|2006 Soller Memorial Golf Outing|
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Best Team Never to Have Won......
After 15 years of playing in the Soller Memorial Golf Outing, the Jones family had acquired a title they didn't want... Best Team Never to Have Won the Soller Memorial.
It wasn't for lack of trying. In fact, Rob retired from Conrail a few years ago just to concentrate on his golf game! But it always seemed like they were one or two shots away. The results each year were accepted with the same self-effacing, calm good-nature that personified the Jones manner.
This year's odds didn't look much better when they graciously agreed to accept a wild-card entry as their playing partner. Turned out that the tournament host and director, Marty, was on the outside looking in at his own tournament! They called a family meeting and agreed to allow Marty to join them with the hope that this would limit Marty's "trash talking" (Chris' words) about their game. They weren't particularly thrilled when they learned that Marty had only played once this year (on his 50th birthday) and was using borrowed clubs (especially when they had been playing at least once a week). The fact that Marty hit his approach shots to the first three greens 20 yards past did little to allay their concern.
Fortunately, the Jones were on their game. Donna, Rob and Chris all sank birdie putts and Rob made a key par-saving putt on #7 with a twisting 15-footer. Marty's sole contribution to that point was a thundering drive on #6 that nearly won longest drive (ok, it wasn't that close, but it felt good!).
Their 3-under score of 27 put them in a playoff with the Aaron Lane, Ben Soller, Evan Horton and Brendan Burgert team. Stacy Lane's team, led by Greek imports Charlie Hoertz and Rachel Lane, and the strong-hitting Becca Lane, narrowly missed the playoff when Stacy's drive sliced off to the right, forcing them to scramble and bogey the 9th hole. The 2-man playoff pitted Evan Horton and Aaron Lane against Chris Jones and Marty Soller. Evan narrowly missed a 4-foot comebacker to three putt, Chris lagged up to two-putt, Aaron lipped out a 3 footer to three putt and when Marty sank his first putt, the Soller Gold Cup was finally headed to Oxford Dr. in Marysville!
"Where did it go?"
As demonstrated by these pictures, that was the most common question asked by these linksters. Fortunately, there was only one reported beaning and Brandon Soller, who passed his EMT test the night before, was on call to attend to any emergencies.
Over $700 worth of prizes were given away at this year's outing. The 13" color TV/DVD player grand prize was won by Ben Soller who donated it to the Adventures for Wish Kids organization. Many thanks to all the generous souls who donated prizes to help make the outing such a success. Thanks to your help we were able to donate over $500 to the Adventures for Wish Kids organization.