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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 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 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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Another second week of July, another Glendale Country Club Invitational.   It was roughly my ninth start in the event with my buddy Jeff Benezra.  We’ve had a pretty good run so far.

Not this year.

Our 38-68=106 total put us in the bottom end of the middle of pack, which meant we net lost our bets for the first time in recent memory, if not ever.  We missed qualifying for the chipping/putting contest for the first time ever.  And we just didn’t play very well.  I shot 78-79 off a 7 handicap — good, but not nearly good enough.

But we did look good:

Orange is the new black.

Orange is the new black.

Last year's Adidas green got its second lifetime call.

Last year’s Adidas green got its second lifetime call.

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Last year, Jeff Benezra and I took a year off from the Glendale Invitational to save a few bucks for our Scotland trip.

We went with the same Tommy Armour shirt the World Team wore at Pinehurst for our Day 1 shirt.

We went with the same Tommy Armour shirt the World Team wore at Pinehurst for our Day 1 shirt.

This year we were back at it — and very glad for it.

I played about as well as I can over the two-day tournament (76-74) and Benezra played well enough for us to come in second in the first flight (Mike Carlson/Mike Bacon) and about fifth overall.  Of particular significance was our 73-point performance yesterday: it was the best score in our flight and netted us a cool $625.  We also came in second in the putting contest, which had a new format this year — a 91-yard pitch contest in front of a couple hundred well-lubricated onlookers.

Yesterday the matching shorts worked -- I shot 74 with four birdies.

Yesterday the matching shorts worked — I shot 74 with four birdies.

Not a bad way to spend a weekend.

Proof of our stellar performance -- only Carlson/Bacon beat us in the first flight.

Proof of our stellar performance — only Carlson/Bacon beat us in the first flight.

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Another Glendale Member-Guest is in the books.

Jeff Benezra and I played well — just not well enough to win.

Our purple Tallia Orange pants caused quite the buzz on Friday. Unfortunately they didn't translate to good golf.

Our big problem was the first day — we stunk up the place. Apparently we were still smarting from coming in third in the putting contest we won two years ago, because our 40-point total for the day left us in the middle of the pack and realistically too far back to win. We came back a vengeance the following day — our 77-point total was the second-best in the entire field. But our 117-point total — ironically the same as ’10 (more) — left us fifth in our flight, ninth overall in the 78-team field. We won lots of bets, but we were looking to win trophies. Unfortunately, we came up a bit short.

A more muted look on Saturday came with better scores -- just not good enough to get us out of our Day 1 hole.

Ironically, we both shot identical scores — 80-76. Good, but not great, golf. And to win golf tournaments, good just doesn’t get it done.

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These past few days my buddy Jeff Benezra and I played in the Glendale Member-Guest. It was something like our fifth start in the annual event.

It went quite well.

We started on Friday with a middle-of-the-pack performance. I shot 76 with five birdies (a personal record) but Benezra had a tough day. Yesterday, however, he went nuts. He ended up shooting 75 with 15 pars. I had 79 with two more birdies — had I not left so many out there, we might have won the whole thing. Our 76-point total for Saturday won us a bundle — and our 117-point total was good enough for second place in our flight.

Benezra and me in our Friday uni's, from Greenspan '08.

Saturday's magentas looked and played great.

We also came in second in the putting contest. Benezra’s performance in that Friday night escapade was the stuff of legend. I played well, but Benezra was a complete madman. He drained not one but three bombs to keep us in it. We didn’t win like last year, granted, but it was better than a poke in the eye, and it also paid quite well.

No doubt this was our best Invitational to date. Good friends, good performance, good paycheck.

Next up: Bandon Dunes.

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