Prairie Band Classic – Round Two

September 12, 2015

The wind died and the scores dropped.


What time is it? That’s what Cindy Lacrosse asked her volunteer caddie yesterday with six holes remaining in her round. After checking his watch, 186 wasn’t the answer she was looking but it was the distance remaining to the hole. DOH! He was wearing a golf GPS which is a major no-no. She conferred with an official after the round and received the bad news. Since she used an illegal device, albeit unintentionally, she was DQ’d.


More on “Upstate”: Jay participated in the 1979 Tractorcade march on Washington and was the press secretary for the A.M.A. His dad was friends with House Speaker Tip O’Neill’’, he dated the daughter of of an underling of infamous gangster Myer Lansky and was interviewed by the FBI about their relationship. He was interrogated once more by the Feds concerning the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. Wrong place at the wrong time on that one. He was seen talking to a TASS reporter, regarding Reagan’s plan to drop the wheat embargo on the USSR, at the time it happened . No, he is not a commie!


Then there was this:

Greg Norman rant on golf: ‘We’ve really got to get our crap together’


Prairie Band Classic – Round One

September 11, 2015

No luck today. I get the week off. I did get an offer on Wednesday and submitted a counter offer. It was rejected so she took a trolley.


The player who was run over on Monday never did tee it up.


Looked like Chie was picking up where she left off last week but faltered on her 2nd nine. Shot even but did have an ace on sixteen.


Tom Borwick and I was spectating on the eighteenth when an errant approach landed right next to us. It was a good fifteen yards over the green and up a steep grade. With the pin back right, it was going to be a tough up and down. As the caddie (her mom) neared, she laid the blame directly on her daughter claiming she was twenty yards off on her calculations. No matter, she made par with a stellar pitch to within a couple of feet.


Caddies are eating good this week They get to partake in the same spread the players do for breakfast and lunch.


Upset and “Upstate”

September 10, 2015

Monday, a player was loading her golf cart and one of the items was a large box with considerable weight. The box slipped off the seat and onto the gas pedal propelling the cart about ten yards into another player, flipping her into the air and and stopping on her golf bag. She was shaken and was attended to by medical personnel but did not seem to be seriously hurt. The only casualty in the bag was her putter. The shaft was toast. Haven’t seen her since but another putter is on the way.


Rooming with “Upstate Jay” this week at the Red Roof in Holton. What an interesting character. If any man needs to pen his memoirs, it’s Jay. Here is just a tidbit of “The Life and Times of Upstate Jay”.

Jay grew up in in New Jersey in the same area and time as Fox’s political phenom Bill O’Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor. Every Sunday, Jay’s mom would take him for an ice cream cone – via their Country Squire wagon – to the Carvel across from C. W. Post College on Long Island. One day he was served by O’Reilly himself who was the manager at the time.

Both Jay and Bill would hang out in the caddie yard at Salisbury Park (Eisenhower Course) but only Jay had interest in the game. Bill was more into hockey and football and would rather play a game of touch than loop.

They both went on to attend a Catholic college, became teachers and published authors.

Jay went on to work at a college radio station and Bill a TV station in Scranton Pennsylvania.


It’s a very small world. “The Nerd” is working for Tara Fleming at the USGA State Team Championship in Cape Giradeau MO this week. Yesterday morning he walked the back nine with the team from South Dakota and one of them seemed very familiar. Turned out she was the standard bearer in Rick’s group last Sunday.


So far I’ve come up empty this week looking for a bag. It was bound to happen. Surprised it took so long. But there’s always tomorrow.


Then there was this:

South Korean Female Golfers of the LPGA: Speak out against the cruelty of dog and cat meat

AimPoint putting method comes with a rules caution; LPGA in France


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