Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jamaican Open - NEW Registration

You need to re-register for the Jamaican Open... starting now. Leave a comment. Don't tell me later how you weren't on the roster.

We're playing at Waterlefe on Sunday, July 15th. That's the day after the GKB tournament. Also... the greens might be a little bumpy but whatever. They were supposed to aerate them on Monday but I doubt that happened due to the rain.

Don't forget Reid has strict guidelines on what color shirt you can wear.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Saturday Carpool

Although we might need to take a boat up to Brooksville... here's a list of the driving situations (that I'm aware of):

Gary B. - driving his 3 guys

Chandler - driving Gorecki, Bito and picking up Geoff on the way

Justin - driving up solo after fat fit camp

Chris - driving solo and leaving immediately after for a birthday party

Robb - driving solo and leaving immediately after for a tea party on his new deck

Reid - driving solo because he hates riding with crackers

As I've mentioned before... I'm leaving at 8am with an estimated arrival of 9am. There's a par 3 course we can play and they have a nice range facility to warm up.

Monday, June 25, 2012

"Check your ego and Tee It Forward"

While checking in to play at my favorite course (Buffalo Creek) last Friday, Chandler pointed out to me a flyer from the USGA they had on display titled "Tee it Forward". As Chandler explained this new marketing campaign the USGA is pushing, the golf pro at Buffalo chimed in as well. Here's a summary of the Tee It Forward idea:

PLAY FASTER...HAVE MORE FUN!
Do you wish your approach shot to the green was just a bit easier? Would you rather hit an iron into the green vs. a fairway wood or hybrid? If you want to play faster and have more fun, move up a set of tees and TEE IT FORWARD!

Many amateurs are regularly hitting approach shots on a par-4 hole from 185 to 205 yards. The fact is , most bogey golfers only hit approach shots generally with any accuracy from within 170 yards. When you TEE IT FORWARD, you have the potential to hit approach shots from 145 to 165 yards. You will be hitting more lofted irons that will help you play faster and have more fun!

Join your friends and look forward to a new, positive experience on the golf course and move up a set of tees and TEE IT FORWARD!

Now Buffalo Creek has its White Tees at 6400 yards (117 Slope) and its Gold Tees at 5800 yds(109 slope). So this is where the golf pro spoke up as he encourages "bogey golfers" to tee it forward on his course. So despite Chandlers making fun of me as usual, we played from the Golds and "Had More Fun" as our 2nd shots were high irons rather than long fairway woods.

So as we continued to discuss this new golf campaign, I asked to look into "teeing forward" our Waterlefe tees from 6200 (130 slope) to 5900 (128 slope)  (see a pattern here?) With much chagrin he obliged as again I contested waterlefe will be challenging enough given water comes into play on every hole.

So now we move to this weeks "Major" at Southern Hills. And guess what Chandler and I debated? The original tees Chandler proposed the blues at 6455 (Slope 128) and I proposed using a mix tees at 6114 (Slope 125). Note this is longer and harder than the whites at 5900 (Slope 123).

SO whats everyone's thoughts on embracing this "tee it forward" idea and still playing the "majors" a little tougher than we normally play? Southern hills itself is a challenging course with is rolling hills and fast greens, so I'm sure with whatever tee box we play from, this course is gonna be tough for us high handicappers.

And to put your "ego in check" I encourage you all to use this chart where it asks you to keep track of the clubs you use for approach shots (3rd shot on Par 5s, 2nd shot on Par 4s, 1st shot on Par 3s) the next time you play. I've obviously embraced the tee it forward idea and hope my game improves and I'll have more fun using this method. Plus I've registered to win 2 tickets to the Ryder Cup by embracing this idea. When I win, I'll definitely take into account who was in support of us teeing it forward.

See ya on the links!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Weather Update

As of 6:30PM, the area around Waterlefe has had less than an inch of rain over the last 24 hours. If you've been watching the weather reports... it was supposed to dump on all of the Tampa Bay area... but didn't.


I'll call the course around 7am tomorrow to ask about conditions. But I expect to be playing. That course should drain pretty well.

Alright... so our luck with weather finally ran out.  I've shuffled the schedule around sightly, moving the Jamaican Open to July 15th. "Just the Tips" now replaces the "Chandler Heritage", which is the day BEFORE our 2nd major.

We still need people to sign up for the Par 3 tournament. Bito? Where you at?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Gorecki Par-3 Shootout Registration

Registration is now open for the Gorecki Par-3 Shootout. Comment if you're playing!

Bring a rain jacket on Sunday. It's going to rain.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Jamaican Open Preview

We're set for 10:00am at Waterlefe this Sunday. A few notes of interest:

- For those of you who haven't played this course... it's awesome. Probably my favorite course at the moment. Hard as shit, so bring LOTS of extra balls.

- We were going to play the BLACK tees (get it?). But Gorecki and the USGA have convinced me to move up to the WHITE tees. It's only a difference of 200 yards... but there's no need to punish the high handicappers in the league. We can do that later this season when we play "just the tips."

- Make sure you look at the Jamaican Flag. Your shirt needs to be one of those 3 colors. Personally, I'm going to buy a shirt just for this tourney (I probably need more anyway). If you don't have a black, yellow, or green shirt... you owe $2 extra to the pot.

- It appears Waterlefe is aerating the greens on the 25th. So we're missing it by ONE day... which is awesome. And lucky.

- Make sure you show up down there by 9:30. We might be able to go out early. Also, bring your groupon things! If you don't have one, there's a bunch of us who have extras you can buy.

US Open Best Ball Results

Thanks to some timely eagles on a very difficult course, Souder and Litman tied for first and will split the $120 pot.

Finishing one stroke behind in third was Geoff and Dan. They get... a pat on the back.

The "British" Open is in six weeks... so we'll do this all again.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Geoff Skins Game = White People Who Can't Add

Ugh. I'm not even sure where to start with this one.

As both groups were waiting to tee off on #10, it was quite comical how the Geoff/Robb/Justin group couldn't figure out who scored what on the front nine. By the time we finished, they had the same issue on the back... with all three of them having three different totals for each other (for various reasons). They finally settled on Justin's scorecard which had Robb and Justin tying straight up (94).

Too bad once I got home and added it up myself, Robb actually had a 93. Even though Justin had each nine totaled correctly (44-49).

But that's OK. It didn't affect the standings. The skins were another matter.

We quickly ran through the scorecard... and probably should have double checked it. Somehow we gave 3 undeserved skins to Reid, shorting myself 2 and Geoff 1. I honestly have no idea how we did that.

So, I know Reid is going to be annoyed that we gave him money... and then took it away... but he's going on the deadbeat list anyway. Everyone needs to check the official scorecard to make sure I'm not just fucking this up more.

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That entire mess overshadows another good day of golf. Robb came in and beat up on us, scoring himself 500 DPT Points and an invitation to the DPT Masters. Geoff finished a couple of strokes behind, with me in 3rd.

Jamaican Open next week. Get yourself a black, green or gold shirt. And Reid is going to be strict on it.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

DPT Open Registration

You can now register for our seasons first major tournament. The DPT Open will be played at Southern Hills Plantation. Greens fee is $40 and entry fee is $10.

Since it's a private club, they're pretty strict on rules and whatnot, but we'll talk about that later. More importantly, they have a great practice facility and a 6-hole par 3 course. Some of us are going to go up there early and play it before our round to warm up.

The field is capped at 8 people, as we can only get two tee times. So sign up now!

Oh... and this course will tear you up. But it's pretty.

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I forgot I had more things to say:

Our schedule has a bye week the weekend of July 28th. There's a group trip going to Key West, but I imagine I'm the only one going on it. So let me know if you all want me to add an event that weekend. Someone needs to step up and make the tee times, and save the scorecards for me. But that's not difficult. I can still calculate the handicaps, etc.

Also we got two spots open for this Saturday.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Rules!

There's a decent little video series on USGA.org explaining some of the more common "rules of golf."

I actually learned a lot. And although our league enforce all these rules stringently... it's kinda good to know. It also gives you an idea why you see things on tour, such as a player hitting from the cart path instead of taking free relief.

US Open

The nation's championship starts tomorrow. If you aren't on the paid list... you're getting the boot from the Best Ball pool.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bito Da Vinci

Since I am bored here is graphical representation of what transpired on hole #6

The first graphic is a Google Maps image with colored dots representing the location of drives.

Teal - Chandler
Pink - Bito
Red - Justin
Yellow - Chris


Next up in full MS Paint glory is the representation of the shoddy course grooming.

Light Green - Fairway
Dark Green - Rough/ Unmowed fairway.
Gray - Cart Path
Black dots - Trees
Yellow dot - Chris's ball.

You are welcome. 

Waterlefe

So I was planning on playing the Jamaican Open at Waterlefe... turns out theres a GREAT Deal Caddy for there today.

$20 and BOGO beer. 

If you don't buy this it'll be $35ish when we play there. So get on it ASAP. Hell... I'll probably buy a few anyway to use later.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Kickoff Open - Results

We got extremely lucky with the course conditions and weather. In what was sure to be a rainy flooded day... turned out to be a sunny damp day.

But Stoneybrook is a very difficult course in dry conditions. And we had soggy fairways that wouldn't roll the ball and washed out bunkers. Not ideal. Despite that, three players grinded out some good scores.

Geoff shot a career best 43 on the front nine to take a 14 stroke lead going into the back. At the turn I considered the tournament over, and the rest of us fighting for 2nd place money and points. But only six holes later, that lead was lost and Geoff was still struggling to finish the round.

My dad was able to catch up thanks to +3 performance on holes 9 through 17. But he choked the day away by putting two tee-shots into the water on the final hole.

Thanks to those collapses and an insanely hot putter, I was able to pull ahead with a career best 36 on the back nine. In fact, I only had 13 putts on that side, which I attribute to not playing with Justin.

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Next week we're playing Northdale for the Geoff Skins Game. There's a tournament going on in the morning so the earliest we can tee off is 12:30pm ($32). I've already booked two tee times, and with Gorecki playing we only have two spots remaining. Bito claims hes got some guys who want to come join for fun... so he better commit before 2 B's and/or the Asians do.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Jamaican Open

Starting registration for the Jamaican Open. We're looking at playing Waterlefe if we can get a good deal (its normally quite expensive). Things to note:

- We're playing the morning after the Summer Sizzle.
- Week 1 and 2 are on Saturday... this tournament is a Sunday.
- Every participant must refer to Reid as "boss."

Comment before the 16th if you're playing.

There are still 2 spots open for week 1... and week 2 is looking like a foursome!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Who's Gonna Win?

Looking at the handicaps, I'm thinking Justin or Geoff.

Justin can take our money if he limits the penalty strokes and shoots 86 or 87. If Geoff plays smart golf and doesn't implode after a few bad shots, I can see him shooting an un-beatable 95 or 96. Both have seen the course so they should remember where they made mental mistakes (ie: #10).

Reid is a dark horse. Because he's dark.

Bito is the odds-on favorite to buy us a pitcher of beer, after the 116 he shot at Stoneybrook two weeks ago.

We still have two spots open.

Don't forget to bring plenty of cash for gambling, and maybe even an extra $10 so you can pay me for the US Open pool.

**Update**
My dad is taking the 7th spot, which means a couple of things.  1) I'm now picking him as the favorite since he can easily go low 80's despite being in a horrible slump.  2) second place now gets money.

Bito is also now OUT... so two spots back open. Ask your friends.

Bito claims he's back in.

Bring a rain jacket. It's gonna rain.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Kickoff Open

Registration is now closed for the Kickoff Open.

We have 6 people signed up, so I've booked two tee times at 10:00 AM. We can still take two more people who want to go play for fun (without handicaps).

Remember to bring cash. Entry fee is $5, winner take all ($30). You'll also need money for the following group specific bets:

Greenies - $1 on each of the par 3s. Closest to pin in the group (must be on the green) wins. The winner must score par or better on the hole. If closest person gets bogey or worse, the next closest person can steal the money.

Long Drive - Longest drive in the fairway wins $1 from every person in the group. Long drive hole this week will be #6.

Sandies - Any time someone gets a par or better from a green-side bunker, they earn $1 from the rest of their group.

Eagles - Any time someone gets an eagle, they earn $1 from the entire field.

Beer Pitcher - Anyone who shoots +10 net of their handicap (82 or worse this week) has to buy one pitcher of beer in the clubhouse.

Write down who got what on your scorecard.  We'll settle up in the clubhouse. Groups will be selected at random before we tee off. See you all there.