SAS Championship - Cary, NC - Champions Tour

Posted by Mark on September 28th, 2010

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SAS Championship – Cary, NC – Champions Tour

The two day drive to Cary was uneventful but very memorable. Passing through Indianapolis there were thoughts of Murph’s second win at The Broadmoor, Dad made the earlier morning drive for the Sunday round, we were rained out but he saw the trophy presentation. There were six or seven years of family fish frys the Huber family provided for the Senior Tour when we played at the Speedway. The last year we fed 175 players, caddies, family and friends in the Motel 6 courtyard.

Kaddy Korner - Week Off - Random Golf Thoughts

Posted by Mark on September 14th, 2010

Kaddy Korner – Week Off – Random Golf Thoughts

My $125 Sunday redeye flight from San Jose to Milwaukee stopped in Atlanta and Cincinnati but I was sitting in Wrigley Field at the start of the third inning Monday afternoon. Moira Dunne was calling and texting me needing a caddy in NW Arkansas P&G Classic but I priced myself out of the deal plus she needed someone there sooner than I could drive down. I spent the week visiting Mom and Dad in Havana attending my first Octoberfest in 37 years.

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Playing Carnoustie and Links Golf in Scotland

Posted by Mark on September 14th, 2010

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Playing Carnoustie and Links Golf in Scotland

It’s all about golf, surviving the weather, pints, whiskey, deciphering the brogue, making sure you stay on the left side of the road and enjoying the people when you’re in Scotland. Except for the whiskey I did fairly well at the rest. After flying into Glasgow Monday morning it was a two hour drive across central Scotland arriving in Carnoustie mid afternoon in time to catch my boss, Bob Gilder finishing up his practice round with a local caddie, perfect timing.

Royal Birkdale Ladies British Open

Posted by Mark on September 14th, 2010

Royal Birkdale Ladies British Open

After finishing three, three, three, and missing a ten footer for three on the eighteenth hole of the toughest finishing holes in the British Open Rota it was off to Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. The old Victorian seaside resort was about a six hour relaxing countryside drive from Carnoustie. I caught the tournament office closing down and they helped with accommodations for the night. In England it’s either a high priced hotel or a comfortable rather cheap B&B. The first night was a hotel and the rest of the week I bounced around the B&B’s for 25 to 40 pounds per night, including breakfast and lukewarm water in the shower.

3M Championship, Champions Tour, Blaine, MN

Posted by Mark on September 14th, 2010

3M Championship – Blaine, MN

Travelling through Scotland and England was nice but you miss the little comforts of the U.S. Cheeseburgers, hot showers, driving on the right side of the road with no roundabouts, and a toilet that flushes regularly were high on my list.

It was a quick turnaround landing Sunday at o’Hare and then hitting the road for Minneapolis Monday noon. Zach, my dog, was riding shotgun and the Brooklyn Park Motel 6 was the only hotel in the area that allowed both of us. It had hot showers, flush toilets, and a good cheeseburger joint down the road so it was perfect. We didn’t expect all the police activity in the eclectic community but we survived.

Safeway Classic, Pumpkin Ridge, North Plains, OR

Posted by Mark on September 14th, 2010

Safeway Classic, Pumpkin Ridge, North Plains, OR

Sunday practice rounds for a tournament starting Friday aren’t the norm but Misun wanted to play eighteen holes and practice a bit Sunday afternoon. I reluctantly obliged and was glad to see a cart available in the sweltering 100 degree heat. We beat some balls, teed it up about 2:30 and accomplished a lot. I was able to chart all the greens and she worked diligently on her short game. The nice thing about working Sunday afternoon was getting a head start on Helvetia Tavern cheeseburgers that evening.

Boeing Classic - Champions Tour - Snoqualmie, WA

Posted by Mark on September 14th, 2010

Boeing Classic – Champions Tour – Snoqualmie, WA

We were more impressed with the vistas than the golf course when the Champions Tour first stopped here six years ago. The Jack Nicklaus signature course was designed for selling high end real estate but the layout stretching over three or four distinct ridges, across a couple deep ravines, and a precipice bordering quite a few fairways has turned into one of my favorite courses. 2006 was my last trip, my how it has matured.

First Tee Open - Champions Tour - Pebble Beach, CA

Posted by Mark on September 14th, 2010

First Tee Open – Champions Tour – Pebble Beach, CA

I really wasn’t sure I was going to Pebble until the last minute. In fact, I booked my flight late Sunday evening and flew into San Jose Monday afternoon. Luckily, I have some good friends, Jim and Lolita, in Santa Clara who understand the last minute arrangements caddies sometimes have to make. They picked me up at the airport, loaned me their car for a few days, and put me up for the week.


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