Murphy USA Shootout 2016 – Round 2

October 1, 2016

My player is Lindsay Gahm.

Made the move on moving day. Shot –3.


I didn’t know use of binoculars during the round is OK. After a  caddie in our group used them, I checked with an official.


Murphy Shootout 2016 – Round 1

September 30, 2016

My player this week is Lindsay Gahm.


+5 today. Have to bring it tomorrow.

What a difference from last year. The greens were verti-cut and sanded not long ago and the speed has been kept to a reasonable level. The course is much more playable which is reflected in the scores.


So I was sitting in the motel lobby this morning and overheard a conversation between a black gentleman and a white gentleman. The black gentleman was extolling the virtues of Donald Trump and giving the reasons he was going to vote for him. It went something like this.

Trump is a business man and knows how to create jobs. Democrats are liars. They promise everything to the black community and deliver nothing. Republicans promise nothing to the black community. At least they’re honest.


Murphy USA Shootout 2016 – Thursday

September 29, 2016

As of 2:30 yesterday afternoon, I was pitching a shutout as far as getting a bag so I hit the road and stopped at the Walmart on the way back to my motel. My The Good, The Bad and The Ugly theme sounded on my cell as I pulled into the lot. It was a caddie on the course who was playing with Lindsay Gahm (pronounced game) and she was looking for a looper.

We struck a deal and I headed back to Mystic Creek. Caught her on eight and we finished the round.

I arrived at the course at first light this morning, to see the holes I missed yesterday, then we played nine holes in the pro-am. A different pro took over on the back.


Murphy USA is the main sponsor and to promote their brand, they’ve set up a fully functioning (and stocked with all your favorite snacks) replica of their convenience stores on the site of the future clubhouse. It also functions as the pro shop this week so along with that slurpee, you can pick up a sleeve of balls and maybe a logoed shirt Impressive.

c-store and pro shop El Dorado AR


Is this why the possum crossed the road?

possum potties El Dorado AR


Bully and I were sitting at the table next to the Possum Potties on Tuesday when we were joined by an unfamiliar player looking for a pen. It was Minami Levonowich and this was her very first Symetra Tour event. The pen was needed to work on the mandatory rules test every player must complete prior to teeing it up for the first time. It’s open book and quite extensive but she has until Friday to finish. Minami threw a couple questions our way and it wasn’t easy. Wonder what happens if she fails? 🙂

Minami? Yeah, real close to Mini-Me.


There’s a Canadian caddie/player connection at the Reignwood Classic in China this week. Samantha Richdale is looping for Maude-Aimee Leblanc.


Today is Maddie’s birthday, Happy birthday boss.


A good, cheap motel is always as special find especially out here where funds are short but the key word there is “good”. Some guys have opted to stay at the Flamingo Motel on West Ave where “cheap” comes way before “good”. One caddie even bought his own sheet and pillow cases as theirs was so nasty.

I chose the EconoLodge even though I’m by myself and it’s a pretty large hit in the wallet.

I did gave the Flamingo a drive-through but didn’t even get out of the car and by the following review on Yelp, I made the right choice.

Flamingo Motel Yelp Review

I don’t think yelp let’s you review places and leave no stars, if it did, there would be one less in the rating above.
Not sure where to begin on how bad this place is, but ‘festering cum pit’ comes close.
I’m pretty sure somebody died in our room, the smell was outdone only by the look of the place. The wifi I can only assume was powered by a 56k dial up modem that was split over the whole motel and the Aircon was like an asthmatic blowing into the room but with the sound of a jet engine. Only plus to this was it drowned out the sound of what I assume was a truck driver beating a hooker in the next room.
I’ve stayed in shit holes before, and am not overly fussy, but this place was awful, and to boot the staff where rude, and extremely unhelpful, and eventually even aggressive.
Man was a total prick. And the woman working with him wasn’t much better.
We ended up leaving and getting a room at the super 8 round the corner.
All in all I would describe the experience of being at and dealing with the flamingo motel as somewhat similar to battling cancer, only losing at the end.

Then there was this:

Brickyard Crossing to host 2017 LPGA Tour event

Kathy Whitworth cuts ribbon at new World Golf Hall of Fame exhibit


Murphy USA Shootout – Round Two

September 26, 2015

I’m looping for Liz Wendt.

Had to WD.


Staying at the America’s Best Value Inn in Smackover AR. Last night we were wakened at midnight by a party on the floor below. Found out it was coming from the meeting room which the motel rented for the event. After complaining to the front desk twice, I was told the party-goers would be asked to lower the music but they had paid for the room and it was implied it was their right to do what they wished. My only alternative was to call the police. That did the trick.

Can’t believe the management would rent the room for a midnight party. What the hell were they thinking? I know, anything for a buck.


The only eatery near our motel is the Vallero gas station across the street. They have a hot entree section and I tried it for the first time yesterday. Best catfish, baked beans and slaw I ever et. Not exactly a Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives find but pretty close.


Murphy USA Shootout – Round One

September 25, 2015

79 blows puts us way back in the pack but still in reach of the cut. I told you this wouldn’t be easy.


Leon was our cart driver and what a piece of work he was. On the very first hole he determined a ball that was lost in a lateral hazard was out of bounds and said the player should go back to the tee. On anther hole he was calling out the scores on the radio as we teed it up. But to his credit, Leon learned fast after being admonished. In a nice way of course.


Then there was this:

LPGA could be coming to Green Bay area

Why Caitlyn Jenner Is Ticked Off At LPGA Star Danielle Kang

Teresa Zamboni receives 2015 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award


Murphy USA Shootout – Thursday

September 24, 2015

I’m looping for Liz Wendt.

Played fifteen holes yesterday until we ran out of daylight. No one was allowed to tee it up until after 1:30 due to the pro-am. We were second to last.

The course has dried considerably and playing much shorter.

Today it was just a general practice.


El Dorado (pronounced with a long a) has quite a colorful history. It’s HQ for Murphy Oil and the Arkansas Oil and Gas Assn.

In 1921, a gusher came in and turned this burg into a lawless boomtown and environmental disaster area from unrestrained drilling. So much oil was discovered that many of the country’s millionaires resided here.

But eventually things turned around. The area was cleaned up and the Murphy Oil Company eventually established the El Dorado Promise.

El Dorado Promise:

Starting with the class of 2007, The El Dorado Promise is a unique scholarship program established and funded by Murphy Oil Corporation. The Promise provides graduates of El Dorado High School with a scholarship covering tuition and mandatory fees that can be used at any accredited two- or four-year public or private educational institution in the US. The maximum amount payable is up to the highest annual resident tuition at an Arkansas public university.

Before the boom, El Dorado had there version of the shootout at the OK Corral.

El Dorado plaque


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