Westward Ho’d! – 2018

Well, it was time to hit the road at least one more time.

Departed early in the morn on Monday and Motel 6’d it on the far side of Houston that night. Next stop was a Days Inn in El Paso and arrived at Rancho Mirage CA at 4PM yesterday afternoon.

My final destination was volunteer Dave’s place right down the street from the home of the ANA Championship (The Dinah to all my friends). Will be spending some time here and may try to get a bag at the Symetra event in Beaumont after the ANA.


I replaced my ‘03 Sable with a 2010 Avalon Limited. I was impressed with the Nerd’s similar purchase last year so I followed suit. Extremely comfortable ride and averaged 29.6 mpg on the trip. Not bad for its size and peppy engine. A surprising bonus was the absence of the ubiquitous aches and pains from a three-day, 2400 mile drive.


Stayed at The Nerd’s place during the winter. He left a few days before me but just before he did, he had a tree removed next to the fish pond (don’t ask) and we put up a fence in two days. Nothing like a little time pressure to get the job done.

Rick's fence


On a sad note, Tom Hanson former LPGA caddie and sports writer, passed away Tuesday. Here is the Facebook post from his sister Becca Hanson Carpenter.

As some of you may know, my brother Tom Hanson passed away suddenly on Tuesday morning. He was the master of the written word and I sit here at a loss for them. First, I want to thank everyone who has reached out to our family with their kind words and offerings of help at this most difficult time. Please know we read every comment and appreciate all the special stories. My brother Bob said it well… “He will be missed and March Madness will never be the same … another #1 seed goes down too early”

His memorial service and celebration of life will be held this
Saturday, March 24th at 11am at
Stephenson- Nelson Funeral Home
4001 Sebring Parkway
Sebring, Fl 33870

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3 Responses to Westward Ho’d! – 2018

  1. Ozzcaddy - Stephen Petrie says:

    Condolences to Tom’s family and Friends during this sad time. Tom was very good at putting stories on paper. RIP.

    Stephen ‘Aussie’

  2. Ozzcaddy - Stephen Petrie says:

    Hey Larry, did you need to use your laser to measure and line up the palings. Excellent job guy’s, another area to go into after retirement.

    Enjoy your new ride Larry.

  3. Leroy Strickland says:

    I am delighted to see you posting again. I have always enjoyed reading your observations from a caddie perspective and your writing in general.

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