Monday, October 29, 2007

Kat and Maggie's Adventure

Kat and Maggie don't get out in the neighborhood much. Tony and I try to get walks in, but Maggie only makes it about 3 blocks before getting tired (and we don't want to have to carry that one home). They have a nice big backyard for Maggie to sunbathe and Kat to chase squirrels.

It's pecan season and the other day Tony let a woman and her child come into the backyard and pick pecans. Nice thought. The little girl played with Kat. When Maggie came outside, they made a quick exit.

On Friday, I'm leaving the office to head home and have two voicemail messages. One from Diane Sherman, the real estate woman who lives a few doors down. "Maggie is on my porch. Call me." The second from Frank, next door. "Maggie is on Diane's porch. I'm not at home. Call Diane." Seems like a gate was left ajar.

My next thought as I'm trying to call Diane. If Maggie is on Diane's porch, where is Kat? I also know that Kat isn't wearing her collar because I just gave her a bath. As I race home, I can only think about someone picking up Kat and taking her home. Or her being run over by a car, since she's out on her own. Or, hopefully, only Maggie is out of the backyard and Kat is in the house.

So, I get home and Maggie is in the backyard. Kat, not in or outside the house. Panic. Tony's racing home too, but stuck in traffic. I call Diane and head out the front door, not sure at all where to begin looking for Kat.

Perfect timing. A woman who walks her dog every morning and evening, walked by and asked if I was looking for a little white dog. Yes! She found Kat wandering around Edgefield and took her home, worried about her being out and getting run over on Jefferson. Kat was very happy to have a friend and spent the day in her backyard. She (Heidi) also made flyers at work and was beginning to post them. We walked over to her house, a couple of blocks away, and retrieved Kat. Kat was very happy to see us, all shakey and jumpy from her adventure -- and spending the day out in a strange backyard. Carried her home.

Kat and Maggie both slept well after their Friday adventures. And, Kat has her collar back on!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Lily or Clara

I know there are pictures of me and Allison that look just like this one of Lily and Clara (I don't know which is in the foreground and which is in the background) riding in a golf cart. Aren't my nieces adorable?

2007 Gold Cup: Sunday Rounds

Sunday, we don't tee off until 1230 pm, so I head to Woodbridge and practice putting and chipping (Tom indicated that Scott, the guy I'm paired up with, doesn't have a strong short game even though he hits it a mile). Have to work on not decelerating on these shots.

Get to Plantation to warm up. Mark Patsy, Gary, Scott and I are the first off. Good deal since we won't be waiting. This day's shirt I cut up isn't as short as Saturdays. I didn't go with Tom's advice to go braless for "competitive advantage." (note to Laura: I did put on mascara and tinted moisturizer)

First hole, I'm on the left. Scott duffs it off the tee. But, he hits it a long way on his second shot and is right off the green in 2. I lay up and then hit my third long. But my fourth is close. Scott overshoots the hole and has a lengthy putt for par. Misses. I make my 5-foot putt. AS. Second hole, I give him a pop (I have to give him THREE this round -- tried to talk him out of it, me being a girl and all. Didn't work). Scott hits it a mile. I hit it well, but 100 yards shorter. Hit my second close to the green. He hits his left, just off the green. My third shot goes four feet from the green. He makes five, I make par. AS. Third hole, I land in their rock hard bunkers and lose the hole. Fourth, par five -- Scott gets a pop. I get a fence and lose the hole. I think I win the next. Lose the next. Win the next. Tie the next. Something like that. Not playing poorly, but hard to keep up with someone on the green in two, while I'm laying up on my second. But, we're having fun -- and playing fast (don't have any idea what's going on behind us). There is no one in front of us. Needless to say, I'm trying, but not catching up. Lose 5 with 3 to play. Mark is dormie with two to play and needs to make birdie to go to the next hole. He doesn't. Scott is probably terribly happy that he beat me -- that'd be a hard thing to handle for an entire year at Plantation -- the one who was beat by a girl. Never would live that one down!

This is when the fun starts -- we get to watch the rest of the matches and drive around and drink beer. AK has lost his match. Ron was all square, Frank up one. Keith was up. Garrett was up. Doug Kelley ended up drawing Ron, their club champion, but was only one down. Pete's up. Bob is up. Rob won his match. Not bad. Most of the matches were pretty close. And now there is a crowd around the holes. Tom gives up a point to Alan when he hits his hybrid 220 yards into the water (not on purpose). He gives up a pop on the next hole to go down one. Ties the next.

18th is pretty packed with carts and players. We think we've secured a win. By one point. We did. So much for the stat that whoever wins the Skills Challenge loses the Gold Cup. Even though I lost two matches, this has to be one of the best times. The guys at Plantation are great. Our guys are great. Wonderful rivalry. Woodbridge doesn't have the membership that Plantation has -- they actually have to gain points in their tournaments to be able to play in this. Our group is so small that we automatically get in because we do. And we won.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

2007 Gold Cup: Saturday Afternoon Round

Saturday afternoon is alternate shot. I've never played this format. Pete and I are teamed up. I'll take the even holes, he'll take the odd. We're teamed up with Paul Miller and Dennis Lewis. And, we're giving them three strokes (that's never happened to me to give pops).

Start off strong on the first and win it. #2 isn't pretty and we lose. #3 isn't pretty and we tie. #4 isn't bad -- but Dennis sticks it close. And we lose. Yes, seeing a trend. Play is also extremely slow. #5. We lose. #6, 7, 8, 9 -- no blood, but we're still 3 behind. #10, we shift the momentum and win a hole. #11, Paul sticks it close, but we tie. #12, we lose. #13, no blood. #14, we tie. #15, we lose. We're three behind with three to play. Dennis sticks it close. I stick it in the bunker. Pete hits the lip and I have to hole for par. We lose the match. Pete and I didn't play poorly, we just never turned it on. And those three really bad holes at the beginning didn't help matters.

Eric has told us that Ron and Tom were behind by four, but Tom has just issued the order to make Ron drink. Keith and Mark played Ron (yes, the club champion) and were dormie on the 12th. Bob and Garrett are ahead. Doug and Kelley are close. Rob and Bill are winning. Frank and Tom are close. The drinking supposedly helped Ron and Tom -- they win eight holes in a row to win their match.

Results for Afternoon Round
Tom/Ron 1
Garrett/Bob 1
Rob/Bill 1
Keith/Mark Lose
Doug/Kelly Lose
Liz/Pete Lose

Pairings for matchplay on Sunday announced. I'm first off at 1230.

2007 Gold Cup: Saturday Morning Round

Some of you may read this twice. Once with pictures. Once without. I don't have any photos now, but it's 600 am on Sunday and since we don't play until 1230 at Plantation, I might as well write about the Saturday rounds. I didn't get the opportunity to see many of the other rounds, so those of you who read this blog and played, feel free to comment on your round. Or send me and email and I'll post -- in fact, should think about setting up a Woodbridge blog...

Note to all: I'm terrible at names, especially on a golf course when I don't have anything to write on, so if I get some wrong. Sorry. You can let me know and I'll correct. I have complete control over the blog!

Wake up to my normal routine (wake up, change, get Big Gulp at 7-11, do crossword puzzle at Woodbrige, warm up) with one exception: pick up golf balls for Ron at Walmart. Note to people going to get golf balls at Walmart at 530 am: you have to go in the entrance at the food court. Golf balls are at the farthest possible corner of a Walmart. It's a hike. And I hate Walmart.

I'm happy that Tom and I are off first. We'll set the pace and not have to worry about waiting on anyone. Find out that we're playing with Ron Club Champion from Plantation (he's a 1) and Steve, who is a 4. So, we're pretty loaded with additional shots -- at least I am! I start off with a ball in the woods. Great. But Tommy tied the hole. We win the second since I get a pop. Third hole. I believe we lost. Fourth hole. I hit it in the woods (yep). I believe we lost. Sixth hole. I don't think any blood. But, Ron doesn't make any mistakes. He birdies 7 and 8 -- with really makeable eagle opportunities. I'm thinking that Tom and I were behind most of the round. But, not getting trounced. Hear that our other teams are doing well at the turn. 10 was a nice hole. I made par, net birdie to win the hole. But, Steve then drains a birdie putt on 11 to bring it back to 2 under. 12 I believe was no blood. 13: this was key. Tom goes for the green in two and doesn't make it, but his ball is up. Steve and I lay up and have great second shots, but then dunk our third into the bunker. Ron has 175 yards and sticks it 15 feet from the pin. But, Tommy is the man and drains his birdie putt. Ron misses his eagle. We tie the hole. We then lose 14. 15 and Tommy is again key and is on the green in two and makes birdie to win the hole. 16th hole is a par 3. One that doesn't give me issues. I don't think Ron or Steve were in good shape. Tom was in the water. I was about 15 feet long on the green. We win 16. Tom wins 17 with a birdie. We are now 1 up with one to play. 18: I hit in the fairway. Tom hits into the gunk on the left. But, we find it and he has a shot. Hit our third shots. Steve and Ron are both over the creek in two (Steve gets a pop). Steve's third shot wasn't great -- window is open. Tom and my fourth aren't great. Steve's fourth wasn't great either. Tom and I only need to tie him in order to win the match. Tom lets me go first so I don't have the pressure on me to have to make the putt (good idea since I'm not known for putting).

It's downhill, down grain, right to left. I'd say about 8 feet. It starts, it stops, it moves some more, it turns, slows down, goes in the hole. We won the match.

Head into the clubhouse. Already know that AK and Mark won their match. Doug and Kelley were losing. Ron and Frank had a big lead but had lost it. Garrett and Keith were all square. Pete and Bob were winning. Tom and Bill were winning. Tom and I grab our lunches and beer and head out to watch the rest of the matches. That's the fun part of about this tournament. You get to watch others finish their matches.

End of morning rounds: Woodbridge 4 1/2 points. Plantation 2 1/2.
Liz/Tom 1
Bob/Pete 1
Bill/Tom 1
AK/Mark 1
Keith/Garrett 1/2
Ron/Frank Lose
Doug/Kelly Lose

Time for alternate shots.

2007 Gold Cup: Woodbridge vs. Plantation

Much to the satisfaction of players in the Sharky's tournament, our annual Gold Cup was the same weekend. Woodbridge vs. Plantation. The cup is ours. Friday, Garrett, Keith and I played a practice round at Plantation. 530 pm at Woodbridge, the Skills Competition (putting, chipping, sand, long drive) and pairings are announced.

Get to Woodbridge way early since our round at Plantation finished early and there wasn't any sense in heading home and then dealing with traffic. Frank and Eric were working on the players in the skills competition (none of these are really my forte -- I get chipping). And I get my shirts. They didn't get me women's shirts again (note to men: there is a huge difference in cut in womens vs. mens shirts. Shoulders. Arms. Length.). So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and borrowed scissors from Scotty and then cut the sleeves off and then about six inches off of the bottom. A new shirt -- looks kinda raggedy, but I'll call it "modern." Next year.

Skills competition: Putting
The putt is this ridiculous downhill breaking putt that needs to:
1. Go in the hole for two points, or
2. Remain in the octogon (not a very big one) for one point.
Needless to say, not many made it in. But Garrett stole the show on that one.

Skills competition: Chipping
Doesn't look that difficult except the circle the ball has to remain in for one point, wasn't very big. Again, needless to say, we weren't too skillful at this competition. I even tried putting.

Skills competition: Bunker
Yep, another circle. A small one. Frankie hit one in the circle. I think someone from Plantation did as well.

Skills competition: Long Drive
Believe it or not, there is some accuracy in this. You have to hit it between to flags. The longer it is the more points you receive. I think three points was for being accurate and blowing it all the way through the driving range. Bill and Doug had 5 points each, Doug 3 points.

It's always been the discussion that whoever wins the Skills Competition will lose the Gold Cup. Hard to say it's statistically significant since this is only our third competition. So, Woodbridge wins the Skills Competition in 2007. Now we need to proove this superstition incorrect.

After the Skills Competition, we go in for beers and pairings and times for the morning's Best Ball. Here you go (will fill in the other team after I get the actual pairings):
Liz Kline/Tom Warren
Garrett Persons/Keith Hughes
Mark Patsy/AK Fassett
Doug Kelley/Kelly Dills
Bill Johnson/Tom Abercrombie
Frank Catron/Ron Campbell
Pete Dickensheid/Bob Bergeron

Tom and I are off first. Fine for me. I hate waiting.

We also establish the rules and there is healthy debate over golf balls. In Best Ball, we're all fine with using the same ball brand (i.e. Titelist ProV1x, Titelist DT Solo) throughout the round. In Alternate Shot (after we established that alternate shot is based on one player teeing off on the even holes and one player teeing off on the odd holes -- and then alternating from the tee until the ball is holed), the discussion was whether one ball brand the entire round, or if the even player could choose one brand and the odd player could choose another brand -- and then play that through the round. Two brands wins over. I cared, but didn't as much as the discussion. As long as my teammate fronted the balls, I'd play his.

Friday's over and Saturday's not far off.