Sioux Falls GreatLife Challenge – Monday

August 31, 2015

Procrastination and Murphy’s Law had the compilation of this week’s yardage books delayed until this morning. Three of us put in five hours cutting, collating and stapling 100 of Rick’s “No Bull” golf bibles for the players and caddies who showed today. The rest will be available tomorrow.

Forgot to use the flash but it’s good enough.

Jorge me and Rick making yardag books Sioux Falls SD

Jorge, me and Rick


Walked the course after we finished. Still looking for work.


Winner, Winner …

August 30, 2015

Kris Tamulis is having chicken for dinner!

Congrats to Kris and Motion on an outstanding final round to win the Yokahama Tire LPGA Classic.


End Of The Line

August 22, 2015

The plan changed once more. I left Portland on Monday and overnighted in Boise. Next stop was Jackson Hole before heading to Yellowstone.

When I arrived at Jackson Hole, a pallid haze, from fires hundreds of miles passed, still loomed over the countryside. The beauty of Yellowstone would have been just an obscurity so my “ little man” said keep going. It wasn’t as if I hadn’t seen it before. I have. Old Faithful, the colorful (and stinky) sulfur springs and Canyon Lodge were crossed off my list years ago. I even stared a buffalo in the eye as it ambled past my car, being grateful it didn’t rip my mirror to pieces.

So I spent a few hours strolling the streets and exploring the tourist traps of Jackson Hole. I did benefit though. I love western art and this town enjoys a plethora of galleries specializing in this medium. Gorgeous paintings and sculptures tagged with exorbitant prices to match the potential clientele were abundant.

Next stops, the Motel 6 in Pocatello ID and Casper WY. In fact, that was my lodging of choice for this road trip. Not cheap anymore but you know what to expect.

On the final leg, I visited historic Deadwood and Sturgis. Deadwood was readying for a Budweiser concert so arriving early was a plus. The partygoers had not arrived yet. Plenty of historic buildings unfortunately populated with casinos, souvenir shops and other indistinguishable establishments.

The Sturgis tourist was a mixture of bikers and curiosity seekers. Of course I took plenty of photos along the way but the most representative of the currently visited venue was in Sturgis. I’m sure this shot of the local cuisine sums up every biker gathering held in this South Dakota destination.

Sturgis puke

Sturgis Sidewalk Pizza

I’ve settled in Sioux Falls at the Value Place motel. That’s the next Symetra Tour stop but not for more than a week. Enjoying time out of my car and psychological decompression.

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That’s a lot of asphalt.


News from Canada was that the course was in great shape but the same cannot be said about the yardage book.


Then there was this:

LPGA event in French Lick to be free for spectators – Aren’t they all?

Iain MacIntyre: South Korea’s LPGA stars feeling Olympic squeeze

LPGA Nominates Mallory Blackwelder for KIA Assist


The Little Man Knows All

August 17, 2015

The plan was to go to Seattle until Wednesday just in case I a bag opens up in Vancouver but my “little man” thought otherwise.

In the “The Pick” episode of Seinfeld, Kramer tells George to listen to the little man inside you. George said his little man was an idiot but mine told me to blow off Canada and head to Yellowstone.


Smoke hugged the countryside from Portland to Boise. The northwest is burning.


The 55 mph limit in Oregon must tear the over the road truckers a new one. Must feel like they’re crawling.


Cambia Portland Classic – Round Four

August 17, 2015

I’m looping for Cindy Feng.

Even today. Finished 68th by our lonesome.


There was a 5K run around the course before play began and as I was walking through the parking lot, was warned of their approach. I waited and as they passed, raised my sausage and egg biscuit and proudly proclaimed “This is how I train”.


Mardi Lunn brought up a good point in the caddie tent before the first peg entered the ground. The rules of golf allow you to tee the ball up to two club lengths behind the designated teeing ground if you wish but some of the sponsor signs are so close that option is negated. There is no need to put them that close. Let the players use the rules as they were intended.


Thanks to all the crew for another job well done. One of the best run caddie areas for many years.

Mike Stan and Lee Portland 2015

Mike, Stan and Lee


Cambia Portland Classic – Round Three

August 15, 2015

One over today but we’re not DFL. That’s a good thing.


We had a young lad and slightly older girl as our standard bearers. Cindy saw the boy picking his nose on the first tee and I asked if he ate it. The reference to Caddy Shack was lost since she had not seen the movie but it’s on her bucket list.


It was a chit to the food trucks again and another Treasure Burger for me.


Haven’t secured work for next week so a trip to Canada is doubtful.


No need to be quiet in the land of you can’t pump your own gas and paper bags instead of plastic, just Chill Out!

chill out sign Portland

What’s with the exclamation point?


Cambia Portland Classic – Round Two

August 14, 2015

One over today. Made the cut on the number.

The pin on the par three eight was up front and playing downwind which made club selection problematic. Our group had one ball in the water, another over the green and the third shanked into the trees.


Popeye’s chicken on the caddie menu today.


Then there was this:

The 5 Highest-Paid Caddies on the Planet


Cambia Portland Classic – Round One

August 13, 2015

I’m looping for Cindy Feng.

Birdied three of the last four to finish –1.


Subs from Jersey Mike’s kept our bellies full yesterday in the caddie tent but starting today, we have the option of using our food chit at one of the four food trucks parked a few yards away. I waited till finishing and got a monster burger from the Gourmet on the go mobile kitchen. It came with fries but the burger was more than enough.


This is a first. After the round all of Cindy’s friends posed for a photo op on the tenth tee.

Feng friends Portland 2015


Then there was this:

Chicago area lands consecutive LPGA Championships


Cambia Portland Classic – Wednesday

August 12, 2015

Not in the pro-am today so an afternoon practice session was scheduled. One cold one after hit the spot.


One guy in a group making the turn decided to make a practice swing at the back of the tenth tee. He hit the hole sign and snapped his driver,


And the lucky two are:

Cambia qulifiers 2015


Then there was this:

Golf doesn’t need the Olympics, and the Olympics sure don’t need golf


Cambia Portland Classic – Tuesday

August 10, 2015

Arrived at the course just after noon on Sunday and snagged a bag a couple hours later. Cindy Feng and I agreed to terms and I was pressed into service immediately. Touched them all but riding a buggy took the sting out of it.

Yesterday we were in the 8:00 shotgun pro-am. Perfect weather and a good group. As usual, we all walked. Volunteer caddies were pulling the amateur’s trolleys.

Today it was nine holes early and I was let go. Only for the day, not the week. 🙂

BBQ and caddie putting contest finished off the day. Pulled pork, whiskey brisket, chicken and all the fixins. Off course, the beer was flowing freely.

Portland caddie tent 2015

BBQ truck Portland 2015

Here’s Chad missing his first putt.

Chad putting Portland 2015


 

There has been a “Portland John” sighting. He worked the qualifier for Wendy Doolan.


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