It has all come down to the 18th hole and you have a three foot putt to beat your buddy out of $2.00 ($1.00 for the original bet and $1.00 for the press of course). Do you shine? Do you make the glorious putt and collect the cash and associated bragging rights?
Then how about the pressure you might feel if you were KJ Choi today. He sank a putt on the last hole of the Skins Game which was worth $270,000. Total take in this “so-so” silly season event for Choi, $415,000.
Today was a great day and I was playing Thanksgiving Point, a super tough Johnny Miller design.
On the 15th hole I’m at +5 but starting to hit some more solid shots. I bend over to chip after my approach went over the green when an electric shock went through my body from my lower back clear to my fingers and toes. After going all summer without throwing my back out, I’ve thrown it out a 2nd time in two weeks. Not happy.
Here’s a little video/pic show of yesterday’s Hell Day tournament.
Today marked the final day of my men’s association’s year. At the banquet this evening, I was unanimously voted as club president. There are no term limits for this position so I’ll be “Mr. President” for a fifth consecutive year.
Being club president means a bunch of labor intensive work (score keeping and handicaps, tournaments). It also means listening to many players whine about why they didn’t win last week or why their handicap “went down” (yeah, lame). But it also means I get to continue reaping the benefit of complimentary golf for me and my family. It doesn’t suck to be able to play “free” (relatively) golf and even take my boy out for a few holes before dark. For the number of rounds I play on this course in a year, that would amount to thousands of bucks. Glad to be doing it again this year.
I’ve been the president of my men’s association for four years now. One of the “fun” tournaments I started was the “Hell Day” tournament. This is the last tournament of the year and close to Halloween.
On Hell Day we make the course super hard. We put the tee boxes on dirt roads 50-100 yards behind the tips like on #10, where it is 320 yards to the fairway. We put the pins on the tiers, which resulted in me 11-putting a couple of years ago. We make players hit into bunkers. We put pumpkins on the greens and players have to putt around them.
This year we’re re-routing the course. So hole 12 is played from hole 13 tee. Hole 13 involves a tee shot from 12, to 13 fairway, to 14 green (see picture above)…
I’ll post some photos and more info when the tournament is over.