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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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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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Greenspan Cup XVII

Seventeen years, seventeen Greenspan Cups.  This year’s version took place locally — three rounds at Gold Mountain, another three at Chambers Bay.  (More.)

Sporting one of my new Alial Fitals on Saturday afternoon at Chambers Bay.

Sporting one of my new Alial Fitals on Saturday afternoon at Chambers Bay.

My Seattle Team finished second in the two-team competition, but it was, as always, a heck of a lot of fun.

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It’s U.S. Open week, which means that this weekend I’ll almost certainly be firmly ensconced on my couch watching the big boys go after golf’s most coveted prize.  This year’s Open is at Pinehurst, and as I watch ESPN’s extended coverage I find myself skimming through images of my trip there last year for Greenspan Cup XV:

 

Next year’s Open is at Chambers Bay, about thirty miles south of here.  So, too, is this year’s Greenspan Cup.  Not hurting for memories from there, either:

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Yesterday I returned from a ten-day trip back east.  I kicked things off with twenty-seven other guys for Greenspan Cup in Pinehurst, NC:

Pinehurst Team pic

 

Seattle Team dressed up

 

Nick at Nop 2

From there it was off to Washington, DC, where I met up with some old law school friends:

GULC Group

and, with Jeff Benezra, visited the amazing Holocaust Museum:

Holocaust Museum

Later that night we  headed up to New Jersey where we met up with my old friend Suzi Kelly and played Trump National in Bedminster:

Nick Jeff at Trumop

 

 

Nick swinging Trump

After that we headed to Philadelphia for three days at the U.S. Open at Merion (Justin Rose):

US Open

On Sunday we played tourist in Philly:

Love sign

Redding Terminal

 

Liberty bell

 

Jims Steaks

And then caught a 10:30 pm flight home.

I’m glad to be home.

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It’s getting old typing this, but it was another year and another loss for the Seattle Team in Greenspan Cup. We were a little closer this time — one loss turned into a win would have made our 19-17 loss an 18-18 tie — but unfortunately that’s not what happened. I shoulder some of the blame: my 2-3 record was my worst since 2007 — coincidentally, the last time we won.

A few pics:

Gaston, Whitaker, Stonesifer and me posing for a collective self portrait.

Suncadia’s Rope Rider course was a group favorite.

Our Saturday salmon shirts got my vote for best Greenspan shirts ever.

The Friday- and Saturday night barbecue deliveries were a big hit.

After four lousy rounds I finally played well in my singles match: I beat Rob Stonesifer 4&3.

Whitaker and Stonesifer (not shown) missed the team photo.

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Greenspan Cup XIV is in the books.

The Seattle Team lost again.

Things started out okay, as we lead 13 1/2 – 10 1/2 after two days at the four Bandon Dunes courses. But a change of venue to Bandon Crossings did us no good at all. The World Team rallied to take nine of twelve singles points — eight of them on wins — for a convincing 19 1/2 – 16 1/2 win. It was the World Team’s fourth straight win after six consecutive losses — in other words, the Seattle Team hasn’t won since the Bush Administration.

As for me, I won my first two matches on Friday before settling for two ties on Saturday and a pathetic 2 down loss to Stephan Gran on Sunday. 2-1-2 — not bad, but not what I nor Captain John Harrison was expecting from me.

A few pics:

Gale-force winds made Pacific Dunes too much golf course for me.

Eight guys, one hundred twelve total Greenspans.

My win with Jeff Benezra over Norman Cheuk and Ben Smith would be my last of the week.

Sadness is leaving ten or so buffs at home in freezing conditions -- and then making one out of a golf towel.

Stephan Gran and I (shown here at Old MacDonald) played against each other in three matches. I went 0-1-2.

Kissing Your Sister: Joel Aro and I led Tim O'Brien and Stephan Gran four up with five to go. We ended up with a halve after OB missed a 16-inch putt to win.

The post-tourney gathering at Jack's Crab Shack was fun -- so fun we almost missed our plane.

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