Valley Forge Invitational 2019 – Round 1

May 31, 2019

My player is Min Lee.

Seven under ties us for the lead. Took only twenty-two putts. More birdies than I’ve seen in quite a long while. When we finished, the final group was just on number one. That will be us tomorrow.

I must admit, Min Lee has the best demeanor of any player I’ve looped for over all these years. She’s extremely confident and emotional highs and lows are not in her repertoire. I told her this on the fifteenth in the midst of her birdie run of five in a row.

After Min sunk a twelve-footer for par on the last hole to save a stellar round, I gave her my best compliment ever. “I’m taking down my picture of Jesus and putting yours up,” I said. That got a smile.

I have concluded that my next smartphone purchase will be the Google Pixel 3a XL. Checked it out at Best Buy the other day. It’s $475 but I’ll probably wait until Black Friday. I figure it will be at least $100 less.

Then there was this:

LPGA pro hopes eating Subway every day at this week’s US Women’s Open will be her lucky …

Hank Haney Suspended Following Offensive LPGA Comments on SiriusXM Radio Show What a crock!

Catriona Matthew cutting back but still gearing up for Solheim Cup

Valley Forge Invitational 2019 – Thursday

May 30, 2019

My player is Min Lee.

Light practice session and we be done.

Wicked weather rolled through yesterday afternoon. Sever t-storms with tornado watches and warnings.

During Wednesday’s practice round, I remarked to Min on the amazing speed a laser returns the yardage number so I posed the following question.

“What’s the speed of light?”

After a slight pause, she replied, “Fast.”

“Good answer,” I added.

Valley Forge Invitational 2019

May 29, 2019

My player is Min Lee.

Touched them all yesterday. Didn’t think we would but the predicted weather never happened. Imagine that.

Experienced small-town America on Monday watching the Pottstown Memorial Day parade. Had to be 30-40 fire engines from all over the area.

Memorial Day parade Pottstown 2019

Basically, the course has not changed except they built a pedestrian bridge on the par three 14th eliminating a shuttle ride and the back tee on the par three 17th will not be used. Also, the greens are very slow compared to last year. We’ll see if that changes. If not, they might use some pin positions ignored last year.

When we were on the seventeenth tee yesterday, Min got to see how dowsing rods are used to find water pipes. The guy erecting the hole sign showed her how. Min walked towards a sprinkler head and they moved together.

Min Lee with devining rods

One used to be able to differentiate the Coleman twins by their footwear. One Nike, one FootJoy but not anymore. Both are sporting FootJoys. DOH!

Maybe doing something very unusual this week. The eighth green is fairly close to the clubhouse but not the ninth. So, I could see them splitting tees on one and nine instead of ten. On second thought, I just looked at the starting times. We’re all going off number one.

Pure Silk Championship –Tuesday

May 22, 2019

As of last Sunday morning, I was unsure of the direction to which I was heading. Do I go to the new Symetra event in Opelika AL or opt for the LPGA in Williamsburg? I didn’t have a bag for either but then I got an offer. Rick said he was staying with Jeff Steffler in a condo at Williamsburg and the couch was open. It took a second to decide. Williamsburg was it.

No luck so far finding a loop but I’m not trying that hard. Instead, I’m hanging in the caddie area, around the putting green and jawing with “professional volunteer” Rob Sanders. Rob has volunteered in over fifty LPGA events and since he lives in the area, the Pure Silk Championship was a natural choice.

Rob has worked this one many times and this year he’s in charge of carts and caddies but he’s also on a mission. He volunteered at the last Solheim Cup and is determined to get the team signatures on his Solheim flag. His progress so far is pretty good but one signature may elude him. Florentyna Parker only plays LET events so that may be a tough one. But all is not lost. Rob will be making the trip to Scotland to volunteer in this year’s Solheim Cup and he may get lucky.

Rob Sanders with Solheim flag 2019

The magical skills of professional calligrapher Paul Pope will be on display at the main scoreboard this year. Paul was a staple on the LPGA at one time but this is the only remaining tournament taking advantage of his extraordinary skill set. Here’s a video from 2014 demonstrating his work.

Lisa’s T9 finish last week earned her $24,789. That surpasses her total LPGA career earnings of $18,895.

Here’s a question for you. What player would be considered the “Crash Davis” of the LPGA? If I have to explain, don’t even try.

During last week’s event, Lisa recalled the time she caddied for PGA professional Rocky Thompson. Apparently, Rocky was quite a character with a bagful of superstitions next to none.

One time on the range, she was tossing him balls for the driver but he would shun them for one on the ground. After a few rejections, she asked what was the matter. “I don’t hit threes.” was his answer.

Seven was also a bad number for Rocky. If he gave you a handful of balls to hold, the cumulative numbers on the balls should not be divisible by seven. Also, if they were on a golf cart, it’s number should not be divisible by seven either and don’t you ever stop the cart on a crack in the cart path.

The topper was that Lisa had to line him up on putts. Doesn’t seem so bad except that Rocky squatted down to putt! After a few misreads, that ritual was no longer necessary which comes to the meat of this tale.

Whenever Lisa got a little out of control – in the heat of competition – and started to lose it (in my estimation of course), I would say, “Settle down Rocky!”. After a few admonitions, Lisa acknowledged, “I should have never told you that story.”  Smile

Walking down the 18th hole on Saturday, I struck up a conversation with Ralph, Julie Inkster’s looper and it definitely reflected our age. Instead of banal chitchat, the focus was on what body parts we had operated on during the past year. Smile

I have a loop for the Symetra event next week and the KPMG. Atlantic City would make it a trifecta.

The annual Cornhole Tournament was held yesterday at the Sportsman Grille. I’m sure it was well attended but not by me. Too many brewskies last week have me drying out for a while.


Happy birthday to my buddy Mark Scott. Missed celebrating together by just a few days.

US Senior Women’s Open – Round 4

May 20, 2019

My player is Lisa DePaulo.

A very good week indeed. Shot +1 and finished T9. Lisa struck it great. A little better putting and the trophy would have been ours. Ifs and buts …

The shot of the day was on our final hole. 136 front, 161 pin. Down 5 yards but into the wind. Lisa’s seven iron goes 135 but death waits all who go over the green. But she knew exactly what was needed. No way was it a six.“It’s a Texas beater seven iron.” she said and it was perfect. Landed six on and rolled to pin high. Two putts and we were done.

One player, who had a local looper, had to wonder about his apparel choices. Her first two rounds were late/early and when he arrived for the second day, he was donning the same black outfit from the day before. Sweat stains included. Yuk! Unfortunately, weekend play was not in the cards so his remaining attire remains a mystery.

I’m glad I was able to caddie in the 2nd US Senior Women’s Open. It was great seeing all the familiar faces. Brought back many memories. Good and bad. Smile

US Senior Women’s Open – Round 3

May 19, 2019

My player is Lisa DePaulo.

Three over for the day. Blame it on nerves. Very understandable.

Lisa’s heart was racing from the get-go and every throb radiated to her head. Her hands were shaking so much, she had trouble lining up the stripe on her ball with the intended direction on the green. A few three-putt greens resulted.

But when she finally settled in, all was well once more. Should be fine on Sunday.

Dined at SoPies NY Pizzeria for dinner with Rick and Mark. Best pizza in town.

US Senior Women’s Open – Round 1 and 2

May 17, 2019

My player is Lisa DePaulo.

A +3 and a +1 round = four over. Sitting pretty good going into the weekend.

Three poor short approaches (very unlike Lisa) cost us in round one and a double on a par three did the same today. But Lisa countered with six birdies today to make up for the inevitable lost strokes on a difficult course.

A fairer course setup today made it scorable. Must have dumped some water on the greens. Holding well for the most part.

Looks like we made it on the USGA website.

Me and Lisa Depaulo at the US Senior Women's Open 2019

We started on ten this morning and had to take a shuttle to the tee. They used a large van and when we arrived, the acrid aroma of overheated brakes greeted us upon arrival. The parking brake never released. Smoke was wafting from the right rear drum and some said they saw flames. We mentioned it to the driver and he was well aware of the problem. In fact, “It’s been doing that the last three days. “ was his reply.

The grub at Caddie HQ really sucks. Yesterday, I don’t know if they even brought out lunch. When I checked after eleven in the morning, leftover biscuits and gravy and cereal from breakfast were all to be had. No one was around. Today, lunch was baked beans and pulled chicken, I think. It was hard to tell. As you can imagine that’s a fairly messy combo especially without silverware!

I dined with Lisa in Player Hospitality. Baked salmon, a very cheesy risotto and carrots dressed my plate and Miller Lite washed it down. Cookies with a cup of java were the exclamation point at the end of my dining experience.

US Senior Women’s Open–Wednesday

May 16, 2019

My player is Lisa DePaulo.

Touched them all. Good thing too. Nine was on the schedule but decided to keep going. They added some forward tees and the greens are firming up.

Finished the day with a massage from Lisa using a Hypervolt vibration massager. Unbelievable! Topped that off with a couple Duck Hook pale ales and a nosh.

Here are some caddie/player matchups.

Rick “The Nerd” “Big Cat” Kim Williams
Stephanie Farwig Barb Mucha
Chris Fitzpatrick Donna Andrews
Tom Borwick Audra Burks
Mark Scott Lotta (of course)
Doug Wilbur Christine Reuss
Jeff DeCoen Jean Bartholomew
Donald Sneeden Cathy Johnston-Forbes
Ralph Scarinzi Julie Inkster
Danny Sharp Lorie Kane
Dan Wilson Danielle Ammaccapane
Tracy Hanson Barb Bunkowski
Rocky Venn Jane Geddes
Travis Wilson Tammie Green
Lenore Rittenhouse Nancy Harvey
Theresa Durand Jane Crafter
Speedway ?
Gail Graham Elaine Crosby
Tat Shiely Jackie Gallagher-Smith
Caroline Gowan Nancy Bowen

From The Desert To the Pines

May 14, 2019

My player is Lisa DePaulo (aka DePaulo Creed Smile) this week at the US Senior Women’s Open.

It was a good stay in the desert and hope to be back next year.

Walked the course with Mark Scott on Sunday and even though I’ve been here twice before, only the last two holes offered some familiarity.

I worked for TV in 1996 and caddied for Dina Ammaccapane in 2007.

Basically, this is my first loop of the year (I pushed a trolley at the qualifier) and as all caddies know, the first few are real ball-busters. My stash of ibuprofen will be significantly reduced by the end of the week.

I’m staying in an Airbnb (about a mile from the course) with Rick and Mark. Nice place.

Sunday the course was closed for play and Susie Redman found out the hard way. She was on number two when someone came out and confiscated her clubs. “They’ll be in club storage” she was told.

The word went out that ten local caddies were needed which seems odd until you hear why. Word is the “locals” were not pleased with the pay scale during the Q-Series last year. They make more working for amateurs.

Played the front yesterday and the back today. The plan was to touch them all today but Lisa wasn’t feelin’ it. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

The caddies who attended last year’s Open was disappointed with the food at Caddie HQ. No comparison was the unanimous opinion. The folks in Chicago really went all out.

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