Everyone Is Here, Or So It Seems

July 18, 2016

My Player is Madeleine Sheils.

Many LPGA regular loopers are caught in the mid-season doldrums – with The International Crown this week and Olympics coming up – and have decided to make an appearance here in Battle Creek Some have work and others are looking. Walked the course this morning and ran into a few. Jeff deCoen is a fixture out here but Upstate Jay and Philly Phil bounce in and out.

I also spotted Country Club Mike, Rubble and Greg Sheridan. I’m sure they’ll be more.

Here is a partial caddie/player lineup. Jay is looping for Jordan Ontiveros, Jeff for Heather Angell, Phil for Carlie Yadloczky and Greg for Amy Anderson.

Jeff deCoen_Upstae Jay_Philly Phil Battlecreek MI

Upstate gave us a lesson in identifying a White Oak by the configuration of its leafs of which I have forgotten already

Upstate Jay descibing the leaf on a white oak Battlecreek MI

BTW, Jay says greens superintendents love Pin Oaks. They grow up, not out like other oaks.


Just When I Thought I Was Settled In

June 14, 2016

I was in Grand Rapids looking for a bag yesterday when I got a call from Maddie Shiels on the Symetra Tour. They’re playing in South Bend and she wanted me to work for her. I agreed but with one caveat. I was paid in full at the Motel 6 and had to get at least a partial refund or I would stay the entire week. Then another call came in. A caddie was looking for a room at the 6 but misplaced his drivers license and they wouldn’t let him check-in. I offered my room at a discount and the deal was made. Minutes later I was off to South Bend.

Before leaving Blythfield Country Club, I captured these two seasoned loopers checking notes on their yardage books. Upstate Jay was describing the “thick hollow” (a term only a student of golf course architecture would use) that lies over one of the greens.

Upstate is working for Maude-Aimee Leblanc and Bully for Lisa Ferraro.

Upstate Jay and Bully coparing notes Meijer Calssic 2016


I noticed Cindy Feng has not teed it up since Dallas. Wonder what happened?


I walked the back nine this morning and when Maddie arrived, we played the front. She had one of those travel nightmares one tries to forget but arrived only a couple hours later than scheduled with not much sleep.


There was a hole in the Symetra schedule the week of September 12-16 but not anymore. They play in Garden City Kansas the week prior and believe it or not, the new tournament is in the same city! WHAT? Back-to-back back events in America’s heartland. 🙂 The first is four days and the second three on a different course.

Garden City is OK but after two straight weeks, I think you become an honorary citizen with voting privileges. 🙂 Talk about getting away from it all. Yikes!


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’


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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