Headline: 2 Times / Possum Team Captures 2012 Goodboys Invitational
(Reuters) – Throughout the week prior to the 2012 Goodboys Invitational, “Possum” Shepter was warning his fellow Goodboys to “watch out for my secret weapon”. While Goodboys and non-Goodboys alike pondered the audacity of Possum’s statement, wondering if he’d bought a new set of clubs or chose to go with a long putter, turns out his secret weapon was his partner, “2 Times” Proctor, who blistered the field on both Friday and Sunday to lead both he and Possum to the 2012 Goodboys Invitational championship.
For Proctor (above left), it was his 2nd Goodboys Invitational championship, for Possum (above right) it was his third. As for how the rest of the Goodboys fared:
* The team of “Deuce” Doucette and “Doggy Duval” McLaughlin went into Sunday’s round only seven strokes behind the leaders but were unable to put up much of a charge, ultimately finishing in second place overall.
* Just like the horse Lucky Dan in the movie “The Sting”, the team of “Killer” Kowalski and “Goose” Dwyer finished in third place. As a result of yet another failed attempt, Dwyer remains saddled with the mantle of “best Goodboy to have never won a Goodboys championship”. ‘Tis the pity…
* The team of “Hulkigan” Tripp and “Cubby” Myerow surprised, riding the curl of steady weekend play by the Hulkster and a very respectable Sunday round by Cubby (who likely will see his Goodboys nickname changed to “Chubby” going forward for reasons known only to those “in the know”!) to finish a very respectable fourth.
* Heavily-favored defending champs “Vegas” Clark and “The Funny Guy” Andrusaitis played solidly on the front nine on Friday at Breakfast Hill, only to see their tee games and (especially in the case of Vegas) their putting game betray them mightily, ultimately leading them to a disappointing fifth place finish.
* Heading up the rear was the team of “Skipper” Bornemann and “The Great White Shank” Richard, who, starting with a disappointing Friday round, never really figured in the weekend’s proceedings.
Meeting with the assembled media afterwards, the winners were both magnanimous and humbled at their feat. ”To win anytime is special,” said Proctor, ‘but to win with a great partner like Possum is great. It’s really beyond words, one of the greatest days of my life.”
For the runner-ups, the feeling was one of close-but-not-enough. ”I feel pretty hungover after Saturday night,” said “Deuce” Doucette. “These were tough courses, and I’m just happy to have survived. Everyone out here was really, really supportive; my partner and I just came up a little short”. Said partner Doggy Duval, ”I’ll give myself props for just coming out this weekend, because until Wednesday I hadn’t picked up a club since last year’s Goodboys. I was just a little bit off my game, but I’m satisfied. Only seven months to go until Goodboys Vegas weekend!”
“Killer” Kowalski wasn’t disappointed with his third-place finish. Killer said “I hit the ball good, I just missed every single putt high. I never hit one. I missed on the high side way too often. I was giving too much break.” Partner Goose, however, was hearing none of that, and accepted full blame for their team’s showing. ”Gosh, I don’t know where that came from. ‘I’ve been playing pretty good golf for a while, but I just never got any scoring going. I’ll take most – but not all – of the responsibility for our team’s play”.
For the team of Hulkigan and Cubby, it was just a matter of patience and letting their games come together over a long weekend. “We had a rough start on Friday but afterwards didn’t play that badly at all”, said the Hulkster. ‘My partner made some mistakes out there on Saturday that were just a little sloppy, but he really turned the screws on Sunday. He played great at Pease, and I’m proud of him.” Cubby agreed, saying, “I played great on Sunday, but I have to tip my hat to my partner. He kept me focused all weekend, and I’m just glad I put up a good number on Sunday so we didn’t finish last.”
For the defending champs it was a weekend of lost opportunities. “We started off hot but somehow lost it when we made the turn on Friday”, said “The Funny Guy”. “We dug ourselves a hole and just never got on track the rest of the way”. His partner “Vegas” was more succinct: “I putted like (bleep) all weekend. My game is ready for a nice long break.”
As for the team of “Skipper” Bornemann and ”The Great White Shank” Richard, it was a weekend of disappointments from the git go. “No excuses”, said TGWS, I didn’t putt well all weekend long, and couldn’t put good holes together. Friday and Saturday my tee and chipping games were really solid, but between my putting and my course management I really let my partner down. And Sunday, fuhgeddaboutit. I was just awful. No excuses.” Partner Skipper agreed, saying, “It was just one of those unfortunate 54-hole stretches where all week everything that should have gone right didn’t and just got progressively worse. We’ll get over it, that’s life”.
It’s perhaps most fitting that the final word of the 2012 Goodboys Invitational goes to new Exec-Com member “2 Times” Proctor, who wrote to the Nation the day after it was all over:
A big thank you to the previous administration for ordering such perfect weather for our tourney. Well done. And thank you also for allowing power to transfer in a bloodless coup instead of forcing us to resort to violence. Really shows the GBs rules still work after all these years.
Only 50+ weeks until the 2013 Goodboys Invitational. Find your games.