Toads Golf Group goes into hi­ber­na­tion af­ter sea­son’s con­clu­sion

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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.

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