Fists Of Fury – Texas Shootout 2017 – Round 2

April 29, 2017

Figured yesterday would relinquish little fodder to pen but boy was I mistaken.

As the seventh group of the day was finishing on the par five eighteenth, players A and B laid up while C waited to go for it. The two were given the OK to walk up ahead during the wait but a change of mind precipitated the third player to also lay up. To save time, since all three were in no position to make the cut, A and B hit into the green. Everything seemed fine until handshakes were in order. C’s caddie refused, walked up to one of the other loopers and punched him in the chest! This was in response to a lack of respect for his player he said. Security was called and the local police took statements. No charges were pressed so the pugilistic bag-toter (who claimed self-defense) was not arrested.

Who was this looper with a readiness to rumble you ask? For those in the know, player C’s caddie was once a regular on the LPGA and known as Sir Whiff-a-Lot for his propensity to oversleep and whiff his tee time. He was fresh off the web.com tour and lets hope that’s where he returns. BTW, he’s added about thirty pounds of muscle, to what was an ordinary frame, so Roid Rage is a possibility.


Then there was this:

Tour hands out first slow-play penalty in 22 years


VOA Texas Shootout 2017 – Round 2

April 28, 2017

Still amazes me the attitude of some players and caddies when entering the player dining area. Players are obligated to show their ID and caddies must wear (not just display) a wrist band dedicated for that specific day.

One player’s brother dropped a few f-bombs yesterday asked to attach the band to his wrist and not just show it. The idea is that it can’t be passed around. He dropped a few more bombs then walked away instead of complying. Too bad one of the officials wasn’t present.

As far as some players go, they refuse to show ID and walk right pass security.


Another caddie party was scheduled today along the 12th hole. The same family has offered food and drink the last few years.


Then there was this:

Ko: Number of caddie firings bit misleading


VOA Texas Shootout 2017 – Round 1

April 27, 2017

I walked the back nine starting on the eighteenth. Play seemed extremely slow. Watched one group on the par four fifteenth. A tee ball went into the water and a shot to the green went over into the water (not the same player). The player had to go back to the fairway for her fourth shot. Even with all that, it took fifteen minutes for the next group to arrive and there still was a gap between the group behind.

When I approached the landing area on the par five tenth, two officers had their golf carts parked next to each other just outside the hazard that boarders the right side. When I was just a few feet away, a ball landed between them (about a foot of space), just misses me and stays dry a few feet from the hazard. It was the tee shot of Sandra Gal.

cops on carts Texas Shootout 2017

Unfortunately, her recovery shot hit the trees blocking the fairway. Made bogey.

Sandra Gal number 10 Texas Shootout


Caddies aren’t the only ones who leave there car running. One of the players did it earlier this week. Fortunately, they knew who it was and saved her the embarrassment of an empty tank.


I’ve run across a few LG TVs the past few years and hate them with a passion. They have a light sensing technology that dims the screen according to the ambient light and can’t be turned off in the settings. Makes the screen so dark it’s unwatchable. My work-around is a small flashlight aimed at the sensor. That keeps the screen at an optimum brightness.


Then there was this:

Lexi Thompson, through tears, addresses ANA snafu: ‘It was kind of a nightmare’


VOA Texas Shootout 2017 – Wednesday

April 26, 2017

Cool and very windy. Thunder delayed the start of the pro-am for ninety minutes.


Quote of the week: I was talking to one of the veteran loopers and didn’t realize he had attended college and added that he didn’t get a degree. When asked what was his major he answered “Finance, but I ran out of money”. I think a refund is in order. 🙂


Tournament Director Kate Scarpetta was here hawking the $100,000 Pennsylvania Women’s Open and offered up an interesting story. The lady who won it twenty-two years ago will be playing and her son will be carrying the bag. She was five months pregnant with him when she won. “ I carried him the last time.” she said.


Texas Shootout 2017 – Tuesday

April 25, 2017

-3 qualified on Monday. Scores here.


Worked nine holes for Dana Finkelstein Sunday afternoon. It was an absolute joy.


The scores in the Symetra event last week were outrageously high. What happened?


Food in the caddie area is first rate. The same as they serve in player dining.


One of the caddies got stopped for going eight miles per hour over the speed limit by the local gendarmes with guns drawn. Apparently he didn’t pull over soon enough after they lit him up. All is well though. They apologized and set him on his way. Welcome to Texas!


PGA pro Joel Edwards is looping for Annie Park and David Esch (Annika’s former husband) is on Julie Yang’s bag.


Then there was this:

LPGA reacts to USGA, R&A announcement following Lexi Thompson ruling


Downwind To Midland/Dallas

April 23, 2017

Left Tucson Friday and made it to Midland TX. 75-80 mph most of the way with a tailwind. Used up my Choice reward points at the Suburban Extended Stay. Outstanding!

There were eight Tesla charging stations just outside my window. All empty. Must be difficult to plan a trip based on electrical outlets.

Tesla outlets

The Love’s Travel Stop next door has a Subway. Haven’t eaten at one in many moons so I gave it a go. Had the foot long meatball with black olives. Actually pretty good but I paid for it in the morning.

Second leg of my trip was 334 miles of fighting a NNE crosswind.


Monday qualifier caddies are needed. I passed.


Staying at a Studio 6. Not near as nice as Phoenix and too many permanent residents, if you know what I mean. It does have a good shower though. In fact, too good. Most motels have opted for weak, water saving devices but not here. There is so much pressure and the water stream is so fine, it actually stings if you stand in one place too long.


Then there was this:

Frozen hash brown recall due to possible ‘extraneous golf ball materials’


Lotte 2017- One And Out

April 19, 2017

Well that didn’t take long. Got the axe.

Going to Dallas anyway looking for a loop.


I buy another laser in Hawaii and a new lid at Van’s Golf Shop then get the boot. At least I got a 20% off the hat after mentioning my tour caddie status. 🙂


Might have set an all time personal record on least amount of money spent for food for the week. Only $5.51 and that was at McDonalds going to HNL on Sunday.


Arrived at PHX from HNL thirty minutes early. Got to love that jet stream.


Our LPGA super fan and volunteer received a complimentary TSA crotch pat down on his way back home. Over a million miles flown and he gets a loyalty check. What the eff is wrong with us?


Got a little nasty in the caddie tent after the final round regarding caddie bib deposits. A dozen loopers failed to pay the $40 and being Hawaii, they let them slide. Three were locals so they were known but the others had all kind of excuses. Some had top players to boot. I say, if they can’t come up with the required deposit, the caddie master should solicit the player for the cash. The shear embarrassment would stop the practice of trying to skip on the deposit.


Yesterday I lunched at In-n-Out. Single cheeseburger (grilled onions only), fries and a chocolate shake. Burrrp!


Spent a few hours with Quiet Dave here in Tucson. Caught up and shared a few laughs.


Staying at a Motel 6 on Benson Hwy. Could be the best 6 ever. Was a Quality Inn. May spend another day.


Lotte Championship 2017 –Round 2

April 14, 2017

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Finished with a total of +10. On to Texas. It’s touch and go if we get in.


We were on the seventeen green when play was suspended yesterday. Lindy Duncan was playing with us and needed to shoot one under in the next two holes to make the cut. Faced with a short putt for bird on seventeen, she almost fell in the bunker lining it up. The putt just missed the left edge and nested hanging over the back edge of the hole.

That left us with the eighteenth which is the toughest hole on the course. A long par four with a water carry in front of a diabolical green. So treacherous, that a player actually putted it off the green into the water yesterday. But today, Lindy was not to be denied. She holed out for eagle with a six iron to make the cut by two.


Did you know that Maddie is the only Cornhusker to play on the LPGA?


Someone still owes four bucks for their yardage book. Didn’t have exact change and they they were trusted to come up with the rest.


Pro-am shenanigans. Mine are small but hard as coconuts. 🙂

Larry and Maddie Lotte pro-am 2017 closeup cropped


You can say that again!

FN3PUT plate


Early in the week I stopped in the caddie tent for a coffee and found some irresistible pastries next to the pot. Too big for one helping, I asked the man in change if a knife was available. He whipped out his pocket folder, which looked like a gutted fish had seen it’s last use, and cut me a piece. He then scooped it up with his hand and served it over. Did I eat it? You bet I did. Yummy!


During the rain delay yesterday, extra food was put out and you’d think it was the last meal of the condemned. A swarm of locusts couldn’t have done a better job of scarfing down every morsel.

rain delay eatig Lotte Championship

I’m surprised this guy didn’t lose his arm to the starving.

caddies eating aftermath


Lotte Championship 2017- Round 1

April 13, 2017

My Player is Madeleine Sheils.

Got on the bogey train on our second nine and missed a few stops before exiting. Shot +5.


Torrential rain delayed the afternoon groups. I thought our dirt parking area would be a mud hole but it barley looked wet. Must have been super dry.


An ace on the the 16th hole during the final round wins a $68,000 Tesla. I talked to the rep and he drove hands free from Honolulu to the course. He tried to to line me up for the latest pre-production model but getting cross-country on a charge that lasts only 300 miles would be tough. It would be the perfect car for Hawaii though and the that one is only $36,000.


Tuesday we practiced early then played in the afternoon pro-am. We were only scheduled to play nine but our team was a no-show. We played anyway. Turned out out be a good practice round. Our standard bearers even tagged along.


Monday we played eighteen, practiced, then I had to walk the course. I was so whipped! The compression sleeves were way over matched.


Maddie is staying with a host family across the third green. Treated to gourmet food and gets to use their golf cart to go to the course. For her first time here, she’s getting the Hawaiian princess treatment.


Given the opportunity with such a convenient transport, Maddie drove the cart to the pro-am party but they only have valet parking. Cost her $25! We had a good laugh over that one.


Players receive guest food vouchers for the week to eat inside the clubhouse and Maddie was going to give them to me until they were “misplaced”. She plead her case with registration and they came up with a new set. Very unusual considering breakfast is $20 and lunch is another ten.


My Airbnb is not the best but I made the best of it. The sleeping choices were a futon or queen mattress on the floor. The futon was just short of rock hard but the mattress topped it. It was rock hard. Like sleeping directly on the floor. Then I noticed how flexible the mattress was so I double it over and put it on the futon. Perfect! One of the more comfortable sleeping surfaces I’ve come across.

The place doesn’t have wi-fi either so I using the one in the restaurant at the course. That’s why the posting delay.


I flew over on Sunday and everything worked just right. Parked at the Radisson for cheap and found a spot right up front, was TSA pre checked so I flew right through and boarded early finding a pace for my carry-on before the room ran out. They even delayed the flight a little to move bags around.

Just when we thought departure was eminent, the wind changed so we had to use the runway that took us over the city instead of the desert. That meant we needed more lift so the numbers had to recalculated which delayed us another thirty minutes.

Even with all that, by the time I picked up my rental car and arrived at the course, Maddie had just walked out of the clubhouse after watching The Maters playoff, and was on the range. Perfect timing.


When I arrived at Ko Olina, a native at the guard house greeted me with a smile and flashes the hang loose hand gesture. I instinctively tried to reciprocate and almost flipped him the bird. 🙂


Caddie bibs are $40 deposit this week but we get to keep the towel.


Heard a great story about a submerged golf cart and a baggie of cocaine that floated to the surface but that will have to wait for another time.


Then there was this:

Lotte extends title sponsorship of Hawaii’s LPGA Lotte Championship until 2020

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan to be named Sports Executive of the Year

Masters green jacket found in thrift store sold at auction for nearly $140000

Former LPGA Tour champion Jan Stephenson speaks on career ahead of Symetra


No Masters But Other Stuff

April 7, 2017

The first round of the Symetra event in Windsor CA has been postponed due to climate change. It’s now a 36 hole event.


Maddie’s golf career was in the works many years ago. Here she is at age seven. Looks like she beat me on the long socks trend but not in the caddie circles.

Maddie age 7 cropped

In an odd coincidence, back in 2003, both Maddie and me were watching the best-ball shoot-out of Hank Kuehne and Nancy Lopez vs. John Daly and Michelle Wie at Hillcrest Country Club, Maddie’s home course in Boise.

kuehne lopez

daly_1 wie


Rick went to Hawaii early and has to tough it out until the rest of us gets there. Poor guy.

Rick's Hawiian pic


Then there was this:

Rules official Sue Witters more unsung hero than villain in LPGA controversy

The Costco Kirkland Signature golf ball is back!


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