Monday, April 29, 2013

Fazioli Match Play - Recap

The final regular season tournament was a massacre. Chandler shot what is probably his first ever double-bogey free round to set a new record for lowest net score in a DPT event (62, minus 10).

The rest of the league was mostly bunched up around net-par, but the DPT Cup remains with Chandler for at least one more season.

As for the match play... Chandler crushed Darren 7&5. Gary hooked a tee shot into the water on 17 to lose to Reid 2&1. Faz choked on 18 to lose to Geoff 1 Up. And Ben used three birdies to beat Geoff 4&3.

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With the league championship already decided... and everyone's schedules not allowing us to go out of town... we're going to play the DPT Masters on the morning of Mother's Day, May 12th. Location TBD, but let me know if you're IN.

Next season will start up at the end of June and run through August. I'll be emailing you asking what dates you 100% can't play... so go prepare your calendars. Even though we probably can't accommodate every scheduling conflict, I'll do what I can.

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Comment any changes you want to see for next season. Right now we've decided that an eagle is worth $2 from every player in your group. And we're re-defining a sandie to be: "an up-and-down from a greenside bunker resulting in a par or better."

We've mentioned split-tees before... but that's an entire can of worms we should probably debate on a new post, if in fact the longer hitters want to do it. I can't imagine they would, but you never know.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Match Play Change

After talking to Faz and Geoff yesterday, both think we need to play 80% of handicaps for the match play. This is regularly done in tournaments, and almost always done in Skins Games.

The reasoning is that stroke play handicaps work over the course of an entire round, where a better player can pick up chunks of ground in one hole. But in match play, this can't happen since blow-up holes only cost one point.

The parings sheet is now updated. Feel free to post your thoughts, if your name isn't Gorecki.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Saturday Tee Time Moved

Dan backed out... and since he was the only reason causing us to play at 1:45pm, we've moved the tee time up an hour.

12:45pm at Stoneybrook in Bradenton. I got a car leaving my house at 11:15pm with my dad and Geoff in it. Faz, you want a ride or will you miss your hippie band if you don't go straight from the course?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Match Play Matchups

Here is a list of the matchups this weekend.

Last week when we got to Cypress Creek, I realized they had re-rated the course in 2013 (which changed the slope and handicaps). Assuming the slope at Stoneybrook is still 132, you can use that above link to see what holes you're getting/giving strokes on.

Yes, Geoff gets two strokes on #11.  (You know if you're coming, G?)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Early Bird - Recap

The Early Bird Classic finally claimed a victim when Faz didn't operate his alarm clock correctly, missing the tournament and knocking himself out of championship contention.

The other victor was Cypress Creek, who continued to be a beast of a course. Chandler was lapping the field until he got a 10 and 6 (both double-par) on back to back holes. The front nine finished with Geoff up 5 strokes (net), and cruising to his first tour win this season. But he only recorded one par on the back nine, while Chandler had six in a row to finish with a round of 86 (68 net).

Chandler's 3rd victory of the season ended the title hopes of everyone in the league except Darren and Reid. He can officially retain the DPT Cup with a 1st place finish at the Fazioli Match Play.

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Saturday (4/27) we're playing at Stoneybrook (in Bradenton) at 1:45pm 12:45pm. Keep in mind the late start time... and that there are three different courses around here named Stoneybrook. Go to the correct one. I'm sure I'll have a couple of spots in a car for anyone who wants to carpool.

Cost is a whopping $25. The course is challenging and should be in good shape.

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Later this week I'll post up the parings for match play. As a reminder, the tournament works like any other one, with the stroke play winner getting 500 points. However, you will be paired with someone based on current rankings. If you beat them in match play you'll get a bonus 100 points.

As of right now ALL top 8 players in the league are signed up. There's a chance Geoff won't be able to make it, in which case Scuba Steve is in. In either case, it only affects who Ben is playing.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Torrey Pines (North and South)

This is the third year of my "go play a PGA Tour course" adventure with my dad. Southern California was an obvious choice since I have an aunt and uncle out there... and my sister's family is currently stationed there as well. So we decided to play both courses at Torrey Pines, home of the Farmers Open.

South Course

The first day we played the South Course, which is significantly more famous than the North Course. Three of the four rounds at the Farmers is held here, as well as the 2008 U.S. Open. So this is the first course I've ever played that hosted a Major Championship.

The rough wasn't grown out, but from the white tees it plays 6,628 yards. It was nasty, and definitely not the course to metaphorically lose your driver on (which I did). Two par-4s were 440+  (again, from the white tees), so you're really just playing for bogey most of the time.

It was a little surprising how many holes were NOT on/near the Pacific Ocean. Given the property, they could have done a much better job constructing a layout that maximize the view.

Par-3, #3 - hitting downhill toward the ocean.

The highlight of my round was #18, one of the more memorable finishing holes in golf thanks to Tiger Woods' U.S. Open heroics. Going into that hole I was tied with my dad in net score (down one in gross). A driver and 3-wood left me about 115 from the pin, which I stuck a PW 8 feet from the hole. I finally made a putt for birdie to win by two net (one straight up). The old man still hasn't recovered. I finished with a round of 94.


North Course

The next day we took on the North Course. It was more scenic, more enjoyable, and cheaper than the famous South Course. The PGA uses it for one round during the Farmers because the pros find it too easy. But for amateurs like myself, it plays a respectable 6,327 from the white tees. I still couldn't hit a driver, but scrapped my way to an 86 after making par on the final five holes.

#13 - Long uphill par 4, and the prettiest in Torrey Pines.

That was good enough to crush my dad, bringing my record to 6-0 against him (straight-up and net) on PGA courses.

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Overall, Torrey Pines is a great experience. It's immaculate, but has this really weird public course feel (it's one of the only city run courses that have ever hosted a PGA Major). The North Course was by far a better value, but you have to suck it up and attempt to survive the South at least once in your life. If you ever find yourself in San Diego... go to the course on a weekday in the early morning. Put your name on the waiting list. You'll get a tee time.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Gorecki Par-3 Shootout - Recap

Collectively as a group, we tore up Countryway. The official scorecard shows a lot of birdies, and not a lot of max scores.

Darren hung on to win his second tournament of the year with an impressive gross 79, despite going +10 over the last six holes.

Reid and Chandler tied for second place again... both leaving a few shots out on the course (which is always the case for all golfers).

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Before the tournament Sunday, Gorecki told me I should take people out to the infamous Gorecki Spot (on #5) and see if people can recreate his debacle. Kinda like everyone is doing at Augusta in Bubba's Forrest on #10 (that name should stick).

Coincidentally, I drove a 3-wood to almost the exact same spot. But unlike Gorecki, I put an 8-iron 10 feet from the hole and made par. Oh well. I'm not as tragic.


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The season leader board is getting tight. Right now only Chandler, Darren and Reid have a shot at the title. But with three tournaments left, only Steve A. is mathematically eliminated. That should drastically change after this Saturday.

Our last regular season tournament is on April 27th. It's a normal tournament with a match-play bonus of 100 points. This means we can only take the top 8 players who can attend, since there must be an even amount for matches. Comment if you're IN... and actually tell me if you're OUT so I won't be left guessing.

The location and time will be TBD by Faz. But that doesn't really affect your decision to play.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Reid has been very bad...

So Reid RSVP'd today for the par-3 tournament at 3pm. Which is less than two days away from an event we already filled up.

I was able to call and get us a 3rd tee time, and Souder agreed to join that. So we're playing at 9:30am, 9:36am, and 10am. We can STILL take one more person since Reid is apparently bringing his 18 year old nephew to watch.

A few things:

1) If you're playing in a tournament, you can't be saying you're in less than a week away from it.

2) There's ONE spot open for next week on the 20th, and I still haven't heard from Ben or Reid on that. First one to comment is in.

3) Next week we're playing Cypress Creek at 8am. Be there.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Two B's Early Bird Classic

Saturday, April 20th. We're gonna play super early in honor of Robb, who I don't think can even play with us that day.

Regardless... I need to book the tee times in a few days. So who is IN??

Press that "comment" button... and let me know.

We'll probably go down to Cypress Creek because they have some decent early morning deals ($34ish).

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With 7 official league members playing this weekend, everyone but last place will get points. Don't let it be you. Granted... 5th and 6th place aren't really getting anything to write home about. But it could make a difference in the standings.

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This is your LAST reminder to sign up for our Master's Pool. If you want in... go here and follow the directions. Then pay me money before Thursday via PayPal.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Hangover Invitational - Recap

The bar Friday night was a lot of fun, with most of us staying well past 1am to celebrate Faz's birthday.

Sometime during the back nine, I probably "won" the hangover portion of the event. But Reid definitely won Friday night, by throwing up all over the interstate on the way home.

As for golf... DPT rookie Ben played in his first official tournament... and proceeded to beat the shit out of us. Tell your friends dreams do come true. He shot a lights-out 77 (gross) to finish with a net 67. Reid also played well for the second week in a row, getting 2nd place with a net 70. Birthday boy Faz got solo third.

With Chandler and Darren finishing out of the points (again), the leader board got even tighter. Geoff is technically still in the running... but his game says otherwise.

Remember... in order to have a shot at the title... you must be within 600 points of the leader going into the final tournament.

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We are NOT going out of town for a weekend due to scheduling conflicts. I'll email everyone on Monday with open dates, and we'll pick two for a two day tournament. After the 2nd day, we should all go out that night or something as a league. Maybe dinner?

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The Gorecki Par-3 Shootout is this upcoming Sunday. First tee time is at 9:30am. Greens fees are a whopping $18 after tax. Which makes me wonder if they've punched the greens or something. Either way... we're playing at Countryway so I'll see you then.

Master's BBQ afterward. Check the Facebook invite. Everyone seems to be in except Dan... and we got a lot of non-league members coming to hang out and watch golf. Gonna be fun.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Gorecki Par-3 Shootout

Sunday the 14th is everyone's favorite tournament! No... not the Masters. The Gorecki Par-3 Shootout!

Put that driver away and get out the 150 yard club! We're going back to Countryway and playing in the morning.

Comment if you're playing so I can book the tee times. We should easily have a full field for this event.

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Don't forget we're throwing a BBQ to watch the final round of the actual Masters after we golf. Everyone in the league should have been sent an invite to that. Don't forget to RSVP on the Facebook page so we know how many pimento cheese sandwiches to make.

We'll have lots of snacks, but bring whatever you want to drink or cook on a grill.

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See you all Friday night! Ben is making his first official start in the league. And with 2,700 possible points remaining... he can still win the season. Huffman will also be playing with us (his birthday is Thursday).

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So far EVERYONE who has responded says they can play the finals the weekend of May 18th at World Woods. Everyone except Reid... who said he can do any weekend other than that. So I'm not sure what to do about that since it's not like Reid is out of the running. I'm assuming nobody can do Memorial weekend... which leaves the first weekend of June? That's pushing the finals pretty damn late. REID! What's your deal, yo? Someone out there smarter than me solve this issue.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Hangover Invitational - Update

We're set for 9:57am at Quail Hollow.

Yep... last time I was there in May of 2012, I vowed never to return due to the horrible conditions of their greens. Well... it's been almost a year and they can get us on in the AM for $43 after tax. So let's try it out.

Plus, if the greens are shit... it'll match how I'll probably feel on the inside.

White tees, should be 120 slope.

See you all at Taps on Friday night.

DPT Championship - Recap

This season's second Major took place in a far away land called The Dunes. Nice course... but they need to water their fairways.

Regardless, Chandler's decline continued as Faz played 14 holes of lights out golf to shoot gross 83. Too bad Reid decided to shoot his first ever DPT round in the 80's, to score net 64. That's the lowest net round in league history.

With Reid and Faz taking the top two spots, the field is back to being clustered (not counting Geoff). Almost anyone can win, but Gary and Dan are missing this week so get those points!

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Remember... Friday night you must go to Taps at 9pm in order to play Saturday morning. We're not 100% at Summerfield yet due to ridiculous rates. I might book something else later this week... but expect to be playing around 9:30am or 10am. As always, this blog is where you can find all the info.

Reid... are you IN this weekend?