Today I hosted the Sixth or So Annual “Greenspan Cup” One-Club Open at Heron Links Golf Course in Redmond. Me and seventeen of my closest friends (not really) teed it up on the par 3 course at Willows Run with a single club and a putter. My Greenspan Cup teammates Jeff Benezra and Chris White won low gross honors and took home the big money. I won a KP good for $15. This was the sixth or so time I’ve held the event, the first time I’ve done it any time other than the Christmas season. (Click here for the 2010 version.) The change worked out well and I think most everyone who attended had a great time.
As fun as the event was, it wasn’t without its disappointments — particularly the turnout. At one point twenty-eight players had committed to play, a solid six more than last year. After a reminder e-mail last week, however, the “committed” players started dropping like flies. The excuses ranged from “I cut my finger” to “something came up” (2) to “I’m playing in another tournament” (2) to — well, you get the idea. As disappointing was the turnout from Greenspan Cup players. Of the twenty-eight players scheduled to play Greenspan XVI, 21 of them live in or near Seattle. Of those, only five — myself, Joel Aro, Tim O’Brien, Chris White and newcomer Derek Orozco — played in the One Club. Hence the reason that Greenspan Cup is in quotation marks above. While a few players and longtime friends of mine can be excused because they were out of town (Mike Waldner, John Harrison), the absence of several others was, after sixteen years, a bit disappointing. Almost as bad — six of the 21 didn’t even bother to send a “thanks but no thanks” reply to several e-mail invitations.
Their loss. After all, the guys who weren’t there didn’t get to see my new bow tie.