How Cold Was It?

February 6, 2016

It was so cold yesterday morning, Dean was using a bag cover as a hat and I was doing my best impression of the Unaomber.

Dean Coates Championship 2106

Larry Coates Championship 2016

Super gallery yesterday and that is not an exaggeration. Two rows of food trucks had very long lines, the merchandise tent was shoulder to shoulder and the scooter traffic was bumper to bumper.

It was sad watching Lexi try to putt through the rough on fifteen. Makes you wonder if she has any short game at all.

You never wish to miss the cut but I don’t feel so bad now. Looked miserable

Cindy said they didn’t use the back right pin position on seventeen last year so we didn’t practice to it. You can never rely on the previous year’s set-up.

A joke from north of the boarder: A American Indian, a Muslim and a cowboy were sitting at the bar. The Indian says, “Once we were many and now we are few”. The Muslim says “Once we were few and now we are many”. The cowboy looks at the Muslim and says “That’s because we haven’t played cowboys and Muslims yet”.

2016 Coates Championship – Round 2

February 4, 2016

My player is Cindy Feng.

We were first off the front in the afternoon and made it to the fourth green when the horn blew calling us in. By the time we made it to the clubhouse the sky opened up and never stopped. We start again tomorrow morning.

As of now, the front isn’t moving. Don’t know if they can get the course ready for the 7:30 scheduled start.

2016 Coates Championship – Round 1

February 3, 2016

My player is Cindy Feng.

The flat stick was flat all day. Only one birdie and finished +3.

We were first off the back and after making the turn, were given a warning to pick up the pace going to the second tee. Way too much caddying going on.

The fairways are lacking a full coverage of over-seed and mud on the ball is a common site. We played it ball-in-hand to rectify the situation.

Sometimes even the pros are by bewildered by a difficult shot and it happened to us on the eight hole. After Cindy’s tee ball found the left trees and second ricocheted into a cross bunker, she was left with fifty-two yards to the pin. She pulled a club and hit a lowish shot onto the green ten feet from the hole. No one could of done better I figured especially after I saw what she used. It was an eight iron! A what? She admitted her befuddlement and the shot was pure luck.

As we hung outside the cart bar after lunch, one of the guys came strolling up sporting a black shirt and white pants as if walking off a cricket pitch. After a hearty ribbing, he then started to regale us with a tale of first tee woe. He stated it was the worst thing that could happen to a caddie so we all assumed he shat his drawers. I checked for external skid marks but that wasn’t it.

Just after his player hits the ball, he pulls back the bag to discover a three iron hiding under one of the head covers. It wasn’t supposed to be in the bag and she doesn’t even play with one. Someone else (not to be named) put it in and was never noticed. Add two.

This course has eight replica holes patterned after famous ones around the world such as the Postage Stamp from Royal Troon and the 12th at Augusta. Another is the Road Hole from St. Andrews and just as over there, no relief is offered if you airmail the green and wind up on the road. It is an integral part of the course and you play it as it lies. Unfortunately for Min Seo Kwak, she failed to wait for her caddie to check the rule sheet and lifted her ball. Add two.

The luncheon spread was another masterpiece. I doubled-down on the salmon and added a bowl of lobster bisque. I’ve been avoiding desserts lately but broke down and had a small helping of vanilla ice cream topped with a spoonful of Bananas Foster. BUUURP!

2016 Coates Championship – Tuesday

February 2, 2016

I spoke to soon. A planned day of practice turned into an E-9 instead. We’re first off tomorrow so it was a chance to acclimate to the conditions.

We were the last group on ten to tee it up but after two holes I received an email stating the pro-am was delayed 20 minutes because of the fog. So we dropped out of the threesome and played by our lonesome.

Cindy sent my picture in for the 2016 caddie credential and I picked it up yesterday. Of course, they spelled name wrong. It isn’t Smith! I get another in Phoenix.

Caddies are allowed to eat in player dining with the proper badge (even with the wrong last name) and I naturally partook. Had some dynamite gumbo for lunch and my first taste of duck served rare with some barbeque sauce. YUM!

Everything here seems first class even the cart paths. They’re not asphalt nor are they cement but stone pavers. Miles and miles of stone pavers. Must have cost a small fortune to install.

Nine Is So Fine

February 1, 2016

I’m looping for Cindy Feng.

Since we end on Saturday this week, Cindy wished to play nine yesterday around noon but since she was eligible for the Bahamas event and didn’t go, see had to wait till after five to tee it up. Good thing we had a cart but still played the last three in the dark. We turned the lights off when we left.

Today we started at the short game area then played the other nine. Had lunch and called it a day. Not in the pro-am tomorrow so it will be just practice. That’s the way to start the season. Easy on the body.

The qualifier was  held across the street. Played easy but two contestants had to withdraw because they were mauled by their pet cat yesterday. It fell behind a dresser and was dangling by one of its legs. An attempted rescue had both players needing medical attention with scratches and bite marks. The cat ran off.

Then there was this:

Craft Beer Festival and Tasting Garden – We’re not the only thing going on at the club.

Wentworth golf club members revolt against China-based owner

Hoping For A Good Start

December 29, 2015

Well, I get to start the 2016 season in Ocala. Got the call a couple days ago. Player to be named later (just in case I get the preemptive ax) but I have worked for her previously.

I was supposed to loop for Rachael Liu (my bag at the Symetra event in Longwood) in the Monday qualifier but that looks like a no-go.

The qualifier will be held at Ocala National Golf Club which is just down the road from the tournament site, Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. For those interested, a yardage book will be available and was created by Best Approach. Here are some possible creations according to their site. Not exactly what is required by tour pros and caddies, if that is what they turn out to be.

Well, it was bound to happen. The trouble I was having with the driver’s window of my car not going down happened in reverse. I had just paid for an express car wash and the window wouldn’t go up. DOH! The attendant had me pull off to the side and I got to work.

No amount of pushing the button and twisting the wires under the dash made a difference but then I saw a fuse box tucked way underneath. I yanked off the cover and started pushing. Voila! The window went up. Found out that’s where the one touch down relay is for the window. That function hasn’t worked for some time. Heading to the dealer tomorrow for a replacement.

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