4:35pm (local time) – That’s right, biznatches, it’s 6/7/06, the day that holds no particular significance whatsoever. Revel in it. C’mon. I dare ya. Revel.
So I’m here in Kansas, which is a state that I have assuredly never visited before, and one that I likely won’t head back to anytime soon. But I’m enjoying it while I’m here. I’ve made it to Dennis’ place, another friend from the Stick Website. JG and Will, what have you wrought? I have already made it to one of the courses that will be played during the tournament. It’s the Blue Valley Park course. And, as you noticed (since I know everyone clicks on ALL the links I post), the course is 11,049 feet. That’s nearly 5,525 people or 1,381 and 1/8 spiders. Hell, it’s over a hundred centipedes. It’s ALOT of feet. And I played all of them (plus a whole bunch since I didn’t ever seem to go in a straight line. I threw a 73, including 2 5′s and only one 3. There should be more during the tournament, but it was good to see the course. And it was especially nice to play in a totally open course when it was 85+ bloody degrees outside. I wish we used celcius just so I would feel better. I lost two more discs. I haven’t kept tally, but offhand that makes at least 5 for the trip, not to mention the four that I offered Steve for putting up with me. I’ve gotten two in my travels and I swiped two from Steve, so that puts me at about way too many behind. Oh well.
One of the shorter holes at Blue Valley at only 600′ and change
You’ll notice you don’t see any basket. That’s because it’s tucked 50′ behind that tree that’s just to the left of the street. I’m in for a long weekend.
And now I’m headed off to the league at Rosedale. It’s another of the courses for the tournament. And Jersey locals Steve and Lesli will be there. Good times.
11:48pm – After watching some poker, I’m ready for bed. “But wait,” you interject in your intimidating, deep voices, “Derek, you haven’t talked about your second round today.” Right you are. I swung by the league at Rosedale Park, where we played the Up-Top course (not the tight, woodsy and overgrown “Down Under” course) This is one of the courses we will be plaing for the tournament. I was playing with a few of the local pros, though not on the card with what we’ll call the “top” pros (like Brinster, Sprague…etc). Still a good group. I got off to a good start, I’d say. First hole is a 309′ tight wooded hole. I threw a Buzzz and CHING!!!!! It chained out. I swear, I have hit so much metal in the last 12 months, it’s sick. But nothing seems to stick. Well, two of the guys in the group paid me a dollar for hitting metal, so I can say I cashed.
Actually, I ended up shooting a very solid +3. It put me one stroke off cash (my 5th first out of cash as a pro, though I don’t know if leagues count). Brinster only beat me by one. That says something. Probably says that his putting game was off or something. But I was told a 57 is a good score for pro and if I can do that both rounds, I’ll be in decent shape. We’ll see if I can do it again.
I think I actually got color on my face. I apologize in advance if I don’t have that usual so-white-I-glow look about me. The sun does weird things.
Why does the sun darken skin but lighten everything else (fabric, hair, spirits)? It makes no sense.
I did find out that my CD’s have arrived, so the release date is, once again, JUNE 20th!!! Reserve your copies today of the album that Jason Haas describes with “Are you sure you don’t do drugs?”
Before I pass out, let’s see the breakdown.
Miles: 209.1 / 4,857
Money: -$14.50 / -$1,828.93
Rounds played: 2 / 32
Courses played: 2 / 19
Metal hit on a drive: 1 / 4