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Yesterday my buddy Peter Fessler and I officially kicked off the 2017 golf season.  The location — Chambers Bay.  The time: 8:42 am.

We may want to rethink the tee time for next year.  Because it was cold.  Very cold.   Winds blew from the north at 25-30 mph and they were, predictably, quite chilly.  By about the 2nd hole I declared I’d be happy with a 90 in the conditions.  I struck the ball fantastically but pitched and putted like a blind man.  My 85 beat my goal by 5 shots but was considerably worse than it should have been had I been able to putt and chip at all.

Still, a good day with a good friend.  Things could be worse.

 

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Today Reese, Finn, Emerson and I headed east.  Our destination: the TPC Snoqualmie, for the first round of the Boeing Classic.  Lots of great sightings — John Daly, Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer among them.  My chief takeaways: (1) those Champions Tour guys can still really stripe it; and (2) most of them need stylists, or at least tailors.

A few photos:

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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:

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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:

 

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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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Another July, another Glendale Member-Guest for Jeff Benezra and me.

And unfortunately, another tournament we didn’t win.

Our first day total of 41 was good, as was our second day 70 and 111 overall score.  But “good” doesn’t win trophies.  We ended up sixth place in our 24-team flight — good for $125 in pro shop credit.   We also won a ton of bets, enough to pay for the tournament.

On the bright side, we won the Friday night putting contest.  That was our second win in six years and was good enough for another $375 each.

Not bad work if you can get it.

 

 

 

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Another day, another trip out to Sahalee for the Women’s PGA Championship.  This time we brought Reese’s crony Emerson and her dad Warren.  The highlight: Julie Inkster gave both the girls each a Titleist.

18-year old Brook Henderson was the eventual winner.  The Canadian teen beat world no. 1 Lydia Ko in a playoff.  Twenty-year old Ariya Jutanugarn, she of the 275-yard three wood, finished one shot out of the playoff.

 

 

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