2nd Stage Qualifier 2017 – Round 3

October 21, 2017

My player is Angela Then.

Not a good day. No birds. Shot +5. Still in the mix though.


Had a great time at Gabby Then’s birthday party yesterday. It’s not until tomorrow but the timing wasn’t right. Wowed ‘em with caddie lore.


Many thanks to Bully for organizing the festivities at The Sand Trap Sports Bar. Cake and balloons included.

Fairways and greens. Good advice.

Gabby Then birthday cake

Wonder what she’s wishing for? 🙂

Gabby Then making a wish

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2nd Stage qualifier 2017 – Round 2

October 20, 2017

My player is Angela Then.

Didn’t hit it as pure as yesterday but still only shot +1. Birdied our last which is always sweet.


The Panther seems to play tougher of the two. It seems to catch more wind and the greens are firmer especially fourteenth. It’s fairly new and balls land like they were on the runway of Sarasota International.


Looks like Bully put the hammer down today. Shot –5 on The Bobcat. The braddah can still go.


Ya got to know dem rules. Case in point. The twelfth hole on The Panther is a short dogleg right with a water hazard bordering the left side of the landing area. One player in our group hit three wood off the tee but turned it over into the hazard. She took her two club relief and dropped the ball.

She then announced that the ball rolled out of the two club measurement and asked if she should re-drop. Another player (not mine) said yes and before the situation struck me, she had ball in hand.

I walked over and and asked if it had rolled closer to the hole and she said no. I indicated that she had two club lengths of roll after the ball hits the ground and she looked dumbfounded. In fact, I was the only one in the group that knew the rule including the other two caddies. After calling for an official, she had to add one more shot for picking it up.


I was treated to the buffet lunch in the clubhouse and the salmon and New England clam chowder were spectacular. Topped it off with a little peach cobbler.


We hit the range after lunch and Angela said I could chill. I noticed an elderly lady on the bench behind us and told Angela that I was going see if she would invite me home.

After a few minutes the lady departed and my boss headed for the practice green with her sister and coach. I wasn’t far behind and when I arrived, made the following statement. “Got her number. I better call before she dies”. Everyone cracked up.


2nd Stage Qualifier 2017 – Round 1

October 19, 2017

My player is Angela Then.

-2 on The Bobcat today. Good start.


I’m low in the condo but Upstate and Phil are only one back.


More player/caddie match-ups. Jorge with Margarita Ramos, Benito with Samantha Troyanovich and Louie with Stacy Bregman.


Caddie quote of the week so far. As I was walking The Panther course yesterday, a player hit a good shot to the seventeenth green and her caddie responded with “I could feel that shot before you hit it”. Splain that to me Lucy!


Then there was this:

Firefighter headed to Augusta, Pebble and Shinnecock


Stage 2 Qualifier 2017 – Wednesday

October 18, 2017

Picked up Angela Then through the caddie network yesterday but employment was based on my performance after nine holes this morning. I passed but I almost whiffed our tee time. Didn’t receive the text. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


The greens on the Bobcat Course have been heavily top-dressed and puffs of sand rose when the ball landed yesterday but it was mostly gone today. Putted fairly well.


Caddie player match-ups so far: Upstate Jay is working for Doris Chen, former LPGA player Cindy Feng for Lily Muni He, The Nerd for Catherine O’Donnell, Danny Huber for EJ Seong, Jo Morley for Michele Thompson, Donna Wilkins for Jean Reynolds, Bully for Gabriella Then (Angela’s sister) and Philly Phil for Maria Torres.

Maria is from Puerto Rico. Here’s an interesting article regarding Maria’s travails after Hurricane Maria devastated the island and her career so far.


Happy 70th birthday (Tuesday) to Jarlath Hamrock aka “Upstate Jay”. After seven decades on the planet and a contender for the most interesting man in the world. Check out this article from 2001


I’m staying with Upstate and Phil in a condo behind the sixth tee on the Bobcat. Perfect location to watch tee shots and down a cold one.


Ran into my old boss Donna White. She’ll be following the progress of Nicole Sakamoto.


Over a foot of rain has fallen on the course in Taiwan in the last seven days washing out the pro-am.


Ten there was this:

The Santa Rosa country club devastated by Tubbs fire includes at least 38 members who lost homes

China shuts down billionaire’s golf courses

The Miami Heat will move its charity golf tournament away from President Trump’s course

LPGA Tour And LPGA Symetra Tour Members To Participate In Inspire.Dream.Achieve. Pro-Am …

Bjorn, Furyk recreate Palmer shot off Eiffel Tower

LPGA event could take a year off to find title sponsor


Symetra Tour Championship 2017

October 5, 2017

Had Wanansa Zhou as second alternate. She decided not to stick around after a torrential downpour put a halt to play at 9:50.


Play was scheduled to resume at 2:30 but was changed to 4 but was eventually postponed for the day.


As we were sitting in the foyer of the clubhouse during the storm, I noticed the front door was askew leaving a gap at the top and bottom. Instead of fixing the maladjusted portal to plumb, it looked as if the bottom was planed to allow it to close. But that was a minor problem compared to the gap in the overhang allowing a torrent of water to flow inside the door when it was closed. Looked like a decorative waterfall.


They’re playing the Jones Course and the putting surfaces have been redone but the contours have remained the same. The green’s collars (not to be confused with collard greens) have barley grown in and the transition to the green is indiscernible in places.


Staying at Louie’s with Rick and he’s cooking up a storm. Spaghetti with meat balls, pork chops, chicken tikka masala and linguine with clam sauce so far. It’s Rick’s turn tonight with steak.


Looking for a second stage bag if anyone has a lead.


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