MGA Team News
Last Updated: 06/20/19

MGA Team Play Match #4
Griffith Park G.C. vs. Rancho Seniors G.C. @ Harding
June 20, 2019

Fresh off the L.A. City Championship this past weekend, the course was in great shape and ready to host another celebrated golf competition known as MGA team play.  The course looked greener than we've seen it all year; lush and beautiful.  Last year - Rancho Seniors came out to play us on Harding, took all four points, and danced on our course.  And today - there was the added pressure of knowing if they beat us again, they would leap up to tie us in the league standings.  How would our team respond to the challenge?

Frank Kornblatt and Steve Bloom led things off.  By the 5th hole, Steve was already 2-down in his match.  That's about when he decided to reach in to his bag and pull out his can of whoop ass.  Steve fought back, pushing 6 and winning 7, 8 and 9 to win the front side which set the tone for the rest of the day.  Frank had an easier time on the front, going 2-up by the 7th hole and cruising in to the turn.  They both went on to win their individual matches handily, while ham-and-egging their team match to sweep all points available from fourball.  Exactly the start we were looking for.

The momentum continued with Will Urie in the next group who got off to a HOT start winning the front 6-up.  He might have lit the cigar a little early today, because he won the back by just 2.  But as far as I'm concerned he can have a cigar on every hole, if he's going to crush people 8-up like that!  Will's partner Dan Graham was our net-leader today, shooting a wonderful net 67.  What makes this even more remarkable is his handicap has been dropping like a rock lately.  But no matter how low his handicap goes, Dan continues to find a way to go lower.

Other highlights include Dan Grody's net 70 which was good enough to win his individual match.  Jonathan Brown shot a solid net 71.  And our L.A. City C-Flight Champion, Karl Kaul, continued his winning ways shooting net-even and winning all 6 points from his individual match.  All of this left us in a pretty good position with four of five groups in the clubhouse, but we still needed our last group to finish the job.

Our anchor group featured Ted Johnson and Brian Mason.  Ted was on fire today - shooting 3-over gross on the front, quickly going 4-up after 9 and winning his individual match.  And Brian Mason, who won yet ANOTHER Knollwood tournament just yesterday, smashed his opponent 10-up overall.  Afterwards, Brian said he kinda felt bad for his opponent.  Yeah, that's like when the U.S. women's soccer team beat Thailand 13 - 0 in the Women's World Cup recently.  Needless to say, Ted and Brian swept all 6 points from fourball too.

The result of today's match was a 4 - 0 win vs. Rancho Seniors G.C.  GP wins individual 41 to 19, GP wins team 19 to 11.  Frank Kornblatt and Brian Mason both get a free round next time for winning a perfect 12 points each.

We are now more than halfway through the regular season, and have a perfect record.  Be proud of what you've done so far, but let's keep it going because there are no trophies for second place.  Our next match is against our cross-town archenemy, Rancho Park G.C. at Wilson on July 18th.  You can mark your availability on the MGA Player Sheet anytime.  Will send a reminder a week out.

Jensen Lee

MGA Captain,
Griffith Park Golf Club

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