PHC Classic 2016 – Round 2 and 3

August 22, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Finished the remaining 13 holes of the second round, took a break and played round three. Maddie shot –4 in the second round which was the lowest. Got a case of the rights in the final round and finished +1. A good showing over all.


Maddie has come up with a system to simplify the thought process during the swing. She focuses on just one thing, like grip pressure, tempo or target and after the swing, has to give me a rating from 1-10 on how she did. After the tee shot on sixteen in the final round, she gave me the rating and I asked “But can you dance to it?” It was an obscure reference to Dick Clark’s American Bandstand where the kids were asked to rate new songs. Of course I had to explain but she got a chuckle out of it. So from now on, we be dancin’ if it’s a 9 or 10. 🙂

I have to admit, I thought it was hokum at first, but it worked very well. I like it


With a few holes remaining, one of our playing partners turned to Maddie and said she didn’t feel like she had been playing all day. I glanced at her caddie and smiled. He knew what I meant. We were the ones carrying the luggage. 🙂


PHC Classic 2016 – Round 1

August 19, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

A two hour weather delay pushed our time back to just after 11:00 and it was the best time of all. The groups in front had to play in the rain but it stopped when we got to the tee.

Of course we played ball in hand. Shot +1.

Play was called for the day around 5:30 due to lightning. 15 minutes too late according to my roommate.


PCH Classic 2016 – Thursday

August 18, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Pretty dead out here today. Most players had the same idea we did. Play nine, practice and hit the road.


Only 124 in the field this week. Next week’s 1st stage qualifier took its toll.


That bird that was hit last week lost more than a few feathers. Services were held right after the incident. 😦


The police were here again last night. Sooner or later this place will be empty. 🙂


PCH Classic 2016 – Pro-Am Wednesday

August 17, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

We had a 3pm tee time but it was only nine holes and three amateurs. Done in less than two hours.


There’s a beer garden next to the clubhouse and a three piece band starter playing Bavaria’s favorites around five. Unfortunately classic rock was on the loud speaker and the mix was driving everyone nuts. Maddie spoke up and the speaker was silenced.


Then there was this:

Jackson’s Elaine Crosby to be inducted into LPGA Legends Hall of Fame


PHC Classic 2016 – Tuesday

August 16, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Arrived early and touched them all by noon.


Staying at the Motel 6 in Glendale WI. It’s a great area and the Bayshore Town Center is only a block away. It’s an upscale indoor/outdoor market place with eateries and shopping to satisfy anyone’s taste but our temporary abode is a real dive. It’s in the process of renovation but it reminds of the Motel 6 I stayed at in Rochester. Many of the denizens are long term and loiter out front. Trash litters the grounds and the police have visited two days in a row. Yesterday, the clothes rack came off the wall as we were hanging our stuff. It wasn’t screwed into the studs. The price is right though so It’ll have to do.

One shining light is the Boston Market across the street. Been there twice so far.


Last Saturday, an ice cream truck showed up at the course and the temptation was too hard to resist for one rules official. She was seen giving a ruling with cone in hand.


Next week is 1st Stage LPGA Qualifying in Rancho Miarage CA. The field is over 300 and they’re using three courses instead of the usual two. AT $2500 a pop, that’s a healthy piece of change.


PHC Classic – Final Round

August 2, 2015

Looping for Candy Hannemann.

Well, we didn’t finish DFL (that was reserved for someone else in our group) but it was close. Candy was a delight to work for. Maybe we can do it again sometime.


Our playing partners were Sydney Cox and Sherman 20 Letters (her Potawatomi tribal name 🙂 ). Could not have been two slower player/caddie duos if it was scripted. We were warned early in the round to pick up the pace and was followed almost to the end.

Way too much caddie intervention was the problem. 20 Letters had dad on the bag but Sydney was the real anchor holding us back. Her final putt had us laughing. It was about two feet with a left center line. Two plumb bobs, a back-off and a caddie conversation later, she made it.


Walking down seventeen, Sydney asked if I was a volunteer caddie (ha, ha, ha). I gave her my standard spiel then mentioned I worked for Wendy Doolan the last two weeks. That amused her as she once was the standard bearer in Wendy’s group and had followed her since then. Too bad she doesn’t emulate Wendy’s pace of play.

And another thing. It would have been nice if they helped with the pin now and then.


Put a long red marker streak on the front of my shorts while on the range. Actually, it was a good thing. I needed some motivation to replace the aged khakis. They were approaching “Motorcycle Jim” vintage.


PHC Classic – Round One

July 31, 2015

Looping for Candy Hannemann

Jekyll and Hyde day. 35-42. A gusty wind hardened the greens and made it tough to pick the right stick. We only faltered once when the wind changed.


We played a practice round with Erica Popson. She was hitting it all over until Candy got her to slow down her backswing. Guess who’s leading?


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