Symetra Gateway Classic 2017 – Round 3

April 1, 2017

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Add three more to our total. Finished +6 for the event. It’s on to the Lotte Championship in a week. Aloha.


Liv Cheng won in a two hole playoff against Mena Harigae. She had Symetra player Brittany Yada on the bag for the final round.


Falcon Field Airport lies just down the road and there is a constant stream of aircraft either taking off or landing during play. The fourth fairway is perpendicular to the glide path and as we were about to tee off, a low and slow vintage DC3 was coming in for a landing from our left. It crossed in front of us and could have been easily hit with a tee shot which brought up the obvious question. What is the ruling?

I concluded it would be the same as hitting a bird. Find it and play it. A couple players thought that the power line rule would be in effect. You get a mandatory do-over. Maddie spotted an official and just had to ask. I was right.


Maddie’s dad is a Gonzaga alum. Class of 1970. GO BULLDOGS!


Tried the cod sandwich at Wendy’s yesterday. Don’t bother. Very unimpressive.


Looks like I’ll be staying in this area next week. Flying out of Phoenix on the 9th.


Watched the Champions Tour on the tube yesterday. Playing at my former place of employment, Fallen Oak in Biloxi MS. Don’t miss it one bit.


Symetra Gateway Classic 2017- Round 2

March 31, 2017

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

+3 today. Looks like we made it on the number.

We definitely got the good side of the flop. Nasty cold this morning.


Symetra Gateway Classic 2017 – Round 1

March 30, 2017

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Eagled our final hole, the ninth, to shoot even. It was heading for the desert if it didn’t hit the hole. 🙂 It was the most difficult pin position you can use on that hole. Right on top of a mound.


We were put on the clock at the turn and they rode our ass almost to the end.


If you haven’t heard about the 2017 Pennsylvania Women’s Open as of yet, you will now. With a $100,000 purse and a$20,000 first prize, it touts itself as the largest State Open purse east of the Mississippi. Symetra professional Kate Scarpetta is the Tournament Director and his working hard to get out the word and fill the field with quality players.


Then there was this:

Exclusive: Chinese Women Golfers May Shun LPGA Event Amid China-South Korea Tensions

Caitlyn Jenner returns to desert for LPGA Pro-Am


Symetra Tour Gateway Classic 2017 – Pro-Am

March 29, 2017

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

First out and only nine holes. Sweet!


Expect to get the axe if you show up smelling of alcohol. The heavy blade feel on the neck of one looper yesterday.


Meet the parents, Max and Joanie. Made sure TRTOPPERS logo was prominent. Have to give sponsors their due.

Maddie, me, Max and Joanie


Then there was this:

The LPGA Tour and Donald Trump: It’s Complicated

Mark Wahlberg works on his golf game more than you do during the winter

For the Love of Caddieing


Symetra Gateway Classic 2017 – Tuesday

March 28, 2017

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Played the front yesterday and the back today. Both times with Giulia Molinaro for a handful of shekels. Maddie came out on top with some dinner credit.


Max and Joanie, Maddie’s parental units, are in the house. Drove down from Boise to cheer Maddie on and get some sun.

Bully is also in the house and is looping for Brittany Yada. Good to see back on the fairways.


After I had new tires installed in Phoenix, my ride pulled to the right. An alignment last week showed no improvement so I brought it back to Sam’s Club when I returned to Phoenix on Sunday. They couldn’t find a thing wrong so I asked them to switch the front tires to see if it pulled the other way. It didn’t but ran perfectly straight instead. Almost like something was dragging and removing the tire fixed it. Who knows?


Maddie set me up with private housing this week with a member from Alta Mesa Country Club. That’s huge considering that this is the last week of spring training and home of the Final Four. Motel prices are at a premium.


Watched Being John Malckovich for free using the Crackle app last week. So weird it’s hard to explain. Pretty good none the less.


Then there was this:

Oldie Jackie Stoelting clings to ‘dream’ of success in the LPGA

‘Pro golfer Michelle Wie’s outfits banned from top BC greens

Aviara was a kick in the grass for LPGA players


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