Murphy USA Shootout – Round Two

September 26, 2015

I’m looping for Liz Wendt.

Had to WD.


Staying at the America’s Best Value Inn in Smackover AR. Last night we were wakened at midnight by a party on the floor below. Found out it was coming from the meeting room which the motel rented for the event. After complaining to the front desk twice, I was told the party-goers would be asked to lower the music but they had paid for the room and it was implied it was their right to do what they wished. My only alternative was to call the police. That did the trick.

Can’t believe the management would rent the room for a midnight party. What the hell were they thinking? I know, anything for a buck.


The only eatery near our motel is the Vallero gas station across the street. They have a hot entree section and I tried it for the first time yesterday. Best catfish, baked beans and slaw I ever et. Not exactly a Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives find but pretty close.

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Murphy USA Shootout – Round One

September 25, 2015

79 blows puts us way back in the pack but still in reach of the cut. I told you this wouldn’t be easy.


Leon was our cart driver and what a piece of work he was. On the very first hole he determined a ball that was lost in a lateral hazard was out of bounds and said the player should go back to the tee. On anther hole he was calling out the scores on the radio as we teed it up. But to his credit, Leon learned fast after being admonished. In a nice way of course.


Then there was this:

LPGA could be coming to Green Bay area

Why Caitlyn Jenner Is Ticked Off At LPGA Star Danielle Kang

Teresa Zamboni receives 2015 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award


Murphy USA Shootout – Thursday

September 24, 2015

I’m looping for Liz Wendt.

Played fifteen holes yesterday until we ran out of daylight. No one was allowed to tee it up until after 1:30 due to the pro-am. We were second to last.

The course has dried considerably and playing much shorter.

Today it was just a general practice.


El Dorado (pronounced with a long a) has quite a colorful history. It’s HQ for Murphy Oil and the Arkansas Oil and Gas Assn.

In 1921, a gusher came in and turned this burg into a lawless boomtown and environmental disaster area from unrestrained drilling. So much oil was discovered that many of the country’s millionaires resided here.

But eventually things turned around. The area was cleaned up and the Murphy Oil Company eventually established the El Dorado Promise.

El Dorado Promise:

Starting with the class of 2007, The El Dorado Promise is a unique scholarship program established and funded by Murphy Oil Corporation. The Promise provides graduates of El Dorado High School with a scholarship covering tuition and mandatory fees that can be used at any accredited two- or four-year public or private educational institution in the US. The maximum amount payable is up to the highest annual resident tuition at an Arkansas public university.

Before the boom, El Dorado had there version of the shootout at the OK Corral.

El Dorado plaque


Murphy USA Shootout – Tuesday

September 22, 2015

I’m looping for Liz Wendt.

First off today and touched them all. Done before noon.


Arrived yesterday and walked the course. Liz flew in late and we played nine.

Some players have grumbled that the courses are too easy out here but they won’t this week. Mystic Creek is a gorgeous layout with extremely difficult greens. Plenty of different levels, false fronts and edges that funnel off to collection areas or water hazards.


It’s back to “the show” for Vicky Hurst. Congrats! A player with that much game does not belong on the Symetra Tour.


Didn’t see the Solheim no-gimme incident but it sounds like typical Pettersen.


On my way here I topped in Texarkana overnight. First time. Cheap room, cheap gas ($1.89) and finger lickin’ good Popeye’s chicken all within a few yards. A travel trifecta.


How about (ex-rookie bitch) Johnny Manziel? There’s hope for Browns fans after all.


Doug Wilbur has made an appearance. Working for Mindy Kim.


Garden City Classic – Round Two

September 19, 2015

I’m looping for Liz Wendt.

My cut-making streak on the Symetra Tour has come to an end. Shot four over.

Getting out of Dodge (actually through Dodge) early in the morning. Next stop El Dorado Arkansas. Looping for Liz again.

Then there was this:

Tiger Woods has second back surgery, done for 2015

The story behind the golf scene in Johnny Depp’s new movie, “Black Mass”


Garden City Classic – Round One

September 18, 2015

I’m looping for Liz Wendt.

Six over after six then one under the rest of the way. Liz admitted she was a bit out of it at the start then settled down. The wind was steady when we teed off but was howling by the time we finished. 25-30 mph easy.

My WeatherBug app forecast the wind at 9 mph all day!


Liz noticed a player in the group in front of us frantically scribbling on her pin sheet before starting play. So she took a look to satisfy her curiosity. “Target, Smile, Target, Smile” was the script written randomly over and over. Oddly enough, the scowl on her face as she scribbled showed a failure to follow her own advice.


As we greeted our cart driver, I reminded him that under no circumstances should he give anyone in our group a ride during play. As we crossed over to number one after completing our first nine, he drove up to me and asked if I wanted a ride. DOH!


The edge of the rough transitions into what can be only be described as unharvested hay and contributed greatly to our poor start. After going from one side of the fourteenth fairway to the other and finishing the hole with a four putt triple, I had to lighten the mood.

While exciting the green, I told Liz she just saved me a bunch of money. “Going on safari was on my bucket list and now I could scratch it off.” I said.


We used a seven iron for the approach to the third green and I either missed the bag putting it back or it fell out as I walked. Either way, I didn’t notice but rules official J.R. did. She rode up, collected the downed stick and handed it to me. “You know it’s windy when the clubs get blown out of the bag.” she observed.

We wouldn’t have gotten far before noticing though. That was the club of choice on the par three which was the next hole.


The flies are numerous and tenacious here. As soon as the wind dies, they are on you like flies on, well, you know what.

Sign on the Tournament HQ door.

no fly zone sign Garden City

Unfortunately, flies can’t read and it seems that some people can’t either.

Today there was not a one to be seen. Too windy.


Then there was this:

A Cinderella story: Bill Murray, brothers inducted into Caddie Hall of Fame

Henderson sisters enjoy caddying for each other


Garden City Classic – Thursday

September 17, 2015

Looping for Liz Wendt

Walked the course with Liz during the afternoon pro-am. I told her to bring a helmet but she shunned my advice.


The player injured by the cart is in the field. Saw her on the range. Looks good.


From the LPGA website: Brooke Henderson, the 18-year-old who has won both on the Symetra Tour (Four Winds Invitational) and the LPGA Tour (Cambia Portland Classic) this year, is in Garden City this week working as a caddie for her older sister Brittany, who ranks 43rd on the Volvik Race for the Card money list with one top 10 finish.


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