The bad back is improving. It has improved from “unbearable to the point of nearly passing out” pain, to “excruciating.” This is good. Hopefully soon it will improve to “hurts really f&*king bad.”
Unfortunately it isn’t close to being well enough to swing a golf club, unless I’m up for the “dropping to my knees in pain since the back feels like someone jabbed an ice pick in my spine” feeling. That’s a good one.
I’ve now withdrawn from a tournament I desperately wanted to play in tomorrow. The city amateur is at my home course, a super tough and hazard ridden track. I’ve never played in the am here due to scheduling issues. This year I even changed around my travel and personal schedule so I’d be in town for it. This course demolishes players who haven’t played there much, so my chances of being in the money would have been great. My chances of winning would be next to nothing though because my pal Tyson, who is the #1 amateur in the state, will be playing and that is his home course too.
I don’t recommend anyone hang around me for a few days. I’m not exactly in a good mood.
The bad back is still hurting.. BAD. Can’t put my socks on without feeling like someone is jabbing an ice pick in my spine. Getting out of the car takes between 20-30 seconds.
The city amateur this Saturday is looking like a no-go at this point unless a miracle happens between now and then. Anyone know a witch doctor? Aliens?
Today was to be a league day, 18 holes. Then this afternoon while my boy was in golf camp I’d be on the range tweaking my swing for a couple of hours. That isn’t going to happen.
Shot a “2” today
On the par-5 first hole today I hit two shots. While approaching my 3rd shot my back went out. I had to quit and now I’m at home on pain killers, rolling around on Miracle Balls hoping to untweak myself.
I have Scoliosis which is a birth defect in the spine. If I lift heavy things or strain my back, a nerve pinches and I’m in severe pain for about a week. The pain can get so bad that I’m not even able to put my socks on.
Sometimes it can take a day or two for the injury to surface after I’ve strained my back. This past weekend I lifted heavy things, and I rode a bunch of roller coasters at an amusement park. One or both of those combined sealed my fate 48 hours later.
There’s no “good” timing for a golfer’s back to go out. But this week it is really bad. Saturday is a tournament I’m already signed up for. My home course hosts the city amateur every year. I’ve missed this tourney since day one and finally my schedule allowed me to be there. I could certainly place in the money in this event, but now it isn’t looking good.
Times Online is a UK publication in which I found a wild job which I may just be the guy for. A UK company called Your Golf Travel which I’ve mentioned before, is offering a job for someone with less than a 14 handicap who wants to travel the world for a year writing about golf courses and travel. Pick me pick me…
This sounds like a non-job just like that one running a desert island off the Queensland coast that turned out to be a big come-on for the state’s tourist industry. But I am assured it is for real. YourGolfTravel, set up four years ago by a couple of City types to arrange golf holidays, wants a redundant worker, possibly also with a City background, to go around the world for a year visiting golf courses, researching opportunities and writing reviews.
The successful candidate will be chosen by means of a golf tournament and entrants must have a handicap of less than 14. “It’s a genuine offer, with a competitive salary,” Ross Marshall, one of the founders, tells me. “A lot of my friends have been made redundant and are struggling to find jobs. We’re only offering the job to people made redundant in the last 12 months. A corporate background would be useful, but we’re not restricting it.”
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“TGS” has now gone over the SIX MILLION unique visitor mark since opening Masters week 2006!