Golf Outing, Spring 2010Our annual Class of 1964 spring golf outing transpired on Friday, May 7, 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 are Chris Getman's usual thoughtful reflections on the event.
Putzel rule and lead gift result in creation of 1964 Banquet Room at Mory's
A rule implemented for the Class of 1964's eighteenth annual golf
outing on May 7th has resulted in the class providing the funding for
the new and much needed Banquet Room at Mory's. The rule, created by
illustrious class member, Henry "Pete" Putzel III, allowed golfers to
take a free "mulligan" provided they made a $25 gift to the venerable
The day broke uncharacteristically clear and warm, violating the class charter that the event must be played in the rain. New event chairman John Evans invoked executive privilege, and insisted that his disgruntled classmates play anyway.
"This is unfair," griped Dr. Chuck Post, "because it gives guys who know how to play an unfair advantage. I brought my waders, but forgot my golf shoes."
Nonetheless eighteen determined golfers braved the unfamiliar elements to face the daunting challenge of the famed Yale Golf Course.
Tony "Ug" Lee mountain-biked down from Boston with his golf clubs on his back and still arrived an hour early. He failed to shoot his handicap for the eighteenth consecutive year and was rewarded the "Perennial Runner-Up Trophy" at the banquet at Delaney's that evening.
The New Jersey Dons, Crabtree and Edwards, arrived in tandem, but left Corleone behind. Untrue to form, Crabtree left nothing behind and returned to New Jersey, wardrobe fully intact.
Dr. Dave Kalayjian tried to prove that he was a stud muffin by walking the course. He proved to be more of a meadow muffin, shooting a 42 on the front but wilting to a 49 on the back.
Bill Galvin, recovering from a total knee transplant, showed his grit by shooting an 82, a remarkable display of "playing through the pain."
The day started on the first tee as those present gathered for the traditional group photo. Getman's camera's wide-angle lens shuddered and died when Basler and Wilson tried to cram into the picture. This performance directly correlated to Getman's performance on the golf course. We were saved by Post's smart camera, but the picture was overexposed because Lee neglected to blacken his head.
There was a moment of silence for perennial last-minute dropouts McFarland and Padley. McFarland claimed a need to be in Tittsburgh for which he had two unredeemable Pickets (sources said it was really because his knickers had shrunk) while Padley claimed a need to sort his socks, an event with much more validity than last year's need to mail a letter.
We broke into three foursomes and two threesomes and teed off at 12:45, optimistic about our chances of finishing before sundown at 7:34pm. It was close, but we made it.
Things flowed smoothly until the ninth hole where not only had the refreshment stand closed but there was the usual logjam which occurred for reasons to be discussed later.
Truebner showed his acute knowledge of golf etiquette with a rant when it was suggested that once those in his foursome had reached the green they invite those in the next group to hit their tee shots. Brin Ford, Harvard '64 but a fully accredited member of the group, corroborated Truebner's interpretation, by throwing his clubs into the pond in disgust.
Jim Heyworth, on the other hand, displayed complete ignorance of Class of '64 etiquette by calling a "whiff" on himself. The others in his group protested that since Heyworth hadn't said "s*%t" the shot should be deemed a practice swing. Ford wondered that since no one had seen the "whiff" wasn't it like saying something in the woods when your wife isn't there to hear you and still being wrong. Heyworth, despite his ignorance of proper golf etiquette, still finished the day with a snappy 82. Evans and Wilson remarked that as true Whiffs, they also qualified for the "practice swing" rule, a privilege they exploited extensively.
But the day belonged to Putzel, who, after invoking the "Mory's Rule" was able to make a lead gift of $150,000 toward the new Banquet Room which will bear his name. "I did the math," said Pete, "and realized that if would need only 6000 mulligans in order to make this gift. Hell, I figured I'd have it done by the fourteenth hole, and was a bit disappointed that it took me to seventeen to complete the project, Still it was nice to post a 79. You can't imagine the ecstasy I felt when I saw my 23rd shot drop into the pond on nine, even though it caused a significant backup." Putzel was helped by the fact that the course, which by the way is in magnificent shape, was dry and could accommodate the pickup truck with the necessary balls in its bed.
"Pete Putzel is an extraordinary Yalie," remarked President Rick Levin in acknowledging the gift. "The new Mory's is going to be one of the core threads of the Yale tapestry, and having the Putzel Banquet Room will greatly enhance the Mory's experience. We're very grateful to Pete for his insight and generosity, and are going to recommend to the PGA that it implement the 'Putzel Rule' for its major tournaments. The benefits to charities worldwide will be extraordinary."
Officials of Mory's are thrilled with the Putzel gift and expressed confidence in their ability to raise the remaining $250K to complete the project.
We were joined at the banquet at Delaney's by the lovely Rebecca Hetherington and Toddie Getman. There, Neil Hoffmann, present by special dispensation from President Obama excusing him from going to Nashville after protecting the shores of the Gulf states and a long stint in Rhode Island, showed up with two sandbagger buddies, Bob and Randy, and proceeded to shoot the low gross 78. Wilson and Edwards were also given time off, but had to catch a late flight back to Tennessee that evening. Lee was given his award and Butch Hetherington received the "Most Gross" citation.
Given his influence over the weather, John Evans was unanimously put in charge of the fall event.