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Marco Rubio Needs a Golf Lesson

Marco Rubio lost to Trump in the last set of primaries and dropped out of the Presidential race.  Why? Because he broke the Cardinal Rule of Golf. I know this rule well.  As a shorter hitter, I’m constantly being out-driven by my competitors.   Being out-driven puts me at a disadvantage, but I can still compete if I stick with my strengths... get it close, chip and putt.  But I don’t stand a chance if I try to outdrive longer hitters.  All it does is take me out of my game - and [...]

March 22nd, 2016|4 Comments

Not Kicking the 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 [...]

November 30th, 2015|8 Comments

The I’m Not Kicking the Bucket Bucket List

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 [...]

November 10th, 2015|6 Comments

War on the Bethpage Black Course

If you’ve played the Black Course at Bethpage, you know it can take a long time.  When there are slow players in front of you, it can be agonizing. Jim, Bill, Greg and I were in this agonized state when, after 5 hours, we were only on the 15th hole.  The slow foursome was two groups in front of us.  Jim had already yelled out at them on the 10th hole to play faster, but they had ignored him. Let me make sure I’m setting up this war story clearly:  They’re the bad [...]

October 29th, 2015|11 Comments

Are We Sure Winning Is the ONLY Thing?

If 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 [...]

October 16th, 2015|4 Comments

Imelda Marcos Ellis

I'm a fashion statement.   Unfortunately, the statement is:  "Patty, what in the world are you wearing?" If there's a chromosome for loving fashion and clothes, I didn't get it.   I have no talent or fashion sense, and I'd rather put pins in my eyes than go clothes shopping. Except for golf shoes!  I just love golf shoes.  And not just any golf shoes - golf shoes on sale.  Oooh, just saying "golf shoes" and "sale" in the same sentence gives me the warm fuzzies. One year I bought 4 pair [...]

October 7th, 2015|8 Comments