Island Resort Championship 2017 – Wednesday

June 21, 2017

My player is Jiayi Zhou.

Early nine this morning ahead of the afternoon pro-am. Glorious weather unlike yesterday which started cold and ended wet.


Speaking of wet, it’s been raining here on and off for many days so we’ll be playing it up for sure. Sweetgrass affected by heavy rain


The “Bassters Fishing Derby” is tomorrow and our group noticed the sign by the fifteenth green. None of them being fishermen (or is it fisherwomen?), the term was confused with “bastards”. I quickly corrected the mistake. 🙂 Here are the pics from last year.


Then there was this:

Hit a Golf Ball, Feed a Fish During Connecticut River Promotion

Elderly golf fan who died at US Open lost wife three days earlier

Earthquake strikes near Augusta National, scaring locals

Hannah Green boosts LPGA Tour card quest – With Pablo on the bag.

Cristie Kerr leads fans at Wrigley Field during the seventh-inning stretch


Island Resort Championship – Round 2

June 25, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

+1 one today. Aiming for a top ten.


Twosomes tomorrow if the storms pass though early.


During the rules meeting on Thursday, Tiffany Priest uttered a vague reference to Barney Fife from the Andy Griffith Show. Wonder how many of the of youngsters got it?

Was talking to JR. Found out she was the one that had to give the ruling to Anne-Marie Palli when she hit the duck on the ninth in Tuscon. 🙂


Bassters Fishing Derby

June 24, 2016

One of the highlights of the week is the Bassters Fishing Derby held on the bridge leading to the island par three, fifteenth. Players pair up in teams and have forty-five minutes to catch as many bass as possible. First place goes to the total weight of their best five catches.

Bassters sign

The team of Marita Engzelius and Liv Chang angled their way into first and split $500. An extra prize of $100 went to Christine Meier for the biggest fish. The winning lunker was around two and a half pounds.

Bassters winner Christine Meier with fish

Winner, winner, let’s have fish for dinner.

If there was a booby prize it would have gone to Allie Knight for hooking a crappie. Good try though.

Bassters Allie Knight with crappie 

My Facebook page has all the pictures here.


Island Resort Championship – Round 1

June 24, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Two under today. Very steady.

Played with the Symetra Tour leading money winner, Madeline Sangstrom. Let me tell you, she is the real deal. Very long, plays aggressively but smart, great short game and a super attitude. She will win in her first year on the LPGA.


Bully is looping for Peiyun Chien this week. Shot –5 and is in the lead.


Then there was this:

 

Why Golfers Are Bailing On The Olympics

 

It gets worse: O.J. Simpson’s golf buddies hired a caddie to keep him from cheating

 

Ex-LPGA top rookie enters int’l event in place of injured stars

 

Portland Classic field hit hard by shift to earlier dates prompted by golf’s return to Olympics

Israeli pro golfer Laetitia Beck looking toward Rio Olympics


Island Resort Championship – Thursday

June 23, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Placed third in the pro-am. Played with the Tournament Director/ Casino Manager. Plenty of laughs and a nice gratuity at the end.

Caddies were invited to the pro-am party and I took advantage. Great food and drink.


Maddie was in charge of the LPGA Snapchat feed yesterday.


This is Sweetgrass’ version of the Bushwood caddie shack on Tuesday. The  baseball team from local Post 438 baseball team were offering their services.

Sweetgrass caddies

 


From the eighteenth tee you can see the hotel and its water tower. It’s 620 yards to the the ball on top but plays 728 adjusted for elevation. Info only a caddie would appreciate. 🙂

Island Resort Hotel and water tower


Heard one player state that she had a great practice session late Tuesday evening. Outlasted every Asian. 🙂


I was in Boise for the Nationwide Tour back in 2003. There was a best-ball shoot-out of John Daly and Michelle Wie vs Hank Kuehne and Nancy Lopez. Maddie was there also. She was thirteen years old at the time.


There was a rules meeting this morning conducted by the new kid on the block, Tiffany Priest, and JR. Very well done.

rules meeting sign


A couple players received penalties for slow play in the final round last week. One was leading at the time.


Then there was this:

Lebanon Country Club hopes to host LPGA Legends Tour event in 2017

2016 UL International Crown Final Field Announced


Island Resort Championship 2016 – Wednesday

June 22, 2016

My player is Maddie Sheils.

In the afternoon pro-am today so I’ll post this early.


I’m staying with Tom Borwick for the second week in a row. We departed South Bend on Sunday and overnighted in Racine Wisconsin to take in The Open and NBA finals. In the morning, Tom went straight to Harris but I took a different path.


The route went through Green Bay and Lambeau Field was calling so I stopped in and took the tour. After some team history by our tour guide, we visited one of the luxury boxes and went down to the field. Newly drafted Green Bay quarterback Brett Hundley was in our group which made it extra special.

Lambeu me on field

Lambeau Larry cheesehead

Click here for all the photos on Facebook.


We’re staying at the Island Resort Casino Hotel this week which is adjacent to the Sweetgrass Golf Course. Expensive but worth it. No driving and you can roll out of bed and go right to work if you have to. We get a $5 drink credit along with another $5 for food each day so it cuts the final bill considerably.

We also get $5 off a spa treatment but they didn’t have those fish that eat the dead skin off your feet so I passed.


We’re in room 4758 which is not on the fourth floor. It’s on the seventh. Go figure. We had to go back to the lobby to find out.


When we applied for our Player’s Card, they noticed my birthday was this month and was given a very nifty resort coffee mug. Coffee is on the house all day so it’ll get plenty of use.


Walked the Monday and it’s in great shape. Nice to have a good yardage book to work with. Last week’s was deplorable. I heard they wouldn’t let anyone do a book. They just copied one from years past.


Behind the thirteenth green lies an unusually large block of wood devoid of life. The eagle sculpture is impressive also. 🙂

Tom Borwick with eagle scupture Sawgrass Golf Course Island Resort CHampionship


You never know what you may run in to when communing with nature but when faced with adversity, it’s fight or flight. I decided on the former.

Larry and wolf Sawgrass Golf Course

If it was real, cooler heads might have prevailed.


Then there was this:

The USGA releases statement regarding its controversial Dustin Johnson ruling


Island Resort Championship – Second Round

June 27, 2015

42-35 on the card but we’re playing tomorrow.


This course is set up way too short. Only two decent length par fours. Today they shortened one of those holes. On the flip side, the par threes are excellent.


Escanaba is in the Eastern Time Zone and the Island Resort course in Central. To avoid confusion we play on Eastern time.


Had two WDs yesterday. One a hip injury but the other was pure happenstance. During the shuttle ride from one green to two tee, a player holding on to her pull cart got it caught in the bridge abutment and she hurt her shoulder.


Then there was this:

Former Kansas Golfer Finding Success on China LPGA Tour

LPGA hopefuls proficient at pinching pennies on Symetra Tour


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