Forbis, Johnson capture Summer Hummer title

Friday, August 24, 2012
The playoff participants from left, Les Pendergrass, Elton Sawyer, Ryan Johnson, Chuck Forbis, Dave Khoury and John Serley. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Saddle Creek Men's Golf Association (MGA) held their signature event on Saturday and Sunday that consisted of 32 twosomes broken into four divisions based on the combined USGA handicaps of both golfers.

The format for the two-day, shotgun start "Summer Hummer" was a two-man, one low ball event.

In the end, it was a short putt sunk by Lewisburg Police Chief Chuck Forbis on the Par 4 second hole at Saddle Creek in a three-team playoff that gave Forbis and his partner Ryan Johnson the coveted title over Les Pendergrass and Elton Sawyer.

Elton Sawyer drains a long putt off the fringe at the Par 5 first hole to extend the playoff.

The sudden death playoff consisted of the winning team in each of the four divisions to determine the overall champion.

The theme for the divisions was based on the popular 1980 golf comedy film Caddyshack, starring Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, and Bill Murray.

The Danny Noonan flight consisted of the eight lowest handicapped golfers and was won by the team of Eddie and Rob Wiles, who shot 65 on Saturday and 60 on Sunday for a combined 125 net score.

Chuck Forbis pitches up the Par 4 second before sinking the winning putt to capture the Summer Hummer title.

Unfortunately, the Wiles' had a previous engagement and could not take part in the playoff for the overall title.

Coming in second place in the Noonan division, one shot behind the Wiles' was Joey Morefield and Tracy Hazel (64-62).

In third place was the Bill and Jared Parsons team (62-66).

Ryan Johnson pitched the ball up the Par 4 second hole during the Summer Hummer playoff.

The second flight or Ty Webb division winners were Pendergrass and Sawyer, who shot 66, 62 for a 128 two-day net total.

Troy Frassrand and Dwight Church finished in second place, shooting 65, 66 and in third was the Bill and Brian Marsh twosome, coming to the clubhouse on Sunday after a pair of 66's.

The Carl Spackler division (3rd Flight) ended in a three-way tie at 127.

Dave Khoury hits a wedge shot to the Par 5 first hole in the three-team playoff.

The teams of Forbis/Johnson (64-63), Jason Lopes/Jamie Morefield (64-63) and Scott Tepedino/Kirk Kelso (62-65) were pitted in the dreaded match of scorecards with Forbis and Johnson winning out and advancing to the playoff.

The final flight was aptly named the Al Czervik Division and was won by the jokers Dave Khoury and John Serley, who shot a pair of 63's for a net score of 126.

Khoury and Serley were given 31 shots over the two-day event and took advantage of their Rodney Dangerfield like play until being eliminated on the first playoff hole.

Les Pendergrass putts on the second hole during the playoff.

Finishing in second place in the fourth flight was the Jack and John Karby twosome, who shot 59 on Saturday, but blew up with a 68 on Sunday for a 127 total over the two days.

The third place spot in the Czervik division went to Barry White and Rick Towne (68-61).

Saturday's closest to the pin honors went to Straley Holton on the Par 3 fifth hole, Mason Sellers on the always difficult Par 3 7th hole, Jared Parson stuck it close on the Par 3 13th hole and Sean Sweeney took the honors on the Par 3 17th hole.

John Serley putts the ball on the first playoff hole, trying to stay alive in the playoff.

On Sunday, Jack Karby won two of the prizes on the 5th and 17th holes, while Rob Wiles won on No. 7 and Walter Bussart was inches away on the 13th hole.

The MGA's final event of the year will be the Match Play Championship on September 9.