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 [...]

April 19th, 2019|19 Comments

Tribute to Dad

This 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 [...]

April 18th, 2019|12 Comments

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

I’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 [...]

April 13th, 2019|6 Comments

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

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 [...]

April 12th, 2019|8 Comments

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." Sandra 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.  [...]

April 11th, 2019|1 Comment

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

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! That’s what it’s like to play Pine Valley, arguably the world’s #1 golf course.  It’s the ultimate in design, the ultimate in beauty, the ultimate in challenge.  And the ultimate in how impossible it is to get to play. So how does a low-falutin golfer like me get to play [...]

April 10th, 2019|9 Comments