Well it has been an interesting year for me in the world of golf and in my personal life.
My golf game got worse technically, from a 1 to a 3.8, probably due to lack of concentration on my part. That’s because of non golf related issues getting in the way. I hope to bring that handi back down in ’10 and have a better year on and off the course.
Anna Rawson never returned my phone calls…
Tiger didn’t win a major, but won 6 times.
Tiger’s mistresses surface and a media frenzy happens.
TGS’s new dedicated server worked great. I went through a couple of format/template changes (hopefully improving the site).
The TGS Shop got up and running and made a few sales over the year.
My University of Utah Utes football team won the Sugar Bowl and ended up #2 in the country.
My best friend Alan played golf at St. Andrews with Boynie as his caddie. They called me from a pub! Alan called me from the 1st tee and told me “I’m touching the 1st tee with my hand.” I said “Take a picture.” He said, ” Every great the game has seen in its history has stood at this spot.”
I played the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course.
This year I met Anna Rawson, Rocco Mediate, Fuzzy Zoeller, Hale Irwin, David Leadbetter, Duffy Waldorf, Smokey Robinson.
TGS membership grew from 3800 to 4900 over the year (no advertising).
TGS visitors went from 4.3 million to over 7 million.
I had a bout of the shanks, changed irons 3 times.
I shot a 65 in my men’s league on “ladies’ day” where we played from the ladies’ tees.
Withdrew from the city amateur on my home course because of back problems.
A guy hit me in the ass from 3 feet with his driver on the driving range.
My youtube video views topped 1 million, then 2 million.
I vowed to play a golf hole naked if Sergio Garcia won the Masters. Pretty safe bet.
As 2009 comes to a close it is time for my annual HOG SPACE awards. For those new readers, HOG is short for my blog Hooked On Golf Blog. SPACE is short for my golf networking site called The Golf Space.
The awards come in no particular order. Just how they leak out of my cranium. Drum roll please…
Player of the year & “Playa” of the year
Best golf course I played in 2009
Black Mesa in New Mexico, pictured below. And yes I played TPC Sawgrass this year and like Black Mesa better…
Black Mesa, New Mexico
Best new driver
TaylorMade r9. I would have picked the Nike STR8-Fit, but since my STR8-Fit head caved in and Nike wouldn’t replace it, I’m awarding the best new driver to TaylorMade’s r9.
I’m proud to announce that all the hard work I’ve put in over the last year has finally won me a golf tournament. Countless hours of practice, conditioning, consulting with trainers, mental coaches, coaches, dietitians has brought me the honored championship of the 5th annual Christmas Classic. Since legal issues force me to document every second of my life in video form, I happen to have video of the tournament below for you to enjoy.
There’s a reason why golf nuts around here like me golf as much as they can when there’s no snow on the ground. It is called snow.
Yesterday I managed to play 11 holes. These were the only holes open since the rest had snow.
Today it has been snowing all day. Yesterday was probably the last time I’ll see dirt for 3-4 months. Yes for the next 3-4 months it will be all white, all the time. No dirt visible. No grass. Cold. S***ty.
The snow has melted enough for my home course to open holes 2-11. Today, though it was 33 degrees, I played golf. I had on a shirt, sweater, sweatshirt, lined windbreaker hoodie, levis, fleece hat, lined rain pants and two pairs of gloves.
With my propane golf heater in tow, I started on #4 making a bunch of bogeys. It is hard to swing with 57 articles of clothing on and frozen hands. I played #8 twice, making my first two pars of the day. The 2nd par on #8 my ball was in the greenside bunker buried in snow. I blasted out of the “snow trap” to about 15 feet and made a sand save for par.
I played #11 twice too, getting up and down out of a plugged lie in the sand. So today I was 2/2 in sand saves. I had 5 bogeys and 6 pars which is fine for 12/21 of any year in this area…
Hitting the greens in these conditions isn’t a great idea. They’re frozen. I had a gap wedge hit next to the flag on the green, bounce 30 feet in the air and fly over the green. You need to hit short of the green and bounce it up on the ice.