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Saturday, February 28, 2015

19th hole at Poppy Hills ...



Final Results

BK 88
BD - 102
MW - 104
RE - 118

AT -7, we did not do well as a team.


The rest of my foursome let me down. 


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Bob's birdie putt on 18...

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... missed. But he got the par. As did I with a one putt from 5 feet.

Roy 's approach shot...



... on the par 3 17th. 

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15th Hole


A par 3.


I did not do well on this hole.




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12th Tee


And I get my first par of the day. After the turn...

BK 49
BD 52
MW 55
RE 60


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The ninth hole


...  And that is my 300 yard drive in the foreground. No really. I caught a downward slope. 300 yards.


Meanwhile Tree Hugger Brad is back in the woods.

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Roy tees off on 8...


... and decides to take a close look at the waste areas added to the new improved course.



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Brad out of jail.


He really likes the trees.


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Bob tees off on four



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Brad working the ball around the tree on 3...


... sort of.

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Live Blogging Poppy Hills


Playing with Bob, Roy and Brad in OGC event on the new improved track.


Someone did not get the memo about a drought in California.
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Not Live Blogging Lincoln Park


Roy and I played a morning round at Lincoln Park on Sunday. Since there were only two of us,  I did not inflict my blogging obsession on Greg,  the unsuspecting golfer who the starter paired with us. That's him looking dubiously at us in the background of our 17th tee selfie. 

Spectacular day. Unspectacular results. 


Good burger and beer though.

MW 102
RE 105

Many of you have asked how I am doing with my 2015 Golfing resolution to play more golf than the President of the United States.  Actually, none of you have asked. However, I am sure many of you are wondering.

Current Status - I have a narrow lead

 Wallach: 7 Rounds in 2015 (including today's round not reflected in list)

Revision ScoresRecent ScoresH.I. HistC.H. CalcMy Card
UsedTDateScoreCR/SlopeDiff.Course
*AI1/25/1510670.6/12532.0Sharp Park GC
AI1/12/1510165.9/10637.4Lincoln Park GC
*AI1/11/159770.6/12523.9Sharp Park GC
AI1/10/1510670.5/12133.2Harding Park (Tpc) GC Harding
*AI1/9/159969.2/12227.6Stanford University GC
CI1/6/1510366.4/10439.8Lincoln Park GC / Lincoln Park

Obama: 5 Rounds in 2015:

219
16-Feb-15
 - Porcupine Creek, Rancho Mirage, CA - Obama on His Third Day of Golf
218
15-Feb-15
 - Porcupine Creek, Rancho Mirage, CA - Golf at Larry Ellison's Course
217
14-Feb-15
 - Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, CA - Valetine's Day Golf, Sans Michelle
216
8-Feb-15
 - Andrews AFB - Obama Not Complaining About Global Warming Today
215
2-Jan-15
 - Kaneohe Klipper, Hawaii - Yep, golf, last time for this vacation - 9 rounds








This does not bode well for my current pace, as I am in sunny drought-stricken California and Obama is is snow and icebound Washington D.C.  I need to step up my game.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

19th Hole


JJ      79
MW  101
RE    118
RZ    118

Rick asked me if I was happy that I beat him by 17 strokes. I explained that I took no pleasure in another golfer's misfortune and no satisfaction in beating his score.  It is more like a sense of relief, as on those rare occasions when he does beat me I am must fight an overwhelming urge to to simply leave my clubs behind and completely give up the game.


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17th Green Selfie


We usually take a group selfie on the scenic 17th tee at Sharp. Not this time.

After hitting the ball, Roy had to quickly run off the tee to console the guy he hit in the16th fairway.

We decided to take the picture on the green instead. hen we were almost hit by somebody's tee shot from the par three 15th, who landed on our green instead. That's him photo bombing our group portrait.

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On The 16th Tee


 Jon has a very complex swing.


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Roy works on habitat improvement near the 13th



 The frogs are grateful.

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Somewhere after the turn


JJ 40
MW 52 
RZ 56
RE 60


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Someone left a Valentine for Roy in the greenside trap on 9


The good news is he made it out of the trap...




... eventually.

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John tees off on 9


... and almost missed that tree on the right. Still got the par with an improbable putt.


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Roy tees off on 7



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Rick breaking out of jail on 1


Hard to believe rick could so easily find a snowman so soon on a warm day like this... but it happened.


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Live blogging Sharp Park


Playing a round with Roy, Rick, Jon. We could not ask for a more perfect day.

This is Jon's initiation into the Bad Golfer Association. Pray for him.


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Sunday, February 1, 2015

My New Improved 2015 Super Bowl Prognostications

Superbowl 49 Predictions

Some may recall my Super Bowl prediction last year. I think I might have said something like this:
 "Most prognosticators are calling a close game. I don't see it. You can throw the Seahawk's statistics out the window when they are not playing in Seattle. Their home field advantage distorts the statistics. Seattle won't have that edge against Denver in New Jersey against Peyton Manning. 

Peyton Manning is the best there ever was as a field general reading and reacting to defenses. Nobody can do what he does on the field. This Seattle D has not played against anything like a Peyton Manning offense firing on all cylinders. They're not ready for this.  Russell Wilson is a very talented young quarterback but it's very rare for a first or second year quarterback to win the Superbowl.  I don't expect Wilson to play to form outside of Seattle and under this pressure. Generally Superbowl games are blowouts. It'll be Denver Broncos in a blowout."
                              Denver 42 Seattle 21
 Well, At least I got the "blowout" part right. There were consequences:

2014 Superbowl Prediction Outcome

It's a new year, and I'd like to think I learned a lesson from that experience.  After due consideration, and more detailed analysis - my new and improved 2015 Superbowl Prediction:
Most prognosticators are calling a close game. I don't see it. You can throw the Seahawk's statistics out the window when they are not playing in Seattle. Their home field advantage distorts the statistics. Seattle won't have that edge against New England in Arizona against Tom Brady.

Tom Brady is the best there ever was as a field general reading and reacting to defenses. Nobody can do what he does on the field. This Seattle D has not played against anything like a Tom Brady offense firing on all cylinders. They're not ready for this.  Russell Wilson is a very talented young quarterback but it's very rare for a first or second year quarterback to win the Superbowl.  I don't expect Wilson to play to form outside of Seattle and under this pressure. Generally Superbowl games are blowouts. It'll be New England Patriots in a blowout.
 
New England 42 Seattle 21
Bet on it.

UPDATE  2-2-2015:
At least I got the winning team right, although the point spread was a bit off. If Brady had not thrown two piks, I might have been a little closer. And yeah, The Butler did it. One of the greatest defensive plays of all time.



 Note To Self: Next year, just go with the EA Madden NFL Video Game Prediction. They nailed the actual halftime and final score five days in advance:

Kinda scary.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ed Lee for Glorious Leader of the People's Republic of San Francisco

Willie Brown and Ed Lee
According to the SF tin foil hat set, puppeteer Willie still runs the City. 
I'm good with that. 
 We'll have a mayoral election in EssEff this year, but it's not clear that we'll have a race. Our incumbent mayor Ed Lee has yet to attract any significant opposition. Quite a change from four years ago when we had a cavalry charge of 16 candidates running for Mayor. The mayor won handily, but with the uncertainties of ranked choice voting, it was not at all clear how the confused electorate would be counted. They had to go eleven layers deep to settle that vote.  I'll just quote the Argonaut again - "... let us express our complete and unqualified contempt for the city’s system of ranked choice voting and taxpayer financing of campaigns."

The mayor is not taking any chances this time. His strategy is to run hard, run early, and amass a campaign war chest that will provide a significant - to borrow tech terminology - "barrier to entry" for any competitors.  It appears to be working.  The 2015 Great Progressive Hope was Mark Leno.  He was definitely going to run. Then he definitely was not.

I was invited to attend an Ed Lee fund raiser at the Far East Cafe on Grant to help build that barrier before the January cutoff.  I can't say my politics align perfectly with Lee's and I can find much to complain about how his administration is running the City. But this is San Francisco. The choice is between Liberal Democrats,  Radical Progressives, or  Anarcho-Maoists. Ed Lee is the voice of what passes for practical politics and common sense in The City. I went to the event.


It was a sit down dinner. Cash bar. The food was unremarkable. Lee's stump speech was not bad. Good enough. I'll vote for him.


For this particular City voter, there is one wedge issue that separates the reasonable pols from the batshit crazy fringe in the Peoples Republic of San Francisco -  Sharp Park. Mayor Ed Lee has proven to be there when we need him to defend our civic jewel. If my small contribution helps build a barrier that keeps the pitchfork and torches at bay, I'm happy to help.

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UPDATE: 02-02-2015
 Looks like the plan is working, at least according Matier and Ross:
Ed Lee’s finances booming for November re-election drive
"Having no opponent this fall hasn’t put a damper on San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s fundraising, with reports being filed Monday expected to show he has amassed $625,000 for his November re-election drive.“That’s a pretty good run over the holidays,” said campaign spokesman P.J. Johnston. Lee has been holding almost daily meet and greets, often at $500 a head. The biggest was in Chinatown, where activist Rose Pak delivered $220,000 in donors’ checks... With the first-round money in the bank, the campaign will ramp up in earnest starting this month. The campaign will be run mainly by SCN Strategies, whose clients also include Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris... There may not be anyone for Lee to run against just yet, but “we’re taking this very seriously and preparing for a fight,” Johnston said."
Willie Brown:
"Darius Anderson and the crew at Platinum Advisors turned out about 100 of their clients for a $500-a-head breakfast fundraiser for Mayor Ed Lee’s re-election at Original Joe’s the other morning.  That’s the way to do it. Everybody was in at 8 and out by 9. And trust me, the profit margin on eggs is a lot higher than with wine. Why is Lee bothering to raise money, when he probably won’t have any real opposition? For starters, he’s signed up a slew of consultants and campaign managers who need to be paid.  Plus, he’s sending the message to anyone who might still be considering a run that if they do take him on, he’s armed and ready to fight."
I guess all I can say is that "Ed Lee- He's for me!" 

Excuse me. I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Not Live Blogging Sharp Park

Rick on the 10th green.
  Since there were only two of us, the starter had Joe join Rick and me for today's round. I don't think it is a good idea to submit  golfers I don't know to the distraction of my "live blogging" fetish.

Joe is not into selfies
I save that abuse for my golfing "friends"...

Rick out of the trap on 12.  In this case, "out" is a figure of speech.
... so today's post is just a few pics from the round. The day started cool and breezy and finished warm and windy.

View of the clubhouse on 14
 It was a great day on old course. The beer was cold. The Reuben was a little charred but still tasty.


My game is what it is. The scores are not important on a day like this. 

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Monday, January 12, 2015

That's a wrap for the first EssEff Bad Golfer Invitational



With today's round at Lincoln we complete the first annual EssEff Bad Golfer Invitational. At least from my perspective, it was an unqualified success. I played four great courses in four days (Lincoln, Sharp, Harding & Stanford). Enjoyed the rounds with new and old golfing buddies (Brad, Zach, Mike, Mike, Richard, Geno, & Will). Brad deserves special mention for immediately signing up to play all four rounds.  I met my usual goal of breaking 100 at two of the four courses - Stanford and Sharp. Missed it at Harding, and the Lincoln score was accidentally lost (see below). More importantly, with four full rounds in 2015, I am maintaining a pace to meet my 2015 Golfing Resolution of playing more golf this year than the President of the United States. At this point, I expect we are tied.


Unfortunately, I had to leave as soon as we finished the last round at Lincoln, so did not have an opportunity enjoy a beer with Brad and Will and to post the traditional 19th Hole wrap-up and final scores for today's round. To make up for that oversight, I was going to post the scorecard here, but due to a series of unfortunate circumstances the scores for today's round are virtually unreadable. The scorecard had coffee spilled on it, then I accidentally applied the "Impressionist" filter to the photographic image I took of it in my phone, then a rabid dog ate the scorecard. 

To the best of my recollection:

BK  79
MW [UNREADABLE]
WH 105*

All I recall is that with my 47 on the front, it would have required a complete collapse on the last three holes for me miss breaking 100, but since the scorecard is lost, I can't be sure.

 After playing 4 rounds in 4 days, plus driving range and  9 hole practice rounds for the four days before that, I think I now need to spend a few days determining if my marriage can be salvaged. I'm sure she'll get over it eventually.

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