Murphy USA Shootout 2016 – Thursday

September 29, 2016

As of 2:30 yesterday afternoon, I was pitching a shutout as far as getting a bag so I hit the road and stopped at the Walmart on the way back to my motel. My The Good, The Bad and The Ugly theme sounded on my cell as I pulled into the lot. It was a caddie on the course who was playing with Lindsay Gahm (pronounced game) and she was looking for a looper.

We struck a deal and I headed back to Mystic Creek. Caught her on eight and we finished the round.

I arrived at the course at first light this morning, to see the holes I missed yesterday, then we played nine holes in the pro-am. A different pro took over on the back.

Murphy USA is the main sponsor and to promote their brand, they’ve set up a fully functioning (and stocked with all your favorite snacks) replica of their convenience stores on the site of the future clubhouse. It also functions as the pro shop this week so along with that slurpee, you can pick up a sleeve of balls and maybe a logoed shirt Impressive.

c-store and pro shop El Dorado AR

Is this why the possum crossed the road?

possum potties El Dorado AR

Bully and I were sitting at the table next to the Possum Potties on Tuesday when we were joined by an unfamiliar player looking for a pen. It was Minami Levonowich and this was her very first Symetra Tour event. The pen was needed to work on the mandatory rules test every player must complete prior to teeing it up for the first time. It’s open book and quite extensive but she has until Friday to finish. Minami threw a couple questions our way and it wasn’t easy. Wonder what happens if she fails? 🙂

Minami? Yeah, real close to Mini-Me.

There’s a Canadian caddie/player connection at the Reignwood Classic in China this week. Samantha Richdale is looping for Maude-Aimee Leblanc.

Today is Maddie’s birthday, Happy birthday boss.

A good, cheap motel is always as special find especially out here where funds are short but the key word there is “good”. Some guys have opted to stay at the Flamingo Motel on West Ave where “cheap” comes way before “good”. One caddie even bought his own sheet and pillow cases as theirs was so nasty.

I chose the EconoLodge even though I’m by myself and it’s a pretty large hit in the wallet.

I did gave the Flamingo a drive-through but didn’t even get out of the car and by the following review on Yelp, I made the right choice.

Flamingo Motel Yelp Review

I don’t think yelp let’s you review places and leave no stars, if it did, there would be one less in the rating above.
Not sure where to begin on how bad this place is, but ‘festering cum pit’ comes close.
I’m pretty sure somebody died in our room, the smell was outdone only by the look of the place. The wifi I can only assume was powered by a 56k dial up modem that was split over the whole motel and the Aircon was like an asthmatic blowing into the room but with the sound of a jet engine. Only plus to this was it drowned out the sound of what I assume was a truck driver beating a hooker in the next room.
I’ve stayed in shit holes before, and am not overly fussy, but this place was awful, and to boot the staff where rude, and extremely unhelpful, and eventually even aggressive.
Man was a total prick. And the woman working with him wasn’t much better.
We ended up leaving and getting a room at the super 8 round the corner.
All in all I would describe the experience of being at and dealing with the flamingo motel as somewhat similar to battling cancer, only losing at the end.

Then there was this:

Brickyard Crossing to host 2017 LPGA Tour event

Kathy Whitworth cuts ribbon at new World Golf Hall of Fame exhibit

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