2005 MASTERS FRIDAY INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT Friday, April 8, 2005 -- Poquoy Brook Golf Club -- Lakeville, Massachusetts Defending Champions – Paul Dench & Mike Generazo Pairings Sheet TEE MEMBER1 MFIT TEAM TIMES NAME HANDICAP SKINNY ODDS 9:05A Dad Hurley 36 Dad is coming off back-to-back scores of 123 and hasn't made a par since the par-3, 15th hole in the 5th Annual MFIT, that's right 2002! While The Squire wondered if he was even invited to play in this year's event (a preposterous thought) the membership wondered how much longer our very own Arnold Palmer may continue to grace us with his presence before a storied retirement. This member is maxed out on the allowable MFIT handicap scale and shoots an average of nearly 7 shots over that handicap (which is not a field worst by the way) so he's got some work to do to vie for the title... not an easy task given the lengthy winter and the fact that carts will likely not be allowed on the course come Holy Friday! Playing in his 7th consecutive MFIT, we'll again ask him to lead us off this Friday. Best of luck. Kevin Kemp 17 A tremendous faux pas (pitching a no-show for Selection Committee) has deepened the hole this member needs to dig out of. A defensive posture taken for the homeless, that is, jacket-less members and a practically non-existent golf game for a man of his potential in the last two MFIT’s leaves the membership questioning his ability to get it up for a tournament this big. Making just one par playing alongside the COOiP and as a favorite last year only exacerbates his growing reputation of not raising his game to the level that is required to keep warm on the veranda. He’ll bring the refreshments again, this time as a penalty, for the driving range; let’s hope he can buy a golf game at the Bloody Mary store as well… TEAM SKINNY 2,000:1 that’s Call David Spade at the Capital One customer service not a center for the chances of this team taking the title – typo that’s right, zero, zip, nada, nienka… Given their most recent scores in this tournament and the fact that they get a collective 53 strokes – they’ll need to need to use every single one - a statistical impossibility - to finish in the top half of the field. Enjoy the day boys and see you on the veranda. 2005 MASTERS FRIDAY INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT Pairings Sheet (continued) TEE MEMBER1 MFIT TEAM TIMES NAME HANDICAP SKINNY ODDS 9:05A Mike Generazo 16 One of many members who made a golf trip to the land of Isleworth (Orlando, not Ireland) this spring to gain inspiration and search for a liver donor. How much inspiration this guy needs though should not be questioned as he became among the first to win his third green jacket last year and extinguish a drought that had parched him since 2000. His thirst for yet another pair of sleeves was only out-paced by his thirst for another 8 BL’s and a couple of Captain & Cokes from the cart girl at ChampionsGate. While this member is nearly always a factor in this major it is also unlikely he could repeat victory with the partner he rode to his first two victories. Armed with a new putter that he bought site unseen and seems to have more B’s in it than birdies, Friday will tell if he’s any more consistent over 18 holes of Major Championship golf. Jay Hanson 34 The handicap of this charter member was the topic of lively conversation at Selection Committee. It defies logic that a two-time former MFIT Champion is actually playing this year’s event at a 34 MFIT index!!! Has he reached his nadir?? The Committee graciously allowed for him to slip into oblivion a little further by keeping him 2 strokes beneath the maximum so it begs the question – can his game Baker-Finch any further than it already has?? Only Friday will tell. He hasn’t felt the warm gabardine since 2000 and it appears unlikely he will be able to re-kindle his fond memories with the partner he dressed with in his historic marches to victory in 1999 and 2000, especially given the fact that he now only plays 4 times per year – Good God man! Even Duval plays more than you’ve played! This member remains a fixture at this major as a competitor but are his days in the broadcast tower looming near?? TEAM SKINNY 1,500:1 The chances of this team winning on Friday would be again, like Gary Player winning the Masters in 1961 and then not a again 17 years later in 1978 – possible, but highly typo unthinkable. Keep play moving, enjoy the day and have some beer ready on the veranda for the incoming groups. 2005 MASTERS FRIDAY INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT Pairings Sheet (continued) TEE MEMBER1 MFIT TEAM TIMES NAME HANDICAP SKINNY ODDS 9:14A Matt Hurley 14 What was previously a monkey on his back has now become King Kong! Among the most consistent golfers in the membership, the blessed silk has continued to be like an albino gorilla in the mist – very, very elusive… Just purchased the new R5 - that got him an extra 30, so now his drives get out there with Corey Pavin - and used it to put together a remarkable southern swing, playing some great golf while sometimes chauffeuring around a bunch of drunkards. He appears poised to finally slip something between the primates and his own skin. Consistency aside, controlled aggression is what is needed at ANN, look no further than our brother Mickelson in 2004 at Augusta as an example of how to play on these storied links and take the title home. Continues to be the best player to never have won a major, good luck Monty! Jack Hurley 15 A few short months ago it appeared this 2-time MFIT champion may not play any golf this year when he found out he had a herniated disk. After a trip south and seven rounds with the links and the bottle (won on the turf, lost at the bar) he came back only to find out he had four, that’s right four, herniated disks! He begins PT tomorrow, just in time for Friday’s Major. Look for him to ask his partner if he can tee up his ball for him and to get him out of TGI Friday’s without a tail… A recent fitting of new X-18 irons – the irons Mickelson plays – should give this member what he needs to contend for the first time since his victory in 2001. Again, he’s gutting rooms in his house so physically he’s a disaster but his record indicates he sets his sights on the Majors and this year will be no different. TEAM SKINNY 25:1 This team could make history repeat with a victory. The last time a low handicap team went for a fitting was 2002 and the low handicap team hasn’t scared the top half of the field since. It is imperative they ding & dong around the links and get through Amen corner ahead of the field. A sweet romp on the veranda it would be for this duo. Good luck. 2005 MASTERS FRIDAY INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT Pairings Sheet (continued) TEE MEMBER MFIT TEAM TIMES NAME HANDICAP SKINNY ODDS 9:14A Brian Hughes 19 One of our international members made himself a very costly error by showing up to Selection Committee an hour and ½ late!! Another member of the southern swing who was frankly appalled at the behavior of some of the college kids he went on the trip with… What? They were grown men? That’s just sad – but the COOiP digresses. He has exhibited some outward enthusiasm in the email banter leading up to the tournament but was decidedly quiet on the Kissimmee circuit, we don’t know if that’s because he had slipped into a coma on the golf course or he couldn’t really speak without slurring so decided against it. This member also is armed with the best driver on the southern tour (that’s the club, not the golfer), a new COBRA that is more forgiving than Bernie “the Pimp” Law. In the 2004 MFIT, he rode his partner around the course and finished a distant 2nd in the runaway of the ’04 MFIT, his best finish in three tries. Harsh, you say? He shot 114 while carrying a 17!! You do the math! Let’s see if he can better that Friday. Jim Hurley 28 While this member skipped the Big Tour trip south he did make a trip on the Nike/Buy.com/Nationwide tour to Orlando getting some golf in while he burnt the first two layers of skin off his forehead! While he did finally find gainful employment he did again play a very limited schedule in 2004 and seems to have made a conscious effort to spend less time on the course – could be he’s developed a case of the little known HRV (Hosel Rocket Virus) and doesn’t want anyone to know. Now that we think about it, he did find a way to miss both the Orlando trip and the 36- hole event at Pine Hills – we may be onto to something here… Best of luck to you as well. TEAM SKINNY 10:1 The consensus front runners given their potential and total strokes being given but they’re playing alongside some of the best golfers in the membership so that may throw them off a bit. They both average less than two pars per MFIT played so they need to better that to contend. This team either wins it or finishes in the lower half of the field, no middle ground for these guys. 2005 MASTERS FRIDAY INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT Pairings Sheet (continued) TEE MEMBER MFIT TEAM TIMES NAME HANDICAP SKINNY ODDS 9:23A Steve Hurley 15 “I’ll have a Bombay & Sapphire… I said a Bombay & Sapphire… what? They’re the same thing? OK, just bring me two, thanks.” Just a glimpse of the COOiP’s spring break tour of the greater Orlando area. In fact he acknowledged the aftermath of Orlando with an all expenses paid trip and chance meeting with Ben Wright and Pat Summerall at the Betty Ford Clinic… again, he digresses. The Chairman is also swinging new X-18’s but isn’t quite sure if they’re any better since he can’t remember how they felt when he played down south. Lives for this week and our parent tournament and of course the MFIT!! Drew what could be the best partner in the field and needs to guide his protégé around ANN in search of the poly/wool blend trophies for his third title and his partner’s first. Dave McGinness 22 ANN’s other international member is making the trip north from his new home east of Paris (Paris, Tennessee that is). This member created quite a stir at Selection Committee without even being there when it was announced that his handicap had risen 5 full strokes to a high water mark of 22.6 – is he going the way of his Bryant classmate on his way to a 34?? He’ll be jetting in on Thursday and his partner is hoping he packed his “A” game – the one that helped him to a near medalist-like 94 last year. The membership is obviously skeptical of the dramatic change in handicap given this members potential but if he’s playing like he says he’s been playing he’ll need all 22 to help this team to victory. TEAM SKINNY 20:1 There is already talk among the membership that a victory by this duo would be tainted given the disparity in one partner’s handicap from 2004 to 2005 but the COOiP doesn’t see it, when Selection Committee agreed to give him 22 the taint was removed. Getting more strokes than you’d think they need they certainly should be a factor come Amen Corner, let’s see if they can slip into something a little more comfortable on the veranda. 2005 MASTERS FRIDAY INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT Pairings Sheet (continued) TEE MEMBER MFIT TEAM TIMES NAME HANDICAP SKINNY ODDS 9:23A Paul Dench 23 This charter member and ANN webmaster made history last year winning his third title with an unprecedented third different partner. He’s now trying to write his legacy with a 3rd consecutive title and 4th different partner?! But while his commitment to the MFIT is unwavering can he really focus on Major Championship golf now that he is out of work and in search of another lucrative gouging, that is contract programming, job? He closely followed Bryant U’s quest for a DII hoop title only to see them come up short, you can’t help but think that playing in the final group for the 3rd consecutive year thoughts of coming up short may enter his mind on 18 tee… look out for that pond?! Kevin Donnelly 17 We’re delighted that this still silk deprived charter member is so willing to leave the posh confines of his elitist private club and play on the public links that we all call home. During his trip south this guy got tired of having to stop the cart girl to replenish so he had the on staff doctor install an IV that allowed a constant drip of Bud Light to enter his system to keep his chemical balance on track… The result, he was the only southern swing golfer able to have even a sniff of alcohol on the Sunday we returned, a testament to his resiliency or his problem?! While he escaped scrutiny at selection Committee because of the McGinness debacle, it should be noted that this member’s handicap has gone up a full 3 strokes from his glory days of 2004 – quite a jump considering he plays 50 rounds a year at the enclave known as FRCC. Thanks as always go to this member for securing great tee times at our home course and for bringing along his family’s Hurst to cart off the body bags from the front of 16 green. TEAM SKINNY 25:1 This team is no doubt a force to contend with this year – combining a 3-time champion with an also-ran could be the right combination for victory. It’ll be interesting to see how much “advice” the jacket-less member will try to give the 3-time champion. Good luck boys!