Golf For Women
Any regular readers here know I’m all for golf babes. In fact, one of the first blogs I visited when I got back from my latest travels was the Golf Babes Blog. There’s a nice shot of Annika Sorenstam with a new “look” and a little down the line I saw a post on Anna Rawson. Anna is ranked in the “top ten most beautiful female athletes” by Sports Illustrated. IMO Anna Rawson makes Natalie Gulbis look like a little girl.
Anna is now endorsing Ecco shoes as pointed out by the Golf Babes blog. As I pondered in this post, will the customers even register the brand name in their heads or will they just be going gaga over Anna not remember?
I’ve put a couple of pics of Anna in the HOG Photo Gallery and you are sure to also find more at Golf Punk Online.
Ballyneal is a private golf club located a few minutes from Holyoke Colorado. Ballyneal opened in September 2006 and I was privileged to play the course before it officially opened. Holyoke is a very small town in North Eastern Colorado, roughly 12 miles from the Colorado/Nebraska border. You would never be able to find Ballyneal if you were simply passing through the town of Holyoke and wanted to stop by. To get there you need to drive about 15-20 miles through a maze of dirt farming roads which provide farmers access to the thousands of acres of cornfields in the area. You’d have an easier time finding the course if you chartered a small helicopter.
Designed by Tom Doak
Ballyneal was designed by my new favorite golf course designer: Tom Doak. Tom Doak is probably most famous for his design at Pacific Dunes in Oregon. I have yet to play Pacific Dunes, but since I’ve experienced Ballyneal it’s at the top of my golf course to-do list.
After doing a little research on Doak my ranking was solidified even more when I found out he designed one of my all time favorite courses: Stonewall in Elverson Pennsylvania. Stonewall is an amazing course and has the dubious distinction of bringing my game to it’s knees worse than any other course has.
This is the 2nd of a series of 3 reviews of golf courses designed by my new buddy Jim Engh. I will no doubt be reviewing more than a total of 3 Engh courses in the future but these are ones I evaluated on my recent Colorado trip.
Fossil Trace – The History
What a cool name for a golf course. Fossil Trace, located in Golden Colorado is on some very historic Earth. The name Fossil Trace comes from the great find of fossils found on the course. There are various fossils ranging from 64 million year old Triceratops footprints to palm fronds.
Behind a great rock wall left of the 12th green many of the fossils are on display. Once you are done recording a birdie on #12 like I did, you can go look at some Triceratops foot prints.
The fossils aren’t the only history lying under the plush fairways of Fossil Trace. Back in the late 1800’s this piece of land was a clay quarry. Many holes have remnants of the old clay mining operation. Several holes have very cool and rustic mining equipment. The first hole (above) has an old mining smelter chimney which Jim Engh liked so much he left it right in the middle of the fairway. The old mining tractors parked near many of the holes add a very unique look and feel to the course.
12 approach, mining equipment, rock spires and fossil wall (left)
I am back in Los Angeles and loving the time that I have back at home. My caddie Andy and I had a great time in Gettysburg. I shot 74 the first day missing a couple short putts, came back the second day and shot one under par to move up the leader board quite a bit. I was very happy with my round on Saturday and was ready to move up even more on Sunday.
I was satisfied with shooting 73 on Sunday because I thought that the course was set up difficult to play all weekend. The greens were by far the largest and most undulated that we have played all year so you really had to be precise with your yardages or you would leave yourself a challenging 2 putt. I was actually very impressed with how low the scores were for the tournament.
I am proud of myself for coming back at the end of the season and playing well in my last 3 events. It gives me a lot of confidence going into qualifying school. So the time that I have at home for the next couple of weeks I will be practicing, working with my swing coach Bryan, playing practice rounds and, of course just enjoying my time at home with friends and family.
I had a lot of fun in Queenstown Maryland last week. Of course you always enjoy the game of golf a little more when you play well.
The first day I took advantage of the par 5’s and birdied every single one of them but had a couple bogies to finish with a 2 under par 70. I was very satisfied with that score for that day because I had only hit 3 fairways. I hung in there though and put in a real grind because I knew that I had left a lot of birdies out there that I could get the next day.
31 on the back nine, 1-off my 9-hole record
I worked with my driver on the range after the round and got a lot more confident with it. I hit 13 fairways the next day to shoot 69 for a 5 under par 2 day total for 4th place. I shot 69 with a triple bogey. An errant tee shot into the hazard for a 7 on a par four to shoot 38 on the front nine gave me a little more determination to go low on the back nine. And I did just that, with 5 birdies for a 31 on the back nine. My lowest score for nine holes was a 30 which was during a high school match. That finish gave me a lot of confidence going into Sunday. It’s funny how difficult this game is but when you play that well it just seems so easy. You just know exactly where every shot is going to go.
Comfortable at the top
On Sunday, I unfortunately made another big number by hitting the ball in the water twice on number nine to finish the tournament at even par. Of course that was a disappointment but I wound up finishing 13th, my best finish this year. Unlike Lima, Ohio on Sunday when I was very nervous, Last week I was more determined and comfortable at the top of the leaderboard. That is an accomplishment.
Ready for Q-school
This week is my last tournament of the season in Gettysburg Pennsylvania before Q-school in. My friend Andy is caddying for me this week so we are going to go out there this weekend and play hard but most importantly have fun!