Author: scrambler

Scrambler at The Masters – The Patron Experience

The morning finally arrived this Tuesday for the Patron Experience at The Masters.  I had been looking forward to this since I was a teenager, and when Mo’ Golf won the Practice Round Ticket Lottery, the dream became a reality.  The alarm was set for 5:30 am, but that was moot, as the house was buzzing with activity long before that.  We headed out from our Atlanta-area house, and set many land-speed records on Route 20 to Augusta.  And Augusta National Golf Club makes this a special experience for anyone lucky enough to calm themselves a Patron.  I had...

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Huey Lewis & Ivy Ridge – “Gotta Get Back in Time”

As Mo’ Golf previewed, we grabbed another round this Sunday morning out at the Links at Ivy Ridge.  But this was no normal round of Golf. After watching “Golf in the Kingdom” Saturday afternoon, I revisited the influential Michael Murphy novel.  The book delves into the mystical and spiritual aspects of Golf, and if anything will pique your desire to play a more old-school, primative version of the game, this is it. After digging in the shed and making some phone calls, I arrived at the first tee with the above tools. When I first read GITK about a decade ago, I showed up at the Elma Men’s Club the next day armed with a new lease on my golfing life.  I got off to a slow start, which led one of my buddies to ask me why I was still smiling: “Kev, you’re not doing so well.  Why are you in such a good mood?” “Gary, the game’s about so much more than that. It’s all in the walking.” “Kev, I’m worried about you.” With a renewed Zen approach in my mind, I channeled my inner Shivas Irons. I loved my Toney Penna  Woods, and used the 3-Wood all the way through 2008.  Unfortunately, my Penna Driver lost its whipping, so the head now shifts on the downswing.  As a result, I had to use a mixed set, with the...

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Alas, The Sad Sign of the Inevitable

Byrncliff is my favorite course in the WNY area, and I headed out this morning to get in another 18. I was met with this image in the Pro Shop. The above photo reminds us of the WNY Golf Season’s Mortality. Fortunately, Byrncliff is one of the hardy courses that will provide me solace in the next month. Golf will be available until when Mother Nature makes it an impossibility. Only then will Byrncliff Golf Course cede to it’s winter skiing usage. Until then, we’ll have to maneuver around the ski paraphernalia when paying our (cheap – $15!) green fees. In the coming weeks, snow fences will pop up to delineate the ski paths. More and more, I will be monitoring the 5 and 10 days weather forecasts, so the end does not come without a final hurrah! I pledge to savor every remaining moment until the Bitter End! Share this:TwitterFacebookGoogleTumblrLinkedInPinterestLike this:Like...

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Scrambler’s Early PGA Musings

Normally, I don’t have the time to watch the early rounds of the Majors due to work requirements. However, I was able to have the First Round Coverage in the background yesterday, and was glad I didn’t miss it.  Although I haven’t seen any of Day Two yet, plenty of interesting tidbits so far… Scrambler Instruction Manual –  During our visit to Kaluhyat earlier this year, I managed to card an Eagle and Birdie in the first 6 holes, before the reality of my Golf Game set in.  I don’t know how Tiger found a copy of it, but based on yesterday, he must have read my instructional piece entitled “How to Go From -3 to +7 in Only Two Hours.” If Looks Could Kill – As if Tiger wasn’t steaming enough about his reversal of fortunes, there was a montage of around 6 or 7 Steve Williams-related questions posed to Tiger.  He gave the stock non-answers we’re accustomed to hearing, but the look on his face screamed out “I can’t #*&!@ing believe I need to answer questions about my former caddy!”  I almost felt bad for him….. but I got over it quickly. Pros Wouldn’t Last At Elma Meadows – It was fascinating to see how much the world’s best struggled with the softer sand at Atlanta Athletic.  These guys are accustomed to the perfectly uniform, slightly wet...

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Frank Commentary and Loyalty – Steve & Rory

For years, we have been conditioned to expect the bland, non-answer from those in professional Golf.  No one personified this more than Tiger Woods, and his gamesmanship with the press was annoying, but tolerated in light of his on-course accomplishments.  In recent weeks, Rory McIlroy and Steve Williams have upset the status quo, providing a refreshing injection of frankness and genuine emotion. Steve Williams As I watched the Back 9 of this week’s Bridgestone Invitational, I traded some texts with Mo’ Golf, contemplating a potential post-round meeting between Tiger and Steve Williams: Tiger:  “How are you, Steve?” Steve:  “I’m winning, bee-atch! It’s been a few years.  Tell BB to enjoy!” Tiger:  “FML!” Little did I know that I was almost dead-on in the tone that Williams would express publicly.  For those of you who may have missed the scene, David Feherty approached Tiger’s recently-fired looper for an interview.  Based on Williams’ years with the Master Press Infuriator, I expected nothing to come of it.   Until he unloaded this: “It’s the greatest week of my life caddying and I sincerely mean that,” Williams said. Translation:  “Take your loyalty concerns and shove them up your $@#% Eldrick!” If there was any doubt that Steve was perturbed about the way he was let go, it is gone now.  The happiest person in the world at that moment was the publisher of...

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Porter Cup – Saturday Preview

Here are your updated LeaderBoard and Round Four Tee Sheets. As noted in the Friday Recap, Round 2 leaders Paul Haley and Patrick Rodgers had the opportunity to make Saturday an exclusive duel, but both failed to capitalize on soft scoring conditions Friday.  Haley leads the 53rd Porter Cup with a 54-hole total of 199 (-11), but 9 golfers are within 4 strokes, including a sixsome at -8. Scoring volatility is the one constant at Niagara Falls Country Club.  Rounds in the mid-to-low 60s are not uncommon.  Similarly,  scorecards that feature pars in the minority are not unusual.  As a result, Saturday promises to be a shootout with plenty of spectating excitement.  Do yourself a favor and support one of the nation’s best amateur golf tournaments in our own backyard. Share this:TwitterFacebookGoogleTumblrLinkedInPinterestLike this:Like...

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