GreatLife Challenge – Round Four

September 7, 2015

Looping for Chie Arimura.

Even though we finished T4, Chie was disappointed. She played good enough to win.

Can’t say I contributed much. Did change her club off the 18th in the first round (it was too much) and was ready with detailed notes of the holes when required. Basically, kept up and shut up. 🙂


We’ve all heard about the parking lot win but a driving range win is more elusive than than golf’s albatross. Rick “The Nerd” missed the cut with Fiona Puyo, took Saturday off (actually he refreshed the fairway paint used for yardages) then picked up Caroline Westrup for the final round. Winner, winner!


The players received a substantial goody bag upon registration this week. Included was what seemed to be a high quality Bluetooth headset. I happened to notice one player immediately scan the barcode, declare the retail price and devise a plan to remove the sticker and bring it to Best Buy for credit. So sad. 😦


Quote of the week: Had a burger and beer with “The Nerd” at Jane’s Little Coalinga Bar and Grill Saturday evening and a guy decided to play some hip-hop on the jukebox. As the barmaid (Jane’s sister) walked bye, she turned to us and said “That’ll make you lose your appetite”. Needless to say, there’s not a whole lot of “brothers” in this neck of the woods.


GreatLife Challenge – Round Three

September 5, 2015

I’m looping for Chie Arimura.

Four under today has Chie in the top ten for the final round.


After 2nd round play concluded this morning, we found ourselves in the first group off the front with the split tee format. Just prior to putting the first peg in the ground, a rules official greeted us on the tee and uttered the obligatory pace of play caution. Being the lead group, a 4:36 round was expected and if we lagged behind, he would pay us another visit.

All three players took his caution to heart and played as if we were on the clock from the get-go. They were fast players to begin with but extra effort not to dally was clearly evident.

We turned in just over two hours and of course, had to wait for the final group to start on ten. Fortunately it was only a twosome and didn’t hold us up much.


There’s a difference between good and lucky and every once in awhile you get the combo platter.

On the par four 12th, Chie was in the left rough with a huge tree blocking her approach. It was eight iron yardage but to make sure she would clear the obstruction, she opened the blade for a little extra height (How many players would do that?). It was perfectly executed and settled on the green. By the look on her face, even Chie was surprised it carried so far. Short of the green would have been very acceptable.

After a five wood tee shot on eighteen, Chie had 120 front and another 20 for the pin that was cut only four paces from the right. That’s 140 for all those who went to public school. The wind had stiffened and and blowing the hardest it had all day. Two clubs I figured.

The perfect leave was below the hole so instead of a seven, a low, driving eight iron was the club of choice. But occasionally over compensation turns that shot into a pull and this ball headed for the pond next to the green.

But that’s where Lady Luck stepped in. The errant pellet ricocheted off a rock and rolled all the way across the green to settle 25 feet below the hole. Chie made the putt for birdie. A two, maybe three shot swing in your favor is a sweet way to end the round.


The par four eighth was moved up eighty-five yards and turned into a down wind 230 yard hole. Water guards the right side but basically it was just a long par three. Even though, many players laid-up with short irons. Everyone in our group went for it and made birdies.

Then there was this:

Trump eyes epic golf match with Obama: ‘I’d love to play him for the presidency’

David Feherty brings free-agent intrigue to golf

Twin Cities facing an ‘epidemic’ of golf cart theft

Man killed during test drive of souped-up golf cart, cops say


GreatLife Challenge – Round Two

September 4, 2015

I’m looping for Chie Arimuro.

Shot one under which put us well within the cut line. We had four to play when a rain delay gave us a time out. Don’t think there’s enough daylight for the afternoon wave to finish. Split tees tomorrow if not.


GreatLife Challenge – Round One

September 3, 2015

Looping for Chie Arimura this week.

Even par today. I’m impressed.


Yesterday, my buddy Rick hooked me up with Chie (pronounced chee-A like Chick-fil-A) Arimura for the week. Don’t know why her regular couldn’t make it but time was running out and I consider myself fortunate.

We were in the afternoon flight of the pro-am and she used this as her practice round. Didn’t seem to phase her that this is the biggest purse of the season and she couldn’t chip and putt from every conceivable position. It’s just another golf course.

It was a great day with a equally great group.

We had a little help on the par 5, 14th. A long drive champion Mike Dobbyn was on the tee and hit with every group. We had the option to use his tee ball and did. It was was a paltry 385 yards down the fairway but we took it anyway. 🙂 Chalk-up an eagle for the team. BTW, this guy was huge! Would fit in on any NFL roster.

Mike Dobbyn and Fiona Puyo

Mike and Fiona Puyo

The morning flight had an LPGA Legend in each group along with the pro. Good to see so many familiar faces but one was right out of left field. Jerilyn Britz (the 1979 US Open winner) participated and Bully and I touched base with her as she turned. The late Andy Pavich was on the bag for the win but my yardage book was in his pocket.

Back then, there was no such thing as mass produced yardage books. Everyone made their own and as you can imagine, the numbers were subject to wide variation. I used a measuring wheel which was fairly consistent and let Andy copy my numbers. The rest is history. So I guess I had a piece of that victory.

Jerilyn isn’t a staple on the Legends Tour but living just thirty miles down the road in Luverne MN, it was a natural fit to invite her to play.


We met Marty on Monday during the compilation of the yardage books. She is the self-proclaimed “MacGyver” of Willow Run and by the looks of her nails, a huge fan of the  LPGA.

Marty's fingernails Willow Run Sioux Falls SD

“LPGA” andGo Go LPGA Go”


Then there was this:

LPGA pushes back International Crown qualifying dates

Kris Tamulis trying to find time to enjoy long-awaited LPGA victory

The LPGA’s Legends Tour offers chance for women golfers to keep their careers going

ANNIKA Academy ELITE Training Program introduces athlete roster for 2015-16


Sioux Falls GreatLife Challenge – Monday

August 31, 2015

Procrastination and Murphy’s Law had the compilation of this week’s yardage books delayed until this morning. Three of us put in five hours cutting, collating and stapling 100 of Rick’s “No Bull” golf bibles for the players and caddies who showed today. The rest will be available tomorrow.

Forgot to use the flash but it’s good enough.

Jorge me and Rick making yardag books Sioux Falls SD

Jorge, me and Rick


Walked the course after we finished. Still looking for work.


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