Last One

April 25, 2019

One final hike of the season. I beat the heat and rang up 5.5 miles today. Unlike last year, a couple snakes made an appearance. I shooed them away with my walking sticks.

I’ll be heading for Tampa tomorrow.

snake one

snake 2

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Leslie Is In The Open… Maybe

April 24, 2019

Leslie shot +1 in the Senior Women’s Open Qualifier and it was evident to us early on, that a playoff was in the wings. We were right.

Thirty-seven players teed it up for a generous eight spots and now, one more layer had to be eliminated. Six hopefuls for five spots went into extra innings. Good odds without a doubt.

We started on ten and Leslie’s approach was a bit thin and finished a pace or two short of the green. But the pin was only eight on and considering the severity of the green, it was a good leave. For the first time all day, by her own admission, Leslie was at peace and it showed. She rattled the stick dead center and found the bottom of the cup for birdie! Leslie made it to  The US Women’s Senior Open. Bravo!

There is one caveat though. The NCAA Championship is the same week as the Open. So, if her team qualifies, she obviously goes with the team.

Here are the scores. There may be a delay with our results.


Sandra Palmer and Susie Berning were there at the end and Sandra (aka Miss P) came out to watch the playoff.

Mark_Sandra Palmer and Larry


Mark Scott looped for Lisa DePaulo and she birdied the next hole to qualify. Since Leslie will not know if she’ll be playing until the eighth of May, I’ll be looping for Lisa at The Open.


When you think you’ve seen it all, well you know the rest.

During our practice round on Monday, we were accompanied by Leslie’s boyfriend Larry. Larry played golf but was unfamiliar with the minutia of tournament golf and the preparation there of.

On our third hole, Leslie asked him to ‘make a hole’. It refers to placing something on the green to putt to but instead of dropping a pencil or some other object, he pulls out a blue magic marker and draws a hole on the green! We couldn’t contain ourselves. That was a good laugh.

If he was a rookie caddie, I wonder what his nickname would be?


More hiking the last few days and it’s evident the super bloom is all but over. What was green is now brown and the death knell for the ubiquitous flowers has tolled.


Here’s one way to learn the rules of golf on the LPGA. Will free beer really accentuate one’s memory?

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LPGA Rules Official Pete Lis, has accepted an officiating position with the Web.com Tour.  Bye-bye Pete.


More Prep

April 18, 2019

Mark Scott and I did another Tamarisk once-over late yesterday afternoon.

Here are the tee times for the Senior Open qualifier.


Leslie’s college team won the three-day, Mountain West Championship at Mission Hills yesterday. They all jumped in Poppy’s Pond. Check out the video.


The day after the Senior Open qualifier, Mark will caddie the Women’s Open qualifier at Industry Hills for Liselotte Neumann and he’s not done yet. The three-day member guest at Big Horn is next.


Twice Around

April 16, 2019

Walked eighteen with Lisa Depaulo and her caddie Mark Scott (they were on a buggy) yesterday morning just to see the Tamarisk course. Then I get a text from Leslie for a late afternoon practice round. It was a race against time so a buggy was necessary. It’s not like we weren’t going to take one anyway. Smile

The course is in fabulous condition. Lush fairways and pure, slick greens.


More Miles, More Miles

April 14, 2019

My last four hikes were 7.4,5.6,6.9 and 8.9 miles. Over 70 total miles since arriving in the desert. I’m going to rest now.


Early in my ascent during yesterday’s hike, I crossed paths with two familiar faces. It was a lady with her dog Pete, heading in the opposite direction. Mark and I met her a few days ago.

We exchanged pleasantries and as she departed, touched my shoulder, whispered her address and slipped her house key into my shorts. Well, maybe not. But the shoulder touch was real. I take that as being hit on. Smile


No greens books at The Masters. As it should be everywhere.


I’m going to loop for Leslie Spalding at the local US Senior Open qualifier. It’s at Tamarisk Country Club on Tuesday the 23rd. Here are all the qualifying sites.


May have work for some Symetra events. We’ll see. Davidson NC will be my first unless I conjure up a bag for the Senior Open. They’re the same week.


On The Trail With Mark

April 10, 2019

Yesterday, I hiked with Mark Scott. We did the Bogart Murray Hill Loop. We finished as the heat was building and well before the dust storm showed its ugly face.

Here’s Mark at the top of Murray Hill just before being stung by a bee. The guy at the other table was stung also. “They came out of nowhere” was the unanimous utterance.

Mark on top of Murray Hill Palm Springs


Then there was this:

LPGA FOUNDER AND WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME MEMBER MARILYNN SMITH DIES AT 89

A moving Facebook tribute to LPGA caddie Chuck Hoersch from player Kris Tschetter. Chuck passed in 2012.


Tournament Thoughts

April 8, 2019

Again, the ANA Inspiration was disappointing as far as attendance figures go. Compared to this event in the “golden age” of the LPGA, it is woefully pathetic. Anyone who denies that Asian dominance has nothing to do with it is fooling themselves. Just change the name to the ALPGA and be done with it. The highlight was the shot off the bridge on the eighteenth.

On the other hand, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship was a delight to watch. “Patron” support was incredible and of course, the event was conducted on a scale equal to its groundbreaking significance.

One day, a 6’2” transgender will enter, blowing everyone away, and make a farce out of the whole thing but until then …


Three more hikes in the record books. Another with Jeff Steffler on Thursday and solos the next two days. Today is a day of rest except for doing my taxes.


I got the itch for a new phone after eyeing my roommates’ new devices but I think I’ll pass. I wish my phone had a brighter screen but the cost doesn’t justify the upgrade.


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