Have you missed Strokes Gained Retired? It’s been almost a month since I was heading to the Tour on the Shore opener at Bay Creek in Cape Charles, VA ready for the first big tournament of the year. I got the practice round in that Friday and never played the weekend. In fact, I’ve only played a few rounds of casual golf over the past month. Sometimes life just comes at you from all sides at once. We (Sue & I) been through a series of personal and family issues that have basically sidelined everything else so that we could focus on more important things. With that, I’m happy to say that we’re back and optimistic about the future. There’s still stuff going on on – as there is with every family – but it seems the worst is over.
My tournament season opens this weekend at Bay Creek in Cape Charles, VA. I’m driving down tomorrow for a practice round and then we play the Nicklaus Course Saturday and the Palmer Course on Sunday. The weekend rounds are also qualifiers for the UA Tour finals to be held in Ocean City, MD in June. The weather looks tough for Friday, but the temperature gets into the 50’s over the weekend, but the wind will blow 20-30 mph. Continue reading
I took a new approach to my golf yesterday. The weather continued to get warmer, but the wind was blowing. 15-20mph on the first 9 and 20+ after we made the turn. It was time to think about just hitting shots and not the score. Not really deep thinking, but I’m feeling I’ve become too focused on my score and needed to “free it up.” How’d it work out? Continue reading
After my play in Florida last week, I came to Cripple Creek yesterday (Thursday) with no expectations other than fun with the boys and great weather. The temps made it to 65 degrees, the sun shined, and the boys had fun. Hagen, Pip, and I took on Glen, Mike, and Horton playing 1 best ball on the odd numbered holes and 2 best on the even. In addition, we played a 9 point match within our threesome in order to have some action going beyond the team match. Continue reading
I waited until I returned from Florida to post a blog about the Member Guest Tournament at Fiddlesticks. There was a lot going on between golf, a show, dinner’s out, etc. and I wanted to try and do the long weekend justice. John and I both played poorly, but showed moments of brilliance – isn’t that usually the case? We ended up 5th in the first flight, well out of the lead – but had a chance to win $1,000 in the final shootout – more about that later. Continue reading
Yesterday, I arrived at the Philadelphia airport at 3:15AM for my 5AM flight to Florida and naturally the American Airlines ticket counter was not open to check-in my bags. The queue was about 30 people – not really ready for lines at this time of the morning, but being able to play golf for four days in Florida will ease the “anger” level.
The flights went well and I arrived in Fort Myers on time to be picked up by my host and friend – John Pearson. John is a former member of Cripple Creek and lives full-time in the Fiddlesticks community. Playing to a 7.7 index, John can chip and putt like a champ and he showed it during our practice round today.
We teed off at 11:50 on the Lock Ness course, which had been recently rebuilt and just reopened in January. John and I are the 6th seed in the first flight, named the St. Andrews Flight and are playing from the #2 tees. Our first match is against the #1 seeded team at 12:30 today.
For the practice round, we played with Rich and his guest Alan. Alan (11.8 index) plays out of Grey Oaks and Rich is (6.7 index) is also on the Board at Fiddlesticks. They played from the #3 tees at 5600 yards, while John and I were at 6100. Just to keep it interesting, we played a $5 Nassau with strokes falling as they were marked on the cards.
I started out well with a birdie and a bogey over the first 5 holes, but I was slowly wearing down. Only 3 hours of sleep and a long flight began taking it’s toll as I bogeyed the last 4 holes on the front, only hitting 1 fairway and 0 greens in that stretch. John was solid and kept us in the match with his putting and chipping so we made the turn 1up.
The back nine began with a solid tee shot and wedge to 15 feet, where I promptly 3 putted to lose then hole. A bad tee shot left and missed green was followed by another 3 putt and we were down 2 on the back. After settling down with 3 straight pars, I limped home with a 42 on the back to shoot 82. John was strong shooting 75 and single handily won the back nine and match for us.
My highlight of the day was a 3 wood into the wind from 230 over water on the par 5 finishing hole to about 25 feet for eagle. Naturally, I three putted for par (called it from the fairway unfortunately- bad karma). 39 putts for the day and only 9 fairways and 9 greens in regulation.
I’m headed to the range and putting green this morning to get ready for our first match. Let’s see if I can turn this around or if I’m going to rely on John for this tournament.
Before I go, a huge shoutout to Marriott Hotels. I left my kit in the bathroom at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott which contained my meds, etc. The staff turned it in and they agreed to send it FedEx to me at Fiddlesticks. It arrived at 7:30 this morning.