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The third annual JDP Invitational was over before it started.

A scheduling quirk allowed Deb “The Diva” Peters to play her round four days prior to the other four competitors in the 18-hole event in Mesquite, Nevada.

Her net 76 at the Palms proved too tough to beat for the others at Casablanca on Friday. Deb, who was taking care of her eight-month old grandson Quin, was left with the luxury of a leader in the clubhouse, getting score updates via text message.

“I realized after nine, I was in pretty good shape for the win,” Deb said. “I thought everyone else would come through, but they didn’t.”

Through nine holes, Sean Walsh was in the best position to overtake The Diva. He made birdies at 10 and 12, but stumbled to a third-place finish with a net 80.

Finishing second was defending champion Jeremy Peters, who was playing on no sleep after flying in that morning. His net 78 included too many early double-bogeys to ever give him a chance to contend.

Laura Walsh was fourth, a net 82 not quite living up to her standards. She did have the excuse of having to play with the Diva’s clubs. Walsh didn’t hit the driver once, failed to master the Diva’s sand wedge, but rolled the ball well with the Diva’s putter.

Inaugural champion John Peters played one of the worst rounds of his life to come in fifth. His net 85 included many poor shots of all variety, some of which he attributed to fatigue on a hot afternoon. 

The reward for winning the JDP is the right to carve your initials in the green candle, which the Diva did while all competitors sipped Baileys on the rocks. 

“I felt like my score intimidated from the very beginning,” Deb said.

Her score at the Palms came in horrid conditions from the red tees, a 115 with a 39 handicap. Deb attributed her putting for the win, and a few nice drives. Her favorite shot was the drive she hit on the ninth hole, a dogleg left over water. She cut the corner on the par-4, a gutsy move she attempted for the first time, and left herself 40 yards from the green. The only competitor with the pleasure of witnessing the feat was John, who agreed with the Diva’s final assessment of the week.

“If you could have seen me play that day, you would know I earned the win,” she said.

DP sets the pace

The third annual JDP Invitational launched in windy, frigid conditions Monday at the Palms Golf Course in Mesquite, where Debbie Peters served as pacesetter for the other four players in the tournament.

Debbie’s 115 from the red tees at the Palms was a net 76 for the 39-handicap who usually plays from a modified senior ladies tee marker that looks suspiciously like the 150-yard marker.

“My putting was back to amazing,” said Debbie, who played with John Peters and pretty much had the course to themselves. “We just had a blast today. I made some awesome putts.”

A net 76 will be tough to beat for the others, who play Casablanca on Friday for the right to carve their initials into the green candle. Defending champion Jeremy Peters will be back with a six handicap, meaning he will need an 81 or better to win. Inaugural champion John Peters comes in with a handicap of 20, making his target score a 95.

Laura Walsh is back as well and not carrying a baby this season, at least not in her belly. Her 18 handicap sets her in position for her first win if she can shoot 93 or better. Sean Walsh added a few strokes to his handicap over the winter, coming in as a nine. Do the math and that means an 84 or better could earn him his first green candle.

 

Final hole seals first JDP for The Scribe

The second annual JDP Invitational was a little more dramatic than the first, with Jeremy Peters edging out Sean Walsh on the final hole to claim the green candle by one stroke.

The title was undecided until the final hole Friday at Casablanca golf club in Mesquite, Nevada, where “El Capitan” was tied with “the Scribe” as they stood on the 18th tee.

“It was pretty cool,” said Jeremy “The Scribe” Peters. “After three days of golf, for it all to come to one hole was exciting and proved the net format of the event worked as intended.”

Sean “El Capitan” Walsh held honors and hit first, his driver shot sailing right and clearing a fairway bunker on its way to the desert brush. 

“It was the first driver I lost to the right all week,” Walsh said.

Peters hit a 4-hybrid down the center of the fairway of the par-4. Walsh couldn’t find his tee shot and dropped with a one-stroke penalty that ultimately would be the difference. Walsh two-putted for a bogey and Peters two-putted for a par that sealed a one-shot victory. Peters, a 6-handicap, shot net scores of 76-72-77 to finish at 225.

“My last putt was about a five-footer,” Peters said. “I wasn’t sure I would make it, so I was relieved to see it roll into the center of the hole. Sean and I have a long history of matches being decided by one stroke, so I wasn’t surprised it came down to the last putt.”

Defending champion John “Ahab” Peters finished in a tie for third with Laura “Lil’ L’Dub” Walsh, who posted some big numbers early in the final round and battled back into contention. John was only one shot behind Jeremy when he took a crippling quadruple bogie on the par-3 14th hole, the same hole Laura made a birdie to gain five strokes.

Jeremy opened the door for everyone when he double-bogied the par-5 15th. A perfect drive led to a wayward second shot that splashed into a water hazard. Sean birdied the same hole for a three-shot swing that tied him with Jeremy overall. The two leaders parred the 16th and both made three-putt bogies on the 17th.

Later, the green candle was passed from John to Jeremy. The candle was lit to burn John’s Mark of “Pappy” from the top of the candle. Jeremy then carved his mark of “JJ” into the candle. Pictures can be seen below, along with complete scores.

Statistical note: Jeremy’s net total of 225 bettered John’s score of 240 the previous year by 15 shots, but the courses used in the second installment of the event were much easier than the ones used the first year.

Final net scores:

Jeremy Peters – 76-72-77– 225

Sean Walsh – 79-72-75– 226

John Peters – 79-71-79– 230

Laura Walsh – 76-74-79– 230

Debbie Peters – 76-81-82– 239

   
    

Ahab is in hot pursuit of second green candle

A benign front nine gave way to a blustery back nine at The Palms golf course Wednesday in Mesquite,  where the Scribe vaulted into first place in the JDP Invitational and Ahab shot the low round.

A hot putter led Jeremy “The Scribe” Peters to a net 72, good enough to move into first place alone with one round to play. John “Ahab” Peters dazzled with bunker play en route to a net 71, pulling into an overall tie for second with Laura Walsh, who fired a net 74. Sean Walsh posted a net 72 and Debbie Peters struggled to a net 81 to sit in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Defending champion John Peters, playing on a newly-constructed left knee, repeatedly found himself in sand traps that may more aptly be called hard-dirt traps, but he made the task look easy, digging out soft-landing, high-arching shots that nestled close to the pin. 

“It was quite a tough day out there in that sun, close to 100 degrees,” Peters said. “I was surprised, making the low round of the day, but it was brought on by that sand wedge of mine. Without that, it wouldn’t have happened.”

The sand wedge was a gift from the participating Walshes. It has a special grind on the sole that makes the shots a little easier from hard sand. 

“If I can make the magic work one more day with that sand wedge, I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up winning the second annual event.”

The final round takes place Friday at Casablanca in Mesquite, where John Peters (18 handicap), will have to overcome a two-stroke deficit to Jeremy Peters (6 handicap) if he wants to repeat. Laura Walsh (18 handicap) is also two shots back and Sean Walsh (7 handicap) is three shots back.

Debbie Peters (25 handicap) is nine shots out of first, but can take consolation in cleaning house on Wednesday’s par-3 skins game. She won two of the four possible skins, with John taking the only other skin.

“It was very thrilling to win two skins today,” said Debbie. “I didn’t play all that well, but it’s all about the money for me, The Diva.”

If john Peters can find a way to win his second JDP, there will be no cash prize, but he will keep his name on the coveted green candle.

“John played really well,” Debbie said. “I was very happy for him, because he has a new knee and he tested it out and did really well, however we may have to break his other knee tomorrow, before the (final) round.”

There may be some practice in John’s plans for Thursday, because he said the final round at Casablanca will be all about the putting.

“If I have a bad time with my putting at the Casablanca, it could be a disaster for me,” John said. 

Lil L’Dub ace kickstarts JDP

With a magical 7-iron shot on the eighth hole at Desert Pines in Las Vegas, Laura Walsh set the highlight standard at maximum height Monday, while grabbing a share of the lead after the first round of the JDP Invitational.

Walsh, known as Lil L’Dub, fired the 113-yard shot into the hole for her first career ace. It was her second eagle of the day, which happened to be her 32nd birthday. 

“I didn’t even know the yardage for sure, but I thought (7-iron) was good enough,” Walsh said. “Nice and straight and it went in.”

The mother-to-be also eagled the par-5 third hole.

“That was probably more magical than the hole-in-one,” Said Walsh, who is due to give birth to her first child in September. “Because I had to hit three perfect shots.”

Walsh crushed a drive, then launched a towering 5-hybrid to within about 10-feet of the third hole, then drained a putt with several inches of break to secure the first eagle. Walsh finished with a 95 on the par-71 layout, putting her in a tie for the lead with a net +5.

Also sitting at +5 are Jeremy “The Scribe” Peters and Debbie “The Diva” Peters, who both opted for the automatic “plus five” rule, which allowed any player to take a score of +5 in the first round without having to hit a golf shot. All players must play round two and three.

Opting to chance it and take their real scores in the first round were John “Ahab” Peters and Sean “El Capitan” Walsh. Both finished at +9 and sit four shots out of the lead with 36-holes to play.

Two eagles in one round will definitely help put Lil L’Dub on track to win her first JDP, but she knows the outcome is far from being decided.

“I was hoping for a better lead, especially with two eagles,” she said. “Sounds like Debbie is right up there on her game. She’s probably the one in the hunt the most.”

The JDP continues Wednesday at The Palms in Mesquite, Nevada.

Welcome to the 2nd annual JDP Invitational

It’s almost time for John “Ahab” Peters and his freshly repaired knee to defend his JDP Invitational title, an opportunity that comes with the end of tax season each year.

This season’s tournament will take place the week of April 27. Please see the rules page above for more details.

The tournament is growing from four players to six. All six invitees get an official tournament nickname that they can feel free to use in their personal and professional life at will.

Last season’s inaugural event started at Wolf Creek, with Laura “Little L’Dub” Walsh racing to an early lead. The usually steady competitor faltered down the stretch, however, allowing Ahab to gain the lead heading into the third and final round.

Jeremy “The Scribe” Peters made a late push during the final round at Coyote Springs but could not overcome Ahab’s play. All four of the inaugural players are scheduled to return, including Sean “El Capitan” Walsh.

New to the field of invitees this year are Debbie “The Diva” Peters and Steve “TheĀ  Sniper” Walsh.