FireKeepers Casino Championship – Round 2

July 23, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

My one year anniversary came to a bitter demise. Missed the cut.

Maddie is taking next week off so I’ll be looking for a loop.

Then there was this:

‘Golf-crazy’ Chicago aligned with LPGA Tour with two majors on horizon

LPGA founder Shirley Spork shares knowledge with Great Falls campers

Hines, Whaley Named Golf All-America Scholars

FireKeepers Casino Championship – Round 1

July 22, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Two under in our opening round. Good start.

Yesterday was Bully’s 70th birthday. A few of us celebrated at the Texas Roadhouse with food and drink. Actually it was a double-header birthday party. Bully’s buddy Alvin Okada ,who caddies for Nicole Sakamoto, was also enjoying his special day. Upstate Jay, Jordan Ontiveros and Nicole joined in.

Bully's 70th birthday Battle Creek MI

We’ve had two storms go through this week and both times our motel, along with other businesses, lost power. Yesterday’s deluge wiped-out the afternoon pro-am.

An unusual playlist was aired prior to the pro-am on Wednesday. Watch me gettin’ down to the tunes .

Then there was this:

Fields confirmed for Olympic Games golf competitions

A plan to preserve Northeast Pennsylvania’s rich golf history

Pros hope to use FireKeepers stop as road to LPGA Major

Stephanie Meadow gladly answers Olympic call

LPGA Tour player Cristie Kerr: ‘Donald Trump gets a bad rap’

Catriona Matthew Named Solheim Cup Vice-Captain

FireKeepers Casino Championship – Tuesday

July 19, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

The plan was to touch them all but Maddie was a tad tired so we took the day off.

This is my first anniversary on the Symetra Tour. I debuted right here with Mary Narzisi. This week I’m in the envious position of working for the defending champion.

Heard a great story from The Women’s Open.

Many players opt not to hire a tour caddie. You see that a lot at The Open. Basically, it’s the friends and family event of the year. Most know they’re not going to make the cut so having someone on the bag to share the experience is part the magic but having a caddie unfamiliar with tournament golf could turn disastrous.

Upstate Jay was looping for Maude-Amiee Leblanc and was paired with amateur Hannah Wood the first two rounds who had her dad on the bag. It was a mundane situation for the most part but what happened on the fifteenth hole in the second round would live on forever as one of the best caddie stories ever.

They all teed off and just before arriving to their shots, Jay turned around and noticed that Hannah’s dad, being the doting patriarch that many dads are, was peeling a banana for his daughter. How nice. The only problem was, that is all he was carrying. He had left the golf bag on the tee! Making the situation worse, the group was behind and on the clock! Dad sprinted back (maybe sprint is a bit on an exaggeration but I wasn’t there) and retrieved the lost luggage. They finished without penalty and Hannah failed to make the cut. What a tale. That memory alone was worth the price of admission.

There was a Dunkin’ Donuts stand behind the tenth tee last week dispensing free iced or hot coffee and a variety of donut holes. As one group came through on Sunday, a player’s mom stopped in and loaded two large cups with a dozen of the delectable nuggets and opted to leave the coffee behind. No way is she working that off in nine holes. 🙂

The constant drum beat the the women are supporting Olympic golf more than the men is true but not all the countries are on board.

Cathryn Bristow surpasses Liv Cheng to qualify for Rio Olympics – Not so fast. Cathryn posted on Facebook that the New Zealand Olympic Committee has decided not to send her. A guess they assume Lydia Ko was enough or did Lydia demand the moon for her participation and it broke their budget?

The Netherlands have nixed both women’s qualifiers stating that they had to rank in the top 100 or it was a no go.

Everyone Is Here, Or So It Seems

July 18, 2016

My Player is Madeleine Sheils.

Many LPGA regular loopers are caught in the mid-season doldrums – with The International Crown this week and Olympics coming up – and have decided to make an appearance here in Battle Creek Some have work and others are looking. Walked the course this morning and ran into a few. Jeff deCoen is a fixture out here but Upstate Jay and Philly Phil bounce in and out.

I also spotted Country Club Mike, Rubble and Greg Sheridan. I’m sure they’ll be more.

Here is a partial caddie/player lineup. Jay is looping for Jordan Ontiveros, Jeff for Heather Angell, Phil for Carlie Yadloczky and Greg for Amy Anderson.

Jeff deCoen_Upstae Jay_Philly Phil Battlecreek MI

Upstate gave us a lesson in identifying a White Oak by the configuration of its leafs of which I have forgotten already

Upstate Jay descibing the leaf on a white oak Battlecreek MI

BTW, Jay says greens superintendents love Pin Oaks. They grow up, not out like other oaks.

FireKeepers Championship – Round One

June 5, 2015

One under today. A good start on my first official round out here. Mary was very pleased considering her play in the pro-am. Then again, this was game day.

Looking at it, my body held up well. One of the perks out here is that most players have light carry bags but not all. I was toting a steamer trunk of the Ping variety. At least we get to store any extra items on the scorer’s golf cart. The Loop I had from being on the LPGA is a life saver.

Jeff deCoen snagged a loop just for today and was paired with his roommate Sansei. I think they both finished in the red.

Nicole Jerray received the following text from Larry – “I’m rooting for you”. Since she saw me yesterday, she assumed it was from me. I was thanked for the encouragement and took temporary credit but eventually denied being the author. After a little memory jog, it turned out to be the volunteer caddie she had three weeks ago.

Ran into Jean Reynolds yesterday. Haven’t seen her in years and she hasn’t aged a day. Her infectious smile and quick wit sill remain. Surprised she remembered my name. After inquiring on my whereabouts the last few years, I added that I had saved some money and was looking for a way to lose it. “You’ve come to the right place.” she replied.

Had a McDonald’s Steak & Egg McMuffin (sans cheese) for breakfast yesterday. If you ever feel your innards are low on oil, this sandwich will add a pint at least.

What’s going on at the LPGA in Canada. Are they playing all eighteen holes?

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