Golf… You Gotta Love It!

April 27, 2006 — 3 Comments

I just shot an e-mail off to a friend that will soon be retiring and whom I hope will be a golfing buddy. I need someone like that – someone to drag me out of the office and onto the course.

I had the opportunity to play golf last Friday in a tournament for Fresno/Madera Youth for Christ. The event was at the Copper River Country Club here in Fresno. If you have ever golfed with me (unless it was on my unbelievable round at the Princeville Makai Course last April in Kauai – 82!), you know that I am not that great a golfer. My typical score is 95-104 – but at least I am a bad golfer who plays fast and doesn’t hold up play!

The tournament is a scramble format and you have to use at least 2 drives from everyone. Lately, my driver has not been good to me, but what are you gonna do?

So we get to Hole #2 (we started at #8), a 500-yard par 5. After a drive, you need to elude a large bunker set into a hillside on the right. The approach is well uphill over a front bunker to a three-tiered, angular green.

I figure, “What the heck? I’ll give my driver a shot.” I take a 3/4 swing and BOOM – 250 yards. Everyone else tees off and they got bumpkis. So we take my drive. Whew – one down!

I pull out my 3 wood for the uphill approach and BAM, I hit is about 180 and it settles in right next to the bunker on a little rise. Again, everyone else hits and gets nothing – OB or short. So we take my approach.

I’m feeling pretty good as I set up for shot to the green. The green is elevated and guarded be a hill, so while you can see the pin, you can;t see the green. Knowing my limitations – like I’d be lucky to get it on the green in decent position… EVER – I just try to make a good swing with good contact.

I pure the shot. If you golf, you know what that feels like. If you’re me, you only know what that feels like once in a blue moon. It feels good – real good. My ball heads straight for the green in the direction of the pin. I am happy that I am on the green (at least I figure I am – remember, we can;t see the green from where we are). Everyone else hits and gets nothing.

We walk up to the green and – yes, miracles do happen – I was about 6 inches from the cup! What, you thought I was going to say I holed it? Needless to say, I was ecstatic about my tap-in birdie!

The rest of my day was my usual junk, interspersed with moments of decent golf. But that’s what makes golf great – that one shot… that one hole. And that’s why I keep going back – that, and the memory that on a trade-windy day in April of 2005 on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, I was 2 strokes away from breaking 80.

You gotta love this game!

Pat Callahan

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3 responses to Golf… You Gotta Love It!

  1. Chad went golfing today. I'm sure he will leave a coment for this post. Or maybe only if he plays well!!

  2. I too come home from a round of 18 and always have ONE hole to tell about. That one today was 15. Good 260 yd straight as an arrow drive. 7 iron to within 8 feet. Had a great putt but came up about four inches short. Tomorrow I am playing a scramble with a scratch golfer, a almost scratch golfer and one with about a 10 handicap. Hopefully we will not have rules about having to take my shots. I will be there just to putt (and pay the entry fee). What??? Yes I do plan on golfing every day. What is wrong with that. To quote a bumper sticker, "Work is for people who can't golf."

  3. I gave my clubs to a "new-bee" golfer about 10 years ago. Nice set of Wilsons. He was grateful and I had offically moved on – to miniture golf. No judgement on my part regarding the big course, I just couldn't hang and so I hung it up. I go out every so often with a group to a nice Country Club (I installed the Voice & Data Cabling when they built Copper River, by the way), but I just drive the cart and partake in the beverage part now.Wanted to get my 2 cents in though – because today I had the opportunity to listen to the New Cov Pod Cast. And, amazingly, you gave the message. Want you to know that my wife and I had a great 3 days on the Central Coast relaxing, along with visiting a number (lost count) of great wineries in the Paso area. But the highlight of the weekend was your message about the Holy Grail. AWESOME!!! You have an amazing style – I loved the opening and wished I could be sending you this from Australia… As for the birdie on Friday, you got another one today too pal. My struggle is those friggen windmills……

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