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Another year, another Glendale Invitational.

We didn’t do much this year.  Our Friday round of 38 points had us dead last in our flight.  Our Saturday 72 was good enough to get us back to the middle of the pack — and save us a good deal of money we looked certain to lose after about the fourth hole.

We did manage to finish third in the horse race — good for about $60/each.  And, of course, we were able to kill it in the matching shirts department:

After our disasterous 38-point performance on Friday (I shot a cool 82 sporting a 5 handicap)

 

Saturday’s 72-point total saved us a lot of money (I shot 76).

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Another year. another Greenspan Cup in the books.  This was the 20th annual edition of the tournament I founded in 1998.  I went 5-0 this year.  Good, but not good enough for my Seattle Team.  We lost a close one — 15 1/2 — 14 1/2.

A few photos:

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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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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 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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Eighteen years, eighteen Greenspan Cups.  This year’s venue was Bandon Dunes.  I took a bundle of photos at one of the most photogenic spots on earth.  Check ’em out.

Five minutes before this photo was taken, I holed a 50-foot putt to win my fourball tiebreaker match against Brad Nelson and John Sheehan (partner: Peter Fessler).

Five minutes before this photo was taken, I holed a 50-foot putt to win my fourball tiebreaker match against Brad Nelson and John Sheehan (partner: Peter Fessler).

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