Sunday, November 23, 2014
On the surface it doesn't seem like this ongoing match play between Wes and me would be a fair competition, but the forward tees go a long way toward balancing out the playing field because when you get right down to it, the bulk of the game is played within 100 yards of the cup and so long as my knees hold up even a little old lady like me can move the ball forward 100 yards.
Phoenix is an interesting choice. It's home ground for none of us, but the granddaughter (who's making some noise about taking up the Game, herself) suggested it as a compromise rendezvous location. Given the golfing opportunities Wes and I backed her up enthusiastically and then everybody else got in line and booked their flights.
Golf aside, there's a certain allure to gathering for a holiday on nobody's home turf, promising a balance in the playing field of extended family dynamics.
So what do you do about tee times in a place that's unfamiliar to everyone? I had the edge on this one because I occasionally write for the Discount Tee Times blog, so I asked my boss, David Bates -- whom I've never met but with whom I have a lovely, digital world working relationship -- to help us out with some recommendations and suggestions.
David is never short on recommendations and suggestions.
David, and by extension Discount Tee Times, has the inside track on who's who and what's what in golf throughout the southwest. He was more than up to the task. We're looking forward to an exciting 3-round series, playing both the Sidewinder and Dinosaur Mountain tracks at Gold Canyon Resort and the Arizona State Karsten course -- three totally different layouts that are going to offer three different sets of challenges.
Sidewinder's first. The course going to take me into the desert and give me a chance to navigate around some of those huge saguaro cacti. Dinosaur Mountain is going to present some environmental challenges that this girl who likes to golf play in the coastal areas of the southeast rarely experiences.
I'm looking forward to playing the ASU Karsten because it's a links-style course set in the middle of the desert -- now how did they do that? And Arizona State has one of the best collegiate golf programs in the country, so I might get to see some very (athletically, not sexually) hot young golfers in action.
I'll let you know how the series unfolds. Wes reports that his game is better than it's ever been, that he's adopted a zen approach and is driving the ball 300 yards. He hasn't said whether or not his ball lands in the short grass. He probably needs to keep in mind that my putter's hotter than his!
Friday, November 21, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
|IBM CEO Virginia Rometty waited two years for her |
Augusta National membership invite.
Photo credit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
Monday, October 27, 2014
Ted Bishop has suggested it doesn't count in his case because both his children are female and they've both made their careers in the golf industry and he's always been "a great advocate for women and girls in golf."
Feminist psycholinguists tell us that when men resort to gender-loaded insults there's more than a hint that those men not entirely comfortable with women as equals, but I'm not confident that the psycholinguists are widely read outside fairly narrow academic circles.
Still, is calling another guy a "L'il Girl" or saying he sounds "like a little school girl squealing at recess" insulting? And if it's insulting, who's being insulted? The guy who got called "L'il Girl"? Little school girls? All women? All men? The cosmos?
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I've been blaming it on my game. It's not been good enough -- I'm in a slump. I've had too many 3-putts. I need more distance off the tee. My chips are coming up short and off-target. The litany of my inadequacies had gotten way too long. I was overwhelmed.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
|Me (far right) and my instruction group and our very pregnant|
instructor (center) at the LPGA 1-Day Clinic,
Druid Hills Golf Club, Atlanta
It was a problem that just popped up, and I struggled with low-lying limbs and poorly placed tree trunks as I tried to get back to the fairway.
One of my playing partners, who's fairly experienced at navigating through trees, suggested after the round that I needed to develop an effective punch shot so I could get myself out of tree trouble.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
With 92 participants, Puttin' On The Ritz might be the biggest golf event I've ever played. I could feel an electric excitement as I made my way through the breakfast buffet. I felt like I was in the middle of a flash mob on the practice green.
My team was the first wild card at Puttin' On The Ritz and it was a very fine draw! As the round unfolded I was equally in awe of Ginger -- my 90-year old teammate who played a steady, consistent game right down the middle of every fairway and who reminded me with every shot she took that I have many, many years of golf ahead of me -- and of Karin -- our A player whom we elected to captain our team while we waited for our turn at the first tee -- who brought the added value of a leadership style that combined technical skill with the ability to bring out the best game all of us carried in our bags to our team effort. We played a round of golf the likes of which I've never before experienced, carded 60 and took runner-up on a scorecard playoff. I'm on for next year!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
|Team USA Members Celebrate Their 2014 Evian |
Championship Juniors Cup Win
It's official! After 260 years, The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has voted by an overwhelming margin to admit women. The Home of Golf has finally stepped into the 21st Century and on behalf of all us women who love and play the Ancient Game I applaud them. Here's the response of one Women's Golf Association: