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Golf Outing, Fall 2010

Our annual Class of 1964 fall golf outing transpired on Friday, October 22, 2010 at the beautiful and renowned Yale Golf Course, voted #1 college golf course in America in 2007 and ranked #45 of the top 100 classical golf courses in America.

Below the photo are Chris Getman's usual thoughtful reflections on the event.

(L - R) Wilson, Lee, Heyworth, Truebner, Lindsay, Getman,
Galvin, Evans, Hetherington, Francis, Hoffmann, Ford

Baxter's return from the DL saves the day for the Good Guys

Writhing in pain from a serious groin injury suffered while pulling up his socks, Jim Baxter posted a dramatic four on the ninth hole to save the day for the Good Guys (Galvin, Hoffmann, Ford, and Getman). Swinging mightily he dribbled one down the hill, onto the cart path and across the pond which stopped about twenty feet from the green. A chip and two putts compensated for the meltdown of the other four (two fives and two sixes) and assured the Good Guys of victory.

The Fall Outing took place on October 22nd on a glorious but gusty day with winds reaching the low 30s and the subsequent wind chill in the twenties. Lee, who had jogged down from Boston with his clubs on his back, finally broke down on the 11th hole and put a windbreaker on over his shorts and tee shirt while the rest of us froze.

After the usual BS in Widdy's restaurant, where the usual sandbaggers inflated their handicaps and the honest folks whined, we divided into three foursomes. The first group of Pete Truebner, Butch Hetherington, Buck Wilson, and John Evans, who was on the DL with two broken fingers suffered when he failed to complete the third flip on his bike, teed off with the boast that we'd never see them again. Truebner hates to wait and had an obligation at the end of the day, keeping his streak of thirteen consecutive outings without staying for dinner firmly intact. It wasn't until the third hole, and every hole thereafter, that the rest of us got to watch the Truebner team in action.

The second group consisted of Jim Heyworth, Sam Francis, Dave Lindsay, and Ug Lee. Fresh back from the Gulf on an assignment from FEMA, Francis, a self-proclaimed 28 handicap, promptly blasted one 260 down the middle, joined by a round of boos and almost hitting Truebner, who was contemplating his third shot. The group claimed a net 75, which was abetted by two thirty-foot gimmes (one for Heyworth and one for Lindsay) which the Good Guys were able to witness on nine and thirteen, the result of the traffic jam caused by the phlegmatic Truebner group.

The final group, a.k.a. the Good Guys, went last, using mostly Galvin's and Hoffmann's gross scores, aided infrequently by Ford and Getman and of course by Baxter's magnificent four on nine, posted a gross 76, easily beating the Truebner group's net 78 and the Lee foursome's net 76. Add to that the two strokes we were awarded for playing with a Harvard man, and Hoffmann was awarded two strokes personally as a reward for the really fine cigars he brought and shared with the group. These two factors gave the Good Guys a gross 72 which is one over par, burying the competition.

The Good Guys also won the 19th hole at the "new" Mory's. Boasting the full team, and joined by Toddie Getman and Joy Ford, they completely overwhelmed the valiant Evans and Wilson, representing the first foursome, and the bewildered Lindsay, the sole participant from the Lee-Francis-Heyworth group. Given the fact that the wind was gusting strongly out of the northeast, Lee felt that jogging back to Boston into the teeth of the gale might take longer than usual, so he bagged the dinner. The others all had previous commitments.

As a result of the fact that for the first time in history it didn't rain, Evans was named tournament chair for the spring event. He promised to do something about the sub-freezing temperatures, but it was obvious that the group, to paraphrase Robert Frost's famous poem "Water and Ice," preferred to suffer by ice rather than be deluged by water.

A good time was had by all.