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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
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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Lincoln Park 17th Tee on a beautiful San Francisco day

Nuff said.

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Will "wins" the Cider Hole

I accidentally brought an extra hard cider instead of a beer. Nobody wanted we competed for it on the 12th hole. The worst score had to drink it.Congratulations Will!

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After a pair of birdies on the back...

... Brad tees off on the par 3 12th.

Which he does not birdie. Or par. 

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At the turn

BK 43
MW 47
WH 50

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The golf gods are smiling on us on the 6th tee

...or so we thought.

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Will tees off on 2

Will has only been playing for 3 months. This is his first outing in the bad golfer Association. Based on his drives I am putting him on probation immediately.

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Live blogging Lincoln...

... and the fourth and final round of the Ess Eff Bad Golf Invitational. Playing with Will and Brad. We've got the course to ourselves.

Early it looked like a white out in Ess Eff, but the fog has burned off.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

19th Hole at Sharp

Not Mike: 86 45 41 Bacon Burger
Mike 96 50 46* Patty Melt
Mike 97 52 45   Reuben
Mike 105 45 41 BLT

*Includes an asterisk birdie.

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Three Mikes and One Not On The 18th Tee

We needed to speed up play, and it was a good opportunity to practice for the Synchronized Golfing event at the 2016 Olympics.

Mike is holding us up...

...and Mike is complaining, so Mike's blog is suffering.

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Traditional 17th tee portrait at Sharp

Mike, Mike, Not Mike and Mike.

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Mike tees off on 10

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Mike tees off on 8

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Mike lines up his birdie putt on 7 ...

 ...after his miracle approach shot.

And he gets a par. Just like me after my miracle putt.

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Mike tees off on 7

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Not Mike tees off on 6

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Mike hitting in glorious light on 4

Not a bad shot either. - BK (aka Not Mike)

Live Blogging Sharp Park...

... and round two of the EssEff Bad Public Golf Invitational.

Foursome of Mike, Mike, Mike and Not Mike.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

19th Hole at Harding Park

Brad K 45 38 83
Don Q. 42 42 84
Mike W 52 54 106

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Brad and Zach duel on approach from the traps on 18

Which Brad won.

He hit the shot of the day to 5 feet. Then missed the birdie putt.

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18th tee at Harding

Mandatory selfie.

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16th Green

... and the site of yet another infamous putting duel.  Brad and I parred the hole. Don Quixote did not. It wasn't in the same category as the John Daly miss, but close.

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Somewhere after the turn

ZN 42
BK 45
MW 52

I've done worse. 

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Semi Live blogging TPC Harding.. the First Annual EssEff Bad Public golf Invitational.

Playing with Brad and Don Quixote. 

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Friday, January 9, 2015

19th Hole at Stanford

RH 81 37 44
GV 82 40 42
BK  86 44 46
MW 99 52 47

Obviously, I was out of my league with this foursome. But I have to be happy breaking 100 my first time on the Stanford course. I had a five stroke differential between the front and back.

There was a beer in between.

Just sayin' ...

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Rich bringing us home on 18

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12th at Stanford




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At the turn

RT 37
GV 40
BK 44
MW 52

It could be worse.

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Brad off the tee

I don't remember which hole.

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Not live blogging Lincoln...

...because Rich got us a tee time at Stanford.  Playing with rRch, Brad, and Geno.

New course and new golf buddies. Probably best not to be live blogging anyway.

Maybe I'll post a few pics though.

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Announcing the 2015 SF Bad Golf Invitational.
Plus Bonus New Year Golfing Resolution

As part of my personal commitment to continuous golfing improvement I annually declare a  new year golfing resolution. I am told that increasing personal pressure by publicly declaring your resolutions are a way to improve the odds of keeping your commitments. Hence this blog post.

Some of you may recall in 2014, my New Year Golfing Resolution was to get my Index down to 25 (I started the year at 30).  I failed. My Index on January 1, 2015 was 27.  Since I did not achieve my goal, you might expect that I would simply recycle that goal again for my 2015 resolution.  NFW.  Why would I do that? It's depressing to fail so miserably. Instead I will recycle the last New Year Golfing Resolution that I did achieve.

In 2012 I resolved to play more rounds of golf than the President of the United States and I kicked his ass. Granted 2012 was an election year and due to political optics the Golfer In Chief may have restrained his golfing impulses to get reelected. In 2015, as a lame duck, he no longer has to pretend that he gives a shit what any of us think. 2015 will be a tougher challenge as we can expect he will be playing a lot more golf.

I don't have an up to date count how many rounds he has played this year. My usual source is the blog page of this Tea Party wingnut with a serious case of Obama Derangement Syndrome.  At the time of this post, he has not  updated  his Obama Golf Counter to include the 2015 rounds yet. The POTUS recently returned from his Hawaiian vacation, so I am sure he already has played at least three rounds in 2015.  I cannot let myself get behind this early in the year.

Lincoln Park
Hence I am announcing the First Annual Bad Golfer EssEff Public Course Invitational. The usual suspects are being recruited for rounds at Lincoln, Harding, and Sharp on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Harding Park
 I thought a good way to support the courses and get in the swing of things is try this EssEff Golf Total Immersion Therapy. Plus it will help me keep pace with the President.

Sharp Park
 Also, I've been helping out the San Francisco Public Golf Alliance and they've got some big plans this year.  They've done a great job protecting Sharp Park from anti-golf activists hellbent on destroying the course (aka The Golf War -as reported in this blog over the years).  Anyone interested can keep in touch by "Liking" their Facebook page, "Following" the LinkedIn organization and joining their LinkedIn Group.

All rounds will likely be live-blogged unless my play sucks worse than usual. That is all.