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.

Looking for Work after the Firing

Posted by Mark on July 14th, 2009

Searching for Work after the Firing

A couple of days on Mackinac Island were good for the soul, I hated to leave, but a new job search was necessary. The PGA was in the Quad Cities and the Champions Tour was in Minnesota, I figured I could split my week and talk to a few guys on each tour. We headed for Illinois on Sunday, arrived Monday evening after checking on my van in Milwaukee, and spent a couple of days roaming the parking lot, practice facility, and clubhouse area talking with anyone who would listen.

Going to Work for Tom Watson

Posted by Mark on May 17th, 2009


Going to Work for Tom Watson

Stoic is the first word that came to my mind. Tom Watson is a stoic champion. Eight Majors that is all you have to say. In 1992 I was standing on the eighth green at Pebble Beach and looked towards the cliff. Tom was standing at the edge surveying his domain and the sun was setting behind him, very stoic. The straw hat and hands on hips created an awesome memory, now I get to work for him, what an experience.


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