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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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This past weekend Norman Cheuk and I played in our third Sahalee Member-Guest, our second with him as the member and me, a former Sahalee member, as the guest.

We did quite well.

Thanks to a final-nine meltdown by one of the teams in our flight, we won our six-team flight and snuck our way into the alternate shot finals.  Our 40 1/2 score on the North course was good for fourth place overall.  We would have finished second but for a quadruple bogey 7 on the par 3 seventeenth.  I hit our tee ball in the water; Norman dropped and hit his wedge shot to another watery grave.

Not a win, but we did bring home some hardware:

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Another year, another Glendale Member/Guest.

And another Glendale Member/Guest Jeff Benezra and I played well in, but didn’t win.

Things started off well enough on Wednesday: our 45 points was good enough to win that day’s practice round.  $420 for the two of us — not bad.

On Friday we played reasonably well.  Our 43 points put us in third place in the first division.  My 81 was less than adequate, but Jeff carried us with a 78 off an 11 handicap.

Benezra and I scored 73 points on Friday morning.

Benezra and I scored 73 points on Friday morning.

 

On Saturday we flipped roles.  I shot a pretty decent 76 off the 5900-yard gold tees but Benezra came back to earth.   Our 73 points was one point out of Club 74 and our 116 point total was good enough for T3 in our division and T5 overall.  125 points won it — not sure we left nine points out there.

On Saturday we scored big compliments for our Walter Hagen gingham shirts.

On Saturday we scored big compliments for our Walter Hagen gingham shirts.

Very good play, lots of bets won, and a heck of a lot of fun.

Still no hardware, but there’s always next year.

116 -- we needed 126.

116 — we needed 126.

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