Monday, September 23, 2013

Golf on Saturday (Sept 28th)

Tee time booked for 12:30pm at Lansbrook. $24 due at the course. Playing are myself, Geoff, Dave and Huffman.

See you fools there.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Golf - Saturday September 28th

Geoff has been slaving away while remodeling his bathroom. Subsequently, he hasn't been able to hit the links lately. So who wants to play on the 28th in the morning?

People who are in:
Chandler
Geoff
Dave
Huffman

People who are out:
Darren
Faz


Pretty sure Darren is out due to birthday things (he's trying to catch Reid in age). Faz/x, you in? Reid?

**UPDATE**

Alright we're going with the four people listed above. Since nobody suggested a course, I'll book a tee time in the morning at Heritage Harbor or something. More info to follow later today.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Stiking the Ball More than Once

I need to use this space to clarify rules more often... so here is one that came up a couple of tournaments ago.

USGA Rule 14-4
If a player’s club strikes the ball more than once in the course of a stroke, the player must count the stroke and add a penalty stroke, making two strokes in all.

So let's say you're off the green laying two, and about to hit your third shot (a chip with a slightly buried lie in the rough). But you decelerate on it and accidentally hit the ball twice, Gorecki-style.

Wherever your ball ends up, you're now laying FOUR... and hitting your FIFTH shot.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Reid's Improvement

With the handicap update today, it's worth noting what has happened to Reid's game:


In the last 9+ months, he's dropped his handicap from 21.5 to 17.2. Before today I haven't had the opportunity to play with him much, but the rumors are true. He's crushing his drive and keeping the ball in play off the tee, which is now allowing him to consistently shoot in the 80s. If today's round was in the latest revision, he'd have a handicap of 16.5!

Reid said he's been going to the range twice a week lately and it's definitely paying off. So if the rest of you want to improve... practice more often and work on those flaws.

Monday, September 9, 2013

New Rules for 2014

At the end of each season we always review one of my favorite things in golf: rules. While we basically play by the "Rules of Golf" as determined by the USGA and R&A, there are a couple of exceptions.  Yesterday Faz suggested we adopt a few more changes to help eliminate some dicey situations.

Starting in 2014 (and today in all exhibition matches):

- Embedded balls will get free relief "through the green." This is actually a rule adopted by the PGA Tour... but not recognized by the governing bodies of golf (yet). In all levels of golf, you always get a free drop from an embedded ball in the fairway, green, tee box or any other "closely mown area." But only on certain golf tours (and certain courses) do you get a free drop from a ball embedded anywhere not in a hazard (ie: the rough). Next season we'll allow you to take a free drop if your ball is embedded, unless it's in a bunker or other marked hazard.

- Move your ball out of a footprint in a bunker. I'm not sure how often this happens... but if you find your ball in a footprint, just move it out to a smooth spot. Or rake it and replace your ball. However, you can't do this if your ball is plugged in the bunker.

- Remove any rocks near your ball in a bunker. There's no need to scuff up your club... just make sure your lie remains unchanged.

- Balls in a fairway divot can get free relief. I honestly think in the next 10 years the PGA Tour will adopt this rule anyway. You shouldn't be penalized for finding a fairway.

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We now have three seasons in the books and I think the points system is decent. Four people were in the running at the last tournament, so I don't think we need any changes to the payout and cut schedule.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

DPT Masters Recap

Not only is Geoff currently remodeling his bathroom at home... he also brought his demolition skills to the golf course. After removing the metaphorical wheels last week, he dismantled the rest of the car today with a ghastly 113. The dead-last performance opened the door for Faz to win the DPT Cup with an impressive gross 80 (2nd place).

Summer 2013 Champion - Chris Fazioli


Reid continued to be the league's Jack Nicklaus, winning his 4th tournament (all Majors). His gross 86 is definitely going to drop his handicap for the off-season.

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Next season will start up the week after the Super Bowl (in February), but most of us will continue to play every weekend during the winter. If you want to join and establish a handicap, now is a great time. Send me an email or make a comment... we aren't really motivated enough to expand the league on our own. Probably because we aren't making money on it.

Monday, September 2, 2013

DPT Championship Recap

Swapping the last two events paid off, as River Strand was mostly dry and able to host our 2nd Major of the season.

Faz and Reid tied for first, with both guys improving on the back nine to shoot net 69. Meanwhile, tour leader Geoff blew up to finish 6th, a performance that wouldn't have made the cut if not for Ben shooting one of the worst rounds of his life. The 50 points Geoff earned helped avoid a logjam in the standings, essentially creating a two man race for the cup.

Next Sunday (Sept 8th) is our final tournament. Six league members have qualified to play for points, so only three people will make the cut. Four guys are in the running for the championship:

Darren is exactly 600 points behind Geoff, which means he can only tie for the cup after next Sunday. To do so he must finish solo first, while Geoff AND Faz need to finish outside the top three. If this happens, we'll do a playoff between Darren and Geoff on another date.

Reid is basically in the same situation as Darren. He needs to win and the guys above him must miss the cut.

Faz can earn the trophy if he makes the cut and beats Geoff.

Geoff wins as long as Darren and Reid don't finish first, and Faz doesn't beat him while placing top 3.

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We're playing Lake Jovita North at 9:42am on Sunday. Cost is $59 after tax. I asked the old guy in the pro shop if they had any Florida resident discounts, and he basically chastised me for not thinking their regular rate was a great deal. It does include range balls... so get their early to warm up.

See you then.