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The Lexi Thompson Controversy:  I’m stunned

The Lexi Thompson controversy is shocking to me.

It was a pretty big golf story so I’m guessing you heard about it:  after marking her ball, Thompson replaced it in a different spot.  The LPGA was alerted to the infraction by a TV viewer a day after it happened.  LPGA Rules Officials reviewed the video tape and ended up assessing a heavy penalty which cost Thompson the coveted championship.

I was at the course when the news broke.  Fans were outraged at LPGA Rules officials.  People were screaming, “They screwed her,” and “They stole this from her!”  Given their reaction, I wondered if Thompson had replaced her ball just a blade of grass from the correct spot and some viewer, some trigonometry buff using signs and cosigns, had calculated a 1/100th of an inch breach.

As Warner Wolf used to say… let’s go to […]

The Lexi Thompson Controversy:  I’m stunned2019-04-28T12:05:58-04:00

Tribute to Dad

Mom and dad at the Mets gameThis Sunday will be my first Father’s Day without my dad.

Throughout my childhood, playing and watching sports was the way I connected with my dad.  Maybe that’s why all 50 times I’ve watched the last scene of Field of Dreams, I’ve cried when Kevin Costner says “Hey dad, want to have a catch?”

When I was six years old – this is 1963 — I asked my dad why we rooted for the Mets instead of the Yankees.    The Mets were abysmal while the Yankees were a legend, and it seemed everyone else rooted for the “right” team.  How could we be so wrong?  My father’s answer:  “Because, dear, we root for the underdogs.”

Look, there’s nothing wrong with rooting for winners… if the Mets ever became perennial winners, I’d be ecstatic.  But there’s something special about […]

Tribute to Dad2019-04-28T10:29:40-04:00

I’m Not Kicking the Bucket Bucket List – Torrey Pines

Torrey PinesI’ve had a golf course Bucket List for 15 years… and over the past year, amazingly enough,  I’ve played all top four courses on it.  God, pay no attention to this, I’m not ready to kick the bucket.

Rebecca said, “Do you want to go to San Diego to play one of your bucket list courses, Torrey Pines?”  Actually, what she said was, “I have a conference in San Diego.”  Interesting how my hearing can do that sometimes.

So, off to San Diego I went to play Torrey… er, I mean keep Rebecca company on her trip.  Unbelievably, her conference was at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines!  Helloooooo serendipity.

I played 5 rounds in 3 days and it was even more beautiful than I’d dreamed:  the Pacific Ocean, seaside cliffs and most of all, the pines.   Torrey Pines are the rarest pine […]

I’m Not Kicking the Bucket Bucket List – Torrey Pines2019-04-28T10:42:38-04:00

I’m Not Kicking the Bucket Bucket List – The Dinah Shore

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This is the second blog in a series of four about playing all my top Bucket List courses in 2015.

The Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills, Palm Springs, CA. 

I don’t know if there’s a golf tournament I love as much as the LPGA ANA Inspiration, once known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship, once known as the Nabisco Dinah Shore, once known as, well, many other names.  But it’ll always be The Dinah to me.

Oh wait, it has one other name.  About 25 years ago some entrepreneurs created an annual lesbian weekend extravaganza in Palm Springs to coincide with the tournament.  Every year, tens of thousands of lesbians attend pool parties, events and shows during The Dinah weekend.  So, many attendees know it by its nickname:  The Vagina Shore.

Younger people may know about the tournament, but not so much about […]

I’m Not Kicking the Bucket Bucket List – The Dinah Shore2019-04-28T10:45:53-04:00

I’m Not Kicking the Bucket Bucket List – Pebble Beach

In a bizarre coincidence, I played all four of my top Bucket List courses in 2015.  This is Part 3 in the series “I’m Not Kicking the Bucket Bucket List.”

Pebble BeachSandra had a milestone birthday – her 30th.  Not!  But she’d kill me if I gave her real age.  So she, some great golfing friends and I went to her #1 (and my #3) Bucket List course, Pebble Beach.

Sandra and I roomed together.  Remember The Odd Couple?  She would spend 20 minutes doing her hair, I’d put on a baseball cap.  She would try on three different outfits, I’d remember to wear a belt.  She showered before AND after golf.  Are you kidding me?

Sandra was the best roommate, I was the worst.  On the first day of our 5-day trip, I pulled out my back.  And if enduring back pain […]

I’m Not Kicking the Bucket Bucket List – Pebble Beach2019-04-28T10:48:40-04:00

I’m Not Kicking the Bucket Bucket List – The Ultimate

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It’s like loving outer space and being chosen to fly in a rocket ship to Mars.

It’s like being a hiker and reaching the top of Mount Everest.

It’s like winning the Super Bowl – not as a fan, AS THE QUARTERBACK!

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I’m Not Kicking the Bucket Bucket List – The Ultimate2019-04-28T10:38:05-04:00

Are We Sure Winning Is the ONLY Thing?

Vince LombardiIf you’ve read my other blog posts, you know my dad taught me that “It’s not if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” In fact, that was the sports mantra of my youth.   But when Vince Lombardi said, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing,” sportsmanship took a backseat.

I just played in one of the most enjoyable, competitive matches of my life because sportsmanship came first. And generosity of spirit was a close second.

It was during a 4-day, 6-round “Ryder Cup” type tournament with 16 very competitive friends – 8 per team.  In the final day’s singles match, I drew a woman whose nickname is Patti “Putts”. Yup, she’s such a good putter that her nickname is “Putts”. I have the same nickname…mine is spelled with a Z.

I usually start out a match by […]

Are We Sure Winning Is the ONLY Thing?2019-04-28T15:31:58-04:00

A Perfect Day

Just like in life, sometimes all the stars align for a perfect day of golf. That’s what happened last week.

TIMING – CHECK!  The first thing this perfect day needed was a canceled trip.  My friend Anne Marie was supposed to go to Georgia but her trip got canceled at the last minute.  So, on the spur of the moment, she needed 3 friends who were available to play in her club’s Member-Guest.  HA!  I’m ALWAYS available!

COURSE – CHECK!   When I first moved to PA, I was given a list of “Must Play” courses in the area and Lookaway Golf Club was on the top of that list.  It lives up to the hype.

BEETHOVEN, MOZART AND BACH – CHECK!   When it comes to classical music, I don’t know my ass from my elbow.  Er, make that, I don’t know my bassoon from […]

A Perfect Day2019-04-28T14:01:01-04:00

Best Golf Trip Ever?

I’ve been on lots of great golf trips, so I was pretty surprised when I mumbled “Best Golf Trip Ever” to myself on my flight home from Innisbrook, Florida.

First, the trip had adventure.   Remember Hurricane Matthew?  It was landing on the east coast of Florida the same day I was landing on the west coast.  I toyed with not going, but I figured I’d let the plane decide for me – if it was going, I was going.  So when the plane took off, I was on it.  I’ve never flown INTO a hurricane before, but fortunately Matthew left us alone.

Then there’s Trenton airport – my favorite!  It’s so small, I literally (and I use the word literally, literally) parked 40 yards from the terminal – I lasered it with my range finder.  And on both flights no one sat in […]

Best Golf Trip Ever?2019-04-28T14:46:11-04:00

The Golfer and the Porn Star

I was staying at a VERY REPUTABLE Orlando hotel prior to my morning flight and went down to the bar to watch Sunday Night Football.  John sat down next to me.  We hit it off and were chatting when a woman sat down on the other side of him.

The two of us were so different I wondered if we were members of the same species!   She was tattooed from head to toe.  How did I know from head to toe?  Because her skin was visible pretty much from head to toe.  I was wearing a sweater, Dockers, sweat socks, and loafers.

She was wearing stilettos that hurt my ankles just to look at.

Two of her tattoos were very prominent: two skull tattoos right above her… uh, um, bosom.  Now, that’s not a word that has ever made it onto this website.  I […]

The Golfer and the Porn Star2019-04-28T11:19:29-04:00