Tournament Summaries

Fore Aces Cup Standing through October 3, 2020



Brief announcements: Please look for 1 evite to renew your membership or join as a new member for 2021. Current members, please look for a separate 2nd evite for a members only Boundary Oak outing on Saturday 10/24 with BBQ at my house after. We will discuss 2021 plans and suggestions at the BBQ. Time is tbd until one week before, but I’m hoping for mid morning golf time.

The morning after.

You wake up and after you rub the sleep out of your eyes, reality hits.

Sometimes regret: “What was I thinking? Where am I? Who is this? I shouldn’t have xxxxx.”

Sometimes joy: “What was I thinking? Where am I? Who is this? I’m so glad I chose xxxxx.”

(Haha, funny how the same questions can have vastly different answers)

Oftentimes, it’s a mixture of both joy and regret as so many different things happen during the course of a day.

Let’s just say that it’s good to even have another day and awesome to have had a day filled with golf and friends and good food!

Who said this quote of the day: “All I do is help other people win?” Answer below…If you guessed right, I have a special prize for you.

Lately, I just wake up physically sore and a little mentally exhausted. This morning was no exception. It took a lot out of me to have my golf game peak at the right time yesterday. There were plenty of amazing shots witnessed at the club championship at poppy ridge. Consistent with the theme of 2020, seems all the bad weather and air happen on weekends. Fortunately, we had carts. Some of us brought our “A” game. Most of us didn’t.

6 of 24 players at net par or under. I’ll blame it on the AQI.

But again, I hope everything had a good time escaping the reality that surrounds us.

Biggest turnout of the year with 20 members + 4 guests. Member gifts were handed out at the course yesterday consisting of custom Fore Aces tees and a cooling neck gaiter. (If you are a member and forgot to get one yesterday or were not able to attend, please email me to arrange for you to get these if you want them. We’ll figure out a way to get it to you.) Also, if you are planning to join us as a new member for 2021, you can also receive them while supplies are available.

Biggest turnout = biggest payouts!! We had a new record yesterday for biggest amount won in a tournament. Sorry Sunny, your previous record lasted one event.

Standard individual stroke play was the format since the FA Cup champion was going to be crowned that day.

The side games were MegaSkins and Heist.

“The question on my mind is which top 4 player will be able to withstand the effects of The Cooler and emerge victorious with the FA Cup?”

That was the last sentence from the previous summary email.

We now know the answer: No one is immune to the powers of The Cooler.

Basically, if one of those 4 (Suntae, Paul K, David, Francis) won Poppy Ridge, there was a very high chance they would be the champion.

No one in the foursome other than David shot below net par.

Francis had his worst round of the year yesterday. Coincidence? 87 was his score and I thought it was his gross score. Nope. Net 87. Ouch.

Paul K with net 79. The prolonged exposure from his previous weekend with The Cooler in Vegas took its toll. He was mentally under such duress that he may not have properly recorded a birdie on the back nine that potentially cost him a Megaskin.

Suntae with a 4 putt to limp in with net 75. He worked on his chipping so much that the putter was neglected. Like a bitter ex, it kicked him in the nuts on 18. Could that have made the difference between Champion or not?? Would the wire to wire leader for 2020 finish the deal, or end up like the ’07 Patriots?

David finished with net 70, gross 82. 82 was the magic number for him to shoot for the various side bets he voluntarily made/was coerced into. Funny thing is when you focus so much on that number, sometimes you shoot it. Even though he had a 2 foot putt to hit 81, his thought was “even if I miss it, I’ll still win the side bets.” So… he missed. Shoots 82! Really, the power of the mind…

Would David have become FA Champion if he made that putt?

The unexpected beneficiary of his Cooler effect was myself. He knocked out Paul K and Francis so hard that I jumped up to 2nd place in the FA cup, rising 6 spots with my tie for 1st at Poppy. The good vibes in my foursome let me hit 16 GIR. That’s just craziness. The other tie 1st was my namesake James Lee. He of the eagle on hole 1 and two 30ft putting bombs on 17 and 18 to also finish at net 68. Sorry James, but both you and I are going to feel effects of this round on our handicaps for a while. But it was worth it.

Coming in out of the blue is Nakul at 3rd for net 69. Easily his best showing of the year. Plenty of swing lube got his game in gear for the final event. Still no new clubs yet, but it looks like he may not need stuff. Who are we kidding, we all want new stuff more than we need new stuff.

In a tie for 4th Ted did new things today I haven’t seen him do in 2 years. 2 natural birdies on the day, with one of them being a chip in birdie on hole 2. With those heroic efforts, he, RyanG and Juan won the beers off of me in our foursome. Hope you enjoyed your Modelos.

RyanM was the other player under net par at 71 in 6th place. He started off well, but got derailed after he hit a bomb of a tee shot on the first par 5. I’m sure he was thinking birdie, but when you get a double, your playing partners start to keep >6 feet away because you’re seething in anger. If you follow that double with another double, then it’s just the path toward the stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression. The good news, he climbed out of the depths of despair to shoot gross 39 on the back and reach the 5th stage of Acceptance.

Which brings us to the other tie for 4th, David. With destiny in his hands, the heavy burden of pressure only he himself put on his own shoulders, and 82 on his mind, he walked up to the after round debriefing area looking satisfied. He destroyed his immediate competition within his foursome. Only Suntae the current leader was left looking visibly nervous. Suntae’s fate was in the hands of others. The look of shock when he found out he was tied for 4th was brief but notable. The look of disbelief as Suntae announced the FA Cup results was lingering. The look of conspiracy theorists, like a twin of David Duchovny from the X-files, has permanently taken up residence on his face again. In reality, that look never really left home…

The final FA Cup standings has David at 3rd, 486.5 points. Steve at 2nd, 493.0 points. Suntae is the 2020 FA Champion golfer of the year with 532.88 points! The first wire to wire winner in the 11 year history of Fore Aces. He tied for first in March of this year (which seems like sooooo long ago) and never lost his #1 position. Congratulations!!!! David wins 2021 membership should he choose to accept the prize. There were threats of him not wanting to join next year because his theories of conspiracy have been resurrected. If he chooses not to receive the prize, it will go to Paul K, 4th position. Steve wins $50 and 2021 membership. Suntae wins $100 and 2021 membership.

Answer to Quote of the day: “All I do is help other people win” – David Chung

For those curious, recent past FA Cup results

2019: Apple, Steve, Paul K, Chuck

2018: Steve, Suntae, Rhee, Paul K

2017: Erwin, Suntae, Apple, Rhee

2016: Erwin, Paul, Rhee, Pete Y

2015: Apple, Suntae, Paul K, Steve

As expected for a big skins game, it would take exceptional shots/scores to actually win a skin. I didn’t think it would start right away on hole 1 though. Geez, James Lee holed out his approach shot for natural eagle to win the first skin. It was one of those funny situations where you can’t find the ball around the green until someone finally checks the hole and there it is! Probably at the same time, I was witness to a chip in birdie from Ted on hole 2 for the second skin. I’ve played with Ted several times and can’t remember that happening before.

In the same group as James and Chuck, Eric holes out for a natural eagle of his own on hole 12! The crazy thing is I’m not sure how he did it coming from the 13th fairway though. Should we count it? Lol, It must be secret strategy for playing that hole! But hey, you take your lucky breaks in golf. Speaking of another lucky break for another skin, hole 15 Ted pushes his drive a little right on that hole that drops down all the way to the green. It’s heading toward the right bunker, but somehow catches the cart path and rolls down past it about 30 yards further. He then hits his approach shot from an awkward sidehill lie to 30 feet and drains a big breaking right to left putt for his second natural birdie of the day. Again, I don’t remember Ted having 2 birdies in a single round before! Congrats Ted as the only multi-skin winner of the day.

No other drama except for Paul Kim. Now that’s a phrase that’s getting old.

Hole 9: Chuck reached that par 5 in two with a 3 wood from over 200 yards away. He 2 putted for natural birdie. Paul Kim also had a fantastic birdie on hole 9. When I was announcing the skins winners, I said that Chuck won 1 skin for eagle. But Paul reminded me that he also made net eagle on 9, but I assumed Chuck had won because he had extra strokes on Paul. At home after dinner, I rechecked the Megaskins spreadsheet and Paul and Chuck actually did tie with net eagle on 9. So in a panic, I sent Paul texts in the evening with a big mea culpa and offering to make amends. This morning, I triple checked the Megaskins spreadsheet and found out I was initially right because the skin Chuck won with a net eagle was actually hole 13 and I had correctly accounted for the tie on hole 9. So Paul, I apologize for the early morning texts explaining the proper initial Megaskins announcement and payout! Then I get his reply and he states that he also birdied another par 5 on the back nine, hole 14 and he should have won a skin there with net eagle. But when John Rhee was dictating the hole by hole scores to me to enter into the spreadsheet, it was read to me as a 5 for par, not 4 for birdie. It remains strange even after I quadruple checked the spreadsheet. His gross score for back nine was recalled as 46, the scores with a par add up to 46, the scores with a birdie would add up as a 45. With that birdie that has been verified to have occurred by his playing partner, he would indeed have won 1 skin with the net eagle for that hole. Where was the error? Paul, Rhee?? After briefly conferring with the officers of the club, the decision was made to honor Paul’s Megaskin with paid 2021 membership, and have the other Megaskins prize winners stay the same. Congrats Paul!

Megaskins CTP was Zinfandel 2. Slightly into a breeze, a solid knockdown 8 by Steve edged out Knight by a few feet to take the prize.

Standard CTP was a little funny. Apple John was in the first group and was in charge of setting up all the par 3 markers. Who knew it would be his name on both par 3s of Chardonnay all the way up til the last group? A fantastic shot to the back edge of the green on Chardonnay 7 to keep one of them. But Suntae took Chardonnay 3 with a closer shot on the long downhill hole. The sleeve of 2013 ProV1x year was a great year for that model that you won.

But really, the shot of the day (and the outfit of the day) belonged to Juan. His upbeat attitude is contagious and certainly helped my golf game yesterday. In our Fore Aces games, we know that even if you don’t shoot a good score, one good swing can bring home some money. Thomas laid the first target for Heist on hole 16 about 15 feet below the hole but we didn’t see a birdie conversion. Our third group saw all of the second group unfortunately miss the green from 105 yards out. We did see John Rhee almost hole out his chip shot for birdie, but a reminder for Heist is that your birdie must be from ON the green to steal it. All four players from our group hit the green. Ryan G would have had the biggest regret if he had made his birdie putt since he chose not to play Heist. Subconsciously, I think he missed his putt on purpose. Ted and I grazed the edge of the hole. Which left Juan the closest to the pin at around 8 feet. He hit a towering wedge which left his ball halfway buried into the green! None of the players in the remaining 3 groups got closer to the pin nor made any birdies. So Juan now holds the record for most money won in a tournament with a $380 shot! Congratulations!!!!

Full Results:

Low net 1st, tie: James and Steve, $50 each

Low net 3rd: Nakul, $40

Low net 4th: David, $20

CTP Ch3: Suntae, $20 plus vintage 2013 proV1x

CTP Ch7: Apple John, $20 plus more recent proV1x

CTP Z2 Megaskin: Steve, $100

Heist Z7: Juan, $380

Megaskins: James $60, Eric $60, Chuck $60, Ted $120

*Megaskins*: Paul 2021 membership

Please look forward to 2021!



Fore Aces Cup Standing through June 2020

FA Cup 2020 June

So…I show up early to finalize the details for Saturday’s tournament round and am walking to the pro shop.

What a coincidence when I run into James Lee whom we know from playing many rounds together.

“Hi James! Great to see you. Are you playing with your other golf group today?”

–“Hi Steve. Nice hair. I wish I could look as good as you. But no, I’m playing with you guys, Fore Aces.”

–“Yeah, you guys are having a tournament today. I got the Evite and it’s on my calendar on my phone.”

“But we have 16 already. I didn’t see your name on the Yes list on the Evite.”

–“But I put in on my phone. See, here it is.”

“Uh, just because you put it on your phone doesn’t mean you’re on the player list for today. Let me explain how Evite works….”

Long story short, Poppy doesn’t allow 5-somes. But there was a group of 3 following the ForeAces group. I joined up with some really nice guys and one of them (JJ, from San Jose) is interested in joining our group for the future!

It was a gorgeous day. Great weather. The wind picked up only for a few holes.

I hope everyone had a good time. I’m always open for game suggestions and comments to improve our experiences.

“Oil and Water:” This was a new 2-man tournament format that’s a twist from 2-man net better ball. Lots of strategy since both partners had to arrange placement of their handicap dots to take advantage of their strengths and weaknesses. Some teams did this better than others. I couldn’t even venture to guess what the winning score would be. I was thinking it would be around -8. How could I have guessed that the winning scores would be -15 and -16 and that the last minute 17th player would be part of the winning team? Well James was gracious enough to share his winning prizes with me for pairing him up with one of the guys who had a hot hand yesterday.

I want to send my thanks to Pete for leaving a trail of Coors Light cans every third tee box so that I would not lose my way bringing up the rear. They were like beacons of ice cold refreshment to keep me motivated for the round. Just when the previous can was emptied, a new can took its place, fulfilling the circle of life.

I also want to send my condolescences to Pete. It must have been the shortest amount of time someone held on to a par 3 closest to pin Money Shot during one of our tournaments. While I was on the 15th green, I hear lots of yelling from the 16th tee as Pete beat John Rhee’s CTP of 6 feet with his own shot inside 4 feet. As Pete was about to count his $60, John steps up and hits his ball inside 2 feet. More yelling from Pete, but it was for mature audiences only.

If anybody knows a good exorcist, Suntae has some demons he needs to get rid of after shanking his chip shot into the water on 18 to finish with a triple bogey. That’s going to haunt him for a while.

Paul, I hope your blisters on your feet heal up well. Walking 27 in new shoes may be why you didn’t seem to play your best. Or it could’ve been the new driver. Or playing with David “the cooler” Chung.

Speaking of David, I’ve still got my eye on you. I’ll keep letting you play with 21 clubs in your bag but only if you carry your bag next time. No push carts of riding carts. I need you to get into regulation 14 clubs, or you might continue your tradition of being disqualified for the FA Cup year end prizes. Just sayin….

Best quote I heard on Saturday:

“Well, duh!!” After one player said to his partner that they play so much better when they know they’re going to get bailed out after a bad shot or a bad hole.

Next outing: Saturday 7/11 at Callippe, 11:03. I will send the evite out shortly. Please read the details on the evite for specific instructions.
James, ask one of your kids how to use the internet and let me know if you will be playing next month!

Results. (also updated FA Cup standings for the year long prizes can be viewed at

“Oil and Water”

Who let this guy in: james/john -16 $80 (steve took part in their winnings)

Hail Mary: pete/paul y -15 $60

Area 51: david/paul k -15 $60

Let it Go: chuck/mike -12

Friends with benefits: suntae/perry -11

No Boundaries: juan/john -8

Trust the Process: henrik/johannes -5

Glad you’re finally playing with us: nakul/sunder -5

Flying Solo: steve -4


James Lee and Steve Lee, sleeves of Callaway Chrome Soft balls

Juan Mesta and John C Kim, $60 each

FA low net 66, David Chung $40

FA low net 67, John Rhee $20

68, John “Apple” Kim

70, Pete

71, Steve

72, Henrik

75, Nakul Lele

75, Paul Yun

76, Suntae

79, Johannes

81, Chuck

82, Juan

83, Paul Kim

Guest gross scores:

78 James

79 Perry

91 Sunder

95 Mike


Fore Aces Cup Standing through May 2020

2020 May FACup Standing

2020 May Tournament Results

I’m not happy.
First of all, WTF Paul??? Net 60? really?
Second, how did James get involved with our group? Another net 60?
Third, who was the idiot that paired those two guys together on the same team? (sadly, no one to blame for myself)

Metropolitan cooperated with the weather. Just enough breeze and wind to affect some shots, but not enough to make it silly.
Truly, it was nice to get out and play as a group again. The next step will be to hope we can eat and drink together after a round sitting down at a restaurant instead of the parking lot.

Saturday 6/20 is the next planned outing. Venue TBD, depending on the shelter rules in the different counties. I send the info via evite so please look for it in the next couple of weeks.

FA members low net: Paul 60 $40
second low net: Suntae 63 $20

Team: Talladega Nights (only first place counts)
-45?!?! Rhee, Paul, James, Chuck (when 2 guys shoot net 60 each, what can you do?)
$80 prize for the team!
-30 Suntae, Francis, Ted, Apple
-29 Steve, Ryan, Ron, Pete
-26 Knight, Sean, Johannes, Juan
Every other team was close together, but these guys were just exceptional today!! Congrats!

CTP: Affirmative Action (you can only use one set of tee boxes once and once only, Black/Blue/White/Red)
#5: Johannes
#7: James (Birdie converted!!)
#12: Suntae
#15: James (Birdie converted!!)
Suntae was CTP on 5 and converted his birdie until Johannes sniped his tee shot closer
$60 for each CTP with extra prizes today; and one sleeve of balls for the birdie conversions by James and Suntae

Results: **guest, net/gross
Paul 60/75
**James 60/70
Suntae 63/76
**Ted 66/82
Rhee 67/78
Apple 68/83
Pete 68/82
**Ron 70/90
Knight 71/78
Johannes 71/94
Chuck 73/90
Francis 74/89
Ryan 74/86
Juan 74/93
Steve 74/79
Sean 79/90

Alright. I’m no longer bitter. Golf is golf. Congratulations on a lot of good scores today! Updated FA Cup standings will be up soon on our website:

Look for the evite for the next outing for Saturday 6/20, course TBD.

Fore Aces Cup Standing through October 2019 – Final

FA Cup 2019


We have completed our final tournament of the 2019 at Poppy Ridge on Saturday under perfect playing conditions – warm, clear skies and very little wind.
This was our second and final major tournament of the year, with a chance to win championship and the prestigious Fore Aces Cup.

Before the day began, Steve Lee was in the lead with 530 points on the FA Cup leaderboard, with Paul Kim in second place at almost 100 points behind Steve, and Apple John in third place closely behind Paul.
Since Steve was absent from the tournament, John & Paul had mathematical possibilities to leap ahead of Steve with a win at Poppy.

The tournament was kicked off with a red hot start by Paul Yun in the first group, who made five straight pars in a row. He started getting really nervous after realizing that he was only 2 over par through 11 holes – an outstanding performance for 15 handicapper – before his handicap caught up to him with a punishing string of triple-bogeys.
Ryan’s guest Josh was a power hitter who had a handsome bushy red beard where he hides his tees. Suntae was busy cheering on Paul Yun while admiring Josh’s beard.

John Knight in the second group was full of confidence after just returning from from Wailea where he shot one of his best rounds of this life. However, he left his island mojo on the Hawaiian island and could replicate the magic.
Great performance by bounty hunter Dave Chung, with laser sharp pin-seeking irons shots to own the Par 3s with a CTP, the money shot and a couple of skins.

The real match was between the two leaders Apple John and Paul Kim in the final group.
Apple had a hot start with a couple of pars and leaping ahead of Paul by 4 shots through eight holes. John finds water on the 9th to make a triple-bogey, and the match suddenly became a tight race. In the back nine, Apple continued to play steady golf while Paul faltered with a couple of triple-bogeys and fell behind. Paul makes a late birdie on the 15th, and Apple makes another triple-bogey on the 18th hole.
Apple finishes the round with 87 (net 70) which was good enough for a 2 stroke win for the championship and eventually the FA Cup. Congratulations Apple John Kim!

Here are the final results.

Apple . 87/70 – 1st place
Ryan – 84/72 – 2nd
Pete – 88/73
Chuck – 91/73
Suntae – 84/73
Paul Yun – 89/74
Knight – 86/77
Rhee – 89/78
Paul Kim – 95/81

Dave – 83/71
Josh – 101/82
Peter Labreche – 100/76

Pete with 5 megaskins; Apple, Dave, Chuck, Knight and Paul Kim winning 2 skins each

Your tournament scores have already been posted to NCGA.

Attached is the final tournament and FA Cup results.

Fore Aces Cup Standing through September 2019

September 2019 Summary

Hello all
First things first: Final October event is a Major event, with 1.75x Fore Aces Cup points.
Check for the current Cup standings.
There could be big changes to the current top 5 players depending on Poppy Ridge results.
The Cup is our year long event with final prizes for top finishers, including paid club fees for 2020.
October 26
Poppy Ridge
11:50 am start times
16 spots
Closest to pin prizes will be sleeves of ProV1x balls (yeah, we’re bringing the bling for the final Major)
Evite will be sent shortly
Bridges Summary:
Our penultimate event has just been completed.  When we were scheduling for the Bridges, internally we were thinking we might only get like 8 players because of the love/hate (mostly hate) perception of this course.  Who knew we would fill at 16 players with a 2 person waitlist!
It was a cooler than average day, but bright and challenging.
Things got off to an interesting start as Peter LaB of group 4 had a natural birdie on hole 1, equating to a net double eagle!!  Craziness.
Then somewhere along the way, group 2 lost track of group 1 and group 1 started using the golf course as a driving range waiting for them.
Two players in group 3 started hydration early.  And often.  And then things got kind of fuzzy.  And that’s why it’s a short summary.
But as mentioned before, I have become a big fan of Stableford scoring.  No more stress of grinding over a putt for double bogey. Anything over a net bogey is 0 points.  You can just pick it up. This can also speed up play.  The Modified Stableford scoring system only rewards good scores without penalizing bad ones.
20 points, Peter Yang, $40
18 John Knight, $10
18 John Rhee, $10
17 Suntae
17 Chuck
17 Juan
16 Paul K
16 Steve
15 John Apple K
14 Ryan
13 Paul Y
27 Peter LaB
27 John Scivally
18 Mitch
9 Ted
Closest to Pin: Knight, Ryan, Chuck
$$$ shot: Chuck! (It was like within 3-4 feet), $60
Team Best Ball: Tie, Group 4 and Group 3
Team 2nd best ball: Group 3
Group 1: 36 points/19 points
Group 2: 27 points/19 points
Group 3: 44 points/20 points
Group 4: 44 points/18 points
If you would like to be removed from this email list and evite list, reply to me by email.
Steve, Fore Aces prez

Fore Aces Cup Standing Through August 2019

Aug 2019 Summary

Fore Aces Metropolitan results and 9/7 next outing at Bridges

Metropolitan results:

Thank you to all who were able to participate this past weekend. It was breezy, but there were lots of good scores to be had. We had a fun set of games to play. First I want to say I’m a big fan of Stableford scoring since you don’t have to worry about anything worse than a net bogey. Also, with a partner game format, rewarding points when both partners play well on the same hole is always more fun. Having said that, I finished out of the money in FWB by 1 measly point. Ah well. I wish I didn’t top that drive on 17…

I will post the scores.

Next outing:

Saturday 9/7, morning tee times at Bridges in San Ramon

Details to come on the evite.

FA cup results: 1st 3 way tie: Ryan, Paul K, Paul Y, $20 each

Frienemies with Benefits

1st Suntae $60

2nd Paul K $40

3rd Apple $20

CTP #7 Money shot: Steve $60

CTP #15 Money shot: Pete $60

CTP #5 sleeve of balls: Suntae

CTP #12 sleeve of balls: Paul Y

Name Net Gross Stab FWB

Suntae 69 81 30 53

Paul K 69 84 34 51

Apple 73 89 22 48

Steve 72 77 28 47

Ryan 74 85 34 46

Gary 71 88 27 46

Paul Y 73 88 34 43

Joe 75 99 20 43

Pete 72 89 30 42

MJ 78 94 20 32

Henrik 87 105 10 28

Chuck 77 95 xx xx