Numero Uno

March 8, 2020

My hiatus from blogging has come to an end so, here goes nothin’.

I’m in the desert once more compliments of Volunteer Dave. Of course, I have a few chores to do, mainly tidying the backyard.

First thing was to vacuum the leaves. It was going well until I got zapped a couple times through the power switch. An inspection found the plugs on both ends of the extension cord could be the culprits. A visit to Home Depot for replacements and a little work did the trick.

I tackled the bougainvillea next. Has to be the prettiest weed on the planet and tenacious defender if its territory. The thorns are brutal but I prevailed. Just have to wait for room in the dumpster to finish the job.


I arrived Wednesday and took the next day off to recoup from the drive. But the next morning I was climbing the Araby Trail and followed it with the Garstin Loop on Saturday. Not taking long to get my hiking legs back.


The drive out was one of my easiest. I missed all the rain by taking a more northern route and traveled byways of which I was unfamiliar. Good choice.


Lunched with Mark Scott today at Taqueria San Miguel. Good eats with a good friend. Doesn’t get any better.


Up the Araby, onto the Berns and down the Henderson this morning. Just over six miles. Not bad for my third hike.


I replaced my Hoka sneakers for my hikes. Purchased a pair of New Balance 1350s instead. The more aggressive sole is more suited for the task. The Hoka’s slipped too much. So far I’m very satisfied.


Stage 2 Qualifier – Round 3 and 4 – 2019

October 19, 2019

My player is Hyemin Kim.

+3 and –1 respectively. At least Hyemin ended her career with an under-par round. That’s right. Hyemin has packed it in. A guest appearance or two may be in the offing next year but that’s about it.

Hyemin never made it to “the show” but she has no regrets. She knew it would be a difficult road and gave it her all.

During a long lunch at Chick-fil-A (her favorite fast food restaurant), Hyemin expressed her gratitude to everyone for their support, especially her parents. Also, the experiences and friends made along the way will be cherished forever.

I really enjoyed working for Hyemin. She is a unique individual and I wish her the best on whatever path she travels.


I have no plans on working Q-Series. Good luck to all.


My Bushnell Pro X7 laser range finder has bit the dust. It shows all the icons on the initial press of the power button but that’s it. No distance measurements. Changed the battery but still nothing.


Caddies behaving badly: Apparently, at the Buick LPGA Shanghai event, some caddies are covering up the dots of the next day’s hole locations, preventing the following caddies from seeing them. They have been warned to stop immediately or be fined.


Stage 2 Qualifier – Round 1 and 2 – 2019

October 15, 2019

My player is Hyemin Kim.

Plenty more bogeys than birdies put us out of contention so far. The top thirty and ties move on to Q-Series.


Here’s one way to finance Q-School. Haley Moore has over 33K in donations.


It costs like five grand to come here but the food in player dining doesn’t reflect that fact. Rodney Dangerfield would describe it as low-grade dog food. But who am I to complain? I get to eat free also. Smile


Getting Ready For School

October 8, 2019

It’s almost Stage 2 time and many players are getting in early practice rounds. We played the Panther track yesterday and had plenty of time to chip and putt. Hyemin scheduled the Bobcat for Thursday and will play nine and nine Saturday and Sunday.

Hyemin took ten days off after withdrawing from Prattville and looks like it paid off. Swinging sweet right now.


Mind Muangkhumsakul was DQ’d last week during the Symetra Tour Championship and it could have been a disaster. She was in 10th place on the money list and her LPGA card was in the balance. Luckily, she wasn’t passed but in classic Paul Harvey fashion, do you know the rest of the story? I do.

She whiffed her pro-am time which resulted in the DQ but why? It seems her dad is very strict (well, duh!) on focusing on golf and banned her from having a cell phone. In fact, he didn’t have one either so contacting her was all but impossible.


Guardian Championship Round 1 and 2

September 22, 2019

My player is Hyemin Kim.

Round 1: Missed the putt for seven on the first hole after an unplayable and lost ball. Shot one under the rest of the way.

Round 2: Hit in the gunge on the opening hole. Made a 70 footer for par but that’s all she wrote. That shot out of the gunge put a hurtin’ on her right wrist. Had to WD. Withdrew from next week also.


Back In The Saddle

September 17, 2019

After skipping the last two Symetra events, I’ll be working for Hyemin Kim in Prattville and Longwood. She’ll need to make some cash to make into Daytona though. 2nd Stage is also in the cards.


Played the back nine yesterday afternoon and it was a scorcher. Went up to 99°. I got dizzy and almost went down. An occasional splash of cold water on my head and down my throat set me right. A Yuengling Light afterward was an added bonus.


Played the front early this morning. Done by ten.


A bodacious buffet in the clubhouse has carried over from the LPGA days. Players may bring a guest so I was Hyemin’s plus one.


‘Tis the season for lovebugs. The little bastards clobbered my bumper as I drove up from Florida. Need to get a wash.


FireKeepers Championship 2019-Rounds 1 and 2

August 17, 2019

My player is Hyemin Kim.

One birdie in two rounds has Larry heading for Tampa tomorrow. Hyemin has another looper for Sioux Falls.


I have a new meaning for the phrase “three’s a crowd.” When you see three fans together watching the Symetra Tour, it’s a crowd. Smile


 

Then there was this:

At 60 years old, Hamilton caddie Danny Sharp is still criss-crossing the planet on the LPGA Tour


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