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Shot of the year

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
Categories: Hackers

In the midst of possibly the craziest round EVER, where I shoot +7 on par 3’s, have a double, a triple and several three putts… I shot 72. Yes, crazy. How can I be +7 on par-3’s and shoot 72? Fireworks baby.

I played the back nine first… I got to #3 (my 12th hole) at even par. I then chunk a horrible 5-iron into the lake on this par three. The air is cold and my right hand went completely numb due to the cold and the horrible contact. I hit my 3rd shot on the green, then 3-putt. It is nice to be even par, then get a triple bogey. Let me tell you.

So I get to #4, the hardest hole on the front. We have a cold two club headwind. I stripe a hybrid down the middle. I’m 171 to the pin. I have to pull my 5-iron, the same club I gagged into the lake 10 minutes earlier.

I turned to my pal Dave and said “oh man I have to hit this club again. Well I guess it has a chance to redeem itself…”

I hit a super solid high fade right at the flag. The shot looked good in the air and ended up looking pretty close to the hole. The green is just slightly elevated so it was hard to see the ball but we could make it out.

As we walked to the hole, about 75 yards short I was telling Dave that my shot looked close but might be short. We could see it and really couldn’t tell how close it was.

Then as we walked up the edge of the green and got a better look… no ball. Many shots which hit this green go long, but no ball over the green.

There was only one place the ball could be, in the hole. I turned my camera on and recorded some commentary as Dave walked up. His thumbs up signal let me know that yes, I just score a two on the hardest par-4 on the course, into a cold two-club wind.

We figured that ball had to be sitting on the edge of the cup for at least five minutes before it dropped. Good thing we walked this round and it took that long to get to the hole. If we rode in a cart, my eagle would have been a tap in birdie.

That is my shot of the week, and shot of the year.

Half Moon’s Hab Hot Sauce

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
Categories: Golf LifeGolf LifestyleReviews

I’m a hot sauce snob.  I’ve tried hundreds of hot sauces.  The latest I’ve tried is Half Moon Bay Trading Co‘s Iguana Special Blend Habanero Hot Sauce.  Say that 10x real fast….

About Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay imports sauces from Costa Rica and their sauces are made from all natural ingredients.  They use no artificial colors either.  Nice.


Habanero chiles are HOT.  They’re way hotter than jalapenos.  Habeneros tend to have a little darker flavor than jalapenos as well.

When I taste habanero hot sauces many taste all to similar, as the chile overpowers the rest of the ingredients.  This isn’t the case with the Iguana Special Blend.  The hab balances well with the other ingredients for an enjoyable taste.

Pretty darn hot?

The label on the Iguana Special Blend says “pretty darn not” but I beg to differ.  This sauce has a kick, but isn’t what I’d call “hot.”  Now bear in mind that I like it so hot that the waiter in the Mexican restaurant thinks I’m insane.  I can drink their hottest sauce like it is water.  So this sauce may be “hot” to you but it isn’t going to burn a hole in your mouth.


This blend of salsa has a very nice sweet taste.  I find it compliments everything from plain old tortilla chips to tacos to fajitas.

Half Moon’s web site is cool, well hot actually

As a web designer (for one of my other gigs) I’m often critical of companies’ web sites, or the fact that they don’t have one.  Half Mooon’s web site is COOL.  No complaints, except for the fact that I can’t find this particular blend of salsas in their list of products.

Rough weekend. Cat got my mouse.

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, October 5th, 2009
Categories: Life

I had a rough weekend starting Friday morning.  Some non golf related issues sucked the creative juices out of me so I’ve been laying a little low with writer’s cramp for the past few days.  I tried to post the fantasy golf results over the weekend but Grouchy pointed out that I screwed it up.  I’m revamping and hopefully fixing my errors.

Hopefully my morning coffee and a fresh week will get me back on track today.

We have frost this morning

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, October 2nd, 2009
Categories: Life

I don’t know if I’m actually cold or just psychologically.  I had to put my flannel PJ’s on.  I looked out the kitchen window this morning while pouring my morning life blood coffee.  There’s a ton of frost on the grass outside.  First frost of the year at my level is October 2.

Could partying all night be the secret to lower golf scores?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, September 28th, 2009
Categories: Hackers

Two years ago in the biggest tournament of the year, an emergency forced me to be awake until 5:30am.  At 5:30am I had the choice to go to sleep for a an hour or two then get up and make my 8:00am tee time.  Instead I chose to just stay up.  In the toughest, most intense conditions I’d see all year with no sleep for two days, I shot a 73.

This weekend I was up all night Saturday night frying my brain, trying to debug the HOG server problems.  I remember looking over at the clock to see that it said 5:00am.  I did go to sleep a few minutes later, but woke up at 7:15.  Two hours sleep, max.

I then went on to shoot a 74 in high winds.

So should I just party all night and get no sleep before every golf round then?

I’m trying to figure out why I play better when I’m so tired.  I have to possible reasons, which could individually or in combined fashion contribute to my low scores.

The first reason is my level of relaxation.  I’m not hyped up to play.  I’m moving slower.  My tempo is slower.  I really think being tired helps slow my tempo down, which is good.

The second reason is simply not expecting to play well.   I’m not mentally intense about the round.  If I make a bogey or two I don’t really care because I’m not expecting to play my best anyway.   I’m able to shake off bad shots or bad breaks in about three seconds.    My nerves are non existent and can’t get in the way of low scores.

Applying it to a regular, fully rested round

After yesterday’s 74 I decided that for my next round or two I’m going to perform some mental experiments.  I’m going to try and replicate my pace, tempo, demeanor on the course.  I’m going to be mellow and swing nice and slow.  If I hit a bad shot or catch a bad break I’m not going to sweat it.

No problem.

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