Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Final Golf Outing of 2015

Sunday, December 27th. 8:20am tee time. $89.

Tranquilo Golf Club (formerly Disney's Osprey Ridge).

It's unlimited golf so we're going to play 36 holes. While the price seems high, rack rate out there right now is $155 per person, per round.

It's an immaculate course that we played earlier this year.

Who wants the last spot?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sunday, December 6th

Got a spot open for a voucher at Bella Collina. $64 but you get a $5 voucher for lunch! Definitely a course worth checking out.

Time TBD. Who's around?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sunday, November 15th

This week's off-season tour takes us to The Club Renaissance. Home of the 2015 Spring Geoff Skin's Game.

$51 per person (after tax). 10am.

Right now it's me and Darren. Two spots available to whoever reads this blog. Who's in?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fox Hollow Saturday 10:30

Playing Fox Hollow Saturday at 10:30. Have 2 openings if anyone wants to join. $50

Monday, October 26, 2015

TPC Tampa Bay

Darren and I have some vouchers that allow 4 people to play TPC Tampa Bay for the "PGA Rate." Should be about $50-$60. Anyway, we're thinking about going Sunday, but we can't make the tee time until Friday.

The weather is going to be good regardless... so if you're free on Sunday and want to play... make a comment and we'll take the first two people to sign up.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Tentative Spring 2016 Schedule

Throwing this out there super early since the frequency of you people checking this site is lower in the off season.

We try to divide the season into three, three week blocks. Each block ends with a Major. Let me know if there is a conflict that affects MOST of the league. You going on vacation doesn't count as a conflict. I'm actually going to miss one of the Majors due to a wedding.

Note that the first two weeks are on Saturday, while the rest of the schedule will be on Sundays. Once this schedule is finalized, we won't be moving any dates except for rain-outs.

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Week 1- SATURDAY 2/6/16 (Saturday to avoid Super Bowl)
Week 2 - SATURDAY 2/13/16 (Saturday to avoid Valentines Day)
Week 3 - 2/21/16

(bye week 2/28/16)

Week 4 - 3/6/16
Week 5 - 3/13/16
Week 6 - 3/20/16

(bye week & Easter 3/27/16)

Week 7 - 4/3/16
Week 8 - 4/10/16 (Master's Sunday... par 3 tournament followed by party)
Week 9 -  4/17/16

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Golf on Sunday

Looks like we got another spot open this Sunday. Hernando Oaks at 9:30am. $25 cash owed to Darren. Make a comment if you want the final spot.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Gorecki's Birthday

Today is Gorecki's birthday. He's 39. Feel free to relive some of the best moments in Gorecki's DPT Golf history:

Stroke and Distance Dispute - July 2012 - Gorecki learns about stroke and distance. More accurately, he's repeatedly told about it. Complete with pics and video of him proving our point.

Virtual Gorecki - July 2012 - We have the technology, but we shouldn't have built him.

Gorecki's Memorial - April 2014 - Gorecki is immortalized on the internet. The tribute to his shitty golf game has almost 500 views!

Gimmie Zone - July 2014 - Gorecki removes his shoes, begs for a gimmie, and reminds everyone that he just hit a good chip.

Questionable Drafting - September 2014 - Gorecki is somehow not picked last during our inaugural Ryder Cup draft.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Copperhead Voucher & Valspar Tournament

The Copperhead deal is back! After skipping last year due to course renovations, we can now buy tickets to the Valspar Championship which includes a round on the Copperhead course (restrictions apply).

$125 gets you an any day ticket to the tournament, a voucher to play the course, and a hat. It's slightly more expensive than two years ago ($115), and it might not include a parking pass. Anyway...

You can buy the ticket here.

Make a comment if you're interested. If enough people want to do it, we can try to hold our finals there next season like we did in Spring 2014. If we can't get the numbers or dates to work, at least you'll have a voucher to go play a PGA Tour course. You know... where Jordan Spieth won his first of 5 events last year.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Golf this Sunday - 10/4/15

Darren and I are going to book a round this Sunday morning. Who else wants in? Location TBD.

Monday, September 21, 2015

TPC San Antonio Update

I'm going to be asking for a final quote soon, and then we'll pull the trigger on the 2016 trip to TPC San Antonio. Here's a quick breakdown:
  • Fly Southwest on the morning of Friday, February 26th. We might squeeze in a warm-up round at a The Quarry Golf Club near the airport.
  • Check in that afternoon at the JW Marriott San Antonio (on site at TPC).
  • February 27th - Play on the Oaks Course, home of the PGA Tour Valero Texas Open.
  • February 28th - Play the Canyon Course, home of the Champions Tour San Antonio Championship. This event will be televised later this year starting October 16th.
  • February 29th - Back on the Oaks Course for some more punishment.
  • Fly out that night back to Tampa on Southwest.
Cost is going to be roughly $1,300 for airfare, lodging and golf. Tentatively attending are: Chandler, Gary, JW, Darren, Art (Darren's buddy) and Ben M.

If anyone else is interested, you have about a week to let me know.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Weekly Update - 9/15/15

Checked out Orange County National this weekend with a few league guys. Courses were decent... not mind-blowing but a pretty nice set up. Their "lodge" is basically a 1980's motel in the middle of the property next to the putting green. It'd be interesting to do the Ryder Cup there, which would allow some of you to stumble out of the door 2 minutes before your tee time. I'll add OCN to the list of potential 2016 locations, along with Mission Inn and Reunion.

Oh... Big John also shot a personal best 84 out there despite a bunch of three putts. Good to see him playing well.

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Speaking of the Ryder Cup... we really should rename it. But first, a history lesson:

In 1921, no American golfer had ever won the British Open. Back then most American professionals couldn't afford the travel and the winner only received 75 pounds. So Golf Illustrated came up with an idea to raise money and send 12 American Golfers to St. Andrews. It was decided they would sail to Gleneagles and play a warm-up tournament. Someone suggested a British team challenge the Americans, resulting in a 10 v 10 exhibition (Britain winning 9-3). Gold medals were given to all participants.

While America lost the exhibition match, they accomplished their goal when Jock Hutchison won the British Open two weeks later. The United States had its first taste of British blood, and would continue to quench its thirst by winning 10 of the next 12 British Opens.

As more and more Americans traveled to Britain to compete, a "golf enthusiast" named Samuel Ryder decided to donate a trophy for an annual team exhibition starting in 1927. Ryder was an English businessman who didn't become an avid golfer until age 50, at which time he began to sponsor local tournaments. In 1925 he hired Abe Mitchell as his swing coach, who is allegedly the guy on the top of the Ryder Cup.

So basically, the event was named after some dude who donated the trophy which cost about $5,600 in today's dollars. We don't need to spend that much. I've been periodically searching the internet for some ridiculous things we could use, preferably a bronze statue I could attach to a wooden base. Nothing yet has piqued my interest, although a bronze bust of Vladimir Putin has come close. The search continues...

In the meantime, throw out some suggestions for the name of OUR team competition. And if you're ever out and spot something that might be "trophy worthy," send me a pic of it.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Orange County National

Got one spot for Orange County National this Sunday (9/13/15). $30 gets you a round on BOTH of their courses, which are supposed to be really nice (I've never played there). Tee time is 9am, and you'd be playing with me, Darren and Reid.

First one who comments or contacts us gets the final spot.

*UPDATE*
Big John is allegedly joining us. Stay tuned for other outings...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Scotland & TPC San Antonio

Quick update since a couple of you have asked. The big Scotland trip in 2017 is STILL on. You have about 3 months before I have to include you in the quote. Payment would be made sometime around March 2016. Read more about the trip here.

Rachael is planning an itinerary for any WAGs who want to go, where they spend a couple of days in London and then meet back up with the golfers in St. Andrews. It's an option that should save the girls money, and give them a little more to see and do. More on that later.

As far as the golfers... we got myself, Gary, Darren and JW as solid commitments. Ben M. is considering. The idea of playing 4 rota courses and 2 other amazing tracks is driving Dave crazy. And JW knows a completely separate group of guys who might want to get in on the trip (which should help drive down costs). So keep thinking about it. Be sure to invite your dad or anyone else not in the league. And keep me posted on your thoughts.

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Our 2016 trip looks to be TPC San Antonio (home of the Valero Texas Open). We'd be playing two rounds on Greg Norman's Oaks Course, and one round on Pete Dye's Canyons Course (where the Senior tour plays an event later this year). We're looking at the last weekend of February, and staying 3 nights in the JW Marriot resort on-site. Cost for the golf, hotel and flights would be about $1,300.

18th on the Oaks Course.

So anyway, all are welcome. Just let me know soon-ish if you'd be interested.

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I'll post up the tentative 2016 Spring schedule soon. Next season we won't be changing any dates, so get your calendars in order and let me know if there are any conflicts where most of the league would be affected. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2015 DPT Ryder Cup Recap

Our second "Ryder Cup" event is finally over, and it was an excellent weekend for our league. We were able to continue the precedent Faz and Chandler set last year... and there are a few suggestions we'll look into going forward.

World Woods was a great set-up for us and we'll probably never find a better value. Both courses were in excellent shape (minus the expected punched greens on Rolling Oaks) and the villa was perfect for our group. In future years I'll give us some higher-end options... so think about what the weekend is worth to you.

On to the recap!

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Buchert put together a team based on height, not only in stature but also ballooning handicaps. On paper it looked like Darren's team could coast to a victory. The first day of matches didn't change that assumption.

In round one (Four-Ball) the day started with Dave/Darren vs Tall Mike/JW. The orange guys were each getting 10 strokes which might give them a slight advantage, but apparently they didn't decide to start playing actual golf until they were down 5 through eight holes. Strong play on the second nine cut the deficit to one with three remaining, but Dave/Darren ultimately ended the match on the 17th hole.

The Dub tees off on #1 Pine Barrens.

Gary/Brendan went back-and-forth with Buchert/Gorecki the entire round, winning holes 16 and 17 to put Blue up 2-0.

Faz/Guest ran into a red hot (orange hot?) Chandler/Reid team, getting stomped 5&4. After the first round the score was Blue 2, Orange 1.

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The second round (Chapman) saw the biggest beat-down of the weekend. Darren/Brendan failed to win a single hole against Buchert/Tall Mike, losing 7&5. However, this spanking was planned as each captain put together a "sacrificial lamb" team.

Buchert's sacrifice was a JW/Gorecki pairing against Gary/Guest. Sure... most knee-jerk logic would say Gary/Guest would win easily. But JW/Gorecki were getting 12 strokes as a team! They made the most of it going 2-up through eleven holes until a lightning delay cooled Gorecki's old bones. Orange lost 5 of the next 6 holes to ruin a much needed upset.

Dave/Faz vs. Chandler/Reid was very competitive and the only match of the day to go all 18 holes. The Blue guys balanced each other perfectly to win the match 2 Up.

After two rounds the score was Blue 4, Orange 2. The only way Orange had a shot was to dominate singles the next day.

Blue Team... and Guest.

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The captains decided to do the standard random pairings, with one forced match of JW vs. Darren. That contest wasn't as close as the scorecard indicates, with Darren struggling to finish the day. JW won 4 & 2 and picked up the title of "Darren's Daddy."

The first singles match to actually finish was the 6 & 5 clinic Tall Mike put on the putter-diseased Guest. Look for Guest to try different putting techniques in the off-season, including: the claw grip, left hand low, side saddle, broom stick, counter balanced weights, etc...

Faz was the next guy to win, beating Buchert 3 & 2. Buchert, who has been consistently good all year long, shot an atrocious 51 on the front nine. He played better on the back but it was too little, too late.

Chandler struggled late but ultimately closed out Gary on the 17th hole, winning 2 & 1. Gary blew up his round by losing a point on his only stroke-hole of the day (after a perfect drive).

Reid took Dave all the way to the final hole, where he had one stroke left in his sandbag. Reid definitely needed it, halving the match and proving he was an excellent 3rd selection in the draft.

Score at this point: Blue 5.5, Orange 5.5.

Only Brendan vs. Gorecki remained... a contest that had Gorecki miraculously 1 Up through 15. Brendan was in great position to tie the match, but double-hit his chip on 16 to halve the hole with net 5s. Unbelievably, Brendan double-hit again on the next hole to lose the match and the cup. Since everyone was anticipating a final hole showdown, there wasn't a gallery around to witness the violation. But Brendan showed amazing class by calling the penalty on himself.

Phil Mickelson is watching...

By protecting the integrity of the game, Brendan was the real MVP of the weekend. But hey... props to Gorecki for winning the deciding point (with a triple bogey). It was by far the best any of us have ever seen him hit the ball.

Final score: Orange 6.5, Blue 5.5.

2015 DPT Ryder Cup Champions.

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You can find all the results by going to the "Ryder Cup" tab at the top of the blog, and selecting the appropriate year. Each summary also has detailed scorecards from each match.

I'm also going to add (per Reid's request) everyone's overall match-play records. Look for those on the "Stats" page later this week.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

2015 Ryder Cup Preview

First, the pairings so we can easily reference it this weekend:

Round 1 - Saturday 8/22 - 8:25am - Pine Barrens Course - White Tees
Four-Ball Format (strokes in parenthesis)

Group 1: Dave (0) / Darren (4) vs. Tall Mike (10) / JW (10)
Group 2: Gary (1) / Brendan (10) vs. Buchert (0) / Gorecki (17)
Group 3: Faz (2) / Guest (9) vs. Chandler (0) / Reid (6)

Round 2 - Saturday 8/22 - 1:31pm - Rolling Oaks Course - White Tees
Chapman Format (strokes in parenthesis)

Group 1: Darren / Brendan (2) vs. Buchert / Tall Mike (0)
Group 2: Gary / Guest (0) vs. JW / Gorecki (12)
Group 3: Dave / Faz (0) vs. Chandler / Reid (1)

Round 3 - Sunday 8/23 - 9:33am - Pine Barrens Course - White Tees
Singles Format. Parings will be decided Friday night.

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Payment
Everyone has already paid me $80 for the two nights in the villas (Friday & Saturday night). We pay individually for the golf each day. Morning rounds are $42 plus tax. The one afternoon round we play should be $10.

Villa Location
Address is:   6175 W Oak Park Blvd., Homosassa, FL 34446
It is NOT located inside World Woods. It's left (west) of the Suncoast Parkway exit. World Woods is immediately to the right (east).

Check In
I can get the keys at 3pm, but I'll be up there around 2pm. Make a comment to this post and let me know who you're riding with and about what time you'll arrive. Depending on the weather, I'll be out at the range and using their practice facility for a bit on Friday. They have a 9-hole par 3 course and a 3-hole practice course. So text me when you're on your way so I can make sure the villas are unlocked.

Rooms
Each villa has 3 rooms, containing two twin beds. We'll separate into teams so choose your own roommate.

Food
Gorecki is bringing a propane grill. I suggest everyone pack some sort of cooler with beers and steaks. There's a Publix and Walgreens a couple of miles from the villa, so you can get anything you forget.

Entertainment
There will be less to do than in Sebring. Looks like there's a really sketchy pool hall nearby. Gorecki is bringing a poker table... he and Brendan also have some poker chips and whatnot. Bring dollar bills for Banko.

Course Conditions
World Woods drains well. They punched the greens on Pine Barrens a couple of weeks ago. We'll be playing alternate shot on freshly punched greens on Rolling Oaks. But it's only one round and everyone has to deal with it. Last time I was up there after they punched it really wasn't even an issue. Expect thunderstorms Saturday during our second round. We'll be waiting it out and doing anything we can to finish. So bring rain gear.

Monday, August 17, 2015

DPT Masters - Summer 2015 Recap

The soggy Summer 2015 season has finally come to an end. Lake Jovita played brutal yesterday despite being one of the best draining courses in the region. Already on the longer side of our standards, shots plugged in bunkers and the uncut rough made advancing the ball extremely difficult. So maybe it's of no surprise that the winner was someone who hits the fairway almost 70% on average.

Chandler won his third tournament in a row to reclaim the DPT Cup for a record third time. His net score of 69 was the only round under par, winning by a comfortable 5 strokes. Dave, Guest and Buchert all tied for 2nd at +2.

The season was pretty competitive throughout, and we saw a lot of guys drastically improve their handicaps. A bunch of league members are near their lifetime lowest index, and a few of us shot our best rounds ever. Brendan's -16 (net) to start the season might not ever be beat. And I doubt we'll see a 7.1 drop in handicap over six months like we did with Darren.

We take a long break due to football... but many of us still play weekly during the off-season. Check the site for random outings, especially once your favorite college and pro teams rack up a few losses. We currently have 8 vouchers to a Arnold Palmer course in Orlando that we need to use soon (more on that later).

But first, it's Ryder Cup week! In a bit I'll put together a preview with all the information you need to know.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Masters Update

We're dropping down to 3 groups, so we're officially full.

Tee time is still 9am on Sunday.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Jamaican Open - Summer 2015 Recap

It felt like Jamaica yesterday... which might explain why two "brown" guys played well in the heat, humidity and soggy fairways. Yes, Chandler (hey, thats me!) won his second consecutive event by shooting his age on the front nine. In a display of lights out putting (only 12 putts on the front), literally everything was dropping leaving his playing partners shaking their heads. Standing on the short par-3 15th, Chandler was still -2 (gross!). But a topped shot into the marsh derailed what would have been an unbelievable round. Despite the triple bogey and two following bogeys, the 75 is now the lowest league score in history (if you don't count Countryway or Faz's 74 on a par-68 Babe Zaharias).

But just as impressive was tournament host Reid, who started his day: 6-6-6-6-8. He was +7 (net) after those five holes, completely on tilt and headed toward the double-pitcher zone. But he went +3 (gross) on the next twelve holes to finish as the only other player under par (net). It's proof that you can still put the wheels on after a horrendous start to the round.

Taking out Chandler and Reid, the scores were really quite terrible. Yeah, Waterlefe is a tough course and the heat was unbearable. But it's funny that more guys showed up drunk/hungover to this event than the JW Hangover tournament. And most of you people could benefit from hitting a few balls before the round.

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We're playing Lake Jovita (South) this Sunday at 9am. I was able to talk them down to the member/guest rate of $50 (range balls included). Jovita has two of the best courses in the area, but both are long and punishing.

Only four people have a shot at winning the cup (Chan, Dave, Reid, Guest). Everyone else with at least 4 tournaments played this season can join the field in hopes of taking home a decent payout. We have a couple of guys who don't meet that requirement, but they're still welcome to play for side bets.

See you all out there.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Jamaican Open - Venue Change

Pebble Creek, as expected, is still flooded. They're open but it's cartpath only... which honestly isn't a huge deal at a flat course like PC. But their drainage is one of the worst in Tampa. I've seen multiple lost balls in the middle of the fairway.

Reid's out there now and at least has confirmed there's no way it's going to dry up by this weekend. So I'm making the executive decision to move the event down south where there hasn't been constant monsoons.

The Jamaican Open will return to Waterlefe for the 3rd time in it's history, at 9:00 AM!

I realize that's early in the morning, but we need to get out before the rain and have time to wait out a few isolated showers (if needed). The good news is they're charging us $40... and I found a $10 off coupon. Print that shit here!

So do yourself a favor and don't stay up until 4:30am the night before with your wife. And don't get so drunk that you lose your car keys on Saturday. And don't wake up in the morning, look at the radar, and start begging the league to stay inside.

Wake up early. Put on your big boy pants. And get down to the course in time to warm-up if you need it. And make sure your shirt is one of the colors below. It's a $2 penalty paid to Reid (money offsets cost of his trophies) if you're "reppin" the wrong attire.

Does your shirt look like one of those colors above? No? You owe $2 to Reid.

Oh... and if you talk to or see one of the guys who constantly doesn't "read the blog"... you might want to tell them about the venue change.

Monday, August 3, 2015

JW Hangover - Summer 2015 Recap

Tampa got drunk on rain this weekend, washing out the motivation for most of our league to hang out and golf. The competition to find the best excuse to stay at home was fierce... with Gorecki ultimately winning by sending a screen shot of a weather radar, while at the same time suggesting we go to TopGolf which would require him to drive 25 miles in the very storm he was afraid of.

But the golf gods rewarded those of us who knew how to use technology. Countryside was miraculously open for play, but Bradenton had almost no rain all weekend and the storm system looked like it would somehow avoid the area on Sunday. Faced with sitting inside and not doing anything all day, six brave and dedicated golfers rolled the dice and drove down to Esplanade.

Sure enough, other than a few soggy spots on the front nine, most of the course was dry and not even cart-path only. The sun actually peeked out of the clouds for a bit on the back nine. And two champions emerged despite having real hangovers, because you know... they went to the bar the night before.

Dave and Chandler, with identical handicaps, both shot gross 80s to split the money. But each of them choked away a solo victory at various parts of their round. Dave made two atrocious double bogeys on the back nine, both short par 4s (342 & 300 yards). While Chandler had six three-putts during the round, an insane stat considering he only made eight bogeys.

Yesterday was the smallest field since the JW Hangover a year ago (Summer 2014), causing only the top 3 to earn points. Darren took 3rd place points thanks to his usual chipping and putting clinic. Ironically, he probably would have won the event if not for a missed 2-footer and a bladed short chip. Maybe that was the golf gods punishing him for losing his Man Card on Saturday night.

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Two people (Gorecki & Gary) are officially eliminated from winning the DPT Cup this season. A bunch more will be eliminated after next week. Reid is going to book us 3 groups at Pebble Creek... but we'll have to check in with them throughout the week since that course notoriously doesn't drain well. More info on that after he makes the tee times.

There are 4 guys I haven't heard from regarding this Sunday, and only 3 spots available.  

Hey Reid... don't forget to book 3 tee times...

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A couple of people asked about the World Woods check-in situation. We're staying up there Friday and Saturday night. I'm taking Friday off and going up in the afternoon, so I'll have the keys and everything all set. All you have to do is go to the villa (I'll post the address later) whenever you want that day/night. After I check in I'll probably head to the course to practice a bit. So when we get closer to the event, I'll be asking everyone their arrival plans to make sure nobody is locked out.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Weather Update

Countryside got very light rain compared to South Tampa today. But more rain might be on the way.

I'll call them around 7am to see what their condition is. We also have the option of heading down to Bradenton depending on tomorrow's storms. They basically had no rain today, so Waterlefe, RiverStrand, Eslpanade are all options (Stoneybrook has no tee times until 2pm).

Esplanade would be a 12:15pm round... but again... all this depends on what the storms look like tomorrow. Check back here for more details, but I'll try to text everyone.

**UPDATE**
Esplanade has us booked at 12:15pm. Check back here around 9:30am, since we still need to monitor the weather a bit just in case. 

Bradenton is still missing the rain. I'm sure that won't last all day... but we should be good to go. See you down there.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

JW Hangover Invitational - Summer 2015

Alright, kids. THIS Saturday at 9pm, you need to be at PJ Dolan's Irish Pub.

It's located at: 2836 E Bearss Ave, Tampa FL, 33559.  Basically the north corner of Bearss and Bruce B. Downs.

I have never been to this bar, so I apologize if it's terrible. New Tampa isn't really my area of expertise. That being said... it's a bar and a Saturday night. We're not really aiming for the most amazing night of your life.

Nine league members are signed up for Sunday. Every 15 minutes late, you'll be buying your own penalty shot. I've got a car leaving DI around 8:30pm (assuming I'm taking Gary and JW... with Racahel driving us). Dave, Guest and Gorecki might want to discuss Westchase transportation. Feel free to bring people.

See you all up there.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jamaican Open

Next Sunday, August 9th. Reid is going to make us play Pebble Creek... which is currently flooded.

Anyway, who's in? Who's out? Let us know before this Sunday so we can book tee times.

Member Locations - A Study of Maps

JW requested an analysis of our league member's locations in order to find a central bar. It's a fun exercise, especially when it gives you actual perspective on where everyone lives. However, this will NOT change the Hangover bar location for this weekend.

First we need to set some parameters:
  • I'm only going to use the 13 members ranked in the Official Golf Rankings.
    • This gives us only those who have played in at least 8 of the last 18 events, thus eliminating the guys who rarely show up.
    • Even though they're eliminated by the above parameter, Dan and Darryl would vastly skew this data. Reid is already somewhat skewing it... but he's been in the league since its inception, which is another reason we're heading up toward him this weekend.
  • We need to actually calculate the mid-points. There's a great website I found which does this called the Geographic Midpoint Calculator. It allows me to load up exact addresses and then calculate a couple of points:
    • Geometric Midpoint - Basically the true center of all the data points "as the crow flies."
    • Average Minimized Distance - A complex algorithm finding the exact point that minimizes the total distance between each location. Obviously, it doesn't account for traffic or actual driving time.
  • I had to "guess" for Brendan and Tall Mike since I couldn't snoop their exact locations. I'm told Mike lives under a bridge near International Mall, and Brendan lives at Sally O'Neal's Pizza.
For any of the maps below, you can click on them to get a much larger version.

First up is the true geometric midpoint:

True Geo-midpoint: 6003 North Hale Avenue Tampa, FL 33614

This is a neighborhood called "Pinecrest," which is basically at the corner of Dale Mabry and Hillsborough. It has a ton of car dealerships, and everything bar related is pretty terrible. If you live in Pinecrest, you do not have many options. I guess the Hooters on Hillsborough is the best bet.

Next let's look at the minimized distance point:

Average Minimized Distance: 3409 West Aileen Street Tampa, FL 33607

You'll see this location is skewed south, due to the 7 league members who actually live in the City of Tampa. You read that correctly... only 7 of us live in the Tampa city limits. The rest of you are posers who love to talk about how your mail says "Tampa" on it. But don't be fooled... your taxes do not fix my roads.

Anyway, this location is a few blocks south of Raymond James Stadium. It's a pretty bad location as well, but I guess you can cheat to the west slightly and hit bars near International Mall. However, most of those are restaurants and we wouldn't be drinking cheap. Best drinking spot: Chili's for all day 2-for-1 drinks?

As you can see, most of us are clustered in two areas. Which is why we've bounced between them every season: 1) Retreat (UT) 2) Taps (downtown) 3) Dubliner North (Carrollwood) 4) Islands Club (DI) 5) O'Briens (Carrollwood) 6) Maloney's (Westchase). Three down south, and three up north. Almost as if it were planned perfectly by a god of scheduling, organization and fairness.

That leaves us with our one outlier, Reid. Poor guy drives a million miles to not only golf with us, but to also drink with us. If you look at one of the maps above, we'll be hanging out this weekend at a location near the 2nd lowercase i in "University." It honestly isn't even as close to Reid as it should be. So with that being said... suck it up... get a sober driver... and let's go enjoy another JW Hangover event.

Monday, July 27, 2015

JW Hangover Bar

While we're all set for golf this Sunday, we aren't set on the bar the night before. In fairness with tradition, we're trying to hop around to each player's neighborhood so we don't have a situation where certain people are ALWAYS traveling a long distance.

This season... we're supposed to visit Reid up in New Tampa.

I was going to drag us to Copper Top, which is a dive bar with pool tables and darts... but more importantly they had all you can drink beer for $8. Emphasis on "had," as they no longer run this promotion.

Peabody's is a popular spot for the kids. But Gary, Darren and Reid are far too old for that place.

That leaves like 10 different Applebees locations, a handful of Golden Corrals, and probably a bunch of bars I don't really know about. The internet tells of places like "PJ Dolan's Irish Pub" or a new Paddywagon's that just opened up somewhere in the dark continent where Reid lives.

If you're one of the NINE people registered to play this weekend, feel free to weigh in on a bar for Saturday. We don't have nearly enough people to get any deals. So let us know where you've been that's decent, and make sure it's at least half-assed near Reid. If I don't hear any good suggestions, I'm going to randomly pick something.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

2015 Ryder Cup Draft Results

Last night we held the 2015 Ryder Cup draft... and all the "experts" predictions were immediately washed away with the 50 inches of rain we've gotten this weekend. While Gary as the #1 overall pick isn't a huge surprise... Buchert went with consistency and perhaps an elevated handicap taking Chandler and Reid with his first selections. Darren immediately snatched up two more bombers, while Buchert stocked up on even more high cappers.


Darren in blue. Buchert in red.

1 - Gary
2 - Chandler
3 - Reid
4 - Dave
5 - Faz
6 - Tall Mike
7 - JW
8 - Brendan
9 - Guest
10 - Gorecki

Be sure to bring golf attire that matches your team's colors.

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After much discussion, both fist time captains set their pairings and order. Technically we could (and probably should) have set the singles matches as well. But we'll do that either the first or second night up at World Woods.

You can view the pairings here.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Season Update

Ryder Cup draft is tomorrow night (Friday), 9pm at Irish 31 in Westchase. Attending is Buchert, Darren, Chan, Faz and Gorecki. Let me know if anyone is going so we can save a spot. Or just show up and surprise us.

Saddlebrook on Sunday is: John, Buchert, Chan, Reid, Gorecki, Darren.

Hangover bar on Saturday, August 1st is going to be in Temple Terrace / New Tampa. Still looking into that. 9pm mandatory attendance. You can go home at 1am. Make sure to carpool or Uber it there.

The actual golf tournament is going to be at Countryside in Clearwater. It's a private course with great greens and three nines. Basically a MUCH better Northdale (and has a range). I met the pro today and he's going to give us a discounted rate off the "member guest" fee. Details on that to come once we're on the tee sheet.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Registration Updates

People that said they're IN for John's outing this Sunday at Saddlebrook:

John
Chan
Darren
Reid
Gorecki
(I might have one more)

Tall Mike... while looking up who said "yes" I noticed your comment from last week. John's friend scheduled the Saddlebrook deal. So while we aren't playing a league event because Brendan is getting old... not all of us are going to the FSU thing.

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The Hangover is next Sunday (August 2nd), which means if you're playing you need to attend the bar next Saturday night. We'll be headed towards Reid's area... details on that later. Here's who I got playing:

IN
Chan, JW, Gary, Brendan, Reid, Darren, Dave, Guest, Gorecki

OUT
Faz, John, Buchert, Tall Mike, Dan

No Idea
Darryl (assuming no bar), Geoff

That's 9 people in... 5 people out... and 2 people I haven't heard anything from. If it stays like this, I might actually win an event!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Ryder Cup Draft

The Ryder Cup Draft will be held at Irish 31 in Westchase, 9pm on Friday, July 24th. It's a location and date that worked for the two captains.

I know there's some other stuff going on that weekend, and obviously attendance isn't mandatory. But if you want to come hang out make a comment so we can save a seat for you.

The draft itself doesn't take long. The captains will also set their rosters for the first two events (Four-Ball & Alternate Shot). The rest of the night we'll drink beer and talk crap about those who didn't show up.

Site Issues

Google has been slowly converting all their Sheets (their shitty version of Excel) to a newer, allegedly better, version.

Last night they finally converted the main sheet that runs most of our data. Of course, that broke a ton of things embedded on this site.

It'll take me a bit to figure out what all is broken and how to fix it. Assuming there is a fix.

So... Dave's in 1st place. The rest of you aren't.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

DPT Championship - Summer 2015 Recap

On the range, Big John mentioned to me he thought I was over-hyping the difficulty of Fox Hollow. He proceeded to shoot 55 on our first nine and looked to be hanging out in the double-pitcher zone.

The course was a beast, as expected. And the weather made it a disaster. Luckily we teed off early enough to get most of the front nine in, only playing the final few holes in a monsoon and lightning death trap. After a break in the clubhouse to let the storm pass, we were able to move along pretty quickly on the soaked front nine.

Also as expected, the top three guys were either long hitters or a high handicapper who kept the wheels on. Dan played an excellent round to win his first career Major, only blowing up on two holes (one probably due to lightning). Dave recovered from an opening 49 (gross) to shoot +2 on the second nine and finish 2nd. Also tied for 2nd was Tall Mike who played consistent throughout the day. Both those guys were shocked to be in contention.

At the other end of the spectrum, Big John had a crazy finish shooting EVEN on his final 4 holes to escape the previously mentioned double-pitcher zone. And Faz struggled all day, making the mistake of buying a hotdog during our rain delay and not washing it down with beer.

The rest of us were terrible in various spots. The back nine scorecard is littered with double pars.

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The standings continue to be a jumbled mess, as we now have 6 different winners in as many events.  Anyone in the top 12 can potentially take the lead by winning JW's Hangover Invitational. Granted, we don't play it until next month. And it requires a mandatory bar attendance the night before (Saturday, August 1st) in order to enter the tournament.

Currently OUT of the next event is Faz and Tall Mike. If anyone else isn't playing, let me know. I imagine Darryl is out of the actual event since he's not going to make the bar... but he's still welcome to play with us regardless. I'm thinking of booking us at Esplanade (near Bradenton).

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All qualified players paid for the Ryder Cup before the deadline. So the field is set. All we need to do now is draft some teams. I'll talk to Darren and Buchert to work out a date. You don't have to attend but if you're free... come drink some beers and find out what team you're on. It'll be held in either Westchase or Carrollwood.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ryder Cup Registration

Only Guest has failed to pay for the Ryder Cup. Perhaps he will bring cash to Fox Hollow on Sunday. Or maybe he'll 4-putt his chance for an awesome weekend, allowing an alternate to sneak into the event. Stay tuned!

Pairings are up to date, but they might change if we fill out the last two spots with amateur players. Regardless, get there by 8am. Sooner if you want to hit range balls. Speaking of... those are free for our group, so if you get there before me make sure they don't charge you more than the $45+ tax for the round.

See you all Sunday.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Fox Hollow Preview

I walked off the course yesterday loudly complaining that I was moving up to play the gold tees with Gorecki this weekend. Fox Hollow is a 6,400+ yard par-71 course... which means it actually plays 6,500+. And it is a beast. I literally didn't even bother going at the green in two on a bunch of the par 4s... instead hitting away from trouble and hopefully scrapping out a bogey.

But after a couple of beers inside, and chatting about the league's "tee it forward" conundrum, I'm going to stay put and just take a beating. After all... it is a Major, and I'm the PGA equivalent of Ben Crane.

The course is excellent and in phenomenal shape. They have some of the best greens in town, fairways are fluffy and the rough is isn't too deep. I really liked the layout as well... but there is a TON of water/marsh and OB. So help your playing partners out and watch their tee shots closely.

The winner this week will be the bomber with the fewest penalty strokes. A higher handicapped player could win... but only if they scramble and play smart bogey golf. Darren and myself literally have zero chance, and at best could shoot around even par (net).

The head pro is going to give us free range balls so get there early to warm up. Tee time is at 8:30AM. Some of you might even make it home before your WAGs wake up. But don't promise them anything!

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Only FOUR people have yet to pay for the Ryder Cup: Guest, Tall Mike, Brendan and Gorecki. Bring me $80 cash on Sunday or pay me on PayPal. After this weekend I'm going to reach out to the "alternates," and I expect the final spots to fill up fast.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Upcoming Outings

I got a couple of outings to tell you about.

First one... if you're in town this weekend and want to play a practice round at Fox Hollow, I got one spot open on Sunday at 8:50am.  First person to contact me is in.

Next up... July 26th. Big John has a buddy who can get anyone and everyone who wants to play Saddlebrook out for a 10:30am shotgun for $35. He thinks it's the Palmer Course, which should be 10 days after punching their greens. Make a comment if you want in, so he can keep a headcount.

Monday, June 29, 2015

DPT Championship & Ryder Cup

Our next event will be at Fox Hollow up in Trinity on Sunday, July 12th. They're a private club that recently started allowing public rounds. All throughout the year they host FSGA and USGA events, and the pro told me the course is in excellent shape.

He also gave us a group rate of $45 plus tax, but our tee time is a little earlier than usual. First group out is 8:30am (the other option was noon and that's no good).

Since this is a Major, I'm not going to force you kids to play the old man (aka: correct) tees. Even though I still truly believe the shorter set-up (ie: Eaglebrook) provides us a better "PGA Tour" experience, where birdies and eagle chances are more prevalent. Instead we'll have a Major set-up with the longest yardage in league history.

The only person I know that's OUT is JW. However, I really don't like assuming any of you are in. Make a comment and let me know your plans.

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The Ryder Cup qualifiers are set. As expected, Darren and Buchert are captains this year. I've already paid for the lodging, so everyone highlighted blue in the registration grid has two weeks to pay me $80. This covers TWO nights up at World Woods (Friday August 21st & Saturday August 22nd). We individually pay for the golf while we're there (Saturday and Sunday rounds).

You can PayPal me $80 at chandler.brown@gmail.com. Just make sure to select the "sending money to family/friends" option. Or you can pay me cash/check in person. After our next event on July 12th... I'm going to open it up to whatever alternates want to join. Pay up now to secure your spot.

Once all 12 people are official we'll host a live draft. It'll be a "snake draft" with Darren getting picks 1, 4, 5, 8 and 9. Buchert selects 2, 3, 6, 7 and gets stuck with the last pick. More on this later.

Fazioli Match Play Recap - Summer 2015

It took 21 events, but Irish Dave finally has his first ever league victory. He shot an impressive 78 on a course where blow-ups lurked at every hole. There were 19 double-pars... but also for the first time in league history we had two eagles! Dave overpowered the 7th hole to get the first one, and JW had a crazy hole-out from the middle of the 9th fairway (his first ever eagle!). While JW's deuce was a little lucky, what Dave did to the 18th hole to win the tournament was incredible. He pounded a driver basically past the water to a tiny landing area, before sticking his approach tight and closing out with a birdie. It was the only score of par or better in the league on the final hole.

JW played great all day, with only one true disaster hole. Sadly, for the second time in two events, JW lost to a miraculous birdie on the final hole. It's probably for the best as he's allegedly missing three of the final four events. Despite that, he's having fun playing golf... which is more than Chandler (hey, that's me!) can say. I've never seen so many people fighting to get beer from a +10 pitcher!

Outside of Dave's -8 and JW's -7 net scores, most of us were over par. Faz finished 3rd and Rookie of the Year Darryl impressively placed 4th.

As for the matches, Guest beat Big John on the final hole to win, allowing him to jump Reid to #1 in the standings. Buchert crushed Brendan as predicted. JW never trailed in his match against Chandler. Mike fell apart on the final holes to lose to Darren. Faz beat Geoff in the biggest blow out of the day (6&5). Despite reporting that Dave won... his birdie on 18 actually only tied Gary. And Darryl reminded his son that he can still deliver a good spanking

The standings are insanely tight, thanks to five different winners in the first five tournaments. Anyone in the top 13 spots can win our next event and vault into 1st place.

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The second group this week finished about 30 minutes behind. For you Game of Thrones fans... I felt like we needed to follow them while ringing a bell and loudly chanting: "Shame! Shame!"

We'll try to put the perceived slower people in the later groups, but there are things everyone can do to help speed up play. If you're behind, try to watch where everyone's balls go on terrible shots to decrease the time hunting. Maybe instead of driving to your ball 280 yards down the middle of the fairway... head to the OB stake 100 yards out and help Gorecki locate his ball.

Also (and this is one a lot of you people could work on)... drop people off at their ball and then go drive to yours. No reason to sit in the cart watching someone hit, only to then drive over to your ball and restart the process. It's not a huge deal to walk a little bit after a shot. We don't need the cart within 5 feet of us at all time.

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Later today I'll post about our next event and Ryder Cup sign-ups.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Match-Play Info

Eaglebrooke has a range which is included in the fee. They also have a pretty solid chipping and putting facility.

BRING CASH this week. As mentioned before, three of us already pre-paid for your round. So you'll owe $30 cash when you arrive.

Remember that the regular stroke play tournament is still in effect and will determine cash payouts. Keep that in mind and feel free to deny any gimmie putts to your playing partners, even if you aren't in a match against them.

See you all Sunday.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fazioli Match-Play Match-ups

For a moment, we had ALL 16 league members attending the tournament next weekend. The scheduled match-ups were great and we didn't need to find any fill-in players. But then Reid informed me he wasn't attending, making it the second week in a row the overall standings leader was absent. And every pairing changed as a result.

Below are the official groupings, match-ups and predictions (number of match-play strokes in parenthesis). You can also view the stroke play and match-play scorecards here.

Group 1

#10 Geoff (10) vs. #11 Faz - Going out first as the pacesetter, Geoff is scheduled to make his second appearance of the season. He's getting a lot of strokes, but is it enough to foreclose Faz's season? Or can Patito finally transform his ugly duckling game into a beautiful swan? Geoff has never played Eaglebrooke, while Faz has played it three times in his life: twice from the golds (shooting 85, 87) and once from the longer white tees (also an 87). Look for Faz to end his day atop the leader board, while Geoff will lose his most recent commission check.

#11 Faz (3) vs. #16 Dan - The Fazioli Match-Play almost always has an "odd man out," and this season it's Dan. In his second event he will take on Faz for the 100 bonus DPT Points. Faz won't earn any points for a victory, but he can keep them out of Mr. Rogers' neighborhood. Dan's DPT record has been DOA since he decided to start playing the tips every tournament in Spring 2014. Prior to that, he had never placed lower than 4th. So I'm booting him up a set of tees, which will shorten the course 300 yards without taking away any strokes. I predict a top 5 finish for Dan even if he loses his match to Faz. Which he probably will, because in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mr. Rogers still thinks he's good enough to break 80 from the back tees.

Group 2

#13 Gorecki Jr. (6) vs. #15 Gorecki Sr. - It's taken 38 years, but will Gorecki Jr. finally become the man of the house? No. He won't. Even with a victory it's embarrassing to get 6 strokes from your retired father. I predict Junior wins the match, but both Goreckis finish out of the points. Away from their Buffalo Creek comfort zone, Eaglebrooke will beat up on the Wisconsin boys and leave a nasty rash. Luckily for Mike... Nurse Dan is in the group ahead of him.

#12 Gary vs. #13 Dave (1) - Gary's ancestors left Europe to find religious freedom. Dave's ancestors refused to budge during the great potato famine. As fate would have it, those decisions would lead us to this match-up hundreds of years later. An old guy in the New World versus a young guy from the Old World. Both can bomb the ball off the tee. Both are prone to wild hooks that will find water and OB at Eaglebrooke. And both exhibit a terrible short game from time to time. This match is a true toss-up. I'm giving the edge to Gary since he's seen the course. And also, America.

Group 3

#8 Darren vs. #9 Tall Mike (6) - As a result of the recent uprising, The Baron has been overthrown and now lives in a cellar on the outskirts of town. Tall Mike has moved in next door, deciding to trade in his freedom for the isolation of married life. On paper, whoever makes the fewest mistakes should win this battle. But the victor will be the one who discovers the perfect combination of vices. Can Darren find the right mix of beers and smokes? Can Mike blend together a winning formula of whiskey, pain meds, dip and practice swings? Actually... Tall Mike wins in a blowout because The Baron lost all the sand in his bags. Six strokes is too many to overcome when both guys will shoot in the mid 90s. I expect Mike to also finish in the top three of stroke play.

#6 Chandler vs. #7 JW (12) - The Dub is getting one stroke for each expected beer he'll consume. But unlike a golden handcrafted brew slowly aged in beachwood chips... JW's game isn't very consistent. He has drastically improved each week, but he can't seem to avoid the blow-up holes. Last season, Chandler stomped JW with a perfect 10&8 while giving him 15 strokes at an easier course (Lexington Oaks). However, JW's morale has improved so the beatings will not continue. Chandler finishes higher on the stroke play leader board, while The Dub wins the match 2&1 despite a double bogey on the final hole.

Group 4

#4 Buchert vs. #5 Brendan (8) - Nobody is playing better golf right now than Buchert. All aspects of his game are sharp and he leads the league in gross scoring average (80.5). Brendan gets 8 strokes and can win if he plays bogey golf. The first hole is literally the only "easy" hole on the course, so Brendan should get an early lead. But it all comes crashing down on the 2nd hole, which requires an accurate tee shot before a forced carry over a swamp. Buchert should also have no problem going for three of the par 5s in two. Final prediction: Brendan gets beat badly. Nurse Dan fails to revive him. Gorecki Jr. builds Brendan a cat coffin. JW pours out one of his beers. Dave turns Brendan's grave into a potato garden. And Chandler runs out of terrible jokes for this write-up.

#2 Guest (1) vs. #3 Big John - Only one stroke in this match. The gift of gab versus an insatiable appetite. Playing in the final group means you're near the top of the standings and control your own destiny to win the Cup. Will Chris play himself on to the Champion's Dinner guest list? Or does John have big plans for a dinner in his honor? The greens at Eaglebrooke will be the fastest and most undulating we've seen all season. Don't put your money on a guy who historically has putting issues, even if he claims they're fixed. John wins and jumps ahead of Guest and Reid in the overall standings. He also blows out one of his knees during said metaphorical jump.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Eaglebrooke Preview

We are all set to play Eaglebrooke next weekend, Sunday, June 28th at 10am. Cost will be $30 cash... so make sure you actually bring dollar bills! Everyone's round has been pre-paid by three league members.

Darren and I went out to play a scouting round today, and it's in phenomenal shape. Fairways are lush, rough is thick, greens are smooth, fast and have some crazy undulations. We played it from the white tees, which at 6,316 (128 slope) would be the longest course in league history. Personally I didn't have any issues... but the track is extremely difficult with a lot of forced carries. Not to mention a ton of water and OB lining most fairways.

Long story short... there's too many BIPSIC holes out there for our high handicaps. And I'd much rather err on people shooting lower scores than making this "US Open" caliber.

Short story even shorter... I'm afraid Gorecki won't be able to shoot under 115.

So we're taking Jack Nicklaus' advice and teeing it forward to the "old man" gold tees. It plays an even 6,000 (124 slope), which is in line with our other tournaments. It's still a very challenging layout, and the long guys can pound driver on most of the holes (if they choose). Dan is also being pushed up one box to the blues, but that's because his handicap is the same there as it is the tips. It's time for him to stop hemorrhaging money and to actually compete in these events.

Tomorrow I'm going to do a write-up previewing each match. Try not to let the suspense kill you.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Gorecki Memorial - Summer 2015 Recap

Chris Guest became the 4th winner in as many tournaments this season, posting the impressive score of -10 at the Gorecki Memorial. It's also the 3rd pitcher bought this season for someone shooting double-digits under par. Buffalo Creek played as easy as expected, with the median net-score to par at -3 (easiest on record). If you made bogey or worse on a par 5 today, you were really losing strokes to the field.

Guest kept his round consistent with two birdies and a lot of bogeys. As he says, it seems he's fixed his putting issues. Buchert finished second with the low gross round of the day. And his 76 would have beaten the league average at Countryway! Reid rounded out the top 3 with an excellent 40 on the back nine despite a double-bogey on the 17th hole. He also takes the lead in the season standings.

The Baron peeked his head out of the cellar this week, only because Gary blew up on two holes to finish last with a +2 net score.

The course was in decent shape. Maybe a little wet in spots... but the fairways and rough were nice. The "Countryway Haters Club" liked the course a lot, but depending on the schedule we might head back to Countryway in the Spring if we play on Masters Sunday. Outside of that, I'm all for playing Buffalo Creek again, especially in the summer seasons.

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We're off this upcoming week for Father's Day. Enjoy it if you're going out of town.

The week after, June 28th, we're playing the Fazioli Match Play. It's our mid-season event, and one of the most important. Comment by next Friday if you're IN. If I don't hear from you I'm going to assume you're not playing.

The order of which you officially register might matter if we play Eaglebrooke (due to pre-paid vouchers). So don't miss out on cheaper golf because you're too lazy to contact me or comment.

Currently registered are: Chandler, Buchert, Reid, Guest, Gary, Darren and Faz.

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There was some inconsequential movement in the Official Golf Rankings. Next week is the last time you can boost your standing for the Ryder Cup. However... the 12 qualifiers have basically been set for a few weeks. And nobody is going to surpass Darren or Buchert in the captain's spots. Start sucking up to them now if you want to be drafted higher than you deserve.

After the Match Play, everyone will have two weeks to pay for their spot. More on that next week.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Weekend Pairings

With exactly 12 people signed up, I'm going to cancel one of our tee times. Probably the later one so we can guarantee we finish before the rain.

Group 1:
Chandler
Dave
Gorecki
Darryl

Group 2:
Guest
Faz
Buchert
Brett

Group 3:
Gary
Darren
Reid
Tall Mike

See you all down there. 9:20am tee time. Get there early!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort


Tee box of the par-5 2nd hole.

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is one of the United States' most unique golfing experiences. Many places advertise "links golf," but Kiawah is one of the few places that can actually offer the links setting. Unfortunately, Pete Dye didn't exactly build a links course. He built a Pete Dye course, and placed it on links property.

Dye's most famous course, TPC Sawgrass, is a masterpiece where you can really appreciate each individual hole as you go through your round. But The Ocean Course is a collection of 18 good challenges that leaves a lasting impression. And just as with Sawgrass, Pete Dye had to go back and soften it up multiple times after opening and hosting the 1991 Ryder Cup.

Par-5 2nd hole from the fairway.

To this day, it's still ranked by Golf Digest as the most difficult course in America. There are few trees on the property, which allows the constant Atlantic Ocean breeze to factor into every shot. On average you'll get 15 mph all day, every day. At times it can gust into the 40 mph range. And since each nine is literally "out" and then "in," every hole will play either downwind or back into it. This creates a situation where you could hit a PW into a green, but need a 3-wood into the same green the very next day.

On a normal links course, this wouldn't be a huge issue because you can run up low approach shots as long as you avoid pot bunkers. But in typical Pete Dye fashion, he severely elevated every green and lined each fairway with deep waste bunkers and towering sand dunes. Long irons won't hold some of the plateaued putting surfaces, and you'll be left with an insane putt up a steep slope or a flop shot. There's also no OB on the course, so if you hit it on the beach you technically need to go find it and play it.

Sand dunes by the 10th green. Good luck with that.

We were lucky to play the course in two different conditions. The first day was absolutely perfect, with no wind and overcast skies. The caddies remarked on how rare it was to be so calm, and the course was a lot of fun. Wide open hitting areas off the tee led to short iron approaches, which worked well with the elevated greens. I would play The Ocean Course all the time under those conditions, since you could focus on the actual layout instead of the wind. Gary was even a little disappointed and thought the course played too "easy."

He got his wish two days later when we played in 20-30 mph sustained winds. The experience was still positive but "fun" turned into "exhausting." A slight push-slice off the tee no longer found the rough, but instead fell 15 feet down into a waste bunker covered with marsh grass. I used a 9 iron to make par on the par-3 5th hole in calm conditions, but had to use 5 iron during our second round into the wind. Needless to say everyone struggled and drastically shot higher scores.

View from the tee on the par-3 14th, with the standard elevated plateau green.

Par-3 17th from the tee box. Probably the most iconic hole on the course.

There are a handful of other courses on the island, but nothing compares to The Ocean Course. It was also my first time playing with a walking caddie, which was a wonderful experience. If you ever make a bucket list of American courses, The Ocean Course should definitely be on there.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Schedule Change - July

It's been brought to my attention that a large portion of the league won't be able to play July 19th OR the 26th.

Now normally for individuals, we need to just stick to the schedule as it is. Especially since people plan around it, unlike Big John with the Ryder Cup.

But if 6+ people are all out... then we have make-up weeks we can use.

Please take note of the current schedule. We'll do our best to make sure anyone mathematically in the hunt for the Cup gets to play the final tournaments. Even if we have to play AFTER the Ryder Cup weekend.

Until then... consider the first 6 tournaments officially set in stone.

DPT Open - Summer 2015 Recap

Southern Hills remained a high-handicappers paradise, with 5 of the top 6 players receiving 20+ strokes on their round. But in general, everyone played exceptional. All but two league members finished under par (net), and the highest gross score was a 94. Faz will have to tell us if we ever had an event where everyone broke 100 (probably in the early seasons).

The Baron watched his subjects revolt as he finished dead last in the cellar with a 92 (gross). He has won this event, on this same course, three times with the same score or higher. Chandler shot a career best at Southern Hills and still managed to only finish T4. And Tall Mike won the Open last season with a 93... but placed one off the lead this time with a 90.

People are improving. Handicaps are falling. It's really nice to see the progress.

JW had a commanding lead most of the day until the course finally wore him down on the last four holes. It's hard to say he "choked" when he still had one of his best rounds ever. But Big John literally stole the victory by making birdie on the 18th hole, one of the most difficult on the course. John picks up his 2nd career win and his first Major title.

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This week is the "Gorecki Memorial," and for the first time we'll be playing on a full size course. But don't expect to be wearing out your driver. The Gorecki tees at Buffalo Creek play a whopping 5,795. We better see some eagles out there. Tee time is on Sunday at 9:20am. There is a driving range if you want to warm up.

These people are OUT: JW, Brendan, John.

Let me know if anyone else won't be making it. Brett is also going to make his league debut, challenging Darryl for Rookie of the Year honors.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

_____ Skins Game - Stats & (Un)interesting Facts

As Chandler already mentioned, Reid ended an incredibly long win drought on Saturday and managed to tie the (as of two weeks ago) second lowest net score in league history with -10.  You don’t often see a guy shoot 84 when they’re +11 combined on the par 3s and 5s but Reid absolutely destroyed the par 4s by playing them in +1, something Buchert did as well.


Other Highlights
Faz was even on the par 3s and won all 4 greenies in the process.  Chandler was even on the par 5s and was the only guy to make 5 on the 7th hole, which played to a 7.417 average and was the toughest on the day.

We made 13 birdies as a group, which is technically not a league record since a field of only 9 players made a total of 15 birdies at Countryway in the Spring ’13 season.  But in terms of birdies made on a real golf course it was very impressive seeing as how we made a total of 16 in the first four events combined last season.


Lowlights
Chandler played the par 3s in +7 helped by making two max 6s, something he hasn’t done since Plantation Palms on March 17, 2013.  In fact, he’s only made two max 6s in the last two seasons combined.  Pretty funny that they’ve both come on the 17th hole at Brooksville Country Club.

As a group we made 15 double pars, which is not a record but it’s certainly not good.

Consistency award through two events goes to Gorecki Jr.  He’s managed to make double bogey or worse on 75% of his 36 holes played so far.



Snapshot History of the DPT Open at Southern Hills

Season
Winner
Score
Runner(s) Up
Score
Summer '12
Geoff
69
Gary
72
Spring '13
Darren
71
Chandler/Faz
73
Summer '13
Darren
63
Geoff
69
Spring '14
Gary
69
Chandler
70
Summer '14
Darren
66
Mike
68
Spring '15
Mike
66
Darren
67




Sunday, May 31, 2015

Streamsong Golf Outing

JW is putting together a trip to Streamsong during our next bye-week. Below is his write-up of the event. Please make a comment if you're interested so we can get a possible headcount.

Welcome to the Inaugural Bone Valley Cup
 
Good day, gentlemen.  It is my pleasure to announce the creation of yet another reason to either leave your family/significant other/dog/couch to play golf for the weekend or drag the family to the middle of nowhere under the premise of a mini-vacation.  We are planning on taking over the Streamsong Resort the weekend of June 19-20.  We have to decide a lot of things in a brief time period, so if you're free that weekend, want to play 36 holes of golf on repurposed mine land, have some free cash flow to join in (costs are discussed briefly below, but you can get 36 holes in for as little as $125 - $75 to walk round 1 and round 2 for $50), then let us know so we can get numbers set up.
 
This is what we are thinking as of right now:
  • 36 holes in a mini Ryder cup format
  • Two teams
  • Each foursome will include two people from each team
  • All stroke play.  Morning round will be individual scores and afternoon will be best ball (best score per team).
  • Handicaps will be used.  Game Golf app will be used for scoring.
  • No penalties for using a forecaddie or individual caddie (you’re paying for it).   Pull carts are $15 and regular carts are $25.
  • $75 walking rate for one round.  Replay round (extra 18) for $50.
If we reserve ten rooms then we can get a discounted rate.  If we don't get ten rooms, you can get a room for $199.  You read that correctly.  For as little as $200 you can stay in the luxuries of a fine resort in the middle of an old phosphate pit in Polk County and play two rounds of golf.  If you want to shack up with another competitor, then cut the room price in half. 
 
You could also be like Crum and pay the extra coin to bring the whole family and make it a wholesome event.  This inclusion will get him more points as a husband and father, as his daughter can watch from the clubhouse while his wife relaxes in the pool.  Toddlers can take care of themselves these days, right?

Take a look at these photos and you will be wondering how the creator turned muck and sweat into an architectural gem.  Yeah the courses are ranked on lists and the trees don’t provide shade.  You will be glad you played both courses and drank a cold beer when it’s all said and done.

Email Mr. Crum and me to let us know you are in.  We need a tally of who is interested and how much room we have to negotiate with the resort.  The more sandbaggers the better.  This is a team game.  Polk vs Hillsborough, Salami vs Bologna, UF vs FSU, etc. etc.  We might go with Mosaic vs Cargill.  We’ll let the teams decide the names.
 
Thanks,
 
Dub and Crum