Kaddy Korner – Administaff Classic – The Woodlands, TX

The day and half Houston drive was relaxing and uneventful; those new tires are nice now it’s time to get the air conditioner fixed. I was looking forward to the week at The Woodlands. Bob was playing good, I was going to shack up with Todd’s (Watson’s caddy) brother Paul, watch a bunch of baseball, and play our way in to the Schwab Cup tournament. Bob only needed about $80-90,000 for the top thirty money winners event and I liked our chances.

During my 22 years on tour somewhere I should have learned the lesson about one shot at a time and staying on an even keel. I should know better than to get ahead of myself. When your expectations get to high disappointment follows and when you start thinking about the tournament’s outcome before you hit a shot you get in a bit of trouble. Anything can happen during the round, while you’re preparing that week or resting on your week off.

We both started off the week with high expectations, had a lot of fun during the pro-ams – I even made a few tips – and felt like we were ready for a good finish. Bob had some good memories from past tournaments, we liked the course and the way it was set up, and the tournament staff was treating everyone well.

In the past, caddies had lived off stale donuts, lukewarm coffee, and some old sandwiches. This year Administaff threw out the red carpet. Our hospitality tent featured a hot breakfast buffet every morning, a catered afternoon meal served by young ladies from Stadia Sports Grill dressed in referee uniforms, volunteers who couldn’t do enough for us, and Rudy’s Bar-B-Q served up brisket, sausage, turkey and all the fixings about fifty yards away. The belt was a notch looser by Sunday.

The PGA Tour has been coming to the Woodlands since the mid-80’s and the Champions Tour moved here four years ago. The layout hasn’t changed and this year it was playing hard, fast and difficult unlike the last two soggy years. Friday the first hole gave us a rude awakening. Our drive barely snuck into the rough but Bob hit a great 8 iron just right of the trap that should have bounced onto the green. A well placed rake trapped our Titleist in a difficult lie and we lipped out a six footer for a starting bogey.

Many times a good round starts with a bogey, today wasn’t the case. Putts wouldn’t fall, good shots found divots in the middle of the fairway, and our bad shots were really bad bouncing into unplayable lies. Midway through the round Bob’s back tightened up and we struggle to a smooth 76. The rest of weekend wasn’t any better and we finished 11 over par.

When things aren’t going well on the course your mind begins to wander, or is that wonder. You focus on the immediate shot but in between you start thinking about other things. Saturday we were paired with Bobby Clampett, who a month ago finished second at Cary, NC and we were with him in the last group Saturday of that week. Like life, golf is cyclical and during Saturday’s round I roamed through all the ups and downs of life and golf. Our scorekeeper, Kathy from Santa Cruz, CA had had a life of hills and valleys. Today the tournament was recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month and everyone was dressed in some sort of pink. Kathy was a double cancer survivor and years ago spent nine hours in the Pacific Ocean clinging to a boat pillow before she was rescued. Her story and smiling face helped ease our trivial pain during the round.

We made it through without severely hurting ourselves or anyone else and said our goodbyes in the parking lot. Bob and I had a good run but his old caddy, Brett, was working next week in San Antonio. I think we’ll hook up for next year but nothing’s a sure thing. There are some definite possibilities for next week and it’s time to look for some tour Q-school players. A couple of LPGA girls called last week for early December and the Champions Q-school is in a couple weeks. Hopefully I can squeeze some deer hunting in between going to school.

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