The Jackson Juniors

Today the kids and I headed north to Jackson Park Golf Course for the eighth annual Jackson Juniors tournament.  With us was the Gouk family and my buddy Joel Aro, who caddied for Finn while I looped for Reese.

It went quite well.

Reese’s score of 49 on the nine-hole executive course was good enough to win the girls 9-and-under division.  Emerson Gouk’s 51 was good for second place.

Seven-year old Finn also had a 49 in the boys 9-and-under division.  Two kids beat him, however, with 47’s.  Still, third place in his first-ever tournament — not bad.

Suffice it to say, we all eagerly look forward to our next time out.

Just back from a boys trip to Gamble Sands with friends Tim Smith, Bruce Bailey and Gavin Boden.  54 holes in 30 hours.  75-82-75.  Not bad, but not going pro anytime soon.  A few photos:

Today the kids and I hopped Sound Transit and headed downtown.  Our destination: Safeco Field.  The occasion: the final game in a three-game series between the Mariners and the Angels.  It also happened to be the final game in a three-game long weekend celebration of newly-minted Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr.  On Saturday the M’s retired his number: today it was Ken Griffey Jr. jersey giveaway.

We weren’t three of the first 20,000 fans so we didn’t get three, but we’ll survive.

The day turned out great.  The M’s beat the Angels 3-1 to secure a three-game sweep of their division rivals.  Angels great Mike Trout struck out four times, but did rob Leonys Martin of a grand slam.  The M’s are now 57-53 — in second place and seven games out of first.

Greenspan Cup XIX

Another July, another Greenspan Cup.

The site this year was the Reno-Tahoe area.  Not my first choice, but the trip turned out great.

The Seattle Team rolled to a 20-16 victory over the World Team, our tenth win in nineteen annual outings.  We won by five despite being short Joel Aro, who made the trip but was unable to make the bell due to a back injury.

As for me, I went 4-1 despite some less than stellar play, especially on and around the greens. I finally got it going on Sunday, though: my 79 powered me to a 4&3 singles win over Tim O’Brien.

A few photos:


Today the family ventured to south Lake Washington for the kids’ second running of the Seafair Kids Triathlon.   The race was supposed to be a 100-yard swim, 3-mile bike and 500-yard run, but the “swim” was more a run through water and the bike was closer to one mile than three.

All in all, the kids did much better than in 2015.  Reese finished in a time of  10:34 — good for 84th place in a field of 113.  A very slow transition because of some shoe malfunctions ended her chances.  Finn finished in 8:43 — 25th overall and the fastest 7-under in the field.  (Ten other athletes were in that category: he was the fastest by 46 seconds.)   There wasn’t a lot of room for error in this race: the winner, an eleven-year old boy, finished with a time of 7:19.

A little short, even for a kids’ tri-, if you ask me.

Afterwards we took a quick trip to Seattle Center.  Regrettably we missed the Bite of Seattle — it was last weekend — but we still had a fun time frollicking in the fountain.

The LBC Sleepover

While I was running in my fifth Ragnar race, Reese and her pals were partying it up at the Laurelhurst Beach Club sleepover.  I didn’t hear much about it, but it looks like it was a ton of fun.



Another July, another Ragnar Northwest Passage in the books.

This year was a little tougher for me — I’m starting to feel my forty-seven years — but I got through Leg 6’s 17.7 miles fast enough to help our Sandbaggers team win our division yet again.

A few photos:



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