Toads Golf Group goes into hibernation after season’s conclusion
The boys of the summer are putting away all their golf equipment for another winter.
After competing in the final golf scramble at Linfield National Golf Club in Linfield, the Toads Golf Group of Roxborough headed to its annual banquet at the Flourtown Country Club.
The Toads scheduled 33 rounds of golf hosted by 20 different golf clubs during the 2018 season, and two were cancelled because of inclement weather. Most of the 116 Toad members participated in at least one outing. Golfers enjoyed three overnight trips in the vicinity of the Pocono Mountains. On the weekly Wednesday gatherings, golf clubs from Montgomery, Bucks and Berks counties were available for the Toads’ tee-off.
Playing the competition with a point system rather than using a gross stroke format allows the Toads to gain one point for a bogey, two points for a par and three points for the elusive birdie. A hole–in-one or an eagle are worth five points in the scoring system.
There were four holes-inone scored by Toad members while playing golf this year. Tim Joyce had one, and Rick Kondan had three holes-in-one. There were more than 7,500 par threes played by the vlub during 2018.
By averaging the Toad points for 10 rounds, an individual golfer acquires a handicap and competes against the other participants by trying to score as many points as he can for each round of golf. Awards
for closest-to-the-pin are handed out each week. A golfer who comes closest to the hole on his first shot on par threes wins the award.
At this year’s annual banquet, cocktail hour was followed by dinner. After dessert, prizes were awarded to the participants in the final scramble. Many of the Toads were accompanied by their wives or friends, and each woman was thanked
for her support. A raffle for women only was followed by one for the Toads.
As the festivities proceeded, the awards for the Oct. 28th scramble competition were presented. Bud Roats, Bo Babiarz and Mike Rayner were declared the 2018 scramble champions after posting the best score. There were five closest-to-thepin awards: Rick Kondan (hole-in-one), Hole 3; Lou Gniotek, Hole 7; Kevin Tierney, Hole 9; Tom Thorpe, Hole 11; and Mike Rayner, Hole 14.
The Toads had a putting contest prior to the scramble, and Tom Flaherty topped all challengers.
Board Chairman Marty Dicicco presented the Toad of the Year Award for 2018, which is presented annually to the Toad who had the most impact on the program for that particular year as determined by a members’ vote , to Joe Vitale, who keeps the records of scores recorded each week. His charts summarized the newly formed season-long ToadEx Cup competition pitting a player against his own handicap. If a player exceeds his handicap for the week, he receives points. If he goes below his handicap, points are deducted from his total. His new handicap reflects the week’s points scored. This award was won by Kondan.
The Toads Board of Directors will host a policymaking meeting in December. At this meeting, rule changes and plans for the upcoming season will be discussed, and then hibernation begins until Wednesday, April 3, 2019, when the Toads golf season will begin again.