GREATLIFE Challenge 2016 – Tuesday

August 30, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Played the back yesterday and the front today. With plenty of short game work in between.


So I get a text from Maddie this morning asking to bring her a hot, medium, soy, hazelnut latte in exchange for the phone case she ordered for me through Amazon. I bring the coffee, she pays for the case so of course, I went for it.

I stopped at the Panera Bread close to the course but they didn’t have soy milk. Noticed there was a Starbucks close so I headed there. Unfortunately, it was in a Target which was closed so back to the Panera I went.

I placed the order but they didn’t have hazelnut and the lady behind the counter could see the frustration on my face. So I go outside and give Maddie a call. We’ve been communicating by text and it was becoming cumbersome. Better to get things straight with a phone call. Given the choices, Maddie settled for vanilla instead.

I go in for the third time and placed the following order. “I’ll take a hot, medium, vanilla latte and a razor blade to slit my wrists.” She got a chuckle out of that and probably the most unusual order ever.

But I wasn’t through. Upon pickup, whipped cream was an option and was told it was pretty much standard. Of course, I took it.

$5.10 later, I leave and within a few minutes, Maddie had the concoction in her hand. After all that, I made sure she drank the last drop which didn’t seem to be a problem. She likes her lattes.


There was a Monday morning pro-am and complimentary breakfast for the participants was coffee and some of the largest, gooiest donuts on the planet. Funny, given that GREATLIFE is all about golf and fitness. 🙂


Maddie drove up from Omaha on Monday in a garishly blue Hyundai Accent rental and will have it all week. She’s christened it “The Blueberry”.

The Blueberry


Times are tough out here on the Symetra Tour. Golf balls are at a premium which Fiona Puyo’s looper found out on the eighteenth hole. Now that’s going above and beyond.

Don’t get any ideas Madeleine. 🙂

Fiona caddie retrieving balls


This week’s digs is a newly remodeled Super 8 with one of the better hot breakfasts I’ve experienced for such a moderate motel. I felt my two week run of bad luck regarding living quarters was over until 2 AM this morning. That’s when the low battery warning on the smoke alarm started chirping. 😦


Eyed this plate yesterday. Just 49 cents short of fame and fortune.

ONECENT plate


Then there was this:

The ‘Beau Hossler Rule’ is one step closer to becoming a reality in men’s college golf


1St Stage Thoughts

August 27, 2016

Over 300 teed it up and it’s clear by the scores, many should not have. I guess it’s for the experience but that doesn’t come cheap.

Many jokingly refer to the players who make the tour as princesses but there’s one player who fits the bill perfectly. It’s Princess Superal. She’s –2 and will probably advance.


My luck, or lack of it, regarding motels is running true but at least it wasn’t all day.

Microtel elevator sign


Made it to Falls Park (again). Here’s the proof.

Larry at Falls Park Sioux Falls SD


Then there was this:

Zach Johnson joins Rory McIlroy in cricisim of Olympic golf

A Smile From Lorena Ochoa Changed Gaby Lopez’s Life

India’s Ashok among 4 Olympians at LPGA Q-School

Fourth-place finish on the LPGA Legends Tour reminds Madison’s Becky Iverson that golf isn’t as …

Here’s a win-win idea for LPGA and colleges: Post-NCAA shootout for tour cards


508 Miles Later

August 23, 2016

As of Sunday, my plans on where to spend the off week was still up in the air but by the next morning it was clear. I decided to head to Sioux Falls, the location of our next event.

The drive was uneventful but a strong southerly wind had me fighting the steering wheel all the way to keep it in the fairway. Finding a reasonably priced room was another story though, given the prices I found online, but I pulled the trigger on a Priceline room (all from the seat of my car through their mobile app) and got the Microtel for about half price.

My assigned room was about as small as one can get, which was fine, on the first floor and adjacent to the breakfast area (close to the coffee is good) but the A/C compressor never stayed on long enough to put dent into the residual effects of the 90° outside temperature. After a modest complaint, I was moved upstairs to a much bigger room to much more livable accommodations. I’m happy except for the internet. It sucks.


My nightmare at the Motel 6 went on the the final day. I had to pay cash for Sunday because their computers were down and never given a receipt. I asked for one on check-out but the desk clerk was totally clueless. Couldn’t find any record of my payment and she refused to give me anything in writing. All they had to do is go across the street to Walgreen’s and get a receipt book when this mess started but I guess that logic was beyond their comprehension.


Then there was this:

Fight erupts over slow play during round of golf, one stabbed and hospitalized  – That’ll speed things up. 🙂

Trish Johnson Defeats Juli Inkster In Six-Hole Playoff At Legends Championship


PHC Classic 2016 – Round 2 and 3

August 22, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Finished the remaining 13 holes of the second round, took a break and played round three. Maddie shot –4 in the second round which was the lowest. Got a case of the rights in the final round and finished +1. A good showing over all.


Maddie has come up with a system to simplify the thought process during the swing. She focuses on just one thing, like grip pressure, tempo or target and after the swing, has to give me a rating from 1-10 on how she did. After the tee shot on sixteen in the final round, she gave me the rating and I asked “But can you dance to it?” It was an obscure reference to Dick Clark’s American Bandstand where the kids were asked to rate new songs. Of course I had to explain but she got a chuckle out of it. So from now on, we be dancin’ if it’s a 9 or 10. 🙂

I have to admit, I thought it was hokum at first, but it worked very well. I like it


With a few holes remaining, one of our playing partners turned to Maddie and said she didn’t feel like she had been playing all day. I glanced at her caddie and smiled. He knew what I meant. We were the ones carrying the luggage. 🙂


PHC Classic 2016 – Round 1

August 19, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

A two hour weather delay pushed our time back to just after 11:00 and it was the best time of all. The groups in front had to play in the rain but it stopped when we got to the tee.

Of course we played ball in hand. Shot +1.

Play was called for the day around 5:30 due to lightning. 15 minutes too late according to my roommate.


PCH Classic 2016 – Thursday

August 18, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Pretty dead out here today. Most players had the same idea we did. Play nine, practice and hit the road.


Only 124 in the field this week. Next week’s 1st stage qualifier took its toll.


That bird that was hit last week lost more than a few feathers. Services were held right after the incident. 😦


The police were here again last night. Sooner or later this place will be empty. 🙂


PCH Classic 2016 – Pro-Am Wednesday

August 17, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

We had a 3pm tee time but it was only nine holes and three amateurs. Done in less than two hours.


There’s a beer garden next to the clubhouse and a three piece band starter playing Bavaria’s favorites around five. Unfortunately classic rock was on the loud speaker and the mix was driving everyone nuts. Maddie spoke up and the speaker was silenced.


Then there was this:

Jackson’s Elaine Crosby to be inducted into LPGA Legends Hall of Fame


PHC Classic 2016 – Tuesday

August 16, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Arrived early and touched them all by noon.


Staying at the Motel 6 in Glendale WI. It’s a great area and the Bayshore Town Center is only a block away. It’s an upscale indoor/outdoor market place with eateries and shopping to satisfy anyone’s taste but our temporary abode is a real dive. It’s in the process of renovation but it reminds of the Motel 6 I stayed at in Rochester. Many of the denizens are long term and loiter out front. Trash litters the grounds and the police have visited two days in a row. Yesterday, the clothes rack came off the wall as we were hanging our stuff. It wasn’t screwed into the studs. The price is right though so It’ll have to do.

One shining light is the Boston Market across the street. Been there twice so far.


Last Saturday, an ice cream truck showed up at the course and the temptation was too hard to resist for one rules official. She was seen giving a ruling with cone in hand.


Next week is 1st Stage LPGA Qualifying in Rancho Miarage CA. The field is over 300 and they’re using three courses instead of the usual two. AT $2500 a pop, that’s a healthy piece of change.


Another Has Fallen

August 15, 2016

Jamie Estill, former LPGA caddie and brother of LPGA pro Michelle Estill, has passed according to a post on Facebook. Here’s an article from 1998 on him in the Reading Eagle.


On Saturday, I heard a player hit a bird in flight and asked for a ruling. The official gave her the option to replay the shot. That was incorrect but she didn’t have to. Just knocked off a few feathers and didn’t hurt (the distance that is).

Peiyun (Money) Chien had 150 to the pin into the wind on the eighteenth hole Saturday with a flyer lie and chose a seven iron. But when you generate the club head speed she does, it can go much farther than anticipated. This was one of those times. The ball airmailed the green and landed in the grandstand. At first it could not be found but eventfully it was. Lying in the trash can it was.


More rain for Decatur today. One to two inches expected. Finally timed one right.


‘Squat toilets’ installed for employees at the Australian Tax Office because immigrant workers ‘made a mess’ by STANDING on the western ones – Reminds me of the time “someone” took a dump in the urinal in one of the porta potties in Toledo. I guess the cover was down on the toilet and they couldn’t figure it out.


Then there was this:

Despite a strong tournament, Olympic golf likely will leave no lasting effect to grow the game


Decatur-Forsyth Classic 2016 – Round 2

August 13, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Add two more to our total. No Sunday play for us.


The pins were on every high spot available. As of a few days ago, more rain was expected but it never happened. Very difficult getting the ball to the hole.


Just down the road a piece in Springfield, they got over three inches of rain yesterday putting the location of the State Fair under water.


Caddies are provided lunch along with the volunteers this week but today they dropped the ball. Burgers and dogs turned into charcoal briquettes and salt sticks. The potato salad was tasty though and I heard the cookies were good. 🙂


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