Prasco Championship 2019-Round 2

June 30, 2019

My player is Hyemin.

Too many blows put us down the road.


Eight WD’s this week. What’s up?


Mickey Novak was not on the bag for the second round. Don’t know why.


We played a practice round with Liv Cheng and she said this was her last event. The following interview after the first round confirms it. Classic case of burnout?

Liv Cheng (-3, T5) on her decision to call the Prasco Charity Championship her last Symetra Tour event:
“I have no idea what to think, but I’ve already made the decision to stop. I think this is my last event, regardless of how I play. It’s been a long time coming, just really struggling on the mental side. A solid finish doesn’t change anything and that’s why I should stop. It doesn’t even feel good to shoot 3-under.”


We played with Emily Collins and she’s packing it in also.


So, Joe and Suzanne were having trouble with their Verizon T2000 Wireless Home Phone connection. For the last month, it has not worked at all. Prior to that, it worked perfectly. I did some research and took a look at the box.

It was obvious what was wrong. “Press the power button” was displayed on the screen. DOH!

In their defense, it was not there when I first checked.


Then there was this:

Michelle Wie to take off rest of the year, try to get healthy

Daycare on the LPGA Tour Thanks to the skillful driving of the childcare truck by Jeff Steffler.


Prasco Championship 2019–Round 1

June 28, 2019

My player is Hyemin Kim.

Back-to-back doubles did us in. Shot three over.


Mickey Novak is looping for Elise Bradley. Didn’t help. +6 on the board.


Prasco Championship 2019–Thursday

June 27, 2019

My player is Hyemin Kim.

In the Pro-Am this morning. Only nine holes and on a buggy. We be early tomorrow.


Had dinner with Joe, Suzanne and Neil Carter at the Montgomery Inn. Best ribs ever! They never had a chance.

Montgomry Inn Coffe Joe, me and Neil Carter

Me with rib bones Montgomery Inn


Prasco Championship 2019 – Tuesday

June 26, 2019

My player is Hyemin Kim.

Ran the table (played eighteen) and we be done. It’s been raining here quite a bit lately and the course shows it. Very soft but the forecast looks good so a faster track is anticipated.


Staying at Coffee Joe’s the next two weeks.


It was Wayne Uyeda’s (aka Sansei, Japanadian, Ginzue) birthday on Monday. Joe called and we both wished him a happy one and caught up.


KPMG–2019 Round 1 and 2

June 21, 2019

My player is Wendy Doolan.

86-81 didn’t get it done. On to the Symetra event in Cincinnati next week.

Pissed down rain for half the round the first day. Definitely got the wrong end of the flop. It was effing miserable!

That reminded me of the time I caddied at the Patty Berg Classic around 1980. It was held at the Keller Golf Course just north of St Paul. It rained so much, they couldn’t mow one of the par five greens so a special rule was put in place. A maximum of two putts was allowed. If you missed the first, you picked it up and moved on. Smile


The ubiquitous gnats didn’t seem to bother one player/caddie team according to Josh, Annie Park’s looper. They have a portable Thermacell hanging on the bag that purports to repel bugs within a fifteen-foot radius. He swears it worked great in Atlantic City and here as well but it’s only described as a mosquito repellent on their website.

Actually, the combination of rain yesterday and wind today kept the little buggers in check.

Thermacell and Annie Park


Oh, did I mention how great the hospitality area is? Check it out. Great place to watch some golf. Only thing missing is some cold ones.

Hazeltine bar


“We have a pool and a pond. The pond is better for you.” — Ty Webb. I have one just outside my window at the Super 8.

Super 8 pond

 


Then there was this:

Man arrested in Topeka for human trafficking According to the LPGA Caddie message board, he’s caddied on both the LPGA and Web.com.

Wie, in tears after 84: ‘Not entirely sure how much more I have left in me’


KPMG 2019–Wednesday

June 19, 2019

My player is Wendy Doolan.

Another eighteen today with Annie Park. Fifty-four holes should do it.

Smile


The Pro-Am was held yesterday so we practiced during the split and after the second wave.


Touched them all on Sunday. Had the course to ourselves. Monday we played with Haru Nomura. She only played nine so had the back to ourselves once more. I thought the course would be jammed but was pleasantly disappointed.


Minnesota is the “land of ten thousand lakes” and ten billion gnats. They’re brutal this week.


Look who I found volunteering at Caddie HQ. It’s Dennis Quinn aka “Big Dennis”. Dennis caddied on tour and packed it in after the 2007 Women’s British Open at St. Andrews.

Me and Big Dennis Quinn


Caddies dine with the players this week and a couple items may turn out to be favorites. Custom made smoothies and milkshakes are available.

Hazeltine smoothies and shakes

Also provided are candies from all the countries represented. Nice touch.

Hazeltine candy


Long is an understatement when describing this track. The par fives (568, 512, 550, and 541) are unreachable, except for the chosen few, unless they sneak up the tees. It looks like they will.


Yardage books were made by Bucket Boy and are complementary to players and caddies this week but greens books are $100 as usual.


B-Ham (Britney Hamilton) arrived on Sunday and decided to take an Uber to the course. Didn’t seem like a problem until the bozo ran out of gas on I-394! Another Uber was called to complete the trip. The upside of the story is that a $75 ride turned into one of only $35 after another Uber was summoned. Sweet.


Pete Smith is looping for Sarah Kemp and is sporting the start of a Wilfred Brimley mustache. That’s Pete, not Sarah.


Quote of the week: After ripping her tee shot on nine today, Wendy reflected, “The ball goes pretty far when I hit it down the middle.”


Forsyth Classic 2019–Wednesday

June 12, 2019

This is the final year for the Forsyth Classic. Funds were not available to continue from what I hear. This tournament has been a fixture on summer calendar in Decatur for over 30 years.


Since I had to leave Decatur early, I hooked up Min Lee with Jeff DeCoen. They were in today’s pro-am and were short two amateurs so Jeff got to play.


A new tournament scheduled for Janesville Wi was short lived. It has officially been canceled. C’est la vie.


This is a good read. Hiked past Hope’s place many times the last two winters.

Bob Hope house in Palm Springs, long an architectural footnote, approaches masterpiece status


Then there was this:

LPGA partners with Genius to implement betting integrity programme


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