I’ve had a great digital golf blogging friend in the #1 female golf blogger Kristen Williams, a.k.a. The Golf Chick, for around six years. We’ve emailed, tweeted, chatted, facebooked and exchanged in every other digital form of communication available to the golf sphere since the mid 2000’s. I was happy to help her get her own site running back in the day. Glad to help her get her own URL and off of that cookie cutter yawner blogger platform years ago.
Finally at the 2011 Mesquite Amateur tournament Kristen and I met in person, late Sunday after I rolled in from Texas and the Byron Nelson. I was so hammered from covering the Byron and I should have gotten some sleep, but we had way too much catching up to do. We had mega fun chatting it up at the Casablanca bar, enjoying the lounge band and watching the locals getting themselves kicked out of the place for humping on the dance floor and slapping each other’s bare asses. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Kristen is one of the most genuine people you’ll ever meet and down right fun. It was so cool to hang with her at the Mesquite Am. Unfortunately I had to take off early unexpectedly. Damn, Kristen and I didn’t even get a photo together. But if we did, I might have to stand on a phone book.
You can check out Kristen’s Mesquite Am wrap up part 1 here. Very kind words and I too consider Kristen a great friend, sniff sniff.
People always ask me what the best part of running a popular golf blog is. Is it the gear, the golf, going to tour events? Sure those things are cool, but the people I get to meet and the friendships I’ve gained, like Kristen’s, are by far the best part of golf blogging. Wouldn’t trade that for anything.
I came into today’s first round of the Mesquite Amateur with high hopes, though I hadn’t hit a golf ball in eight days since being at the Byron Nelson last week. By the 2nd hole of my round though, I’d be in shock at what would turn out to be possibly the most embarrassing moment in my golf tournament history.
On the 2nd hole, I realized my new wedges would not work in this sand. I skulled the ball from one bunker to the next, then took a different wedge in that one to prevent the club from bouncing too much. That one fluffed under the ball. I’d then chip it too far and two putt. I carded a six on a par-3. Haven’t had a triple bogey since I can remember. It would only get worse.
Yesterday I played a practice round for the Mesquite Am at Conestoga Golf Club. Conestoga is located in Mesquite, in a development by Del Webb. I shot a ton of pictures at the course, but in my not so proud moment as a photographer, I realized the camera was setup wrong. All of my shots for the front nine would likely be bad. Reshoot needed. Stay tuned for an update on the Conestoga image gallery. You will love these holes. Very cool course.
After the practice round, 78 thank you, I headed to the demo day at Casablanca Golf Club. Srixon and Callaway were the two biggest vendors there. Callaway ran a long drive contest for all sorts of groups like men, women, seniors etc. That was fun to watch. Winners received gift certificates to any of the six courses in the tournament rotation.
So now that the Byron Nelson is over, I’m not going home. Ohhhh no. I’m on the 2nd half of this big HOG World Tour leg, the Mesquite Amateur tournament in Mesquite, Nevada.
Today (Monday) is a prep day and day where the media types like myself, play a practice round at a one of the tournament courses. After that round we’ll be off to a demo day where we’ll be hitting clubs from a bunch of manufacturers in the 100 degree Nevada desert heat. I learned my lesson last week at the Byron, and I’ll be hydrated.
I’m leaving for the longest HOG World Tour excursion yet, first stop being an overnight in Vegas which is my air hub for this leg of the HWT.
Since I’ll be doing so many live tweets for the HP Byron Nelson Championship and other tweets from the road at the Mesquite Amateur etc, I’ve added a live feed widget to the left column here. Now you can check BOTH my twitter feeds by just coming here and reading the entries in the left column!