Symetra Gateway Classic 2017- Round 2

March 31, 2017

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

+3 today. Looks like we made it on the number.

We definitely got the good side of the flop. Nasty cold this morning.


Symetra Gateway Classic 2017 – Round 1

March 30, 2017

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Eagled our final hole, the ninth, to shoot even. It was heading for the desert if it didn’t hit the hole. 🙂 It was the most difficult pin position you can use on that hole. Right on top of a mound.


We were put on the clock at the turn and they rode our ass almost to the end.


If you haven’t heard about the 2017 Pennsylvania Women’s Open as of yet, you will now. With a $100,000 purse and a$20,000 first prize, it touts itself as the largest State Open purse east of the Mississippi. Symetra professional Kate Scarpetta is the Tournament Director and his working hard to get out the word and fill the field with quality players.


Then there was this:

Exclusive: Chinese Women Golfers May Shun LPGA Event Amid China-South Korea Tensions

Caitlyn Jenner returns to desert for LPGA Pro-Am


Symetra Tour Gateway Classic 2017 – Pro-Am

March 29, 2017

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

First out and only nine holes. Sweet!


Expect to get the axe if you show up smelling of alcohol. The heavy blade feel on the neck of one looper yesterday.


Meet the parents, Max and Joanie. Made sure TRTOPPERS logo was prominent. Have to give sponsors their due.

Maddie, me, Max and Joanie


Then there was this:

The LPGA Tour and Donald Trump: It’s Complicated

Mark Wahlberg works on his golf game more than you do during the winter

For the Love of Caddieing


Symetra Gateway Classic 2017 – Tuesday

March 28, 2017

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Played the front yesterday and the back today. Both times with Giulia Molinaro for a handful of shekels. Maddie came out on top with some dinner credit.


Max and Joanie, Maddie’s parental units, are in the house. Drove down from Boise to cheer Maddie on and get some sun.

Bully is also in the house and is looping for Brittany Yada. Good to see back on the fairways.


After I had new tires installed in Phoenix, my ride pulled to the right. An alignment last week showed no improvement so I brought it back to Sam’s Club when I returned to Phoenix on Sunday. They couldn’t find a thing wrong so I asked them to switch the front tires to see if it pulled the other way. It didn’t but ran perfectly straight instead. Almost like something was dragging and removing the tire fixed it. Who knows?


Maddie set me up with private housing this week with a member from Alta Mesa Country Club. That’s huge considering that this is the last week of spring training and home of the Final Four. Motel prices are at a premium.


Watched Being John Malckovich for free using the Crackle app last week. So weird it’s hard to explain. Pretty good none the less.


Then there was this:

Oldie Jackie Stoelting clings to ‘dream’ of success in the LPGA

‘Pro golfer Michelle Wie’s outfits banned from top BC greens

Aviara was a kick in the grass for LPGA players


Kia Classic 2017 – Round 3

March 25, 2017

So I go to the course this morning and park next to a black Chrysler 300 in the caddie lot and strike up a conversation with the attendant. Nothing unusual until he points out that the Chrysler is still running and the driver is long gone. I figure it had to be a rental and the driver was unfamiliar with all the doodads and thought he shut it off.

I go to the putting green and ask if anyone was driving a black Chrysler 300 and immediately a hand went up. I told him it was still running and it turns out he and a few of his buds rented it last week and the same thing happened! That time it ran out of gas but there wasn’t much remaining anyway. This time I saved them the embarrassment.


Look who we ran into on the putting green. Former LPGA pro Leslie Spalding made an appearance to touch base with any familiar faces. Leslie is housing Perrine Delacour and Celine Herbin for the week.

Me and Leslie Spalding Kia Clasic 2017


I was talking to another caddie yesterday and the conversation turned to odd things that happened in motels we’ve stayed in over the years. He came up with one in the ‘strange but true department’ that has to be on the top of everyone’s list.

He was staying at a motel in Alabama and decide to take a shower. While he was washing, the lights went out then back on again. This happened a second time, then a third. On and off in rapid succession followed so a quick exit before they went off altogether seemed prudent.

Upon pulling back the shower curtain, he was startled to find a male housekeeper holding a set of towels for his convenience! The man was of Mexican decent and did not speak English. He was also a tad “sow” as discovered after a complaint to management was lodged.

Apparently, the dirty linen was picked up earlier and had not been replaced and the overly conscientious housekeeper was determined not to let him get stuck without a towel. Not knowing how to alert the guest that he was there, flickering the light switch seemed like the thing to do.

Holy guacamole! Imagine if it was a female guest.


For what possible reason should I post a picture of this weed just outside my door?

weed in artificial turf

Well, that is not real grass. It’s artificial turf. Go figure.


Then there was this:

5 Worst Scandals in Pro Golf History

Michael Jordan’s insane golf gambling stories revealed

Ko misses cut for 2nd time in 91 LPGA starts


Kia Classic 2017 – Round 2

March 24, 2017

I walked the back starting on eighteen and when I got to the par three fourteenth, noticed a volunteer spotter about half way up the left side. There’s a pond on the right so I guess he signals if the ball goes in the drink. But then I noticed something odd. All three players in the group I watched hit the green and had birdie putts. But after each tee shot, he would give the safe sign back to the tee as if they didn’t know where the ball went. DOH!


On the eleventh, the hole captain came up with a novel way to direct spectator traffic. A black arrow on a towel was draped on the gallery rope. That seemed to do the trick.

arrow on towel


Then there was this:

Playboy beauty Lindsey Pelas lined up to be Grayson Murray’s caddy at the Masters

Trump National Golf Club offers $10000 reward to find vandals

‘Bulldog’ Mo Martin takes nothing for granted during LPGA journey


Kia Classic 2017 – Round 1

March 23, 2017

Just shows length isn’t everything. Mo Martin is –6.


Two groups in yesterday’s pro-am finished in the dark and one didn’t finish at all.


Yoga on the green seems to be a morning ritual this week. I would have joined in but my leotards are in the wash.

Yoga on the green Kia Classic

No shoes allowed in this San Marcos yoga center. But if you need an extra pair, you know where to fine one.

Yoga shoes


When the bottom falls out, sometimes it’s literal. Mardi Lunn is looping for Xiyo Lin and on the fourth tee (their second nine) they were notified of being on the clock. Mardi snatched up the bag heading toward the fairway when the bottom let loose strewing the clubs on the ground. A new bag is coming.

Mari Lunn broken bag


Then there was this:

Ko overcame hacker’s moment at Carlsbad


Kia Classic 2017 Pro-Am

March 22, 2017

I was considering getting a guaranteed $100 loop but the rain kept me away. Had a wheel alignment on my ride done instead. It was pulling right but OK now.


Went to the course around noon. Immediately received food vouchers for the rest of the week by another caddie. I must be looking desperate. 🙂

I was about to use one of the vouchers when Rick Wynn asked if anyone wanted his extra In-N-Out burger. Bought two but could only down one. Went for that instead. Used the voucher for a roast beef sandwich to go when I departed. Nothing like free eats.


I was standing next to a player and her caddie Jeff by the fountain in the caddie are. She had her foot on the top of the small concrete wall stretching her hamstring when another player snuck up from behind and gave her a huge slap on the butt. Jeff immediately declared “That was not me!” which had anyone within earshot cracking up.


Then there was this:

LPGA legend Betsy King donates $1.3 million for clean water

Jackie Pung dies at 95: ‘Hawaii’s First Lady of Golf’ an LPGA pioneer

LPGA Legends Tour Coming to Lake Geneva this May

Castrale replacing golf with television, real estate careers

Golf Pro Pat Hurst Joins Bay Equity As Mortgage Loan Officer


Kia Classic 2017 – Tuesday

March 21, 2017

Sincerest condolences go out to caddie Rick Kropf and his family. Rick’s dad passed away yesterday at the age of ninety-one.


Hung at the course till around one. Yesterday they gave out bag lunches but starting today, coupons in one’s caddie packet must be redeemed at a concession stand. Since Maddie didn’t make it I was out of luck, or so I thought. Found out that if you look destitute enough, someone will hand you an extra. Had the brat and a bag of Fritos. 🙂


Revo Sunglasses are giving out a free pair to all players and caddies this week. One thing about mirrored glasses, when some dufus extols the details of some inane anecdote, you can roll your eyes and he he doesn’t know. Which happened.

Revo sungalsses


A cooler was placed backwards next to the putting green which meant you had to practically stand in the flowers to pull out a drink because only half of the lid opened up. This was bugging me so I turned it around. Shortly after, a guy walks up and must have gotten a drink earlier because he tied to open the back. When that didn’t work, he then opened the front and, apparently not seeing what he was searching for, tried to open the back again. DOH! Here’s your sign.

This is not a Chinese puzzle box.

Kia cooler


“Scraper” finally got out of dreary old Portland and has landed in the state of eternal sunshine (well, maybe not this year). Working for Becky Morgan.

Scraper with Becky Morgan Kia Classic 2017


A shady character was hanging in the caddied area and putting green and security was called to check him out. They said he’s always around and is OK. Didn’t they say that about Jack Ruby?


Had a hankering for fried chicken after the round yesterday and stopped in the local Albertsons Supermarket. Had to be the scrawniest dried up pieces I’ve ever seen. Makes the the stuff from Walmart look like gourmet fare. As far as supermarket chicken goes, Publix is the best going away.


Kia Monday Qualifier 2017

March 21, 2017

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Shot +4. Scores here.


Many non-qualifiers are playing the Symetra event in Beaumont CA but we’re taking the week off. Will play next week in Mesa though.


Played a practice round with Demi Runas on Sunday and was paired with her yesterday.


“The beast” arrived just in time for the practice round on the hills of California.

Larry with Maddie's bag


Looks like yardage book has been bugged by the CIA. Congress needs to investigate.

bugged by CIA


The motels here are outrageously overpriced so I rolled he dice on this Airbnb offering. Turned out pretty good. No TV but good internet which is most important. 15 minutes to the course and walking distance to downtown San Marcos. Only drawback is my room is on the third floor and the bathroom is on the second. Plenty of stairs to maneuver. Thirty to be exact.


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