Sunday, June 29, 2008

Better With Age?

After 3 rounds, Daniel Chopra (who’s Swedish and of no relation to happiness guru, Deepak Chopra… or is he?) leads the Buick Open by 2 shots over Bubba Watson. Chopra will be going for his second tour victory this season, after winning the Mercedes-Benz Championship this past January.

Two victories in the same season, for any tour professional, are very impressive. But there’s something I noticed on the leaderboard, which struck me as even more impressive.

Out of the top 20 players currently on the board, 6 are at least 44 years of age and older. They are Paul Goydos, Scott Verplank, Woody Austin, Bob Tway, Kenny Perry and Corey Pavin, who will turn 50 in November.

Keep in mind, once a tour player turns 50, they must move aside and make their living on the Champions Tour, so as to open up space for younger players wishing to make the PGA Tour. For players in their early 50s, the Champions Tour has a relatively easier route to the top of the leaderboard considering all the other old fogeys in field.

However, the purses on the Senior circuit are smaller and don’t think Pavin has this in mind today as he guns for Chopra and a potentially bigger payday.

Kenny Perry was and still is a money player. He won the Memorial this year and has 5 tour victories over the last 5 years. He’s currently 5th on the FedEx Cup list, meaning that he will be seeing a lot more tournaments and money down the stretch. He’ll turn 48 in August.

I’m sure most people tend to forget that Bob Tway won the PGA Championship back in 1986 and his stock this year is down with only 4 cuts made out of 9 entries. But hey, you can’t take away the fact that he’s got a major championship to his credit, which is one more major than Sergio Garcia has.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Maybe You Need A Refresher Course


At the golf course where I work, people have a hard time grasping the concept of a tee time.

For those douchebags that don’t understand, let Goods, aka the reservation Nazi, remind you…

For example:

A 9:00am tee time means that you are in the tee box at 9:00am, putting a peg under the ball and addressing your drive.

This means that you arrive at the course WELL BEFORE 9am so that you can practice, pay for your greens fees, call work, take a piss or do whatever you have to do BEFORE YOU TEE OFF.

Be at the tee box 5-10 minutes prior to your tee time, so you don’t screw it up for the rest of the people who are on time and ready to play.

For those douchebags that still don’t understand, may the golf gods strike you down during your birdie putt.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Buick Without Tiger? Fine.

I’m sure Rocco Mediate will have a little easier time this week out in Grand Blanc, Michigan after taking a gimp-kneed Tiger Woods the distance at Torrey Pines. Woods’ season is now over and will not be in any field for the remainder of the 2008 season.

Even though Rocco lost to Woods in sudden death, he will try and ride some of that momentum into the Buick Open, a tournament he won back in 2000.

Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club lays out as a narrow track with tall trees lining the rough, meaning that players will be forced to be straight off the tee and will have to scramble a bit to avoid losing strokes.

So who are the guys to watch? I’ll give you two of them.

Heath Slocum (who’s real first name is Tyler, but Heath sounds a lot cooler), has 4 top-10 finishes in his last 7 starts and is coming off a 4th place finish at last week’s Travelers Championship. His keeps his ball in the fairway on 74% of his drives, making him 9th in Driving Accuracy on the PGA Tour.

Briny Baird is a guy that wouldn’t necessarily be pegged for a victory on the tour because he's never won anything. But he’s having a very good season as he is currently 39th on FedEx Cup standings and 29th on the Money List). He’s already surpassed his last year’s money total by over $400,000 and has reached the $1 million mark for the first time since 2004.

Moreover, the guy can save himself strokes. In 67 rounds this year, Baird makes par or better on 62.15% of his holes after missing the prox (14th in Scrambling on the PGA Tour). 10 top-25 finishes and a 4th place at this year’s Players Championship also shows he can make his run at the money.

Oh, and one of Briny's best finishes? He tied for 2nd place at the Buick Open in 2003.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Where Is My Mind???


Sometimes we lose focus or have to focus on issues in our lives that take significance over the seemingly insignificant.

For example, a recently engaged bachelor focuses their attention (read as: gets anxious) about an upcoming marriage and as a result, finds that not only is there still so much work to do, but the pride that he once had in his writing is slowly dwindling.

And this, above everything, scares me.

What am I trying to say here?

I am coming back, bit by bit, to the baby once known as In Between 18.

I’ve done this on countless occasions before. Having devoted my efforts to my creative side, I find that it doesn’t pay in dollars but perhaps in clarity and catharsis and ultimately, I have a hard time determining which is more valuable… the money or my mind.

To catch everyone up, I have a day job at a golf course, which I will leave unnamed for now. It keeps me busy 5 days a week and there is room for advancement, so as a new married man who will be filing a joint return… this is a good thing.

And most of all, if I’m going to have a legion of readers, I need to keep writing and posting. I thank everyone who visits this page and my family and friends for reminding me just how talented I am and the potential I possess.
~Goods

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