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What’s Black and White and Green all over?

Spring in Utah. Here it is, the second week in April, and we are still dealing with snow.

spring snow

spring snow

It makes for a profound sense of cabin fever, and the feeling that winter will never end. Most of our diversions are indoor, and it makes for an expensive stretch of time. We had recently gone to a photography lighting workshop, and the winter blues combined with our new found knowledge conspired to make us buy a flash for our cameras.

580 EXII

580 EXII

We have managed to get out of town a couple of times. Last weekend we went to Wendover to see Lewis Black.

Lewis Black

Lewis Black

It was a great show, but still not warm – Wendover was windy and cold. This time of year, it seems the only green we see is the money flying out of our account, and the Masters Tournament being played in Georgia.

The 12th @ Augusta

The 12th @ Augusta

Usually this tournament marks the beginning of golf weather here, but this year it hasn’t. It seems it’s green all over everywhere else, but all the white here has left me in a black mood.

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One week in April

At the end of this work week, i look back and think about the week before. The national championship for collegiate basketball had been decided, with a decided favorite winning it all amid multiple upsets. Spring finally sprung, although we had driven hundreds of miles to get our first taste of it. And like the swallows returning to San Juan Capristrano, the Masters’ Tournament was played in Georgia.

Ironically, one of the first pictures i came across was Phil Mickleson fitting the green jacket on Tiger Woods. i decided to use the image, for the irony.

We had gone to Zion National Park for a four day weekend. For the first time since we married, those four days were the same that the golf tournament was played. i do not regret committing to going during those particular days, for the park is truly awe inspiring. Thanks to some new boots for Tania and some early starts, we were able to see both the park and the tournament.

The Watchman

The Watchman

If you’ve never been to Zion National Park, i urge you to go. just not during spring break.

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A Nice Summer’s Day

We went out golfing today. Gorgeous weather, nice Nine a.m. tee-time, the kinda day i tolerate winters here for.

a random picture of a Utah course

a random picture of a Utah course

We met with Tania’s friends Liota and Mike from high school. They found each other on facebook, before Tania’s reunion. They had said something today that made all of us laugh – “We’ve been looking for you guys a long time. Another childless couple willing to golf on Sundays.”
Tania and i both had a few spectacular shots. i dropped a 25 footer to save par on the first par 5. Tania made birdie on the third par 5. i nearly chipped in Liota said “about ten times!”. Thanks, but i was inside the leather only a small handfull. My short game, once my saving grace, is coming around. i think Chad was right – i had to find the bottom of my swing again after surgery. The bonus is my long game. i never had a good one before.
So, heading into the last professional major championship of the year, and a time of year Tania and i would’ve hung up the clubs, we are finding our game. This year is nice because we’re now finding people to share it with . . .

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The End of an Era . . .

and beginning of a new one. The U.S. Open wrapped up today, with Lucas Glover winning the title. See previous post on my prediction on who would win this title.

hijacked from www.nbcsports.com

It’s the end of the ‘Tiger Woods’ era (oh noes!!11!) because he currently holds none of the ‘major’ championship trophies. Don’t worry about Tiger, though. The British is at Turnberry, and if he doesn’t win that one, well, then you can start to worry. i fully believe Tiger will have more Grand Slam titles than Roger Federer (he doesn’t play golf, he plays tennis, so that one’s a no-brainer) and will finish his career with Nineteen Major Championships (even if he has to play til he’s fifty, the guys drive is phenomenol).
The “era” i’m talking about is excuse-free golf. Last Friday our company had an informal outing at Thanksgiving Point, about thirty people got together and played one of the best tracks in all of Utah.

The clubhouse and 18th green, Thanksgiving Point

i went as media representation. That’s a polite way of saying that they let me on the course to take pictures of the lucky bastards that did get to play. After catching up with the early tee times, and blasting through a hundred frames, i left the course knowing that from now on i would not have an excuse for playing as well as i ever could. That’s because i’ve never seen as well as i do now, and i’ve always fealt that i could correct my game if i could only see the trajectory of my ball.
i am so stoked to get out and play, and despite global warming stealing all of the spring (and likely the rest of my lifetime) i feel i can produce my all-time low scores this year, maybe next. i go to see the good doctor on Thursday, and regardless of what she may tell me i know my vision, and my life, has improved. Ergo, my golf games gotta improve, right? It’s the beginning of an era!

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Our National Championship

Today starts the U.S. Open, and i was able to see Tiger Woods tee off.
Fifty yards left, into the wet rough.

courtesy and copyright USGA Museum

As i write this, i had learned the defending (and defending his victory at Bethpage Black) champion pulled of a miracle par. The New York crowds were decidedly pro-Phil, as most wore pink shirts in support of Amy Mickleson and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ all during Mickleson’s practice round Wednesday.
i like the Open. If the British Open (known as ‘The Open’) has more history, the PGA championship more surprise winners, and the Masters more drama, the U.S. Open rewards the best golfer. Teeing off with Woods today were the reigning ‘major’ champions, Padraig Harrington and Angel Cabrerra. Cabrerra won this tournament two years ago at Oakmont. Harrington won the final two majors last year. My pick to win this years Open? “The Field”.
i feel the winner will be a first time major champion that can drive the ball straight.

It will be both fun and painful to watch the Open this year. i still have a week before the doctor will take the stitches out of my eye. We have a limited golfing season here in Utah, and i’d like to get some in before Global Warming steals it from me.

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Putting Around the House.



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Originally uploaded by The Official White House Photostream


i just realized i hadn’t had a golf post lately. Then i came across the Official White House Photo on flickr. Change? That you can believe in? Looks to me like any other person that lived there . . . =)
i think it is seriously cool to have a putting green at your house. i am willing to bet the President schooled the VP. Or not, Joe’s been a senator way longer, so probably has had more practice. Anyway, the fact that there’s an official flickr photostream, the fact that our President is willing to use technology to share, and the simple fact the Man has a pretty good stroke to me is cool.

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Happy Birthday, Seve

Severiano Ballesteros’ birthday is today, on the first round of the Masters.

from Seve's website, .Seve.com

Continuing battles with health problems prevented the Spaniard from attending the Masters tournament this year. He is a past champion, having won in 1980 and 1983. He has also claimed the British Open three times, and remains the European PGA’s all time money winner.

These facts only highlight the true sportsman and winner he is. As a Ryder Cup Veteran he captained the European team to victory in 1997 at Valderrama, Spain. A consummate competitor and golfing legend, Seve has few peers. i wish him well and hope to hear of his recovery and attendance at next year’s Champions Dineer. God Speed, Seve.

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A Tradition Unlike Any Other . . .

A glorious celebration of Spring!
The first major golf tournament!
The most exciting back nine in golf!
The most beautiful sports event of the year!

It's the Masters, honey! Honey, The Masters!

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Golf Links

a course in Summit county.

Utah is home to a wide variety of courses,most of them public.
There are 100, at last count, within the state borders.
Utah also hosts one the longest continually held tournaments, the State Amatuer.

I’ve included ‘links’ to the websites of golf’s four major championships;

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