The weather was perfect and the conditions for scoring ideal. Whether our players took advantage of that or not depending on SKILL, a few good bounces, and their own mental toughness.
Two of the three flights came down to the 36th hole to decide the Champion. One of the two had to go into a SUDDEN DEATH playoff with the membership following them on every shot on the course on the first hole.
The drama was felt by the viewing gallery as we watched the leaders finish on the 18th green from a terrific viewing venue in the clubhouse. Bets were being made on each shot as the final groups finished their magical rounds.
There was something for everyone. We had past champions in the hunt. We had newcomers making a charge. We had unbelievable shots under true golf pressure. We had choking and tight cheeks all around. And it was all happening on a tough and tight course that truly penalized mistakes.
At the end of the 37th hole, we had our Champions finalized for all flights. The 2014 IAGA Championship winners in DRAMATIC FASHION are:
- RANDY SHIRBROUN - MAHARAJA and IAGA Champion
- VELCHAMY SANKARLINGAM - MAHARAJA runner up (sudden death)
- KULWANT SIDHU - TIGER CHAMPION (came from 7 shots back after day 1)
- BHAVESH DESAI - TIGER runner up
- RAVI PINDIPROLI - COBRA CHAMPION (in a runaway by 6 shots)
- ANIRUDH JOSHI - COBRA runner up
- PRADEEP BAKSHI - LOW GROSS CHAMPION - 36 holes
Congrats to all of the Champions for 2014........well deserved and well played!!!!
There were MANY MANY other winners for the day. Those that were not able to get close to the leaders, BUT were right in the running took home their own prizes for DAY 2 standalone event:
- Velchamy Sankarlingam - Low Net Maharaja
- Abhi Desai - Low Net Tiger/Cobra
- Vineet Sharma - Low Gross
- Vineet Sharma - Closest to the Pin
- Vishal Wadhwa - Long Drive Maharaja
- Ravi Chekuri - Long Drive Tiger/Cobra
Big big $$$$ were handed out to the WINNERS of the 2014 IAGA Match Play Championships:
- SANDEEP MALIK is the 2014 IAGA INDIVIDUAL Champion and cashes $750.
- VIKAAS DIXIT is the winner of the Tiger/Cobra flight and runner up overall and cashes $500
- SANDEEP MALIK / SATISH DALAL are the 2014 TEAM Champions and share the $1000 top prize
- KAMAL AHLUWALIA / CHANDRA KANIVE are the 2014 TEAM runner ups and share $500
Our GOLFERS OF THE YEAR demonstrated consistency and the hottest golf throughout the 2014 Season. The TITLE of GOY goes to:
- JIMMY SINGH - Maharaja
- BHAVESH DESAI - Tiger/Cobra
Of course the season could not conclude without the TERRIBLE TOWEL being raffled off........along with some GREAT PRIZES......50" SAMSUNG TV......Playstation 4......iPAD Air.....BEATS WiFi Speakers, $200 Nordstroms Gift Card.....and much, much, more!!!!
A great time was had during the raffle and the subsequent auctioning of items from winners who were willing to sell their wins for the right amount of $$$$. EVERYONE went home happy!!!!!
And the CHAMPIONSHIP would not be the CHAMPIONSHIP without the RABBIT peaking his head out of his hole to try and tickle some players balls and run back in time before being whacked. Last few times he has been almost back in his hole, but some DERELICT members caught him and beat him to a pulp.......THEN sent him to his hole to recover for the next time.
There were many other WAGERING opportunities on who will win which were offered and over $1030 was bet.........
ALL OF THE WINNERS OF THE WAGERS will be announced in a separate email coming soon.
With terrific foods, tons of fun, and great golf drama.......it was another MEMORABLE IAGA CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP.
Thanks so much to all of our members for making 2014 one of the BEST seasons in our history. EVERY event was SOLD OUT!!!! The passion each of you bring to competitive golf is FANTASTIC and we look forward to hosting you again in 2015.
Have a GREAT OFF SEASON.........we will start the festivities again in FEBRUARY of 2015 with our first season event at YOCHA DE HE Golf Course. PRIOR to that.....in DECEMBER will be the signups for the SEASON LONG 2015 IAGA MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS. These are limited to the first 32 players in INDIVIDUAL and the first 16 TEAM for the TEAM Match Plays. Start thinking now as they will fill up quick as we open up the registration.
Many items to be discussed by the Committee for 2015 and hopefully some good additions will be forthcoming for all our members to enjoy in 2015.
HAPPY DIWALI TO ALL........and a VERY HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON.
CONGRATS TO RANDY, KULWANT, AND RAVI ............can you repeat???
THANK YOU VERY MUCH MEMBERS........see you in 4 months..........