Friday, December 30, 2016

The Rapture

Once I acquired our new "Ryder Cup" trophy, and spent a few weeks attempting to ruin it with various drill holes and chemicals, I needed to come up with a theme. The actual Ryder Cup was named after the physical trophy donated by Samuel Ryder.

Mr. Ryder was just a golf fan who didn't even play the game until age 50, but had the money to commission a trophy. Simple... sort of odd... but it's been around so long it works.

But we now have, for better or worse, "The Moses." There are a lot of great Moses related events to reference, like the time he became the first human to ever successfully converse with a plant. While it was on fire, no less. But the "Burning Bush Brouhaha" sounds a little too scandalous.

So we're going to take a slight Biblical side-step and call it "The Rapture." Here's a brief explanation for heathens like Faz:

The Rapture (first written about in 1830!) is a belief that during the 2nd coming of Christ, all believers will ascend to Heaven, leaving all non-believers left on Earth to await the end of the world. The idea has sparked countless "end of the world" prophecies, including the more recent and widely reported May 21, 2011 prediction by evangelist Harold Camping.

[Side Note: Harold wasn't "wrong." He suffered a stroke 19 days later and died in 2013 after falling in his home. Taking into account margin of error, it was a pretty accurate prediction of his final day on Earth. The rest of us, however, are stuck here.]

So how is this related to our event? Well... once a year the good golfers will be drafted into the competition, while the terrible golfers are left behind. It also rolls off the tongue:

Gary: "Hey, Gorecki! You going to The Rapture this year?"
Gorecki: "No, I didn't qualify. Probably because I don't understand that OB is a stroke AND distance penalty."

Sorry, Mike. Maybe next year.


As in previous years, qualifying will be based on your "Official Golf Ranking," locking after the 1st Major of the Summer season. To get on that list, you need at least 8 events in the previous rolling 18. This means even the rookies can qualify if they play in 8 of the next 12.

I'll start asking everyone for availability soon (August dates). We will also be moving to a 3 day event, playing one round per day starting on a Friday. We've been lucky in the past, but rain and darkness have almost ruined the first day every year. The plan is for an Ocala/Inverness trip in 2017, and will hopefully include Black Diamond... one of the best courses in Florida, and a place that won't find any of this amusing.

So play often... play well... and get selected.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The New "Ryder Cup" Trophy

I've been alluding to this for over a year, but the time has come to re-brand our annual team tournament. While it's structured after the famous USA vs. Europe exhibition, we need something specifically unique to us. And it should be consistent with our league name... as in... it shouldn't make any sense.

Over the past year I've been scouring the internet looking for a trophy. Once I found/built the hardware we're playing for, I could craft the story behind it. I also wanted a heavy, sturdy, mostly Darren-proof item. Something cast in bronze would be perfect. And it should make people scratch their heads when we bring it inside the clubhouse after the event.

There are a ton of random bronze statues on the internet for sale. Many of them are fantastic works of art, and quite expensive. I almost pulled the trigger a few times, but I found pieces coming from China had inconsistent prices and questionable quality descriptions. I couldn't chance wasting league money on something that wasn't as advertised. We run a tight financial ship over here.

So my journey continued. Aimlessly wandering around the web for what seemed like 40 years, desperately searching for the Promised Trophy. And then he appeared... residing in New Jersey... it's motherfuckin' Moses!

Hello.

Moses was the original superhero (or supervillain, to the Egyptians), and the embodiment of law, persistence, strength and unwavering blind-faith. He was an unstoppable killing-machine with a temper that would make the Hulk blush. Sure, Mo' only straight up murdered one person. But he used the powers and word of God to rack up a body count in the tens of thousands. All while living off psychedelic mushrooms.

Weighing 12 lbs. and standing 14.5" tall, "The Moses" also doesn't mess around. He can currently preside over the next 9 years of competition, at which point I'll need to figure out a new base. Lil Mo' will also live with, protect, and judge the shit out of the winning captain for a year. And all victorious team members will be immortalized on Mo's pedestal.

Behold.

Dave will take the first official possession of The Moses on Week 1 of the new season. And next week I'll tell you about the other slight changes to the event.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

DFL Dinner

While everyone knows about the prestigious Champions Dinner that takes place twice a year, few know about the DFL Dinner.

After each season, everyone who has ever finished last place (with at least 4 tournaments played) meet at the local soup kitchen.

The most current loser gets to top his soup off with Tabasco sauce.

Surprisingly, no one has ever "won" the award twice:

2012 Summer - Bito
2013 Spring - Scuba Steve
2013 Summer - Ben G.
2014 Spring - Tall Mike
2014 Summer - Geoff
2015 Spring - JW
2015 Summer - Gorecki
2016 Spring - Big John
2016 Summer - Troy

Here's an inside look into the most recent gathering:

Haters gonna say it's fake.

Friday Golf

Got a 10:40am tee time at Southern Hills. Two spots open. Anyone around?

Monday, December 19, 2016

Ocala Review

Played Candler Hills and Stone Creek up in Ocala yesterday. Both courses were great, in excellent shape, and could be used in our "Ryder Cup" event next year. We were basically looking for a good "alternate shot" course.

Stone Creek was more traditional, with a lot of water hazards and a few giant oak trees planted in the middle of fairways. We teed it forward, and it still played a lot harder than it's 117 slope. All around a nice course, which we'll use if we need to.

But Candler Hills was a lot more "fun." It's insanely open off the tee, has zero water hazards, and giant greens which were in great shape. The layout is excellent with a handful of short par 4s. One is designed to be driveable by most of the league. The par 3s are difficult at about 170+, and there's a 560 yard uphill par 5 (670 from the tips) that requires you to hit 3 good long shots. It's just a mixed bag of everything. It reminded me of an easier version of Esplanade.

But that's not to say you couldn't put up a big number. The elevation change in the greens is more than anything we play on a regular basis. And there is OB on almost every hole if you hit it 30+ yards off the fairway. They also have close to 100 bunkers on the course.

Considering the difficulty of Black Diamond and Juliette Falls, this would be my first choice for alternate shot (notice how I didn't write "scramble").

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It appears all league members from the "computer generation" have finally figured out how to register for events. So remember to UPDATE your selections as your schedule changes. The list will update in real time  (just don't change the name you entered in the sheet).

When I book a course (usually a week out), I'll reserve a spot for all the IN people. For example, if I were to book Week 1 now, I'd get 4 groups for the 14 "IN" responses. This leaves two spots open for the "???" people. First come first served on those spots. Sometimes we'll have extra space, sometimes we won't. So it's important to keep your selection current.

In the future I see penalties handed out to people who are IN but then bail the week of an event. But for this season, we'll just see how it goes.

We're also going to lock league membership for the Spring 2017 season. If you're on the list today, congrats! You made it! Any new people are still welcome if space is available, but they'll be playing to establish handicaps for the summer.

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I got some more updates coming down the pipe this week, one of which will be the re-branding of the "Ryder Cup." But everyone has 13 days remaining before handicaps are locked for Week 1. So go practice!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Gorecki - By The Numbers

Gorecki has played 35 events, 36 rounds and 648 holes in league history. Let's break down his career "by the numbers." Thanks to Faz and his stats sheet for some of these.

742 - Number of views (as of this writing) on his obituary page.

595 - Number of holes played until he recorded his first birdie.

68 - Number of career pars or better (fewer than 2 per round on average).

50 - Highest strokes over par (gross) in an event (Pebble Creek in Spring 2016).

35 - Average (gross) strokes over par per round.

30 - Length in inches (2.5') of the gimmie putt he begged for, didn't get, and then posted about looking for sympathy.

9 - Number of events (26%) he finished DFL.

3 - Number of Long Drives ever won.

2 - Number of times he shot a gross score HIGHER than the course's slope.

1 - Number of strokes Gorecki attempts to shave every time he goes OB.

0.25 - Average number of Greenies per round.

0 - Number of times he's broken 90. Also, number of Sandies ever recorded. And number of women he feels comfortable around.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Weekend Recap

Off-season scouting continues.

Heritage Harbor was... well... Heritage Harbor. A tricked up difficult course that's cheap in the winter. The greens were decent but really soggy/spongy for some reason. At least they held, unlike Cypress Creek which is in "time out" until those conditions improve. I reckon we'll hit up the HH if we're in a pinch for a local place to play.

I try to keep the greens fees around $45 per round in the winter, and $35 in the summer (non-Majors). Big John thinks we're being "cheap" and wants to play nicer courses every week, but with 19 active members of all different financial situations, it's not reasonable to do so. Remember, I'm a man of the people. I'm not the leader you want, but the one you deserve.

So in the winter, we're gonna play some shit.

Speaking of shit, I caved in and played Mangrove Bay with Mike "Still Doesn't Understand How OB Works" Gorecki. He wants to play his tournament there from the old man tees next season since a lot of people complained about Buffalo Creek. And apparently Gorecki is in the "anti-Countryway" camp.

The course itself is in much better shape than Buffalo Creek. Greens, fairway, rough... everything. It's also much closer for everyone, especially the Westchase people. But the track is insanely easy, and from the old man tees it's even shorter than BC (5,726). A bunch of the tees were about 5 yards behind the Katie Tees.

I'll let Mr. OB come on here and give you his "The purpose of the tournament is...." speech. But feel free to add to the discussion.

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This week I'm headed up to do the final scouting for next year's "Ryder Cup." Gary, Darren and allegedly Tall Mike are joining... leaving Tampa sometime around 6am. Should be fun.

Be sure to report your scores if you play anywhere.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sunday Group Update

Have 2 groups for the following people this Sunday:

Chandler
Darren
Gorecki
Faz
Brendan
Big John
Casey
Reid

9am-ish at Heritage Harbor. NOT Heritage Isles. Don't go to the wrong course.

Monday, December 5, 2016

November Handicap Tracker

Man, look at all the blog posts saying "Gorecki, where is this month's handicap tracker??" Settle down, it may be a few days late but its here. Glad to see my efforts are appreciated though. Kind of like Chandler and this blog he created, and maintains, and updates, and does fancy graphs, spreadsheets, and now registration response forms. Good Lord, you think he does all this while NOT on company time?? (Darren??)

Anyways, looks like some "new" members officially qualified as DPT members and now carry a handicap. And timing couldn't have been better because without Katie's HC entry, I would've found myself back in the cellar as JW and Geoff have a lower HC by ONE TENTH of a point! I'm sure Dub has enjoyed taking my money on some low gross HC bets we've made during the past couple of exhibition matches. Makes the game more fun and also keeps us motivated to keep taking lessons, practicing, and playing rounds during the off season. And after reading that Katie beat 4 league members on Saturday in GROSS, I can't see her HC staying in the thirties for very long.

Not only did the bottom end of the tracker see movement, the top did as well with Dave dropping a whole point this month! He leap frogged Dan who has a whole 2 rounds recorded over the past 6 months. The league has rules on getting a handicap established, is there a rule where he's in danger of getting dropped? 

Outside of those mentioned above not a lot of shuffling of handicap "rankings". More drops and no changes in handicaps than increases this month so props to the improver's.

Only 4 weekends left to play until next season commences.. get your sandbagged errrr low rounds sent in!


Weekend Recap & More Practice Rounds

Good day out at Lexington Oaks on Saturday. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the course was in pretty good shape. Based on my "napkin math," Geoff and Darren played well shooting even par (net). But Katie shot a 43 (gross) on the back nine to go -4 (net). It was a driving clinic, with her striping every tee shot 200ish down the middle, and on one hole driving the green and needing to apologize to the guys in front of us.

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I'll be playing hurt on Sunday morning somewhere. Around 9am, somewhere not too far out of town. Comment if you want in.

Also comment if you want in on the December 18th trip to play 36 holes up in Ocala. It's the final part of our "Ryder Cup" recon mission. I know Gary and Darren are in so far. I gotta book that on Sunday, so speak up now.

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Finally, we only have SIX people who need to fill out the registration form for next season. Be sure to do that or I'm not going to save a spot for you week 1. If it worked for 13 people, you can only blame user error and failure to read the directions if you're having issues (Tall Mike).

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2017 - PGA Fantasy Golf Pool

Next week I'll be sending out the selection sheet for the 2017 PGA Fantasy Golf Pool. A bunch of you participated last year. Some of you didn't.

It's a "pick and forget" league, requiring you to do zero work after making your initial selections, which makes it perfect for some of you people.

If you didn't play last year and want to give it a shot, make a comment and I'll add your email to the initial distribution list.

Monday, November 28, 2016

More Off-Season Golf

This weekend I can only get out on Saturday morning. I'm going to book something around 9am. Perhaps Heritage Isles, a course that installed new greens this summer and they're in excellent shape. Too bad the layout is tricked up. Booked at Lexington Oaks.

If you'd prefer to play Sunday instead, I believe Gorecki is looking for a game. Make comments below!

And a bunch of you need to fill out the registration form (if anything so I can link up your account). Make your existence count!

Looks like we got 2 full groups for Saturday.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Weekend Golf - Update

Tall Mike said he'd be in for Friday and Sunday... but we need an update on those rounds:

Black Friday - We have one group booked at Buffalo Creek: Gorecki, Chandler, JW and Hartman.

Gorecki had a 2nd group booked, not sure if he cancelled it though due to lack of interest. He needs to let us know before we can add Tall Mike (and we'd need to find at least one more person).

Sunday - I got one group booked at Southern Hills at 9:30am. Gary, Chandler, Darren and Reid. If MORE of you (Tall Mike) want in, let me know now and we'll try to add another group behind it. But we can't roll up there with 5 people.

Comment away!

Monday, November 21, 2016

New Event Registration Procedure

While most people do a good job keeping me informed as to what events they're playing, there's always a bit of hunting for responses the week of tournament play. Some of you like to roll with the "I'm in unless I say otherwise" mantra. Others tell me at events, which only works if I write it down. And then you have the "I'll have to check my schedule" people, which doesn't help since we need to book events at least a week out.

The process isn't sustainable as we gain new members. We're also almost to the size where we need to book courses further in advance, which might cause financial penalties if people bail after signing up. We'll cross that bridge in a season or two... but for now we need to do something about weekly registration.

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On the right side of the blog near the top is a link that says: "Member Registration." Clicking on that link will take you to a form showing the schedule and corresponding dates. You will be required to sign in with your GoogleID... the same way you would to post a comment. If you don't have a GoogleID, you need to get one. They're free. And Gmail is awesome.

At the bottom of the form, enter your name so I can identify you and link your responses to the blog.

Once you're set up, you can edit your responses whenever you desire and they will automatically update in the list currently below the Official Golf Rankings. A week from each event, I will book enough spots for every member who said "IN." Any extra spots can then be filled with guests, people wanting to join the league next season, and those members who want to get in last minute.

The form is live and ready to go... so fill it out now! Doing so will also help work out any bugs that arise before the season starts on January 8th.

Thanksgiving Week Golf

Here's what I know:

 Thursday: 8am shotgun at Herritage Isles. Reid, myself and Tom. I think we need one more. Reid and I do this every year, and we are home well before Thanksgiving meals. Anyone want the final spot?

 Friday: 9am tee time at Buffalo Creek. Gorecki booked it and somehow convinced me to play. We need 2 more. Every time I've ever played Black Friday it has been a disaster. Buffalo at 9am shouldn't be too bad, though. I hope.

 Comment if you want in on these. I also might post a Sunday round too.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Tee it Forward

We did have a lot of fun at Juliette Falls despite some awful play by myself and some by Gorecki. I will say that playing with Gorecki is WAY better than it was a year ago, and he's driving the ball very well. Once he gets over this "can't hit a hybrid" mindset, he might become a mid-tier handicapper in this league.

As you all know, though, Gorecki has been an advocate of teeing it forward to help his game. While we do play a tee box ahead of a lot of folks due to a general lack of talent in the league, I don't know if this is what is meant by "tee it forward":


Maybe trying to catch up with Geoff in handicap has him literally trying to catch up with him on the tee box?  

Keep practicing...

Thursday, November 17, 2016

2017 Schedule

Football, weddings and holidays dominate this time of year, but that will all be over soon as 2017 approaches. Scheduling the season isn't fun by any means, so keep in mind that I always follow a few rules:

1) I avoid all major holiday weekends, allowing people to go out of town without missing tournaments.
2) I try not to schedule more than 4 events in a row, giving you a break to make other plans.
3) We won't play on weekends when a large portion of the league is out. Brendan's wedding is an example of this, since 5 of the 12 guys at the time would have missed.
4) We need a few weeks off between seasons, or some of you people will get divorced.
5) We need to end the Summer season AND play the "Ryder Cup" before football starts back up in early September.

Unfortunately, applying those constraints doesn't leave a lot of remaining weekends to play 18 events and a 3-day Ryder Cup tournament. So if you're out of town for a handful of these dates... that's just the consequence of you being too popular. It's not possible for us to move the dates unless a majority of people are out for some reason. The exception is the final event, which will be moved to accommodate anyone who is still mathematically alive. We've never had to do this... but it'll happen eventually.

Put the dates below in your calendar. We need to start sooner than anticipated due to holidays and league conflicts in the summer.

Sunday, January 8th
Sunday, January 15th
Sunday, January 22nd (Major)
----Off for Gasparilla----
Sunday, February 5th
Sunday, February 12th
Sunday, February 19th (Major)
Sunday, February 26th
----Off Week / Makeup Week if Needed----
Sunday, March 12th
Sunday, March 19th (Major)
Sunday, March 26th (Makeup Week if Needed)
Sunday, April 2nd (Makeup Week if Needed)

We will also be implementing a scheduling form, which each member will use to "register" for events. More on this later, but it requires you to use a Google account. If you don't have one, you're only 12 years behind the rest of the world.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Juliette Falls

The course was excellent. Everything was in great shape and the layout is better than anything we have here in Tampa. It has some decent length to it, and a good bit of water. Tons of waste bunkers and thick woods also punish wayward drives. But for the most part it's pretty open off the tee.

Due to the difficulty (130 slope), we'd use it for Four-Ball at our event. It's a shame it's so far away, or else we'd play it in the league.

I'm going to go back up to Ocala again in a few weeks and attempt to play both Candler Hills and Stone Creek in one day. If you're interested, let me know and we'll work out a date.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Sunday Golf Trip

So there are two options for our scouting trip. Drive up and play Juliette Falls... or play 36 holes at Candler Hills and Stone Creek (they're 5 min apart).

I went ahead and booked TWO groups at Juliette Falls. 9:30am. $49 and it comes with a burger and beer.

Updated list in order of those who RSVPd:

Chandler
Geoff
Darren
Gorecki
JW
Garcia
Dave
Troy

Thursday, November 3, 2016

2017 "Ryder Cup" Scouting

There are two things I'm working on this off-season involving our annual team competition. The first is a complete re-branding of the event. I got a name change / theme ready to go, and a trophy that I need to build a base for. The stupidity of it all is on par with something you'd expect from me. But we really need to call it something different, and not something boring like "The Tampa Cup" which another league does in the area.

Once I successfully get the trophy ready (hopefully this month) I'll post the details.

I'm also planning for the event to expand to 16 people, and I'm going to make an attempt at holding it up in Lecanto & Ocala. The idea is to play the final round at Black Diamond, #2 on my personal list of courses I've played in Florida.

To make the trip work, we'd rent a couple of AirBnb houses (there are a bunch of good ones) and we'd need to play two more courses in the area. I have a list of 3 highly ranked courses I need to check out this winter (ratings on GolfAdvisor) to make sure they're worthy.

1) Juliette Falls - 4.5 stars - About $50 on the weekends currently. All recent reviews are excellent. Pictures look great. Long challenging layout with our tees playing 6,269 and 130 slope.

2) Candler Hills - 4.6 stars - Top rated in Ocala area and priced around $55. Seems pretty open off the tee and rated easy: 6,110 yards with a 117 slope. I'm not sure why almost all the reviews are raving about this course, so I might as well go find out.

3) Stone Creek - 4.4 stars - $40 and reviews praise the value, conditions, and say it's easy to score well. The length is hidden in two of the par 5s, so we'd have to tee it back to 6,371 at a 119 slope.

So who wants to go try one of these on Sunday, November 13th? They're a bit of a drive but we could even knock off two of them in one trip if you are adventurous enough.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October Handicap Tracker

More rounds played this month equaled some shifts in handicaps and rankings. Here are some notes:

Dan took over the top spot of lowest handicap by.. NOT recording any rounds in October. Dave recorded 2 rounds in the mid eighties and witnessed his HC go up by almost a half point. Crazy.

Chandler played several rounds this month scoring in low eighties and a 78 which in turn drops his handicap to a personal best (I believe) 7.9. No need to compliment him on this feat given his ego.

The Gary/Darren/Faz/Buchert log jam continued with Gary and Darren slipping some and Faz and Buchery improving. Would be interesting to see how this foursome competes come next season.

Brendan played a couple courses including The Claw (why??) and shaved almost a whole point off his.

Darryl couldn't handle having me as his boss and retired (again) from the construction industry to instead pursue his card on the Senior Tour. So he's retaking lessons and as a result we see his HC go the wrong way and jump a point and a half! Well hopefully the "gotta get worse before getting better" comes true as he has some work to do before next season and Scotland.

Geoff did NOT like being in the cellar so with 2 rounds posted in the mid nineties he leap frogs JW and I. Then JW plays a couple rounds and watches his handicap slip just enough to fall below me. With me not playing or practicing at all this month (ouch) I hope my swing and play doesn't regress.

Well keep posting opportunities to play on the blog and send Chandler your scores. With Fall weather approaching we might actually be comfortable out on the links!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Sunday Outing

Lake Jovita is up next, since many of us have vouchers. However, as of right now they don't have any tee times until 11:20am. The weather will be fine so that's not an issue.

Who wants in at that time on Sunday?

It's $50 if you don't have a voucher.

Tee Time #1 - 11:21am - North Course
Chandler
Gary
Darren
JW

Second tee time added.
Dave
Reid
Katie
(one spot open) 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sunday at Brooksville Country Club

9:30am. $30 if you don't have the voucher. I got spots for myself, Gary, Dave and JW.

If anyone else wants to go... book the time behind us and get some people.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sunday Golf and New Members

Fall is a great reminder that the league NEEDS the long layoff. It seems most of us are out of town just about every weekend!

Who is around this Sunday? The weather is going to be excellent. I have a Lake Jovita voucher good after 10am... and Brooksville voucher good any time. I know some of you also bought those.

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As our league continues to grow, I'll be formalizing "rules" for new members. Currently, we've been requiring everyone to play a few rounds with us and report at least 5 rounds for handicapping purposes. And anyone wanting to join after week 3 needs to wait until the next season.

If we ever get to around 30 members, I will lock it down and make it extremely structured. It's no different than any other social group or golf club. I'd also consider making us an officially recognized USGA club.

Think of the possibilities: Waiting lists for new recruits and member-guest events. Gorecki attempting to blackball transgendered golfers because he acts differently around them. Yearly board meetings and expanded events. A special parking spot outside my house for the reigning club champion.

But for now, we're just some dudes playing together.

A few people have expressed a desire to officially join next season. But we need more commitment than just saying "hey that sounds fun, I want in." If the season started tomorrow, only Anthony and Crum have enough rounds recorded to play for money and points. And Crum hasn't really said he wants in (marriage and kids will do that).

Katie, Robbie and Casey have all expressed interest and played at least one round with us... but that needs to increase before we start back up in 3 months. So if you're "sponsoring" any of those (or other) people... get them out on the course! We don't ask for much... but we need our new people to 1) show up consistently 2) get involved with discussions on this blog 3) play by and get used to our league rules 4) not be a dick...

Never mind. We do ask a lot. And that's a good thing.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

September Handicap Tracker

ALOT of activity this past month which means either we enjoy playing golf in 95 degree weather or the bucs just aren't that appealing to watch.
EVERY league member (except Troy *cough slacker*) played in September and reported their rounds to Chandler.
And with some decent rounds posted, there was some considerable shifting among the handicap ranks...
Starting off with a new low handicap leader! Dave has been playing lights out as of late and even with Dan's impressive low 80's rounds at difficult high-slope courses, Dave's mid and upper 70's scores dropped him to a 7.1! Are you now ready to join Dan in the back tees Dave?
Props to Chandler on this month's largest handicap drop (1.7). He's currently tied with his lowest handicap ever. Looks like he's using this time to practice and play more rounds of golf as his fiance' wants him as little involved as possible with the wedding planning. 
Darren did a little leap frogging jumping into to the 5th lowest handicapper in our league. A few other guys bundled up in the 12&13 handicap range though so he might not get to enjoy this position for long.
And yes as Chandler mentioned yours truly has moved up from the cellar for the first time in league history. After he posted that my handicap is now lower than both Geoff and JW, Dub then immediately reported some rounds that put him back ahead of me, but it's only by .2 of a point!
So props again to the continued play. Keep checking the blog as I'm sure some round invitations will be posted.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Time to Shut the League Down...

For the first time in league history... Gorecki has an official handicap lower than TWO people. His 24.9 index is well ahead of JW and Geoff, and he's close to overtaking Troy.

JW is going through a swing change (like a lot of us) so I expect him to bounce back soon.

But congrats, Mike. Only took you 40 years to consistently break 100.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2016 Ryder Cup

The actual Ryder Cup... not that thing we do which will be getting a re-branding soon... is on this weekend. Friday to Sunday.

Anyone want to meet up at a bar on Sunday and watch the American team choke again? Yeah, football is on too. But this is a bigger deal.

Tell me if you're in and we can choose a location based on the responses.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Countryside Recap & Gorectoberfest Invite

Well despite the fears by some (ok one really *cough Chandler*) EVERYONE showed up on time for our 8:35 start. Brendan actually added a 4th tee time for after 9 but that group went off earlier with us. Due to an inch and a half of rain they got on Friday, the range was closed and it was cart path only. The front 9 was soggy but the back was better. Course overall is OK. Course wasn't in the best shape. The rough is thick and there were plenty of hazards and bunkers we all experienced. Overall we feel it can be added to winter league if the price is right.

Scores to boast about was Dave posting a 3 over 75. Chandler a 5 over 77. Brendan an 86. and me a personal best 42 on the back 9. We won't discuss what I shot on the front but I sure wish the range was open as my first 4 holes were turrible!

Mike O threw his back out on the first hole and Buchert had to play chiropractor. Kid is more fragile than RGIII and Adrian Peterson combined.

As far as the early(ier) tee time. It appears it wasn't met with much opposition and some posted on here they prefer it. I suggest we try a few next season with that and just like when you learn of the course selection, you have the option if you want to attend that week. With the supposed increase in league members next year, we should be comfortable filling out several 4some spots each week no matter the course and tee time selections.



I'd also like to invite the league out for my 40th birthday celebration. I sent an invite out to those I'm friends with on facebook. All are invited though with your WAGS. Its next Friday, September 30th at 7pm at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company (Westchase location). I've reserved the brewery area where they will have high top tables and our own bar. Fell free to attend and help me welcome my 40's with some food, drink and some kind hearted stories of me I'm sure.

Hope to see (most of) you guys there.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Countryside - Guest List

As of right now, these are the people I have on the list for Countryside... this Sunday... at 8:30AM.

Chandler
Darren
Tall Mike
Buchert
Dave
Gorecki
Casey
Brendan
Danny (Brendan)
Tyson (Brendan)
Todd (Brendan)

That's 11 people... with Geoff who committed but then seems to be backing out. Kinda hard to tell.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Countryside- Sunday

Heard from Pro:

3 tee times starting at 8:35am
$40 per player
Range balls included
Reserved under "Gorecki"


Countryside - Sunday

We have 11 guys signed up for this Sunday. However, we don't have an official tee time yet. Allegedly we are waiting to hear from the pro. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Summer 2016 - Faz Stats

Faz sent over his stats. Usually he includes everyone and just highlights those people who played in 4 or fewer events. Well... I just straight up deleted them. Get that non-dedicated clutter out of here!


We need to book Countryside soon. Right now we have one group: Chandler, Gorecki, Darren, Dave. The rest of you fools need to commit ASAP so we don't look like chumps rolling up there with 4 people. Sunday, September 18th.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Countryside Update

The pro at Countryside said September 18th should work out for a group outing. Sometime between 8am and 9:45am. But at the moment we only have myself, Darren and Gorecki.

Countryside is like one of Brendan's favorite courses. And Dave keeps saying he needs to get out. So... where are you people?

Faz, JW and Gary are all out of town. Geoff? Reid? Anyone out there? Any NEW people joining the league should probably sign up for this as well.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

August Recap & Handicap Tracker

Well August sure brought us some challenging and punishing courses. The slope rating of course's league members played this month averaged over 130! The "Big Stick Gold Medal" award goes to the Ryder Cup participants who experienced a 140 slope on Jack's "front" tees at Reunion. Silver Medal to those who played the PGA Tour Course Copperhead at Innisbrook. Honorable Mention goes to Buchert who played Westchase from the tips at 6700 yards and a 136 slope. "Short Stick" goes to yours truly who played a 116 slope from the Golds at Mangrove Bay. But at 5700 yds, a wide open layout and the course in surprisingly good shape... could we see a potential new location for the Gorecki Memorial?  Stay tuned!

This month I also got to witness Darren tease the Golf Gods by him coming up to Gary and I on the 18th tee of Eaglebrook and boast how he only needs a bogey to break 80 for the first time ever. Instead we witness him have an errant tee shot, 2nd shot hit a tree limb, 3rd shot go in the water, and yada yada finish with a max double par 8! Still a hell of a round posting an 82 on a challenging "waterlefe" type course.

So with that low score of Darren's and my continued improved play (credit Golf Tec) we were the biggest mover's in handicaps. Those same Golf God's didn't like seeing Chandler as a single digit handicapper so they wised up and corrected that for him. Perhaps you should practice Rule #14 more and they'll reward you? Anyways, here's the latest tracker...

NameCurrent Index8/15 Index8/1 IndexIndex Change (since 8/1)
Dan Rogers7.87.87.80.0
Dave Harrington7.97.98.3-0.4
Chandler Brown10.29.39.30.9
Gary Brown12.212.112.10.1
Chris Fazioli12.612.812.8-0.2
Brian Buchert13.213.213.5-0.3
Darren Broom13.414.114.1-0.7
Robert Reid15.315.615.6-0.3
Darryl Gorecki18.718.418.40.3
Mike Oostenbrink18.918.918.90.0
John Webermeier21.021.020.90.1
Brendan Donoghue21.121.120.60.5
Troy Najour24.324.324.30.0
Geoff Leighly25.025.025.00.0
JW Ferguson25.525.525.40.1
Mike Gorecki25.927.828.2-2.3

It also looks like Chandler is one of the 4 people that visit the blog during the offseason and honored my request to create the handicap history graph for me. And as Buchert pointed out in an earlier post my chances of winning a tournament come spring season is nil as the graph depicted below displays a point decline more than what happened to the stock market 2 days after the Brexit vote:



So keep sending Chandler your scores during the off season and pay homage to the Golf Gods as they always seem to remind you they're watching you.

Oh and Faz now that you're all settled in at your new home, how bout those "Congrats You Suck" season stat sheets you've been promising??

Monday, August 29, 2016

Brooksville Voucher and Countryside Outing

Couple of guys missed the Lake Jovita voucher. Reid just bought the Brooksville CC one on Deal Caddy. $25 good through November 4th. I'll grab one of those too.

But who is up for playing Countryside on September 18th? It's the private course we were going to play last year... but the entire state flooded and we had to go somewhere else. The course (3 nines) is decent, and if we like it we could add it to the rotation.

Comment now if you want in so we can work on getting a group reserved.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Lake Jovita Voucher

Head on over to GroupGolfer and buy the voucher for Lake Jovita. $35... good any day... after 10am on weekends... expires November 20th.

I'll probably put together an outing in October or early November. Make a comment on here if you buy it.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Golf - Sunday August 28th

Next week at Eaglebrooke. I have a 4-some voucher with one available spot left. Already in are Gary and Darren. Tee time is 10:20am and cost is $30 for the voucher.

First person to say they want in gets the final spot. If more people want to play, the rate is about $45+ tax.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Reunion - Damages Fee

So... I was contacted by Reunion today. Apparently during one of  Big John's drinking binges, he decided to run around outside and throw a bunch of shit. They're trying to make me (as the group organizer) pay for it.

I don't have the estimated damages yet, but they did send video footage from their surveillance camera.

Here's the video. <-- click this link

Monday, August 15, 2016

2016 Ryder Cup - Recap

Dave's Blue Team really took it to Mike's Orange Team this weekend, basically knocking them out on the first day. In all three rounds, Orange couldn't close out tight matches to make it respectable. In fact, five matches had Blue 1 Up with six holes to go... and Orange won zero of them.

So in lieu of a full recap... let's look at the "Winners" and "Losers" of the weekend.

Winners.
 
Losers.

Winner - Scottish Irish Dave
Currently has a career-leading 6.5 out of a possible 9 points. Dave drafted a great team, and then made sure to win two of his three contests. He will hopefully be the first keeper of our new trophy, if the league president can ever figure out how to finish it.

Loser - #1 Overall Pick
Hey, that's me! Chandler was drafted because of his stellar match-play (singles) record. He lived up to that hype by earning a rare Orange point with a gross 77. But on day one, he didn't contribute nearly enough to his playing partners. Both Tall Mike and Brendan deserved better!

Winner - Dave's Last "Pick"
Gorecki wasn't drafted by Dave. He was forced upon Dave like a bad arranged marriage in India. And up until last month, the concerns about Gorecki were justified. But he continued his stellar play (in relation to his handicap) and scored 2.5 points while securing the cup-clinching point for the 2nd straight year.

Loser - Chapman Format
An American tradition developed in 1947 by golfer Dick Chapman at Pinehurst. Still used in annual tournaments at the prestigious club, it is also sometimes called "American Foresomes." Dick Chapman, who played a record 19 times at the Masters as an amateur, would never have predicted that his game was too complex for golfers 70 years later.

For the 3rd year in a row, members of the league struggled to grasp the concept. This year, it was Darren, Reid, Gary and Buchert who decided to play a scramble after the 2nd shots. Why? Because a combined 6 years of DPT Ryder Cup experience wasn't enough for someone to realize there is never a scramble component in any of the matches. At one point, someone in that group reportedly said they thought it was scored as stroke play instead of match play.

At first Reid was blamed. Then Gary. Then Darren. And Buchert swears the modified-alternate-shot-scramble disaster was used last year. Considering he played with Darren, Brendan and Tall Mike last year... I believe it.

There will never be a scramble component to this event. You can't accurately handicap it. I originally didn't even want modified alternate shot, but was convinced it wasn't too complicated for you people. Spoiler alert: it is.

Winner - JW's Picks
The Dub accurately predicted the first 6 matches, which included a halve by Gary/Gorecki & Darren/John. And while he only picked 3 of the final 6 correct, he wrote about being 2 Up on Reid through 15 and choking the match away.

Loser - Snapchat Journalism
As a joke it was suggested that we re-create the "Spring Break 2016" golf trip. I'm pretty sure all I accomplished was giving the WAGs a way to watch over us.

Winner - Reunion and Grand Cypress
Excellent course conditions. Accommodations were great. Location was perfect with restaurants and bars close by. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Loser - Race Relations and Gender Equality
We definitely set both of these back a few decades for various reasons. And by "we," I'm mostly referring to Gorecki and one or two people who aren't in the league. We'll keep fighting the good fight, however. #progress

Winner - Feeding the Homeless
JW donated pizza to those less fortunate. He's a great role model, and we should all learn from his generosity.

That's it for now. Check back later for more weekend golf outings (Copperhead this weekend for those with vouchers).

Thursday, August 11, 2016

More Picks!

JW's excellent commentary got me inspired. Here are some more picks before the leader boards attack the blog:

Round 1
Dave/JW wins Tree & 2 over Chan/Mike
Tall Mike has never won a Four-Ball match. The last time I was paired with him (2014) he was complete garbage. Granted, he had a lot of back and medication issues. And Mike is the hottest golfer on tour this year. But his nearly 5-point drop in handicap over the past few months has finally transformed Tall Mike from Paige Spiranac to Inbee Park.

Tall Mike... then and now.

JW's 17 (17?!? GTFO) strokes drop Chan/Mike like a sack of potatoes. Dave contributes a few times, but mostly just wanders around the course picking up said potatoes.

Reid/Brendan 1up over Buchert/Geoff
Unlike my captain... Brendan has never lost a Four-Ball match. He'll be in a stroke-off against Geoff, needing 4 less to get the job done.

I first started going out to Reunion in 2009. Back then most of the mansions on the Nicklaus Course were abandoned and seemingly foreclosed. Geoff will be too distracted this week checking comp sheets and current listings to play golf. He ejects from the round early and often.

Buchert will be in much better shape than he was last year. But the Nicklaus course is too difficult for his snap-hooks. And despite Reid living in Gorecki's Cellar (currently not qualified for the 2017 DPT Ryder Cup), he'll chip in on 18 and pimp walk up to the green as if he does it all the time.

Darren/John 4&3 over Gary/Gorecki
Gary hits the ball further than he can see it. Not good for the heavily guarded Nicklaus Course. And the only time Gorecki has played this track, he literally (not exaggerated) took almost 6 hours to finish a 2-man scramble. He was my ride and I was in the group ahead of him. I sat on 18 for over an hour waiting on them. I don't care how much Gorecki has improved... he hates this course.

Round 2
Big&Tall Department Store 2&1 over D-off
As JW pointed out, 7 strokes in an alternate shot match are a lot. But let's just take a look at how most of the holes will play out. 1) Dave hits a good drive, while Geoff sprays it into the woods. 2) Geoff doesn't find the green on the approach with Dave's ball. 3) Dave has to chip with his hybrid. 4) Geoff putts it 5 feet past the hole. 5) Dave misses most of the 5-foot comebacks because he sucks at putting.

That's a lot of bogeys and worse. Give me Team Adjective here all day.

Chan/Brendan 1up over JW/Gorecki
Gorecki has been lights out (net) for two reasons. 1) He's taking lessons. 2) I'm helping him with course management so he doesn't embarrass us in Scotland next year. I'm not saying one positive word to him this weekend. Gorecki reverts to chunking chips, missing short putts that probably should have been given, and topping tee shots. JW won't snap any clubs because he knows playing with Gorecki is a lost cause.

Buchert/Gary 10&8 over Darren/Reid
Darren will have lost half his body weight in sweat by this point. And Reid will be in a hurry to watch Jamaica compete in the 4x420. An event filled with black, green and a gold medal.

Round 3
Gary 2up over Tall Mike
5 strokes isn't enough for Mike on a wide open Grand Cypress layout. In a practice round, Mike went into the deepest bunker on the course (2nd hole). Took him a couple of tries to get out. Like... physically. His body is creaky and he'll be low on pills by the singles matches.

Dave 6&5 over Brendan
Grand Cypress New Course was built to look like Scottish links golf. And Dave just did one of those Ancestry.com DNA tests, only to find out he was Scottish this entire time. Scottish Dave gives Brendan the ol' Brexit after the 13th hole. He then rambles on about the Queen for an hour while the other matches finish up.

Chandler 3&2 over Geoff
Geoff has been testing out new drivers, attempting to find one that he can hit consistently. Undecided, he shows up with 13 drivers and a putter in the bag. The match is actually tied until his chipping driver fails him on the 14th hole. He chunks his sand driver on the 15th to lose another point... and finally loses the match on the 16th when he accidentally hits his 210 yard driver on the 170 yard par 3. In his defense... they all look the same.

Darren 1up over Gorecki
Despite playing the white tees, the course is still 6,181. Something I will point out to Gorecki on... every... single... hole. It's just too long for Mr. Front Tees. But Mike plays well enough to be tied on the final hole. Sadly, that it isn't one of his 13 strokes, and he loses with a double bogey. Having come so close to proving that he shouldn't have been the last pick, Mike finishes the weekend 0-3. He then makes the same face he makes every week, when it's time to leave the course and go back to his family.

This face.

JW 2up over Reid
The Dub holes out for eagle from 130 yards with his newly re-shafted 9-iron. The shaft is made from a tree on his family's farm that was struck by lighting. As JW raises his arm in celebration, he too is struck by lighting. After all... playing in Orlando after 2pm is dangerous. And God really hated that tree.

Buchert 5&3 over John
With Orange up 4-2 after the first day, nobody in this final group thinks their match matters. Buchert and John proceed to get stupid drunk. They ghost ride their golf cart down most fairways. John lays on the ground while Gorecki is ahead of him grinding out 2 foot putts for triples. Buchert wins, but it's more of an accident than anything else.

Playoff
Dave 2up over Tall Mike
After all that, we head to a 3-hole aggregate playoff between Tall Mike and Dave. Mike only gets a stroke on the par-5 2nd hole, the same one with that super deep fairway bunker. Scottish Dave wins, adding to his Ryder Cup legacy.