am just about finished up with the final round and it is going to be a tight finish. BUT, I joined a group on Facebook called The TGA Tour. We each draft one or two players and play 6 tournaments over the next few months. Each tourney takes 2 weeks then a week off before the next one. Anyways, the first two rounds were due today and I got busy with work this week so couldn't start playing until Fri evening. I will finish the final round of the 1971 Bing Crosby this or next week and post results. But then I will take a little sabbatical from the 1971 tour and focus on the TGA Tour. Check it out on the FB page if you are interested. Or if you want to join!!! I ended up with the 1st pick in the draft and took Tiger and my second round pick was the 1971 Lee Trevino. Thanks again!
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Post subject: Pebble Beach final round  PostPosted: Jan 12, 2018 - 09:52 AM

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It was a Blustery Sunday afternoon at Pebble Beach, after 3 days of Moderate winds. The course played Soft after overnight rain. Frank Beard got out of bed after a sleepless night as the leader, closely followed by Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and 2-time 1971 tour winner Lee Trevino.

Tom Weiskopf and Tom Shaw were first out and, beginning the day 8 and 14 shots back respectively, were just trying to finish on a high note. Shaw birdied 2 and 3 and was optimistic but his round came apart on the 8th when he hit a 3-iron 2nd into the hazard and then found a buried lie in the sand with a wedge. He tripled that and finished with a +3 75.

Weiskopf had a wild ride, with 3 bogeys and 5 birdies in the opening 8 holes, finally scoring his first par on the 9th. After birdying 10 and 12, he had himself to -10 and had to be thinking, “if I could just post a number…” Alas, he failed to find the green with a 9-iron on the next and missed an 11’ par putt. But he did birdie one more coming in and finished with a very solid 68, putting him at -10 overall.

Lee Trevino had 5 birdies in the final round but never was able to mount a challenge. He bogeyed the 4th after sailing a wedge over the green into the canyon, doubled the 10th after driving into the hazard, bogeyed the par 5 14th after the wind took his wedge, and bogeyed 15 after 3-putting from 25’. He finished with a 72 final round and -9 overall.

Gary Player got off to an auspicious start with a bogey on the 1st then failed to make it up when he rolled a dreaded “54” on a 5’ birdie putt on the following hole. A great 4-iron on the difficult par 3 5th and an accurate chip on the par 5 6th led to birdies. Player then birdied the turn when he stuck a 5-iron on the 9th and made an 11’ putt on the 10th. At that point he was -13 and very much in contention.

The final pairing was Jack Nicklaus (-12) and the leader Frank Beard (-14). Both birdied the par 5 2nd but after Beard bogeyed the 3rd and 4th, and Jack had a par and birdie, it was the Golden Bear who found himself atop the leaderboard. Nicklaus then hit a 5-iron off the tee to 7’ on the 5th. Beard steadied himself and proceeded to plop a 4-iron 10’ from the cup. Both birdied. On the par 5 6th, Jack had to settle for par after 3-putting from 51’. Beard missed the green with his second but chipped in close and tapped in for birdie, drawing even with Nicklaus. Jack parred the rest of the front while Frank birdied 8, momentarily taking the lead, then bogeying 9 to fall back into a tie. Both players made the turn at -15.

Jack parred the 10th through the 13th, while Beard bogeyed the 10th and parred the following 3 holes. Player parred 11 through 13. So after 13 it was Nicklaus -15, Beard -14 and Player -13. On the par 5 14th Player went for the green, missed, but then stuck a wedge and got the bird. Beard laid up but found the trees, though he was able to salvage par. Nicklaus went for it, missed into the trees, then caught a limb on his third, leading to a bogey. We had a three-way tie at -14 after 14!

The par 4 15th proved pivotal. Both Player and Beard missed the green, chipped close and tapped in. Jack’s drive left him 120 yards from the pin. Without consulting his caddy or anyone else save perhaps the golf Gods, Nicklaus selected a gap wedge, checked the wind (none), swung, hit the ball 125 yards directly past the pin and watched the ball spin back 5 yards into the cup for a hole-out eagle (rolled double 6s) to take a 2-shot lead into the final 3 holes!!!

On the par 4 16th, Player knocked a wedge to 4’ and tapped in for a birdie, moving within a shot to -15. Beard failed to find the green with a 9-iron then couldn’t get up and down and bogeyed, falling to -13. Jack played conservative, finding the fairway with a 5-wood. He then inexplicably hooked a 7-iron into the trees, where his lie forced him to play safe. Jack dropped a shot and into a tie with Player. Hmmm…

On the long and difficult par 3 17th, Gary Player hit a poor 5-wood made worse by a strong crosswind (+20) and found himself out of bounds. Minutes later he recorded a double bogey 5. Nicklaus and Beard both parred (both used bounceback points DESPITE the fact that neither’s tee shot would find the green – that is how tough 17 played!).

So stepping up to 18 Player was -13, Beard was -13 and Nicklaus -15. Gary knew he needed to score and hit a nice drive then a beautiful but risky 3-wood to 24’. He struck the putt too hard and slid 6’ past, then missed the comebacker and had to settle for par and a 69 final round score.

Beard found a fairway bunker off the tee and Jack the fairway itself. After Beard laid up, and knowing he had a 2-stroke lead, Nicklaus also played it short. Each hit a wedge into the green with Jack 12’ from the pin and Beard ’16. After allowing Beard to find only 6 fairways and 5 greens all day, the golf Gods had enough and he sank his putt for birdie, finishing with an even par 72. Jack 2-putted for a 1-stroke victory and a 69 final round. Congrats to the Golden Bear!

Final leaderboard and earnings:

Jack Nicklaus -15 (66)(73)(65)(69) $27,000
Frank Beard -14 (68)(64)(70)(72) $15,000 + year’s supply of Winston cigarettes for his hole-in-one
Gary Player -13 (66)(70)(70)(69) $8,000
Tom Weiskopf -10 (68)(73)(69)(68) $4,000
Lee Trevino -9 (64)(72)(71)(72) $2,000
Tom Shaw +3 (75)(67)(74)(75) $1,000

Next up is the Hawaiian Open at the beautiful Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. All 4 members of the Big 4, including the returning Arnold Palmer, will compete. None of them want to miss a trip to the islands! Again, I will be taking a break to play the TGA Tour (check it out on Facebook!) but will recommence the 1971 PGA Tour in the spring.
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Post subject: 1971 Hawaiian Open  PostPosted: Jun 07, 2018 - 09:10 PM

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Aloha! The tour returns and we are at the beautiful Waialae Country Club for the Hawaiian Open. All 4 members of the big 4 have made the trip to Oahu. They are joined by Jerry Heard, Bruce Crampton, George Archer and Tom Shaw. Blustery winds are plaguing the picturesque course on round 1, and scorecards are reflecting the difficult conditions. Scores to be posted soon.
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Post subject: 1971 Hawaiian Open - round 1  PostPosted: Jun 11, 2018 - 01:07 PM

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Blustery winds, well-defended greens and tricky doglegs made Waialae Country Club a formidable challenge in round 1 of the Hawaiian Open. And while Hawaii may be paradise, it would take more than a set of dashboard lights for the players to see it. Only 2 of the elite 8-man field broke par on Thursday.

Jack Nicklaus, the winner at Pebble, and Jerry Heard were the first twosome on the course. The Golden Bear failed to hit a single green in his opening 4 holes, but scrambled successfully on each. The Golf Gods smiled on Jack on both the 5th and 6th holes, where he sank consecutive long-distance birdie putts (a 30’er on 5 and a 24’er on 6). A thunderous drive on the par 5 9th and an accurate 4 iron led to a 2-putt birdie. A shank and strong wind caused Jack’s only bogey of the day on the par 3 11th. But he stuck a 9 iron on the 14th and birdied and hit a 5 iron to 8’ and made the putt on the 17th. Nicklaus was the beneficiary of another minor miracle, the making of a 22’ par putt on the 15th. Nicklaus shot the round of the day, a -4 66.

Heard hit a beautiful 5 iron approach on the 3rd but a strong gust of wind blew it offline and he bogeyed the hole. He birdied the 6th after hitting a 5 iron close out of the sand and chipped in from 10 yards on the 8th for another red number. He bogeyed the 9th after a 30-yard wind took his drive out of bounds. Heard bogeyed 3 holes on the back, including both par 3s (on the 11th he missed a 5’ putt and on the 17th he needed 2 strokes to get out of the bunker) and birdied 1 (hitting a nice 7 iron on the 16th and sinking a 9’ putt). Heard finished with a +2 72.

The next pairing was Lee Trevino, who won at both DC and LA, and Bruce Crampton. Trevino had the most interesting round of the day. He hit the most greens BY FAR (13, Jack was next with 9) but needed the most putts (30). He found the sand on his approach on the 1st and couldn’t get anywhere near the hole w/ a buried lie, leading to a bogey. He tossed a dart from 160 yards w/ a 7 iron on the 2nd, kicking in from 3’ then sank a 13’ birdie on the 3rd. Trevino proceeded to settle in for 6 straight pars, with 5 of the 6 being 2-putts originating from 20-29’. The backside is where things got really interesting as Trevino managed exactly ONE PAR. He birdied 10 (stuck a wedge), 12 (13’ putt), 16 (hit a 5 iron to 3’) and 18 (12’ putt), and bogeyed 11 (short-sided), 14 (wind took his 2nd shot), 15 (3-putt) and 17 (rolled the dreaded “54” on an 8’ putt). Lee finished with a 69, 1 under.

The day did not go well for Bruce Crampton. A poor lie in the rough led to a bogey on the 1st. A great 8 iron on the 3rd was ruined by a strong gust of wind, leading to another bogey. Bruce drove out of bounds on the 5th (double) and got another poor lie on his 2nd on the 6th (bogey). He birdied the par 5 9th and par 3 11th but bogeyed 10 (missed a 6’ par putt) and 14 (trees, 4 shots to reach green). He then doubled the 15th after driving into the trees and finding no way of playing the ball forward. A birdie on 16 provided little comfort for a poor round. Bruce shot a +6 76 and was last seen staring off into the sunset and clutching a Mai Tai.

Arnold Palmer and George Archer were next out. You can’t help but say after witnessing their rounds that it was a lesson in handling adversity. Palmer bogeyed the 1st, 4th, 6th and 7th, and Archer opened bogey, bogey, double. After 7 holes each man was +4. The King then hit a 7 iron to 3’ on 8, sank a 48’ monster on the 9th, hit a wedge to 6’ on 10 and made the putt, and hit a 4 iron to 9’ and made the putt on 11. Palmer got back to even after the 11th! Archer bogeyed 8, birdied the par 5 9th (hitting a perfect 2 iron from the rough, but missing the 6’ eagle putt), bogeyed the 11th and doubled the 12th after 3-putting from 10’!!! A bogey, another double and a birdie gave Archer a +9 79, the worst round of the day. Not even a cold Mai Tai and the good company of Bruce Crampton could comfort Archer. Arnold ran into a bad lie on the 15th and a strong wing on the 16, and bogeyed each, but he did get one back on the par 5 18th when he found the green in 2. Palmer shot a very respectable +1 71.

The final group was Tom Shaw and Gary Player. Both men had excellent front 9s, making 3 birdies and only 1 bogey, and each made a long birdie putt on the par 3 4th (Shaw from 44’ and Player from 27’). The wheels came off on the back 9 for Shaw as he shot a 41 with 4 bogeys and a double. He finished at +4 74. Like Trevino, Player made only 1 par on the back, but his 3 birdies were not quite enough to offset the 5 bogeys. Player was the only golfer to bogey the par 5 finishing hole. Nevertheless, Gary ended up with an even par 70.

Scoreboard after round 1
Nicklaus -4 (66)
Trevino -1 (69)
Player E (70)
Palmer +1 (71)
Heard +2 (72)
Shaw +4 (74)
Crampton +6 (76)
Archer +9 (79)
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