Today is the yearly tournament my pop and I play in at his club. We’ve won the Father’s Day tournament a few times over the years, but my dad is 72+ now and starting to lose a bit of his game. Neither of us played too well but with our “smoke and mirrors” we somehow finished one shot ahead of the pack for 2nd. The first place team ran away and hid.
I’m thankful for the thousands of rounds of golf I’ve played with my dad. In the future I hope to be for my boy what my pop has been for me on the course.
I’m golf blogging from the cafe at my home course. My round today lasted 2.5 holes. During a break between #2 and #3 due to slow play, a fight broke out in the cart barn. It seems that my buddy went to change carts and got in an argument with the cart boy.
20 minutes later, the cart boy is bloody and his $700 glasses are broken. My buddy has blood all over his arm, torso and leg because he had the cart boy in a head lock.
My buddy is 6-4 and the cart boy is all of 5-5. I guess the cart boy took a swing at him after they argued about the carts. My buddy pinned him standing up in a head-lock. The head-lock broke his glasses and cut his face up. The drama.
It was cold and windy anyway so I’m not too mad about cutting the round off.
As many of you may know, I’ll be down in Palm Springs this Fri-Sun at the Pro Sports Team Challenge. This is an event in which the four major sports in the USA (football, basketball, hockey & baseball) are represented by four all-star players on the golf course. The main beneficiary is the four charities each team will be donating to.
I’ll be playing in the Pro-Am with Michael Strahan of the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants Friday, and I’ll have “inside the ropes” access to all the athletes. I can talk to them and interview them.
So help me out. What question have you always wanted to ask John Elway, George Brett, Mario Lemieux?
Here’s the list of players:
John Elway, Michael Strahan, LaDainian Tomlinson, Drew Brees
Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Jason Kidd, George Gervin, Clyde Drexler
Ozzie Smith, George Brett, Vince Coleman, Bret Saberhagen
Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull, Grant Fuhr, Pierre Larouche
Submit your questions here in the comments and I’ll do my best to get some answered!
The following celebrities will be making an appearance at the Team Challenge, which I’ll be blogcasting live from, this Friday-Sunday:
Dennis Haysbert – 24, The Unit, Allstate spokesperson
Kevin Sorbo – Hercules
Flex Alexander – Actor, comedian
Joel Gretsch – Played Bobby Jones in The Legend of Bagger Vance
Gregory Itzin – President Logan in 24
Due to personal reasons I didn’t get to bed until 4:30am last night. And even then I didn’t sleep. I was going to bail on the tournament but decided to give it a go anyway, despite having no sleep.
No warmup, no putting green… I smack my drive on the par-5 1st hole down the middle. Hit a five iron over the green to the back fringe. I drain my super fast eagle putt from the fringe. Wake me up.
I par 2 & three, then birdie #4. I got lucky because the pin was way right and that was NO pin to go for. Somehow my six iron stayed on the underside there, where most people’s roll off the green.
I get to the 7th and my gag reflex is kicking in. I’m starting to get butterflies and shakes from being so nervous and from no sleep. I yank my drive left and hit a tree on my approach to this short par four. I’m 30 yards from the green in super deep rough. I hit what may be the best chip I’ve ever hit. It went in like a putt.
Holy smokes I’m -4 after seven holes in the biggest tournament of the year. Try to breathe. Breathe.
I pull another drive and end up with bogey on #8. On #9 I had the worst gag of the day, pushing my tee shot into the hazard. I don’t get up and down and end up getting a freaking triple on a par three. The good news though, is I’m even par after a bogey and a triple!
On the back nine I played very steady, despite wanting to either collapse or throw up. I bogeyed one hole and made par on eight. I had some birdie opportunities which were close.
So in the toughest, biggest tournament of the year I shoot 73 on day one. Considering I haven’t golfed in close to 1.5 weeks, and that I got no sleep, I’m pretty happy about that.