The sixth annual Christmas Classic golf tournament was originally scheduled for December 25, 2010. Due to favorable weather, the tournament was postponed and could not be played until the course was closed and covered with snow.
The snow flew last week and buried the course, and thus we were able to get the tournament completed today.
The tournament went well, and the tournament organizers did a fine job with snow removal, green preparation and best of all bringing some frosty beverages. When golfing in sub freezing temperatures (especially wearing shorts like me), a cold beer can really hit the spot. The staff at Augusta National would be envious and could learn a lot about tournament and course preparation from the Christmas Classic organizing committee.
I haven’t swung a golf club since 12/21/10. Once I go past a week or two my swing starts to go bad fast. My granny, over-the-top chicken wing epileptic on crack seizure swing put me in a position where I almost defended my 2009 championship, but not quite. As each swing happened I got hack-like. Still, it was nice to hit any kind of shot whatsoever.
2010 Christmas Classic Champion: Dan
We had three former Christmas Classic champions in the 2010 field, but despite that star power a new winner emerged. A new heavyweight rose above the snow capped 18th hole and shined upon River Oaks Golf Course. The most positive guy I know; a guy who could find the positive in hitting his thumb with a hammer; a guy who could find positive in a three putt, came through. Dan delivered in the clutch and delivered a knock out golf shot which ended up about six feet from from the snowy double pin. Winner winner chicken dinner.
2010 Christmas Classic Photo Gallery
I’ve uploaded about 60 images to the HOG 2010 Christmas Classic Photo Gallery for you to enjoy.
Christmas Classic Video
I put together a little video of today’s tournament and posted it to the HOG/TGS YouTube channel. YouTube videos slow down my home page, so I put them on the 2nd page of articles to speed up load times. If you don’t see a video below, click the read more link.
2010 Annual Christmas Classic golf tournament has been rescheduled and will take place on the 18th hole at River Oaks at 2:00pm TODAY!
I’ve got my snow boots on and I’ll be happy to defend my championship today. I hope to become the first player to successfully defend a Christmas Classic Championship.
Pictures and video to follow.
It has been great, but I’m looking forward to the end of the holiday season and the beginning of 2011!
The year is ending and the chaos of all the holiday parties and running around from function to function is finally coming to a close. January 2nd will mark the first non-chaotic day in my household since mid November. Lack of sleep, too much food, too many adult beverages over the last month have compromised my cerebral cortex and caused me to not be able to deduce that 50 divided by 52 is not 2.1….
Can’t see too good (Ah the Jerky Boys. What memories)
On one of my recent trips to some golf travel destination I think I left my glasses in the seat pocket in front of me on the plane. I used to rely on glasses for reading now and then, or when I got tired they’d help me focus. But over the last few months or so my vision has declined to the point where I find that I can’t read the letters on the signs over the isles in the grocery store, or see the golf ball in the air or on the ground beyond about 150 yards.
I went to the eye doc and had a new exam. It was quite funny, or at least I thought it was:
Eye doctor: “So why are you here?”
Me: “Rectal exam?”
Eye doctor: “Haha.”
Me: (In the voice of the Jerky Boys’ Sol Rosenberg, a whining sounding New York Jew with a high pitched voice) “I can’t see too good.”
So I have a new prescription coming and two new pairs of hip RayBan specs on the way. They were supposed to be done Monday and it is now Wednesday. So until then I will only take partial credit for any typos or mathematical calculations which go awry.
I wonder how or if my golf game will change when I can see better. My putting is pretty damn good, so I hope it doesn’t make that worse. Being able to see certainly won’t make my iron game any worse than it already is.
Can’t do contacts
I’m very sensitive with my eyes or I would have tried contacts. I can’t touch my eyes or have anything in them. I can barely watch when someone else puts in contacts or takes them out without getting the creeps.
I heard a very odd quote from my buddy Brad, co-creator of the Annual Christmas Classic golf tournament, when I called him two days ago on Christmas day:
“This year’s Annual Christmas Classic has been canceled due to favorable weather conditions.”
Yes, the tournament which takes place in the deep snow of the Olympic venue and ski town of Salt Lake on Christmas day was canceled because the golf course was open!
Retaining the championship for another year
The good news is that I get to retain the championship trophy which I won last year, and all the accompanying privileges of being the champion for the next year. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to convince the powers that be at Augusta National Golf Club to award an invitation to the Masters Tournament for the current CCC (Christmas Classic Champ). Perhaps next year.
Wishing a merry Christmas eve to all my golf pals out there.
I’m very happy to know you all and wish you all the best, and lots of golf gear in your Christmas stockings!